Friday, October 16, 2015

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings - 10/17/15 - 10/18/15

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Friday - Saturday, October 16 - 17 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Historic Allaire Village, presents Halloween Hayrides on Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. The Halloween Hayride starts in front of the General Store and enters the foreboding woods for a trip into Halloween horror. Hayrides are approximately twenty minutes in length and wagons leave every fifteen minutes from the General Store. If you make it through the Hayride alive, take a stroll through our Haunted Village. Scary story-telling will be held in the Carriage House and special Halloween performances will be held in the Allaire Mansion. All are welcome...if you dare! Stop by the Allaire Bakery for hot cider and spooky snacks or visit the General Store and Museum Gift Shop for limited edition Halloween souvenirs and merchandise.

The cost for the hayride is $10 for child under 12 and $15 for adults. Tickets are limited so advance purchase is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Tickets are for sale by calling 732-919-3500 - please have your credit card ready. You can also purchase tickets via PayPal at

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 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, October 17 - Morristown, Morris County
Speedwell Games Day
Children Friendly

Enjoy an exciting day of tournaments and triumphs at the first ever Speedwell Games Day from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm. All ages are invited to participate in games and play with toys that were used in the bygone era of the Vail Family. At 5:00 pm, join in the adult card tournaments. Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior (65+), $3/child (ages 4 -16). FREE for children under age 4 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Historic Speedwell is located 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Saturday, October 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Ichabod Crane: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Children Friendly

An evening of chills and spine-tingling adventure awaits you when the Museum of Cape May County presents "Ichabod Crane: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Watch and listen as Neil Hartley takes you into the world of Washington Irving and introduces you to one of the most beloved short stories in American literature, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

The story, set in the 1790 rural community of Sleepy Hollow, tells the tale of school teacher Ichabod Crane as he makes his way home from the party at the home of his beloved Katrina. Sit inside the museum's historic 1780 barn and listen as the Hartley spins the tale of Ichabod's fateful meeting with the headless horseman.

The eerily extraordinary event will take place Saturday at 6:00 pm inside the barn of the Museum of Cape May County, 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House. Admission is free and the scary presentation is open to all ages.

For more information, call 609-465-3535, e-mail at, or visit

Saturday, October 17 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Turn of the Nineteenth Century Music
Children Friendly

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to join music man Rich Marzec as he performs songs on the piano from the turn of the century. 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, October 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Phantoms of the Physick Estate -What Happens After Dark
Family Friendly

Are you brave enough to tour Dr. Physick's house after dark? Strange things have been seen, heard and done here in the evening hours. Let your guide open a portal to the past and see what discoveries await. 7:00 - 9:00 pm. $15 adults, $12 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the tour with Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Ride and save $2. The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, October 17 - Chester, Morris County
Celebrate Apples
Children Friendly

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, assist with cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown/Chester. Use a hand-cranked apple peeler, decorate an apple, and see a display of apple head dolls. Cost: FREE but donations appreciated. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, October 17 - Morristown, Morris County
Germans in the American Revolution
Children Friendly

Discover the role of Germans on both sides of the American Revolution. Meet an officer during a tour of the Ford Mansion who will describe how Germans fought for the Americans, French, and British. Tours at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm at the Ford Mansion, within Morristown National Historical Park. The Ford Mansion is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. Cost: $7 per person 16 and older. For more information, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit

Saturday, October 17 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Flemington Speedway 5th Annual Car Show
Family Friendly

The Flemington Speedway Historical Society's 5th Annual Car Show takes place on Saturday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, Lambertville, NJ, located on Route 179 near its junction with Route 202.

More than 700 automobiles were displayed last year. All types of vehicles are being actively sought by the event organizers, whose goal is to have 1,000 in 2015. Antique, custom, hot rod, and new cars, vintage and modern race cars, small and large trucks, motorcycles, emergency response equipment, military vehicles, tractors and farm equipment - all are welcome.

An accompanying flea market and swap meet has grown in parallel with the car show. For those wishing to sell or swap their rides, the designated Car Corral is $20 per vehicle.

Bradshaw Awards of Flemington has produced fifteen People’s Choice and five Lentini Auto Salvage Recognition awards which will be presented in a drive-through awards ceremony at 1:40 pm.

Following the award presentations, Jersey Jerky (“America’s Best Damn Beef Jerky”) will resurrect an old Flemington Fair Speedway tradition: “Purple Night,” a promotion originally conceived by the recently departed flamboyant Flemington Fair President, Paul Kuhl. "Suckerpunch Suzie,” a popular local party band will perform. Purple Night is highlighted by a Flemington Speedway-themed purple costume contest. Three winners will each receive a trophy and $50, the top fifteen participants will each get a T-shirt and a package of America’s Best Damn Beef Jerky: Jersey Jerky.

Spectator Admission is $5.00 per person, with no additional fee for parking. 2015 Car Show apparel and Flemington Speedway souvenirs will be available for purchase at the FSHS display and information center. No alcohol or pets are permitted. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 17 - Upper Township, Cape May County
AppleFest at the Gandy Farmstead
Children Friendly

Stop by the Gandy Farmstead in Upper Township, NJ on Saturday for their annual AppleFest from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. There will be an Apple Pie Baking Contest judged by 'Johnny Appleseed'. There are separate contests for children and adults. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded. Crafters will be demonstrating old-time traditions. The blacksmith will make decorative items; as will the decoy carvers. At the smoke house, enjoy meat prepared for today's tastes. An alpaca farmer will show how the fleece goes from animal to wool; and a spinner will demonstrate how the wool becomes yarn. Rag-rug making and bee keeping also will be shown. And don't forget live music, apple and autumn inspired food to eat or take home, and the old farm house to tour. Admission and parking are free. The Gandy Farmstead is located at 26 Tyler Road in Greenfield, NJ. For more information, call 609-390-5656 or visit

Saturday, October 17 - Rutherford, Bergen County
Scarecrow Day
Children Friendly

On Saturday from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm, the Meadowlands Museum will be hosting the annual Scarecrow Day, an event that is plenty of fun for families, scout troops, or kids at heart. Participants will make scarecrows using a combination of hay, old clothes, and imagination! We provide all the materials needed: hay, clothes, scarecrow posts, but guests are encouraged to bring items to make their scarecrow as unique as possible, like tiaras, hats, or even a team t-shirt. Scarecrows will be first come, first serve, unless otherwise reserved ahead of time. There will be additional activities such as pumpkin painting and a scavenger hunt.

Admission to the event is $15 per scarecrow, and we recommend no more than 6 people working on each scarecrow. To participate in pumpkin painting, an additional $3 per pumpkin will be charged. Light refreshments will be available. The museum is open to the public during the event, and admission is free to see the exhibits. In the case of inclement weather, Scarecrow Day will be held on the next Saturday, October 24, at the same time. The decision will be made by 11:00 am, and will be posted to the website and Meadowlands Museum Facebook page.

There are a limited number of spots available. Advance registration is strongly recommended. If you would like to reserve a Scarecrow ahead of time, or if you have any questions about the event, please contact Jesse Gordon, manager of exhibits and volunteers at 201-935-1175, or at

The Meadowlands Museum is located at 91 Crane Avenue in Rutherford near the intersection of routes 3 and 17. For more information, call 201-935-1175 or visit

Saturday, October 17 - Bloomfield, Essex County
Tour of Bloomfield Cemetery
Children Friendly

The Glen Ridge Historical Society and The Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ (HSOB) will combine to host a guided walking tour of the Bloomfield Cemetery on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The tour is free of charge and open to the public. Wear comfortable shoes. Meet at the Bloomfield Cemetery Gatehouse, 383 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ (street parking).

Bloomfield's original burying ground was five acres of land along Belleville Avenue given to the Old First Presbyterian Church (Church on the Green) about 1796 by Isaac Ball, a church member and early settler of Bloomfield. To the north of the original five acres was land still then owned by the Ball family. It had valuable clay pits that furnished material for building bricks used in many local structures. The earliest skating pond in Bloomfield was also on this land. About 1850, the cemetery was enlarged by the purchase of 20 acres to the north from the Ball family. The cemetery was incorporated at that time.

Isaac Ball and his wife are buried in the cemetery, along with many members of the five original families to come here out of Newark: Davis, Dodd, Baldwin, Morris and Ward. There are ten Revolutionary War soldiers buried there, as well as John Franklin Fort, Governor of New Jersey 1908-1911. A fascinating variety of nationally and internationally recognized leaders from many phases of American culture can also be found.

This guided tour of the beautiful and historic Bloomfield Cemetery will feature knowledgeable guides stopping at selected headstones and sharing local historical information. The excursion will be co-sponsored by HSOB and the Glen Ridge Historical Society.

Saturday, October 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Pumpkin Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly

It's the spookiest time of the year at the village! Celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival. This fun, free event will take place on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (Rain date: Sunday, October 18) and is presented by the Lower Township Rotary Club. Admission is free; guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the 'Share the Harvest' Food Drive.

Families can enjoy pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village’s shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, funnel cake, and other snacks. Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm. Don't miss the Children's Halloween Parade at 11:00 am. Please call the Lower Township Recreation Department at 609-886-7880 for parade registration information.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern end of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit the Village

Saturday, October 17 - South Orange, Essex County
"Gems of South Orange" House Tour

Six gracious and distinctive 20th-century homes will be on view in the 2015 "Gems of South Orange" House Tour presented by the South Orange Historical and Preservation Society on Saturday. The popular event, expected to attract 400-600 visitors, affords an opportunity to see not only the handsome exteriors but also to examine beautiful interior architecture, d├ęcor, and collections. Homes will be available for viewing by ticket-buyers from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

To preserve privacy of homeowners and to lend intrigue to the event, addresses of these houses scattered throughout the Village of South Orange will not be revealed until Saturday.

Cars, cameras, and costumes
Costumed actors from The Strollers Theater Company will treat patrons to historically themed vignettes at several homes. Another added attraction, a first for the Tour, will be the presence of antique automobiles at the homes.

A rare and stately 1917 Reo will be at one of the homes, courtesy of Scott Lefebvre. Others confirmed to date are a sleek all-black '62 Thunderbird convertible from Tomm Scalera, a '57 Chevy vroom-vroom hot rod from Patrick Gethins, and a beautiful 1928 Hudson LeBaron roadster from Bud Sisto.

To illustrate the "20th Century Snapshots in Time" theme, the lobby of South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), will feature a display of 100 years of cameras from Joel Levin's collection.

Ticketing and pickup 
The SOHPS web site,, has details of the Tour. All guests will pick up admission tickets, $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the Tour, at SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079. Purchases can be made at

Please note that for security and safety, children under 12; pets, food, and drink; and interior photography are prohibited.

Free parking and shuttles
Parking is plentiful and free in the NJ Transit parking lot adjacent to SOPAC and the downtown South Orange train station. The lot can be accessed via South Orange Avenue or Church Street.

From there, people may drive to house locations, or board free jitney shuttles provided courtesy of South Orange Parking Authority. The jitney is also an option for local tour-goers who elect to go carless for the day.

The "Gems of South Orange" House Tour is the major source of funding for SOHPS’ activities. For more information, e-mail or call 973-763-2310.

Saturday, October 17 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Fall Hayrides
Children Friendly

Wagon tours of Howell Living History Farm's fall tillage operations will be offered to the public on Saturday.

Wagons will leave from the farmyard continuously from 10:30am until 3:30pm, touring fields where farmers will be plowing or harrowing with horses and circa 1900 equipment. Tours last 20 minutes and are given free, on a first come, first serve basis. A wheelchair-accessible wagon is available.

During the tours, visitors will get a chance to meet the farmers and horses who work the 130-acre “living history” farm. Guides will explain how fields are readied for planting winter crops such as wheat and rye.

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, October 17 - Haddonfield, Camden County
The New Jersey Sea Dogs
Children Friendly

The Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum are pleased to present the New Jersey Sea Dogs, a musical band and pirate/privateer re-enactment group. Be sure to put an "X" on Saturday when the group will perform at the tavern from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Their exciting presentation will include traditional shanties and other historic songs of the sea. Come learn about ships, sailors and pirates, and life at sea in the age of sail.

Set sail for the Indian King Tavern Museum, 233 Kings Highway, Haddonfield, NJ. This program is free to the public. For more information, please call 856-429-6792 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 17 - 18 - Union County
Four Centuries in a Weekend
Children Friendly

Experience Union County's rich heritage! The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, staff, and volunteers at 28 house museums, historic sites, and history organizations join together to invite the public to come  and discover nearly 350 years of history during the annual "Four Centuries in a Weekend, A Journey Through Union County's History." The two-day, free event is scheduled for 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

"Four Centuries in a Weekend" began in 1994 when 16 historic sites and the County of Union organized a weekend event to tell the story of how Elizabethtown of 1664 evolved into the 21 municipalities of today's Union County.

A visit to Hillside will bring you to the Woodruff House/Eaton Store, built in 1735; and the historic Evergreen Cemetery, a virtual museum of funerary art. In Rahway you'll be welcome at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern, a restored early 19th century hotel, and you can tour the Union County Performing Arts Center, a beautifully restored classic Vaudeville venue.

When you stop at the Dr. William Robinson Plantation in Clark, you'll discover a post-medieval English-style house where Dr. Robinson practiced healing with plants and herbs.

At the Abraham Clark House, home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence, you'll learn about Early American life and the history of Roselle. In the Roselle Park Museum, housed in the Charles E. Stone Store, you'll be standing in the first electrically-lighted store in the world.

Three authentic 18th century farmhouses are open for touring: the Miller-Cory House in Westfield; the Salt Box Museum in New Providence; and the Nathaniel Drake House in Plainfield, which was used as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

Venturing into the Watchung Mountains, you'll find the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House in Mountainside, home to the Hetfield family for 186 years; stroll through the Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park in the Watchung Reservation, an 1845 town created by businessman David Felt; visit the Littell-Lord Farmstead in Berkeley Heights, a reminder of the County's agricultural past; and explore Summit, with its Twin Maples, a stately neoclassical mansion; the Carter House, the city's oldest house, built in the 1740s; and the Summit Playhouse, a Richardsonian Romanesque structure with a 120-seat auditorium.

Children can earn a Time Traveler's Certificate and a Four Centuries Patch by visiting and obtaining a Time Traveler Passport at any of the sites, having it stamped and returning the completed form to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. For free copies of the Four Centuries in a Weekend tour booklet, map and further information visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 17 - 18 - Across the NJ Shore and Delaware Bay/River
New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge
Children Friendly

New Jersey Lighthouses, museums and life saving stations will host a "Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey" weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited (and challenged) to visit all participating lighthouses over the weekend and help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. 

These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey's history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to step back in time and learn more about our state and nation's maritime history.

Begin the Challenge at any of the eleven participating lighthouses, one museum, and two life-saving stations. Night climbs will be offered at Absecon, Cape May, Sandy Hook, Tinicum, and Tucker's Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport. During the weekend, children 11 and under climb free with an adult. Hours of operation for every participating lighthouse can be found at

Saturday - Sunday, October 18 - 19 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Rose Hill Cemetery Tour

The Matawan Historical Society in conjunction with Rose Hill Cemetery is sponsoring its fifth annual guided walking tour of Rose Hill Cemetery in Matawan, including new stories! Local Historian Al Savolaine will lead the tours, sharing fascinating stories about those buried in the cemetery, including the victims of the Great Matawan fire of 1901, an 1896 gruesome murder, the 1916 shark attack in Matawan, as well as some unusual ghost sightings at the cemetery, considered to be one of the most haunted sites in New Jersey. Tours will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tours are approximately two hours long. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children over 12 years of age, with proceeds benefitting the Burrowes Mansion in Matawan and the beautification of Rose Hill Cemetery. Rose Hill Cemetery is located on Ravine Drive in Matawan. Parking will be available at the cemetery and at the school lot across the street. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour or by contacting

Saturday - Sunday, October 17 - 18 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
Candlelight Tours of Chestnut Hill Cemetery
Children Friendly

On Saturday and Sunday evening, costumed reenactors in historic dress will portray former residents that lived and worked in the East Brunswick and Old Bridge areas, with displays and narrative about their life in the Historic Village of Old Bridge. Over 500 Luminaries (candle bags) outline the walking path for the tour. Light refreshments will be available at the end of the tours. 

The tours will take place at Chestnut Hill Cemetery on Old Bridge Turnpike in East Brunswick, NJ between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. Admission fees for this special event are $8.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12 years of age. Free parking. It is recommended that you bring your own flashlight. Since this event takes place in a hilly cemetery, it is not recommended for persons with walking problems or for strollers. This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged. For more information, call 732-257-1508 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 17 - 18 - Cranford, Union County
Open House at Crane-Phillips House
Children Friendly

The Cranford Historical Society's Crane-Phillips House Museum will once again participate in Union County's annual program, "Four Centuries in a Weekend."

This American Civil War veteran's cottage will be open Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. Volunteer docents will be on hand to speak with visitors and provide a guided tour of the museum.

"Here Comes The Bride" is this year's theme Wedding Gowns from 1880 through 1980 will be on display as well as accessories, wedding photographs, bridal customs and memorabilia from the 19th and 20th century.

The Crane-Phillips House Museum is located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Admission is free. The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 with a mission to preserve the unique history of Cranford, New Jersey. The Society maintains the Crane-Phillips House Living Museum, an important costume collection, and archives. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit

Saturdays and 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, October 18 - Burlington, Burlington County
The Ghost of Burlington County: Historical Hauntings

On Sunday, the Burlington County Historical Society presents "The Ghost of Burlington County, Historical Hauntings from the Mullica to the Delaware" with Jan Lynn Bastien. At this spine-tingling book signing and presentation we'll hear about paranormal Burlington County. Bring your own stories to share during the Q and A! The program begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 per person. Program takes place at the Corson Poly Center, with entrances at 457 High Street and 454 Lawrence Street, Burlington, NJ. For more information, call 609-386-4773, ext. 1, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, October 18 - Westampton, Burlington County
Mary Newbold Burr's Tea Set

On April 12, 1837, Mary Newbold Burr married Joshua Shreve Burr. Following colonial tradition, Mrs. Newbold took daughter Mary to silversmith Harvey Lewis in Philadelphia. As a wedding present, Mrs. Newbold had a tea service fashioned out of silver coins for her daughter.

Learn about this and other wedding traditions followed in Colonial America from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. The wedding menu is quite interesting. The tea set, along with a portrait of Mary Newbold Burr, will be on display, as well as the portrait of Mary's son-in-law, Guy Bryan. Bryan was the great-grandson of Timothy Matlack, the fighting Quaker. Tours of the property will be available at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Admission is free.  A free will donation is welcome in support of the museum. Reservations are recommended. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information and to register, call 609-267-6996, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, October 18 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
33rd Autumn House Tour

The Lambertville Historical Society proudly announces its 33rd Autumn House Tour on Sunday. Seven homes will be featured this year as well as several additional sites. 

They range from a home that was a display of entrepreneurial success to a secluded cottage to handsome structures that were the mainstay of 19th-century Lambertville. The additional sites include a grand 1890s stone church as well a museum of fire memorabilia among others.

The tour is self-guided and this year will be held on Sunday, October 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets  are $20 in advance ($25 on the day of the tour, $20 for LHS members) and may be purchased online at Tickets may also be bought at the Marshall House, 60 Bridge Street, NJ (weekends 1:00 - 4:00 pm) or directly from some local merchants-Blue Raccoon, City Market, Homestead Farm Market, Lambertville Trading Company, River Queen Artisans Gallery, Phillips' Fine Wines in Stockton and Farley's Bookshop in New Hope.

Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available on the day of the tour. The bus will continuously loop from the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad parking lot behind the headquarters at 70 Alexander Avenue (off of Phillip-Barber Road) on to City Hall every 15 minutes from 10:30 am -  5:15 pm. Visitors can also park in residential areas or at parking meters that are in effect on Sunday from 1:00 - 9:00 pm. For more information and driving directions, call 609-397-0770 or visit or e-mail

Sunday, October 18 - River Edge, Bergen County
Harvest Homecoming

Cost: Adults: $12, Students: (6-21 yr) $8. BCHS members free. Beer: (12 oz) $5. Exact cash line moves faster. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, call 201-343-9492 or visit

Sunday, October 18 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
7th Annual History Ghost Walk
Children Friendly 

On Sunday, the Ocean Township Historical Museum will hold its seventh annual History Ghost Walk, featuring some noteworthy ghosts-a few famous, most lesser-known-to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The walk begins at 5:30 pm.

The actors portraying our ghosts include talented amateurs (many students) and a few professionals. They have studied the history they "channel" and deliver performances that both delight and inform. Some are stationed along the outside walk; others perform at a reception for President and Mrs. Lincoln inside the Library's Terner Gallery. It is a ghost walk designed to delight, not fright--and well, yes, to share some history, too.

Civil War spirits to visit the History Ghost Walk who share their personal stories of the war include:
* Mary Dunbar, army nurse, and Gen. Horace Porter, aide to Grant, both buried in West Long Branch.
* John Morris, a Long Branch farmer, who enlisted after Gettysburg and helped quell the 1863 NYC Draft Riots.

Inside: A Visit with the Lincolns:
Two most distinguished spirits await Ghost Walk guests inside the Terner Gallery. Mary Lincoln, who vacationed in Long Branch, brings Abe along to share their memories of the war and to enjoy a performance of a few favorite songs. Come browse the Museum Store, enjoy refreshments, and meet the ghosts. The Ghost Walk is know to sell out. 

The Ghost Walk is known to sell out. Call the museum at 732-531-2136 to make your reservation. Come shop at Museum Store, enjoy free refreshments, and spend a fun and informative Sunday afternoon. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Rain date is Sunday, October 25. The Terner Gallery, in the Ocean Township Library, is located at 701 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information and to register, call  732-531-2136 or visit

Sunday, October 18 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Country Living Fair
Children Friendly

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. will hold its Annual Country Living Fair at Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest on Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. There will be no admission and no parking fee.

Visitors will have an opportunity to view and purchase a variety of Country, Colonial and Victorian crafts. They will also be able to meet talented crafters demonstrating their artistry in a wide assortment of materials.  A blacksmith will be showing his craft in the Batsto Blacksmith Shop.  In addition to Pre-World War II cars, old-time steam engines, antiques, and pony rides will help make this an event of special interest to people of all ages.

The Renegade Cloggers will perform throughout the day and raffle tickets for a handmade quilt will be available. Local service organizations will be on hand to make available a plentiful variety of foods and drinks.

A unique opportunity will present itself as animal rescue groups will bring several breeds of dogs to the event, hoping to find them a loving home.

Various 4-H groups will be available to display their animals and discuss their experiences as a member of a 4-H club.

In addition to pony rides, children will be able to enjoy the petting farm animals of Barnyard Friends from Dorothy, NJ.

Batsto is located in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. Further information may be obtained by calling the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 or visit

Sunday, October 18 - Morristown, Morris County
Once Upon A Storytime
Children Friendly

On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, listen to your favorite tales from the classic writers of Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm at Historic Speedwell. Whether a story of creatures under the sea, or of a princess in the tower, enjoy an afternoon of fairy tales and crafts. Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior (65+), $3/child (ages 4 -16). FREE for children under age 4 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Historic Speedwell is located 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Sunday, October 18 - 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, October 18 - Chatham, Morris County
"When Did That Happen? A Look at Chatham through the Years"

The Chatham Historical Society will present a free and open to the pubic program entitled, "When Did That Happen? A look at Chatham Borough Through the Years," on Sunday at the Library of the Chathams. The program will begin at 2:30 pm in the downstairs Lundt room of the library.

Follow the growth and evolution of Chatham from overnight stage coach stop to an important regional mill town. See how the arrival of the railroad in 1837 led to more growth for local industry, while at the same time setting the stage for the demise of others. Watch the transition of Chatham into the much sought after suburban community it is today.

This hour-long presentation will trace the unfolding of Chatham through various historic and vintage photos, colorful stories, and archival illustrations and will also allow a question-and-answer session at the end of the program.

No sign up is necessary and light refreshments will be served. The Library of the Chathams is located at 214 Main St, Chatham Township, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 18 - Morris Township, Morris County
Stocking Up for the Winter
Children Friendly

On Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Fosterfields Living History Farm, learn how the granary pits were used to store fruit and vegetables for the winter season. Included with regular admission.

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

Sunday, October 18 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours: Crane/YWCA & Shultz Open
Family Friendly

On Sunday you can visit ALL of the Montclair Historical Society’s properties, including the Shultz House at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. This amazing gem of a house is an intact time capsule of life in the early 20th century. Wait until you see the woodwork, the Delft fireplace surround, the science equipment in the library!

You can also discover history through the “many voices” who made our community what it is today at the Crane House and Historic YWCA at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. The people who lived, worked, and relaxed in this building tell the story of not only Montclair, but also New Jersey and nation from its early years of a fledgling country to a country embroiled in Civil Rights. While you’re here, make sure you see what’s growing at the farm, meet the chickens, and visit the Museum Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind treats.

Both houses are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, October 18 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Tinsmith Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time and watch the tinsmith at his craft. 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, October 18 - Englishtown, Monmouth County
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration

The Battleground Historical Society presents an open hearth cooking demonstration on Sunday from 12 noon - 4:00 pm. There will be open hearth cooking with samples for sale. The Village Inn is located at the corner of Main and Water Streets (Route 527 and 522) in Englishtown, NJ. There will be an asked $2 donation at the door. For more information, visit

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 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 December 17, 2015 - Trenton, Mercer County
John A. Roebling's Sons Company

At Ellarslie, the City Museum of Trenton, the second floor exhibit features art, artifacts and memorabilia from the world-renowned John A. Roebling's Sons Company, makers of steel and wire rope, most famous for the wire cable used in the suspension bridge over the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn - the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

The John A. Roebling's Sons Company, the largest employer in Trenton and a world leader in the construction of suspension bridges had its beginnings when John Roebling started making wire rope in 1841 in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, and moved his factory to Trenton in 1848. His sons built the steel and wire mill and town of Roebling, NJ, in 1905. In 1953, the family sold the Trenton and Roebling plants to the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I). CF&I closed the Trenton plants in 1973 and the Roebling, NJ, plant in 1974.

As the largest employer in Trenton for many decades, John A. Roebling's Sons Company had a major impact on the city and its workers and citizens. It had an international reputation for wire and wire rope making and bridge building, and its wire was used in hundreds if not thousands of industrial, commercial and consumer products.

The business was owned by four generations of the Roebling family over 112 years, a remarkable and rare achievement. John A. Roebling was the world's foremost builder of suspension bridges in the 19th century and his bridges spanned major rivers when people said it couldn't be done. His son Washington A. Roebling completed the most famous Roebling bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, in 1883, and today it is an iconic national landmark.

The Roebling Company built suspension bridge cables for many bridges over the next 80+ years, from Canada to South America, including the George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

The Roebling Company manufactured wire rope for many other uses - elevators, cable cars, tramways, airplanes, shipping, mining, construction and ski lifts - and it made wire for  electrical lines, telegraphs and telephones, wire cloth and screens, and pre-stressed concrete.

The exhibit includes five large paintings from the Roebling Company's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair depicting the Brooklyn and George Washington Bridges and interior factory scenes. These paintings are part of the museum's collection but are rarely exhibited.

The exhibit includes a bronze plaque from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair that commemorates the Skyride, an innovative and popular ride at the fair that the Roebling Company helped engineer and for which it supplied the wire ropes. Also on display from the museum's collection but rarely seen are three boards showing dozens of types of electrical wire made by the Roebling Company. Artifacts in the display will include sections of wire rope, tools, artwork depicting Roebling bridges, and wooden forms used to make parts for the company's machinery, as well as advertisements, photos, books and company catalogs

The exhibit was curated by Richard Willinger, Chair of the Museum Society's Collections Management Committee. Items are being loaned to the exhibit by the Roebling Museum in Roebling, NJ, and several individuals.

Talks and a tour of remaining buildings of the Roebling complex in Trenton will be conducted by Clifford W. Zink, the foremost expert on the Roebling family and company who authored the book The Roebling Legacy. Ellarslie is located in Cadwalader Park in Trenton, NJ. Visit for dates and times.

Through December 31, 2015 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
"Hemlines" Exhibit

The Ridgewood Historical Society and the Schoolhouse Museum are pleased to announce their new exhibit, Hemlines, open through December 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 December 31, 2015 - Morristown, Morris County
Morristown: 1865-2015: Identity, Tradition and Enterprise

Morristown once comprised territory stretching from Mendham to Chatham until 1865 when, amidst the chaos of the Civil War, mysterious forces acted to separate it from Morris Township.

The Morristown & Morris Township Library invites you to explore an exhibit that details the lives of those who came to Morristown seeking wealth, redemption, conflict, or a new beginning. Utilizing rare and previously unseen archival materials, visitors will witness the development of the Green as the center of commerce, public affairs, and leisure, and how nearby houses of worship focused residents' spiritual and social lives.

Long a center of commerce and trade, early settlers struggled with the limitations of dirt roads until residents developed interstate canals, rail and trolley lines, and sophisticated highway systems. Changes in criminal behavior and law enforcement will be explored, as well as efforts to educate productive upstanding citizens through forward-thinking private and public schools.

In addition to the generations of innovators and immigrants who built Morristown's many businesses and infrastructure, we will take a look at those who celebrated cultural and religious events, grieved over shared disaster and commemorated war dead, and fought to make Morristown a place where everyone could gather in peace.

The exhibit will be on display through December 31 and is sponsored by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission and by funding from the Friends of the Library. The Morristown and Morris Township Library is located at 1 Miller Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call the Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center at 973-538-3473 or visit

Through December 31, 2015 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Ocean Township High School at 50

Early in September 1965, the doors of Ocean Township High School (OTHS) opened for the first time. It was a momentous day - the culmination of an impassioned campaign and a turning point for both Ocean Township and Asbury Park, the district that up to then had educated most of the township's teens.

Fifty years later, almost to the day, a mini-exhibit opened at the Eden Woolley House commemorating the milestone. "OTHS at 50," uses photographs, press clippings, and artifacts to demonstrate how the school's history mirrors five decades of social and political change.

The campaign for a high school:
Ocean Township's commitment to education is long standing. Between 1784 and 1960, it built at least nine schools. None was a high school.

Graduating eighth graders had a choice:
Asbury Park or Long Branch. Most chose Asbury. By 1962 Ocean students at Asbury High outnumbered city students 713 to 558. Ocean was booming and more than 1,000 high school-age students were projected by 1966. Asbury High, on split session since 1959, was already overcrowded. Something had to be done.

Asbury asked Ocean to sign a 20-year contract with the city as a condition for its undertaking a building expansion. Ocean refused. There was talk of regionalization, at first rejected and later revisited by the city. But it was too late. A full-blown campaign for an Ocean Township high school, spearheaded by the PTAs, was underway. On June 12, 1962, by a nearly 3-to-1 margin, the voters of Ocean approved a $2,969,000 bond to built their own school.

OTHS changes with the times:
Ocean High opened in 1965 without a senior class. Ocean seniors had returned to Asbury to graduate with their class. The next year, OTHS held its first graduation and published its first yearbook, The Sandpiper.

A look through almost a half century of yearbooks reveals more than changing hair styles and hemlines. Here's a sample:
* In the 1960s, Industrial Arts were just for boys, Home Economics, just for girls (who also have a "Homemaking Club").
* Title IX (prohibiting discrimination in federally funded programs) shaped the 1970s: for the first time girls had golf, tennis, and soccer teams; girls fixed cars, boys baked cakes.
* The technology revolution is evident. Keypunch machines of the 1970s give way to desktops in the late 1980s and electronics redefine the classroom in the new millennium.

Proof of the pudding:
In recent years, OTHS has made its share of "best high school" lists. Its own list of notable alums is impressive: Academy Award, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize winners; distinguished educators, journalists, authors, and scientists; a fashion designer, a network news anchor, innovative entrepreneurs, and more.

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 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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