Thursday, September 15, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/17/16 - 9/18/16

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Saturday, September 17 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Historical Society Outdoor Flea Market

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will hold its 37th annual Outdoor Flea Market at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (off First Avenue) on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The rain date is Saturday, September 24, 2015.

Over 100 vendors will offer a variety of antiques and collectibles, crafts, second time around, and some new items. Among the merchandise to be found is furniture, tools, fishing equipment, jewelry, books, postcards, tee shirts, handbags, clothing, toys, art, glassware, etc. Also an eclectic array of bargains can always be found at the society's Treasures Table as well as a variety of food, refreshments, and baked goods. Members will also be on hand to answer questions about the society, its mansion, and our other ongoing programs and events.

All proceeds from this event will be used towards the restoration of the AHHS Museum, the Strauss Mansion, at 27 Prospect Circle, as well as educational programs throughout the year. For more information, call 732-291-4313 or 732-291-9337 or visit

Saturday, September 17 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Children Friendly Event

Come visit Waterloo Village between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm for a day in this historic Morris Canal town. Enjoy boat rides on the Morris Canal, Smith's Store - a furnished canal-era store with hands-on activities, blacksmithing, see the operating gristmill, seamstress shop, carpenter's shop, take guided tours of 1859 Methodist Church, the Canal Museum - with exhibits and videos, and guided walking tours of the village. Admission is free but there is a $5 per car parking fee. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ. For more information, call 973-292-2755 or visit

Saturday, September 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Fisherman's Wharf Tour

Learn how your seafood gets from the sea to your table and hear how Cape May has become the third largest commercial fishing port on the East Coast on this guided tour of Fisherman's Wharf at the Lobster House on Saturday at 11:00 am. Admission is $10 adults; $7 children (ages 3-12). Part of the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, September 17 - Morristown, Morris County
Bob Mayers for Full Day at Historic Morristown

Bob Mayers will be featured during a full day of events “Historic Morristown, New Jersey” sponsored by the Sons of the Revolution. Bob will discuss “Forgotten, but critical events of the Revolution in the Morristown Area” and introduce his new book Searching for Yankee Doodle, Washington’s Soldiers in the American RevolutionWashington spent more time in New Jersey than anywhere else during the war. Morristown’s strategic location made it a center of Revolutionary War action. The town, was central to the war’s activity with two winter encampment of the entire American Army at Jockey Hollow and Washington’s Headquarters. The event will include several lectures by noted writers and local historical insights on a docent-led bus tour through Morristown and the area. The day's program will start at the Old Mill, Inn, Basking Ridge, NJ. Events include brunch, lectures, bus tour. For more information, e-mail

Saturday, September 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Grand Lighthouse Cruise

Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land in the Delaware Bay and are still operational. Each 5-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. Includes continental breakfast buffet and Captain's Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. Tour will be held Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Tickets $85 (adults) $70 (children ages 7-12). Co-sponsored by the Cape May Whale Watcher and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, September 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Harvest Brew Fest

Taste craft beers at the Physick Estate on Saturday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm! Celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of Southern New Jersey during this all day event featuring local food, local produce, local beer, local wine, and local talent, plus crafts & collectibles and kids activities. Admission to the grounds is free. Brew taps flow beginning at 11:00 am. The Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Part of the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration 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, September 17 - Chester, Morris County
Miller's Pancake
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 2:30 pm, join in this live adaptation of Eric Carle’s Pancakes, Pancakes! Learn where the ingredients for making a pancake come from, see grain ground into flour or meal, and watch the Miller make a pancake. 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, September 17 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Children Friendly Event and Site

It’s the end of summer and the crops are bountiful. It’s time to “put up” some food. At Howell Living History Farm, you can help. The farm will be the site of a canning and cooking program. Not only can you learn how to can and pickle your garden favorites...but you can sample some of the treats.

Throughout the day, farmers will be canning and pickling surplus garden crops like cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and more.  You can sample the results and take home recipes and other secrets that made canning a mainstay of the 1900 farm.

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 - Sunday, September 17 - 18 - Hardwick, Warren County
Millbrook Days at Millbrook Village
Children Friendly Event

Are you tired of the fast pace of the 21st century? Step back to a quieter time where the high price of gas, credit cards, cell phones, and computers are not found. Experience Millbrook Days where Millbrook Village comes alive as it was over a century ago on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Volunteers in period clothing will demonstrate 19th century crafts and trades recreating the atmosphere of a late 19th century rural farming community. Try the stilts, jump rope or roll the hoop. There will be kid’s games throughout the village. Marbles, checkers, ring toss, tug of war, sack race and corn husk doll making to name a few. Kids of all ages can join the fun. No batteries needed!

Millbrook’s “residents” will be busy plying their trades and doing everyday chores and activities. Woodstove cooking, butter churning, spinning yarn, weaving, natural dyes, gardening, lace making, sewing, quilting, food drying and preserving, gourd decorating, open hearth cooking and other things will be demonstrated.

The blacksmith, wood workers, wheelwright, carvers, slate splitter, tinsmith, miller, rope maker, chair caner, shaker box maker, chair maker, wooden pitch fork maker, wet plate photographer and other craftsmen will be demonstrating their skills. Step in and ask if you can help; there are lots of hands-on things to try.

An assortment of hit and miss engines will be setting the tempo for the corn Sheller, grinder and other vintage machinery. To some the sound of the old engines is music too. I hear they‘ll be making some ice cream with an engine driven ice cream churn, too. What flavor might that be?

Apples are in season. The grinder and press will be turning out some fresh cider and the kettle will be cooking down some apples for delicious apple butter. Lend a hand, it’s fun.

There’s something for everyone to see and enjoy. A friendly atmosphere abounds and new friends are sure to be found at Millbrook Village. Everything is free of charge and family oriented. Donations are accepted.

Picnic and restroom facilities are available. A food concession is available on both days provided by the Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church. Parking and admission is free. This event will be held rain or shine.

Millbrook Days is presented by the Millbrook Village Society in cooperation with the National Park Service. Millbrook Village is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Millbrook Village is located in Hardwick Township, NJ at the intersection of Old Mine Road and Millbrook Road, County Route 602N.  For more information and directions, call 908-841-9531, 908-537-2544, or 973-875-3461 or visit their Facebook page.

Saturday - Sunday, September 17 - 18 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Zero Waste Arts Fest
Children Friendly Event

Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit will engage the public in their national park. This two-day arts fest includes swing dancing with instruction, jazz performances, guided tours of Fort Hancock, kids arts and environmental activities, naturehood watch project, kite-making, coffee sack racing, face painting, community and plein painting, food trucks and vendors, shuttle tours to environmental art sculptures, and much more! 
This free event will be held from 11:00 am - 4:00 am at the parade grounds at Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 718-354-4606 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 17 - 18 - Cape May, Cape May County
Civil War Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly Event & Site

The Civil War comes to life at Historic Cold Spring Village’s annual Civil War Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Visitors can tour Union and Confederate camps and meet authentically clad and equipped military and civilian reenactors who will discuss the everyday lives of Civil War soldiers and the roles civilians played in supporting them.

Historian Mike Kochan, who played a vital role in the recovery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley in 2000, will have a display of Civil War-era naval and telegraph technology - what he refers to as “nineteenth century text messaging.”

Educator and weapons expert Jack Meyers will be in the Village Welcome Center with a large display of Civil War-era firearms. 

Stirring battle reenactments will occur both days at 2:00 pm, and vendors of reproduction period merchandise will be found on “Sutler’s Row.” The Village, which re-creates a rural community in the 1800s, serves as the perfect backdrop in presenting this event to the public, 

Historic Cold Spring Village is a nonprofit, open-air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. From late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of "the age of homespun." Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through mid-September.

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 terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. 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. 10, or visit

Sunday, September 18 - Cranford, Union County
Tours and Ice Cream Social

The Cranford Historical Society invites you to join them for an ice cream social on opening day, this Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Crane-Phillips House Museum.

Stop by the museum with family and friends for a tour and then enjoy a delicious treat - a good old-fashion ice cream cone. The Society will also be conducting a food drive to benefit Cranford Family Care. We ask all that attend to bring a non-perishable food item. Reservations are needed.

The Crane-Phillips House Museum, 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ. Admission is free but reservations are required - call 908-276-0082 or e-mail The society has been dedicated to the perpetuation of Cranford's history by continuing to collect and document the town's past as we now enter the 21st century. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 18 - Maplewood, Essex County
Meet “Green Witch” Robin Rose Bennett at Medicinal Plant Walk

"Green Witch” Robin Rose Bennett, always spellbinding, will once again share her wisdom with Durand-Hedden visitors about the beautiful herbs and the weeds we pull from our gardens. These plants, say Robin, offer a treasure trove of gifts for us, providing an abundance of zesty tastes, nutritive value, and, perhaps most surprisingly, medicinal benefits!

  • Common plantain can reduce the itch of a mosquito bite or the pain of a wasp sting. 
  • Three dandelion leaves provide 20,000 IU of Vitamin A in the form of natural beta-carotene. 
  • Sweet blue violet leaves can dissolve breast cysts in the breasts.
Come learn about these and much more first-hand in an experiential plant walk on Sunday, September 18 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm in Grasmere Park and the herb garden. There you'll identify, smell, touch, and taste these beneficial plants with herbalist and author of The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Health Life, Robin Rose Bennett (

Also on September 18, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. visitors can catch the exhibit, "From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill," which explores the evolution of a section of Maplewood from a dairy farm to a popular neighborhood of 300 houses. Out in the carriage house the Country Store will be selling historic-themed treasures: early American children’s games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproduction decorative ceramics, vintage photos, hiking sticks and more. The hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster and Smile, the history of Olympic Park, will also be available. The Durand-Hedden House is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood, New Jersey. For more information, call 973-763-7712 or visit

Sunday, September 18 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Historic Music Series in the Park
Children Friendly Event

Sunday, September 18 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle 

On Sunday, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, author Michael C. Harris who will be speaking about his book, Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11th, 1777 at the Van Horne House in Bridgewater.  Mr. Harris will also sell and sign his book for you! $35.00 per copy.

​Brandywine was a pivotal battle in the Revolution and one that anyone interested in our American history will want to know more about. We don't want to give any information away that would be best heard from the author himself!

About the Author: Michael C. Harris is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and the American Military University. He has worked for the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Fort Mott State Park in New Jersey, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at Brandywine Battlefield. He has conducted tours and staff rides of many east coast battlefields. Michael is certified in secondary education and currently teaches in the Philadelphia region. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Michelle and son, Nathanael.

Admission is free, but space is limited to the first 50 people. Walk-ins are not guaranteed a space.  Click here to reserve your FREE ticket today. The Historic Van Horne House is located at 941 E. Main Street. Bridgewater, NJ. Park behind the Target store at 200 Promenade Blvd., Bridgewater, NJ. Handiap parking is available at the house for those requiring it. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 18 - Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
Architectural History Guided Tour

Sunday, September 18 - Trenton, Mercer County
Apples and Archaeology at the William Trent House
Children Friendly Event

Johnny Appleseed was born September 26th. In honor of his birth, on Sunday, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, children are welcome to help make apple juice the old-fashioned way - by pressing apples in a wooden press. Sample this sweet and delicious natural beverage; make apple-themed crafts, and try your hand at colonial era wooden toys and games. Tour the historic house and garden.

Children can find artifacts while participating in a mock archaeology dig. There will be other fun crafts and games, including painting with apples and more! Children will receive a free book and a prize for completing all activities! This event is FREE.

Owned, maintained and operated by the City of Trenton with assistance from The Trent House Association, the historic house museum is regularly open to the public for tours Wednesdays through Sundays, 12:30 - 4:00 pm and by appointment for school and group tours. Located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, NJ adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information, call 609-989-3027 or visit

Sunday, September 18 - Whippany, Morris County
Excursion Train Rides
Children Friendly Event & Site

Spend Sunday at the Whippany Railway Museum on a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland on a mid-1900s Excursion Train. The combined age of the equipment used on the vintage train is an astounding 635 years! Be on the lookout for deer, turtles, wild turkeys, hawks, and rabbits, as the route takes you past a natural swamp with abundant wildlife. Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm from 1 Railroad Plaza at the Intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. Train fare is: Adult: $14; child (under 12): $9; infants (1 year and under): Free. Train Fare includes admission to Whippany Railway Museum Building.  The "Excursion Train Ride" is a fundraising effort to benefit the Whippany Railway Museum, a 501 (c)3 non-profit Operating Heritage Railroad that is staffed by Volunteers. Donations from the public help to keep the Museum operational, but funds are still required to support this unique New Jersey treasure. Proceeds from the train rides will further enhance the Museum's mission and its Historic Preservation efforts. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit

Sunday, September 18 -  Chester Township, Morris County
Willowwood Open House

Enjoy autumn’s splendor at Willowwood Arboretum in Chester Township on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Take a guided tour of the gardens and meadows, or stroll the grounds using your cell phone to guide you. The Tubb’s house is open for a rare peek at the home life of botanizing brothers, Henry and Robert Tubbs. Curated talks about some of the decorative arts in the house, such as the fine collection of Willowware, are given throughout the day. Horticultural staff share tips on how to properly put your garden to bed and which trees, shrubs, and flowers are fall-performers. Light refreshments are provided by the Willowwood Foundation. Admission: $5 per car. Pre-registration is required. To register, 973.326.7603. Willowwood Arboretum is located at 300 Longview Road, Chester Township, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 18 -  Morris Township, Morris County
1920s Country Fair & Harvest Festival
Children Friendly Event and Site

Come one, come all to the country fair at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm with farm animals, wagon-rides, food trucks, live music, crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, period games, wood-burning cook stove demos, and hands-on activities. This annual event attracts hundreds of people! Fun for the entire family from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

Admission: $8 per adult, $7 per senior (65+), $6 per child age 4 - 16, $4 per child age 2 & 3. FREE per child under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 18 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Cornbread Contest & Corny Jokes
Children Friendly Event & Site

Do you make the best cornbread? Bake a 9" x 13" pan and bring it to Walnford at 12:30 pm along with a printed copy of your recipe. Judging will be done by your peers and our experts. Visitors may sample and judge the entries from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Ribbons will be awarded at 3:00 pm.

Have a knee slapper, a guaranteed chuckler? Win the coveted Golden Ear trophy at Historic Walnford’s Annual Corny Joke Contest! Enter up to three family friendly jokes - the “cornier” the better. Voting by laughter and applause at 2:30 pm ensures a fun time for all. You must be present to participate. The “corn”ier the better!

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, Upper Freehold, NJ. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Sunday, September 18 - Raritan, Somerset County
John Basilone Parade
Children Friendly Event

Join the residents of Raritan Township on Sunday for the annual parade in honor of former resident John Basilone. John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal, where he and two other men held off 3,000 enemy troops after the rest of their unit was killed or wounded. Although he could have lived on his laurels on war bond tours, he chose to go back to the Pacific, and was killed on the first day of fighting on Iwo Jima. He would have received a second medal of honor for his actions there, destroying a Japanese blockhouse while his unit was pinned down. However, there was no precedent for a double Medal of Honor recipient, so he posthumously received a Navy Cross.

The John Basilone Museum in the Raritan Library will be open on Sunday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The parade will begin at 1:00 pm on Somerset Street in Raritan, NJ. Immediately after the parade there will be a ceremony at the Basilone statue on Somerset Street. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 18 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly Tour

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. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Walk up ticket sales are cash only; guides cannot provide change. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Sunday, September 18 -  Clinton, Hunterdon County
Blacksmiths' Hammer-In
Children Friendly Event

The Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton will host the New Jersey Blacksmith Association's (NJBA) annual Hammer-In on Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The day’s activities will center at the museum’s blacksmith forge  where members of NJBA, some who are local blacksmiths, will be forging in the Red Mill  shop. Smiths will also be working and demonstrating on portable forges set up along the riverbank. Blacksmiths' work will be available for purchase and creating an individual's specific project can be explored as well.

The New Jersey Blacksmith Association is a group dedicated to the promotion of the art and craft of blacksmithing, Members are active throughout the state teaching, demonstrating at events and fairs as well as being resident smiths at a variety of historic sites in NJ, DE, NY, and PA. This is a good chance to ask one for more information- smiths always enjoy talking about blacksmithing.

Tool dealers and collectors are invited to tailgate along the riverside to sell and swap their blacksmithing tools and accessories. Among the items to be found will be anvils, blowers, forges, vises, hammers, and tongs, some quite old.

Visitors who have “what is it?” objects cluttering up the garage can bring them along and members of NJBA will be glad to identify them.

The Red Mill's admission for the day’s activities is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, active military and veterans, and $6 for children (6-12). Free for NJBA members, children under 6, museum members. Included in the price is admission to the museum’s historic buildings, grounds, and exhibits, with a guided tour included with admission offered at 2:00 pm. The Red Mill is located at 56 Main Street, Clinton NJ. For more information, call 908-735-4101, ext. 102 or visit

Through Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day), 2016 - Bay Head, Ocean County
Tommy's Folly: The 200th Anniversary of Congress Hall

See the current exhibit at the Carroll Gallery, "Tommy's Folly: The 200th Anniversary of Congress Hall." Guest curated by Congress Hall owner Curtis Bashaw and Exit Zero publisher Jack Wright, this exhibit features the history of Congress Hall, one of America's most illustrious hotels. The exhibit is in the Carriage House of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Admission is free. Exhibit is open from Friday, April 29 through Monday, October 10. Open daily; times vary. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Through Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day), 2016 - Bay Head, Ocean County
All Aboard!

All Aboard! is an insightful look at how the railroad impacted on the development of the northern Barnegat Bay barrier island. A model railroad diorama of the Bay Head Railroad Loop, photographs, maps, videos, and railroad memorabilia will be on display. The museum is open to the public and a small donation is suggested for non-members. The Bay Head Historical Society and the Loveland Homestead Museum is located at the corner of Bridge and Bay Avenues at the Bay Head/Point Pleasant border. Summer hours: Friday through Monday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. For more information, visit

Through October 23, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
"Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride"

"Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride" offers an opportunity to experience the joy, magic, and elegance of 30 different wedding days and a visual timeline of bridal dresses from Mary Johnson Condit's 1840 silk gauze A-line gown to Alice Woodridge's 1954 lace tea-length dress. Join a bride and groom as they arrive at their reception in the dining room, a bride and her mother on the special day, and a busy bride creating her gown on an 1852 Florence sewing machine. Bridal accessories including shoes, gloves, veils, headpieces, photos, invitations, newspaper clippings, diary entries, and even a cake-topper, complete the display. The exhibit is on view through October 23, 2016. Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

1st and 3rd Saturdays through November 2016 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Architectural Walking Tours

Through December 31, 2016 - Morristown, Morris County
History of NJ Diners
Children Friendly

When was the last time you ate at a diner? If you are like millions in New Jersey, the answer is not too long ago. Dubbed “the land of diners,” New Jersey’s highways and main streets are dotted with silver airstreams and neon signs of the classic American diner. Moreover, New Jersey was and still is the diner manufacturing industry’s hub. This exhibition at the Morris Museum explores the rich history of the Garden State’s favorite casual eatery through classic photographs and historical artifacts, as well as original oil paintings by Wyckoff, NJ based artist Mark Oberndorf. Admission: adults, $10; seniors and children ages 3-18 $7; children under 3, free. The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-971-3706 or visit

Through December 31, 2016 - Far Hills, Somerset County
More Than a Game Exhibit at the USGA Museum
Children Friendly

Visitors to the USGA Museum in Far Hills will be surprised to learn that there is much to discover about the game of golf. Originally installed in February of 2014, the exhibit "More Than a Game" focuses on how the creation of African-American golf clubs positively impacted the community, despite the pervasive prejudice and racism of the Jim Crow era. They founded institutions that celebrated the game, and their culture, setting a new standard for what a free and open society could be.

Local schools and youth groups are invited to arrange a field trip to the museum to learn about diversity in golf through the exhibit's centerpiece which is the story of William "Bill" Powell and the Clearview Golf Club. Founded in 1946 in East Canton, Ohio, Clearview is the only public golf course in the United States designed, built, owned, and operated by an African American. Celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, its existence is a testimonial to the vision, determination and integrity of Powell, who overcame numerous obstacles in the pursuit of his dream. Lesson plans are available upon request for teachers and group leaders prior to or following their onsite experience.

Powell's Clearview Golf Club was not the only African-American golf institution founded in this era. The exhibit also honors other clubs that made significant contributions to minority golf including Shady Rest Country Club in Scotch Plains, NJ, home course of John Shippen, the first American and the first African American to play in a U.S. Open Championship in 1896. Also featured are significant trophies from the United Golfers Association and many other various artifacts that celebrate the men and women who made sacrifices in an effort to realize their dream of equality on the greens.

The USGA is one of the world's foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game's history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program. Additionally, the USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the museum, this exhibit and field trip opportunities, please contact Kim Gianetti at 908-326-1948 or by email at For more information about the USGA, visit

Through June 2017 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore Exhibit

One hundred years ago this September, 25,000 people gathered on the grounds of what is today Monmouth University—then a private estate called Shadow Lawn—to see Woodrow Wilson officially accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second Presidential run. Wilson was following a popular tradition among American Presidents to retreat to our slice of the Jersey Shore to escape the heat and hubbub of Washington. At the Eden Woolley House, this major exhibit tells the wide-ranging stories of eleven Presidents who spent time here, at the Monmouth County shore.

Mrs. Lincoln got the ball rolling
There’s a case to be made that it all started with Mary Todd Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln travelled to Long Branch in the summer of 1861, probably at the invitation of William Newell, family friend and then supervisor of the life-saving services in New Jersey. Long Branch was already a popular resort, and national coverage of the First Lady’s visit added immeasurably to its fame and appeal.

That fame and appeal continued to draw the wealthy and influential—including the seven presidents who vacationed in resort city, starting with Ulysses Grant.

Seven Presidents in Long Branch
In 1870, a group of wealthy businessmen who summered in the Elberon section of Long Branch presented President Grant with an oceanfront cottage where he vacationed for the next 15 years. When Grant died in 1885, city officials feared the resort might lose its cachet. They needn’t have worried. Six of the next ten Presidents--Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, and Wilson--chose to spend time in Long Branch.

The most tragic of these Presidential visits was James Garfield’s last. Mrs. Garfield was in Long Branch recuperating from illness, when, on July 2, 1881, Garfield was shot by an assassin in the Washington train station. He was taken to the White House, where his condition worsened. In hope the sea air might help, Garfield was taken to Elberon. Famously, locals worked through the night to build the spur to carry the President’s railroad car from Elberon Station to the ocean side cottage. He died there 12 days later, September 19.

Beyond Long Branch
Long Branch was not the only Monmouth County destination of Presidents. Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and Richard Nixon visited our area, if only, in some cases, for a political rally. And then, of course, there’s Warren Harding, whose local connection was a bit less public and a good deal more scandalous. Join us June 26 to learn the full story. The new exhibit is on view through June 2017.

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum offers exhibits on the history of coastal Monmouth County and a full calendar of events. The Museum also houses a library and archive of local history. It is open, free of charge, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Thursday evenings, and 1:00 - 4:00 pm the first and second Sundays of each month. The Township of Ocean Historical Museum is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, visit

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


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