Friday, June 12, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/13/15 - 6/14/15

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Saturdays, June 13, and 20 - Trenton, Mercer County
Be an Archaeologist at the Trent House Museum
Children Friendly

The 1719 William Trent House Museum in Trenton announces opportunities to work with professional archaeologists from Trenton's Hunter Research to try to locate the distinctive 1742 kitchen addition referenced in 18th century maps and documents. Public "dig days" are Saturdays, June 13 and 20 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Hands-on participation may include digging, soil screening, artifact processing and documentation. As well as building remnants, artifacts from the various notable families who occupied the Trent House over the centuries may be found. Instruction and supervision will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

The new archaeology at the Trent House will further the scholarly documentation of this important historic landmark. The house was built for William Trent, who immigrated to Philadelphia from Scotland and became a very successful and wealthy merchant trading with Great Britain and the colonies. About 1719, William Trent built his country estate at the Falls of the Delaware River in the settlement that would come to be known as Trenton. The house is a large, imposing brick structure, built in the Georgian style.

After Trent died in 1724, "300 acres plus the brick dwelling house" were sold, and from 1742 to 1746, the house was leased to the first British Governor of New Jersey, Lewis Morris. Upon taking residence, he required that a separate kitchen be built, connected to the main house by a "gangway", which would also be large enough to "lodge servants." Subsequent 19th and early 20th century modernizing additions to the Trent House altered its early appearance, and Governor Morris's distinctive kitchen was lost.

In addition to seeking evidence of the actual location of Governor Morris's kitchen, another goal is to pinpoint the original well location. Artifacts from pre-contact Native Americans may be found, and of particular interest would be artifacts indicating the use and occupation of the Trent House by enslaved people of African heritage during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

For more information about becoming involved, please contact the Trent House office at or 609-989-0087. The Trent House is located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information, call 609-989-0087, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Montclair, Essex County
Pine Street/Glen Ridge Avenue/Bay Street Neighborhood Walking Tour

This tour will touch on the history of Montclair and this neighborhood from mid-1800s to more recent times, with primary focus on the Italian immigrant experience in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Architectural, historical, and social highlights will be shared. Tour starts at 10:00 am and is led by MHS Board of Trustee Member Helen Fallon and life-long Montclair resident Donato DiGeronimo. Co-sponsored by Bike&Walk Montclair. Suggested donation of $5. To register and for the starting location, call 973-744-1796 or e-mail For more information, visit

Saturday, June 13 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Early Summer Flea Market

The Historic Village at Allaire is hosting a Summer Flea Market as a fundraiser on Saturday, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. The event is held in the Show Field of Allaire State Park. There is a $5 parking fee for this event. With more than 100 vendors displaying new, used, and collectible treasures of all types, there will be something for everyone.

Shop all day, visit the on-site food vendor, or spend some time in the Historic Village. The General Store and Bakery will also be open beginning at 10:00 am. This event is a fundraiser, benefiting the historic and educational programs presented at the Historic Village at Allaire by the non-profit organization, Allaire Village, Incorporated.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Wildwood, Cape May County
Postcard and Collectibles Show

On Saturday, attend the Wildwood Historical Society's Annual Postcard and Collectibles Show, held from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the George F. Boyer Museum, 3907 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood, NJ. Vendors will be on hand to buy, sell, and trade. Free admission. For more information, call 609-523-0277 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Long Pond Ironworks Historic District Walking Tours
Children Friendly

Join the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks on Saturday as they walk through the Historic District. Learn how Long Pond contributed to the American Revolution, Civil War, and the industrial development of New Jersey. Tours last about two hours and follow a circular route through the historic village. Tours are conducted rain or shine, and attendees should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a walk through the woods. Tours take place at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm.

Long Pond Ironworks is located at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ. For more information, call  973-657-1688 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Crochet/Lacemaking Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Saturday, Dorothy Gratton will visit Longstreet Farm and demonstrate the art of crochet and lacemaking in the Victorian era. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Morris Township, Morris County
Celebrate Dairy at Fosterfields
Children Friendly

During National Dairy Month, meet the Jersey cows and help with chores at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. From 1:00 - 3:00 pm, see how dairy products are prepared in the Farmhouse kitchen, by helping separate cream and church butter. At 3:30 pm, there will be a cow-milking demonstration. Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (2 and 3). FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 13 - Tweksbury, Hunterdon County
21st Annual Tewksbury Garden Tour

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold its 21st Tewksbury Garden Tour on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, rain or shine. There are four gardens on the tour plus a fifth location hosting refreshments. The cost per person is $ 25.

The tour attracts people from Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris counties. "This year's gardens are a mix of flower gardens, including multi colored roses, perennials, annuals and so much more, said Society President Shaun Van Doren. We want to thank those that have opened their property for our viewing pleasure." There is a limit of 200 tickets to be sold. Tickets include a map showing garden locations. A "Critters and Containers" Sale will be held at one of the gardens with all proceeds benefitting the Society.

Tickets can also be purchased, while they last, on the day of the tour from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Society Headquarters, 60 Water Street, Mountainville, NJ. For more information, call 908-832-6734 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Old Time Baseball
Children Friendly

Two New Jersey "farm teams" will take to the field when the Mercer County Park Commission hosts its Annual Old Time Baseball Game on Saturday.

The match-up features the Howell Farm Hogs vs. the Jersey Bulls, teams that play according to the rules that governed baseball in those early days when bats were made of axe handles and wagon tongues, and when pitchers (called "throwers") could be fined for delivering unhittable balls. The public is invited to watch or play in the game at Howell Living History Farm. Rules will be taught to prospective players during an ongoing practice period.

In the overall competition, which began in 1988, the match-up is tied with each team holding a record of 12 wins and 12 losses. There was no game in 1999 due to players being needed to bring in a crop of hay.

In addition to town ball, an 1864 base ball (two words at the time) game will take place between the Flemington Neshanocks and the New York Gothams.  Both teams will be in period attire. Prior to this game, Brad Brooklyn Shaw, of the Neshanocks, will narrate “Casey at the Bat”, and give a history of the 1864 game.

11:00 am Rules and Practice Period 
12:00 pm Neshanocks vs. Gothams
1:30 pm Hogs vs. Bulls (public game)

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Montague, Sussex County
Draft Horse Living History Presentation
Children Friendly

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (M.A.R.C.H.) will host a living history event at the Foster-Armstrong House, 320 River Road in Montague, NJ on Saturday at 1:00 pm with special guest speaker Kathy Green. Ms. Green will bring her Shire draft horses to the Foster-Armstrong House as part of her outdoor presentation on how important draft horses were to farming, industry and everyday life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Foster-Armstrong House, circa 1790, is located on CR521/320 River Rd in Montague, about 1 mile north of the Milford/Montague Bridge and will be will be open for tours from 2:30 - 4:00 pm during Ms. Green's presentation. For more information, call 973-293-3106 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00 per person.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Morristown, Morris County
Soldier at the Huts
Children Friendly

Learn about the life of a common soldier during the winter encampment at Jockey Hollow and see the clothing, equipment, and weapons that a soldier used as you visit the replica soldier huts of the Pennsylvania Line. Stop by the Soldier Huts from 1:30 - 4:00 pm within Morristown National Historical Park. Cost: Free. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Antique Autos
Children Friendly

On Saturday, admire a display of pre-1948 autos set against the backdrop of Historic Walnford’s buildings and pleasantly shady landscape. Bring a picnic, tour the buildings, and spend a relaxing afternoon visiting the past from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Morristown, Morris County
The CCC and the Creation of Morristown National Historical Park

In 1933, America's first National Historical Park was created by law, to be built at Morristown to preserve and interpret the two winter encampments here by General George Washington and the Continental Army. Young men hired by the Civilian Conservation Corps camped in town and built the park and the museum. Tour the National Park with a park ranger and hear the story of how the park was created.

Program is provided by Morris County Tourism Bureau. Cost is $20 and reservations are required. Click here to purchase tickets. The Washington's Headquarters Museum is located within Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit

Saturday, June 13 - Princeton, Mercer County
A Concert Under the Stars at Updike Farmstead

The Historical Society of Princeton is pleased to host its fourth annual Concert Under the Stars fundraiser on Saturday from 6:30 - 10:00 pm. This year's event will feature a 90-minute live performance by local singer/songwriter Charlotte Kendrick. Charlotte, accompanied by her four-piece band, will premiere several songs off her upcoming release, Worth the Wait, and perform classics that are sure to make for a memorable evening. Guests dine at red- and-white checked tables and mingle throughout the historic six-acre grounds of the Farmstead before dancing and singing along with Kendrick's Americana-Folk music, reminiscent of storytelling artists like Patty Griffin and John Prine.

After teaching herself to write songs while serving in the Peace Corps, Charlotte emerged on the New York folk scene in 2003. Over the next decade, she toured nationally, released three albums, and won countless accolades from critics and fans alike. With her next album, she continues to pursue her musical goal, to write songs that resonate. Charlotte, along with husband and longtime musical collaborator Dan Rowe, has three children and lives in Princeton.

Concert-goers are encouraged to wear blue jeans and boots to fit the fun and casual atmosphere of the Updike Farmstead.

Back this year is a "Bring Your Friends" ticket: 8 tickets for $1,000, a savings of $200 over the $150 individual ticket price. Stargazer level tickets are $350, and include first-out on-site parking.

Net proceeds from A Concert Under the Stars go to support the society's mission of providing its signature programs in education and community service to new and diverse audiences, in particular, children who will benefit from an unforgettable outdoor learning experience at Updike Farmstead. For 2015, HSP is proud to host a variety of local organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County, HomeFront, National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton, and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).

Tickets are available online at or by phone: 609-921-6748 x105. Updike Farmstead is located at 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-921-6748 x102, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, June 13 Washington Township, Burlington County
General Wright….This is your life!

The next presentation in the “Beyond The Barrens” series being held at historic Batsto Village will take place on Saturday. Retired New Jersey Pinelands Commission Public Program Coordinator Betsy Carpenter will present Elias Wright’s contributions made to Wharton State Forest during the many years he was employed by Joseph Wharton. An accomplished Union officer in the American Civil War, Wright went on to work for Wharton in a variety of capacities later in life. Much of what is now Wharton State Forest was personally surveyed by Elias Wright - a staggering amount of work! Ms. Carpenter’s presentation begins at 1:00 pm in the Wharton State Forest Visitor Center auditorium. There is a $2.00 per person admission fee.

Mansion tours are conducted beginning at 10:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. Summer parking of $5.00 per car is in effect village until Labor Day at Batsto Village. The Nature Center will be open with science and nature exhibits and special activities for children.

Batsto Village is located in Wharton State Forest in Burlington County, South Jersey approximately seven miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and 15 miles west of Exit 50 of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-561-0024 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 13 - 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Hands-on History at Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly

Two days of family-friendly, interactive and educational fun are planned for Historic Cold Spring Village’s ‘Hands-on History’ Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Children will be given a ‘Pastport’ at the start of their Village trip, which can be stamped at the buildings they visit after completing a take-home craft or activity, like writing with a quill pen, carding wool or making a pinch pot. Pastports can be redeemed at the Country Store for a free treat! The Family Activity Area will feature children’s dress-up clothes, historic games, and take-home crafts including corn husk dolls. Other family-friendly activities include nursery rhymes with Mother Goose, a seek and find, and live entertainment from traditional musician Mary Roth.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located at 720 Route 9, three miles north of Cape May City and four miles south of Rio Grande. Admission during the season is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. As a member of the national Blue Star Museums program, Historic Cold Spring Village is proud to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and up to 5 family members. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 18 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 13 - 14 Clark, Union County
Bloody Historical Presents: Pirates of the Northern Star
Children Friendly

Argh! Pirates are coming to the Dr. Wm. Robinson Museum on Saturday and Sunday! Pirates and pirate activity was not unknown to the Jersey Shore during the late 17th and early 18th century. Join us at the Dr. Robinson Museum on Saturday and Sunday as Bloody Historical presents: Pirates of the Northern Star.

Bloody Historical is both a historical and theatrical entertainment group for children and adults. They realistically portray people from specific time periods while physically interacting with the public to entertain and to educate. The group will be portraying pirates from the 17th and 18th centuries and giving viewers a glimpse into the life of a pirate. Pirate props and displays will be on hand as the pirates set up camp and spend the night. Walk through their encampment during the day or at night and hear pirate stories as you observe pirates mending sails, tying rope, cooking and firing a cannon. There will be lots of action, laughs and education for the weekend.

Hours for the weekend are Saturday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and 8:00 - 10:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Free admission and on-street parking is available. The Dr. Robinson Museum is itself a "living" museum that was built in 1690 by Dr. William Robinson, who emigrated here from Scotland. The house has three floors which contain much of its original wood framing. Through research and dedication of volunteers the house is filled with reproductions to demonstrate what life was like so many years ago. Outside there are buildings to depict what many Colonial Americans would have used to support their family. The Dr. Wm. Robinson Plantation & Museum is located at 593 Madison Hill Road, Clark, NJ. For more information, call 732-340-1571 or e-mail

Saturdays & Sundays through October 25, 2015 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Child’s Life Tour at Ringwood
Children Friendly

The “A Child’s Life” tour was developed for children and is all about the Hewitt children. The program uses first-hand accounts to help younger visitors understand what it was like to spend summers at the Ringwood estate 150 years ago. If you thought living without modern entertainment like television, DVDs, and computers was boring, think again! Designed to be fun and amusing, these tours are great for families and visitors of all ages!

Like any family, the Hewitt children were full of energy. With 22,000 acres of property, they could often be found fishing, hunting, swimming, and horseback riding. The large, rambling mansion provided plenty of indoor fun with activities like hide-and-go-seek and sliding down the staircase banisters. In addition, Eddie and his brother Cooper were getting into all sorts of trouble at their summer home, going on adventures and playing many practical jokes on their guests. So, if you’d like to hear about the family’s pet bear, or how the Hewitt boys played a prank using a raccoon and a suitcase, this tour is for you!

“A Child’s Life” tour is approximately 45 minutes long and takes visitors through the historic house while these amusing stories are being told. All thirty of the rooms open to the public are shown, but the tour proceeds at a faster, more energetic pace. Scavenger hunts are provided to encourage visitors to look for some of the unusual features in the manor. At the end of the tour, children and adults are invited to play with reproduction 18th and 19th century toys on the front lawn of Ringwood Manor. 

“A Child’s Life” tours will be offered to the public at 1:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday through October 25th. Tours are $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ, within Ringwood State Park. For more information, call 973-962-2240 or visit

Sunday, June 14 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly

Enjoy a 1.9 mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel, and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University, and the American Revolution are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will learn on your tour.

Admission: $7 per adult; $4 children ages 6 to 12; free for children age 5 and under. Tickets are sold at Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ starting at 12:00 noon. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Space is limited. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Sunday, June 14 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville Open House

On Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, the Roxbury Historical Trust will host an open house at the eighteenth century Silas Riggs Saltbox House, the historic King House and the King Store Museums. The sites are located at 213 Main Street in the Ledgewood Village section of Roxbury Township. Tours are free and historic interpreters will be on hand. For more information, call 973-927-7603 or visit

Sunday, June 14 - Little Silver, Monmouth County
Flag Day Open House

The Parker Homestead in Little Silver will be the site of a very special Flag Day Open House on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The event is sponsored by PH1665 Inc., the not-for-profit organization responsible for the restoration and use of this National Historic Site located at 235 Rumson Road, Little Silver, NJ.

Along with guided tours of the Homestead, there will be a display of antique US flags and a free hot dog tasting provided by Sickles Market. Especially exciting is the first ever public display of Stan Parker’s 1909 baseball card collection. The collection, which includes Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson, was lost for nearly 75 years until recently found in a closed cookie tin buried in a bag of old letters and postcards.

Sunday, June 14 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Honey Bees and Beekeeping

A free presentation on the NJ state insect-the honey bee-and beekeeping fundamentals will take place on Sunday at 2:00 pm at Rockingham Historic Site. Pier V. Guidi, the historic site's beekeeper and a longtime member of the NJ Beekeepers Association, will present the topic of bees and beekeeping in the historic 18th-century Dutch barn, recently dedicated on the site. His one-and-a-half hour presentation includes the display of beehive equipment and beekeeper gear, a discussion of the honey bee life cycle, the making of honey, a bit about honey bee friendly plantings and sample beehive products. If weather permits, a visit to the bee yard situated near the site's 18th-century kitchen garden will follow.

Reservations are required for this event and can be made by calling 609-683-7132 (please include last name, number of people attending and a phone number). Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, NJ, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston, and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit

Sunday, June 14 - Paterson, Passaic County
Music at the Castle: A Welcome to Summer 
Children Friendly

On Sunday at 4:00 pm on the lawn of Lambert Castle, the Passaic County Historical Society will host the Clifton Community Band as it presents Music at the Castle: A Welcome to Summer. Founded in 2002 and directed by Robert D. Morgan, the Clifton Community Band is a traditional concert band (brass, woodwinds, and percussion). The band appears in the area and around the state performing a variety of music including classical, pop, big bands and marches. Admission to the concert is free but donations are requested. Please bring your own seating. The concert will be cancelled in the event of rain. This performance is a part of the 2015 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle.

Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

Sunday, June 14 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmithing Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Sunday, June 14 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Antiques and Vintage Fair
Children Friendly

Ringwood Manor is excited to announce a new event for 2015 season! For the first time, JC Promotions, Inc. is bringing their antique and vintage marketplace to the historic site. Collectors, treasure hunters, and decorators can spend the day shopping for their favorite antiques from more than 40 different vendors while surrounded by the beautiful and historic grounds of Ringwood Manor.

The marketplace will feature vendors selling antiques, collectibles, and vintage items such as coins, US & World stamps, comic books, toys, military items, currency, trains, sports & non-sports cards from the early 20th century, watches, clocks, jewelry, furniture, records, and more! Every visitor will be able to find the unique treasure to add to their collection! While you shop, enjoy live performances from jazz & acoustic musicians. After working up an appetite, grab a tasty treat from the variety of gourmet food trucks on site serving empanadas, soups, lobster rolls, ice cream, waffles and more. Younger visitors can stop at the kids craft area to create their own treasures that will available to them at no charge. There is no cost to enter the antiques and vintage marketplace, but there is a $5 per car in-state and $7 per car out-of-state parking fee to enter Ringwood State Park.

Additionally, find out if the items you have in your own home are valuable! Certified appraiser Jon Felz of RMZ Fine Arts & Antiques will be performing verbal appraisals between 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm. Mr. Felz has more than 30 years of experience as an appraiser and selling antiques at auction. He will look at any and all items with the exception of antiquities (items more than 700 years old) for $10 an item, no more than 2 items per person. No appointments are necessary. Proceeds from the antiques appraisal will benefit the preservation of Ringwood Manor and its collections. Bring your antiques, garage sales finds, and inherited antiques to see if they are your ticket to an early retirement!

Ringwood Manor will be available to the public in a self-guided, open house format the day of the antiques and vintage fair. The home was the summer estate of the Cooper-Hewitt family and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Constructed between 1807 and 1910 and given to the State of NJ in 1938, the Victorian mansion contains 51 rooms and all the original belongings of the family. The surrounding property was part of their historic estate and contains various gardens, outbuildings, and historic objects. Visitors may view 30 of the fully furnished rooms and are given information on the history of the spaces and objects. The fee to enter Ringwood Manor is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12, and children ages 5 and under are free.

Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ, within Ringwood State Park. For more information, call 973-962-2240 or visit

Sunday, June 14 - Montclair, Essex County
House Tours and Second Sunday Family Funday: Flag Day!
Family Friendly

Step back through over 200 years of American history at Montclair's historic properties at 108 Orange Road. Visit the newly reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920 - 1965, check out the farm, and meet the chickens. 

In honor of National Flag Day, tours incorporate real flags from different periods of history starting from 1796 through 1945. Children will learn what states became part of our nation in different time periods and make their own windmill flag to take home. Bring your kids for tours and activity designed for the family. All activities are free! The site is open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Free-will donation. Free admission for members! For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, June 14 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
General & Mrs. Washington: The Untold Story of a Marriage and a Revolution

One of George Washington's secret weapons in his rise to power and immortality was the extraordinary woman he married. The story of the half-century-long married love affair of George and Martha Washington is truly inspiring.

On Sunday, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm, listen to the story of the fateful marriage of the richest woman in Virginia and the man who could have been king. In telling their story, Dr. Bruce Chadwick explains not only their remarkable devotion to each other, but why the wealthiest couple in Virginia became revolutionaries who risked the loss of their vast estates and their very lives.

Few authors and speakers have as varied a background as historian Dr. Bruce Chadwick. Chadwick spent 23 years as a journalist and then began a second career in higher education in 1994, earning a doctorate late in life and embarking on an entirely new, and rewarding, career as a professor, historian, lecturer and author of 29 books, including ten works on American history.

He was graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications, earning a bachelor's degree in a joint journalism/political science program. He earned a Master's in communications at Montclair State University and a doctorate in American history at Rutgers University.

His first book about the American Revolution, George Washington's War, about Washington's leadership during the American Revolution, was published by SourceBooks in Spring, 2004. His next work, The First American Army, also about the Revolution, was published in October, 2005 (Sourcebooks) and earned strong reviews. It won the annual History Prize from the Society of Cincinnati. His next, a dual biography of George and Martha Washington, was published in October, 2006.

This program is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. The Van Horne House, 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Free parking is available behind Target or at the Patriots Ballpark across the street. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 14 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
The History of Diners in New Jersey

New Jersey author and historian Michael Gabriele will be presenting a program based on his book and current exhibit on display at the Cornelius Low House, The History of Diners in New Jersey at the East Jersey Olde Towne Village on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Gabriele's book and this latest exhibit traces the 100-year history of the New Jersey diner business and features in-depth information on diner manufacturers, diner historians and the people who operated classic diners. This program is free and open to the public but registration is required. East Jersey Olde Towne Village is located in Johnson Park at 1050 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information and to register, call 732-745-3030 ext. 310 or e-mail For more information about Gabriele's book, visit

Sunday, June 14 - Lawrence Township, Mercer County
Hike Along the Delaware and Raritan Canal

Hike 5.8 miles from Port Mercer (the meeting place) to the Trenton Battle Monument or choose the 2.9-mile walk to Carnegie Road beginning at 10:00 am. Meet at the Port Mercer Canal House, 4278 Quakerbridge Road, Lawrence Township, NJ. Questions? Contact Bob Barth at 201-401-3121 or

Sundays through October 25, 2015 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Grounds and Garden Tour

Did you ever wonder what all that “stuff” is placed around the grounds at Ringwood Manor? What about all those other buildings on the property? What were they used for? If you have ever been curious about the estate at Ringwood Manor, this tour is for you! The 2 hour guided walking tour will take visitors around the main property at Ringwood Manor, discussing the historic objects, the planned gardens, and landscape features, the out-buildings, and the cemetery. Historic photographs of the property will also be shown. These free tours meet at 2:00 pm in front of Ringwood Manor every Sunday from June 7 - October 25. It is advised that participants wear walking or hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bug spray and sunblock. Steady rain cancels. No reservations necessary. For more information and to call ahead to confirm a tour, call 973-962-2240. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ, within Ringwood State Park. For more information, call 973-962-2240 or visit

Through June 28, 2015 - Paterson, Passaic County
Highlights of the Paterson Evening News Collection Exhibit and Reception

The Passaic County Historical Society announces its newest exhibit, Highlights of the Paterson Evening News Collection. On exhibit until Sunday June 28, 2015, the display will showcase this newly digitized photograph collection. The Paterson Evening News Collection consists of over 16,000 images, dating from 1946 through 1972. Together these photographs offer an invaluable look at the history of Passaic County and the State of New Jersey. Over seventy photographs have been selected for this exhibit to highlight the variety of subjects incorporated within the collection. Visitors can access the exhibition during regular museum hours (Wednesday - Sunday). General museum admissions apply.

Hear more about the collection at the exhibit reception held at Lambert Castle on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Co-curator and digitization specialist Boris Von Faust will discuss his digitizing process and share more of his favorite images from the collection. The reception is free for members; otherwise regular museum admission applies.

Lambert Castle is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information, call 973-247-0085 or visit

1st and 2nd Sundays through June 2015 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
The History of Houses and the Things That Make Them Home

Since prehistoric times, where we live has been about much more than shelter (think of those cave paintings). A new exhibit explores just how our human instinct to nest has played out in the structures we inhabit and the stuff we put in them. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" is on display in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House / Township of Ocean Historical Museum.

The exhibit examines the influences on the design and content of the American home - from the traditions early settlers brought with them, to the availability of materials, to the transforming power of technology. It takes guests on a virtual house tour, revealing room by room how things have changed and how those changes have shaped our lives.

What is home? It's where the heart is and there's no place like it. Beyond shelter, our homes express our tastes, values, and social status. Our neighborhoods abound with homes that illustrate the point, and the new exhibit asks us to see our familiar surroundings in a new light. It reveals the lineage of familiar house styles--colonial, neoclassical, Victorian, and modern, for example. It explains that the colonists of the new world built houses in the style of the old. That the founding fathers, all men of the Enlightenment, adapted the designs of Greeks and Romans whose rationality they admired. That the clutter and ornamentation of the Victorians expressed their fascination with goods made possible by the Industrial Revolution and made available by the railroads. And that twentieth century architects rejected Victorian fussiness in favor of designs that challenged old assumptions and took advantage of new technologies and building techniques.

House design is just the beginning. The exhibit takes us inside, room by room. For all but the rich, our earliest homes were one-room dwellings. The very concept of a single-purpose room (living, dining, bathing, etc.) is relatively new. And even in early multiple-room houses, people moved from room to room more in pursuit of sunlight and warmth than specific activity. In effect, all rooms were "living rooms."

Revolutionary new technologies - indoor plumbing, central heating, and electric light, in particular - made room specialization practical. The bathroom, bedchamber, dining room, library, and parlor emerged as distinct spaces in ways that both reflect and influence life style.

Take the living room (aka parlor, drawing room, sitting room, and salon). It has come full circle. As parlor, it was a room often reserved to receive visitors. In time, it became the place where the family "withdrew" to gather around the piano - later the radio and then television. Today, the "great room" has assumed that role and in many homes, the living room is again a more formal space reserved for entertaining guests.

The exhibit makes that case that every house has a story, every room has a history. "The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home" will be up through June 2015. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 - 4:00 pm). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, please call 732-531-2136 or visit

Through July 2015 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
"Hemlines" Exhibit

The Ridgewood Historical Society and the Schoolhouse Museum are pleased to announce their new exhibit, Hemlines, open through July 2015. This exhibit features women's hats, shoes, handbags, jewelry, furs, wedding attire, and fabulous dresses from 1900 to 1969. Hemlines will run through the end of July. The Schoolhouse Museum is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 - 4:0 pm. Hemlines is a "must see" exhibit for anyone interested in fashion! The Schoolhouse Museum is located at 650 East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. For more information, call 201-447-3242 or visit

Through July 2015 - Plainfield, Union County
Plainfield's Local Clubs & Organizations Collection, 1884 to 2015

The Plainfield Public Library announces their new spring-summer exhibition. The library is displaying a variety of materials from our collection of records of significance from local clubs and organizations that date back to 1884. The 120-piece exhibit consists of wall exhibits and display cases on both levels of the library. The oldest items on exhibit are the 1884 board meeting minutes from the Plainfield Reform Club, a temperance organization, and an 1884 letter from Craig Marsh announcing the first meeting of the Union Club, a conservative men's social club.

The entire Local Clubs & Organizations Collection contains records from over 100 clubs and documents over a century of community activities in the City of Plainfield. Twenty-two clubs are represented in the displays, which feature the Monday Afternoon Club, Plainfield Garden Club, and Freemasons - including a rare panoramic photograph of African-American Masonic Lodge members from New Jersey attending the 1937 annual convention held in Plainfield. Other organizations in the exhibit are the Plainfield B.P.O. Elks, Boy & Girl Scouts, Camera Club, Laurel League, Ric-Charles Choral Ensemble, Shakespeare Club, and twelve others. The exhibit presents thirty-nine photographs and postcards, forty-five pieces of paper ephemera and documents, fifteen newspaper articles, twelve artifacts, five examples of ledgers and manuscripts, as well as several loaned items.

The exhibition will run through July. It is free to the public. The Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. For hours of operation and more information, call 908-757-1111 or visit

Through July 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast

Before radio, TV, or the Internet, there was political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast illustrated battles, Union and Confederate troop movements, and their activities throughout the Civil War. He also captured the poignancy of those back home, who worried about their family members in combat. Nast covered both the home and battle fronts; his work was the main source of information about the war for many people. His illustrations in publications like "Harper's Weekly" brought the information about what was happening into the homes of the American public, the way mass media does today. Like all media agents, he not only depicted what was happening by reporting on the events taking place, but also created propaganda by trying to stir emotions and support for the Union side. Mounted to commemorate the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), this second floor exhibit will include a number of these stirring images. "The Civil War through the Eyes of Thomas Nast" opens September 7, 2014­ and will be on exhibit through 2015.

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) is one of the most recognized names in the world of political cartoons.  Often called the father of American political cartooning, Nast's images remain popular today.  His well-known depictions of the Democratic donkey and Republican elephant, conceived more than 100 years ago, continue to represent both parties.  Uncle Sam and Columbia, two of his favorite figures to draw, are still recognized as symbols for the United States of America.  His spirit lives on through his iconic representations of Santa Claus. The classic images which Nast popularized of the jolly old elf still appear on a variety of surfaces each year during the holiday season, and Nast's Civil War images of battlefront and home front were powerful tools for bringing the war into people's homes.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour leaves at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 - 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit

Through August 16, 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
275th Anniversary of the Founding of the Township of Morris, 1740-2015

In conjunction with the Mayor and Township Committee of Morris Township and The Historic Preservation Commission of Morris Township, The Morristown and Morris Township Library is hosting an exhibit celebrating the 275th anniversary of the founding of Morris Township. The exhibit will be on display in the second floor, F.M. Kirby Gallery from through August 16, 2015. The exhibit is also supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

The colonial legislature of New Jersey created Morris County on March 15, 1739 naming the county, for the Governor of New Jersey, Colonel Lewis Morris (for which the Township and Morristown would later also be named). The county was initially divided into three townships in 1740: Pequannock, Hanover, and Morris. Morris Township originally took up half of the county but has been subdivided many times since and now encompasses 15.45 square miles. In its first two hundred years, the Township was primarily farmland but this changed drastically over time as much of New Jersey morphed into the “urban” designation tagged currently with the U.S. Census Bureau. The anniversary exhibit will focus not only on Morris Township’s agricultural past, but also its part in the American Revolution and its fame as home to Gilded Age, New York City millionaire mansions. The exhibition will also examine the history of the Township’s fire and police departments, The Seeing Eye, the College of Saint Elizabeth and other institutions as well as famous Township residents.

The Morristown and Morris Township Library is located at 1 Miller Rd, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call the Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at 973-538-3473 or visit

Through August 2015 - Lyndhurst, Bergen County
Lyndhurst Business: Building a Community

From a ship's horn manufactured by Leslie Company to photos of steel and heat-treating plant Benedict-Miller, Inc., the Lyndhurst Historical Society is showcasing just a sampling of the many businesses that contributed to the community and beyond in its latest exhibit, "Lyndhurst Business: Building a Community," which runs from now until August 2015.

"It's New Jersey's 350th birthday and, in addition to celebrating the state as a whole, we wanted to give a nod to our local community," said Doris Bergquist, who, along with members Dale Jankowski and Doris Ludwig, curated the exhibit. "There have been and continue to be many highly regarded businesses in Lyndhurst. The Leslie Company, for example, was once in Lyndhurst and built one of the horns used on the Queen Mary."

The exhibit is free and open to the public, though a small donation to the society would be appreciated. The Little Red Schoolhouse Museum, located at 400 RIverside Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ is open on the second and fourth Sundays of every month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 201-804-2513 or visit

Through September 1, 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
Treasures from the Collection

There's something for everyone to enjoy in the Morris County Historical Society's new exhibit, "Treasures from the Collection," now featured at Acorn Hall through September 1, 2015. See everything from clothing to documents, militaria to fine arts, and furniture to photography, and more in this treasure trove display from Morris County, and beyond. Highlights include heirlooms from notable local families such as the McEwans, the Condits, the Lindsleys, and the Bonsalls, and spectacular stickpins from the remarkable collection of MCHS Board Member Emeritus Learned T. Bulman.

Pieces from across the country include an 1876 ball gown worn to the Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C., an assortment of 19th-century U.S. flags, a scarab stick pin from the reign of Ramesses II, and various 19th-century weaponry and artifacts related to the Civil War. Compare earlier fashion trends to the haute couture Pucci-inspired mini-dress, circa 1960s. For the furniture aficionados, marvel at a Victorian-era papier-mâché chair, a mahogany Chippendale chair, and a Hitchcock-style chair from Morristown furniture maker, H. Frazee. Travel with ease to faraway Japan, and experience Asian art in the form of wood block prints and porcelain vases.

Admission to tour Acorn Hall and to see the exhibit is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3 for students, and free for children age 12 and under and MCHS members. To view the exhibit, only, is one half of the admission. Acorn Hall is open for tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For more information, call the Morris County Historical Society at 973-267-3465 or visit

Through September 13, 2015 - Oceanville, Atlantic County
Pine Barrens: Life and Legends

This historic exhibition at The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University revisits the work and play of life in the Pine Barrens. Industries of charcoal, glass, paper and iron once thrived in the Pines, while music and merrymaking filled the dance halls and stories of witches and the Jersey Devil abounded. The exhibition is a collaboration between the South Jersey Culture & History Center (SJCHC) and the Noyes Museum of Art. Admission to the museum is: Adults $5; Seniors (60 and older) $4; Students with ID $4; Stockton Students, Faculty, and Staff with ID Free; Members Free; and Children (6 and under) Free. The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University is located at 733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville (Galloway Township), NJ. For more information, call 609-652-8848 or visit

Through October 30, 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
“Canals of New Jersey” Exhibit

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) has partnered with the Canal Society of New Jersey (CSNJ) to present their traveling exhibit “Canals of New Jersey”. The exhibit was created in 1985 in part to commemorate the Society’s 25th anniversary. The display consists of panels that tell the story of New Jersey’s two towpath canals, the Morris and the Delaware and Raritan. In 1824, the Morris Canal & Banking Company was chartered to build a canal that would carry coal to developing markets along the eastern seaboard. The Morris Canal would pass through the heart of New Jersey’s iron district and provide the long-needed transportation system that would promote commercial activity and enable rustic settlements to grow into thriving industrial towns. The canal extended 102 miles from Pennsylvania, across varied terrain through New Jersey, ending at Newark. By the early 1900s the canal had become obsolete. Today, the Morris Canal Greenway, a partnership between local communities and the Canal Society of New Jersey, seeks to preserve the surviving historic remains of the canal, interpret canal sites, and offer recreational opportunities to the public. 

For the installation at MHHM the exhibit has gotten a facelift, with new titles and new art work. The CSNJ’s display is supplemented by objects including some from MHHM’s collection and information about Macculloch Hall founder George Macculloch who had the idea for the Morris Canal. In the early 1820s, George Macculloch had a vision of a waterway to connect the Delaware River to the Hudson River in Northern New Jersey. This exhibit in part celebrates Macculloch’s part in the vision, promotion, and impact that the Morris Canal had on New Jersey. The canal would become an engineering feat of its day, using locks and inclined planes to climb the elevation differences in the land. The canal was a technical marvel of its time and helped to spur the economy in New Jersey by allowing goods to reach further afield than ever before. The exhibit shares some of the stories of the workers and families who lived and worked on the canal, as well as other details about its construction using photographs and drawings, as well objects including model canal boats and images. The “Canals of New Jersey” exhibit will be on display in the second floor gallery during touring hours from March 15th through October 30, 2015.

MHHM preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. MHHM is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The last tour ticket is sold at 3:00 pm. Adults $8; Seniors and Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Macculloch Hall is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 ext. 10 or visit

Through January 6, 2016 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Gloucester Abbey: Downton Style Fashions Exhibit

Gloucester Abbey: Downton Style Fashions is currently on display at the exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum in Woodbury, New Jersey. The exhibit will conclude on January 6, 2016. This remarkable exhibit features ladies’ fashions from the society's collection from the time period covered by the popular PBS Masterpiece Theater series Downton Abbey. Over 100 vintage dresses/ensembles from the museum’s collection dating from 1910 through the 1930s are showcased, including period wedding gowns. Also on display are ladies accessories, including hats, shoes, purses, jewelry, and lingerie. Don’t miss this fantastic exhibit!

The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and the last Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Private tours may be booked for days/times other than our regular public hours. Adult admission $5; children 6-18 years $1; children under 6 free. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit

Through June 26, 2016 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
The Icons of American Culture: History of New Jersey Diners Exhibit
Children Friendly

When was the last time you ate at a diner? If you are like millions of New Jerseyans, the answer is not too long ago. Dubbed “the land of diners,” New Jersey has forged a unique relationship with these casual eateries. Stainless steel, neon, and menus that go on for days are part of the Garden State landscape. Come explore their rich history with us! This seven-room exhibit tells the story of some of the of the Garden State’s most iconic eateries. This exhibit runs from April 12, 2015 - June 26, 2016 and is free of charge.

The exhibit is open Tuesday – Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Closed Mondays, Saturdays, and Holidays. The Cornelius Low House Museum is located at 1225 River Road, Piscataway, NJ. For more information, call 732-745-4177 or visit

Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey


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