Thursday, October 20, 2016

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/22/16 - 10/23/16

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Friday - Saturday, October 21 - 22 - Union Township, Union County
Revolutionary Woods: Six Terrifying Tales from the American Revolution

The grounds of Liberty Hall will open for the first time at night as visitors walk the half-mile haunted trail, Revolutionary Woods: Six Terrifying Tales from the American Revolution. Undead spirits, called "Griefs" will lead visitors on the trail as chilling tales, blood-curdling spectacle, and restless spirits of a bloody and revolutionary past are revealed.

See Joshua Huddy with a noose around his neck, a victim of venomous British revenge for the death of so many Loyalists. Or meet Mary Post who is set to hang at the hands of irate patriots after being outed as a Loyalist spy! Her wrath knows no limit, and anyone who disturbs the tree she hanged from will no doubt suffer unspeakable torment.

The journey through the Colonial hereafter will conclude at the Brown House, where light refreshments will be served, and a hayride will take visitors safely back to their vehicles.

Taking place from 7:00 - 11:30 pm with groups of 15 leaving every half hour. Tickets are $20 per person, $18 for museum members. Reservations are required to ensure a spot - don't miss out!  For tickets, visit this link. Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, call 908-527-0400, e-mail, or visit

Friday - Saturday, October 21 - 22 - 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 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

Friday - Saturday, October 21 - 22 - 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 on Friday and Saturday from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children (ages 3-12).  Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. 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

Friday - Sunday, October 21 - 23 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Halloween Storytelling by Lantern Light
Family Friendly

Saturday, October 22 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day - LAST DAY THIS YEAR!
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. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ. For more information, call 973-292-2755 or visit

Saturday, October 22 - Trenton, Mercer County
Ghosts at the Trent House

Experience a living exhibit inside the Trent House Museum and see the Trent House like you have never seen it before! Actors will inhabit the museum rooms as the people who have died at the Trent House. Tour the museum and speak to them to learn about their lives and deaths at the Trent House. These people include Mr. William Trent himself! This event runs from 6:30-9:30 pm. Admission is $5 per person and includes pizza and refreshments.

Listed in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark, the meticulously restored 1719 William Trent House and historic kitchen garden continue to reward visitors with a glimpse into pre-revolutionary life in America and its interpretation of William Trent's lifestyle and diverse household. Owned and maintained by the City of Trenton and operated by the Trent House Association, the historic house museum is regularly open to the public for tours Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 - 4:00 pm and by appointment for school and group tours. Located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information and driving directions, call 609-989-3027 or visit

Saturday, October 22 -  Morris Township, Morris County
The Time to Mourn & Pumpkin Creations!
Children Friendly Event (Ages 12+) and Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm, tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

From 1:00 - 3:30 pm, children can use natural materials to create a unique decorative Halloween pumpkin to take home. Parental supervision required.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2 for children ages 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, October 22 - Morristown, Morris County
Scary Sweet: The History of Halloween
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, learn about the history of this fun and spooky holiday while making some homemade candy. 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. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Saturday, October 22 - Fishkill, New York
Help Keep The Fishkill Supply Depot Beautiful

As part of our commitment to the Adopt-a-highway program, the Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot help clean the roadside along Route 9 within the borders of the Fishkill Supply Depot. Our final clean-up of 2016 is set for Saturday at 9:00 am.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring a friend or two as we will meet at the Home Depot parking lot (near McDonald's) promptly at 9:00 am where supplies (bags, etc.) will be distributed. All are encouraged to wear work gloves, sun block, and light-colored pants (to spot/prevent ticks). Bottled waters will also be provided.

For planning purposes let us know you will attend by responding to For more information, visit

Saturday, October 22 - Union Township, Union County
Caldwell Parsonage Ghost Investigation

On Saturday from 6:45 - 7:45 pm and again from 8:00 - 9:00 pm, members of New Jersey Paranormal will describe the results of investigations they've conducted in the Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, NJ. Then they'll lead audience members on their own ghost-hunting expedition through the house.

During each session, the New Jersey Paranormal staff will:
* Explain how an investigation is conducted;
* Demonstrate equipment used during an investigation;
* Show video evidence from the Parsonage investigation and their other investigations;
* Lead a tour through the building, during which visitors may take pictures with their own digital devices to potentially capture orbs; and
* Conduct mock EVP (electronic voice phenomena) sessions, which visitors may record on their phones.

To purchase tickets at $10 each, please call 908-591-4377. Leave a message, and your call will be returned promptly. Proceeds will benefit the Parsonage, which is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

To learn more about New Jersey Paranormal, please visit For more information about the Parsonage, the history of Union, or the Union Township Historical Society, visit and

Saturday, October 22-  Plainfield, Union County
Tri-County History Fair: Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties

The Plainfield Public Library is excited to announce the Tri-County History Fair for Middlesex, Union, and Somerset Counties. Join colleagues, friends, and neighbors for a fun day of historical discovery, resource sharing, raffles, and more. On Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, over 20 local history organizations, museums, and libraries will be exhibiting and promoting their historical collections on the library’s lower level around the area fountain. There will be two exhibits on display at this time: Contemporary Photographs of Plainfield Veterans by Plainfielder Brian Price and Plainfield in Pictures – a selection of images from the library’s historical photograph collections.

Two notable authors will present lectures: at 10:30 am Joe Grabas will speak about historical property ownership, and at 2:15 pm, Richard Veit will discuss gravestones and markers. Both programs will focus on the tri-county area.  In addition, between lectures, there will be a free “Antiques Roadshow” style antique appraisal session provided by Winterhill Antiques of Scotch Plains.

Throughout the day, raffles will be drawn including two grand prizes of AncestryDNA testing kits ($100 value each). Upon entry, each attendee will receive one free raffle ticket.

All activities will be indoors on the library’s lower level and are free to the public. The library is an ADA-accessible facility. Contact the Local History Department for details and to register for the antiques appraisal program, which will be limited to 20 registrants with two items per person.  Appraisals completed as time permits.

Confirmed exhibitors include the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – NJ Chapter, Arcadia Publishing (notable authors), D&R Canal Watch, Elizabeth Public Library Local History & Special Collections, Genealogical Society of New Jersey, Genealogical Society of the West Fields, Green Brook Historical Society, Heritage Trail, Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum, History Press (notable authors), League of Historical Societies, Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, Miller-Cory House Museum, Morristown / Morris Township Library, New Brunswick Free Public Library, Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission, Plainfield Public Library Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections, Somerset County Historical Society, South Plainfield Historical Society, Union Township Historical Society / Caldwell Parsonage, the Van Wyck Brooks Historical District of Plainfield, and more!

Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ.  For more information, call 908-757-1111 or visit

Saturday, October 22 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Basket, Broom and Blacksmithing
Children Friendly Site

The sights and sounds of trades that were once essential in rural communities like Pleasant Valley, New Jersey will come to life when a broom maker and basket weaver put their tools and skills to work at Howell Living Farm.

The demonstrations can be seen in the farm’s wagon house and visitors are encouraged to meet and talk with the tradesmen and tradeswomen, and use their finished products to help farmers sweep the barn, carry water for horses, and gather corn in baskets.

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 22 - Cape May, Cape May County
Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour

This tour features a century of beachfront development, from Victorian cottages of the 1870s through the most up-to-date of today's housing. It includes some of the most magnificent structures ever erected in Cape May. Offered Saturday at 11:45 am. Tour lasts about 45 minutes and admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ or at the Washington Street Mall Info Booth. 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, October 22 - Cape May, Cape May County
A Walk with the Ghost Writer

Walk the haunted streets of historic Cape May with your guide, psychic medium and ghost writer Craig McManus, who will talk about the houses where he has sensed paranormal activity. Tours leave from the Washington Street Mall on Saturday at 6:00 and 9:00 pm. Admission: $25 per person. 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 22 - Cape May, Cape May County
Phantoms of the Physick Estate - The Mourning Hours
Family Friendly

Step into the 19th century where mourning rituals mixed superstition with necessity. Experience the unexpected on this 30-minute guided tour through the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, appropriate for all ages on Saturday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12).  Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. 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, October 22 - Montclair, Essex County
Mt. Hebron Cemetery Tour - SOLD OUT

Founded in 1863, the Mt. Hebron Cemetery was established on farmland donated by the area's earliest Dutch settlers. Plots include some of the oldest family names in Speertown (Upper Montclair) and Cranetown (Montclair).

The 30-acre cemetery is the smallest in Montclair, and perhaps one of the most beautiful, with stunning views from its location on the eastern slope of First Mountain. The tour will highlight interesting grave imagery and notable people interred. Please be prepared to park on Valley Road near the cemetery entrance at 851 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ as parking within the cemetery may be limited, and meet near cemetery office at 1:00 pm. Tour led by Lisanne Renner/Historian, Friends of Anderson Park and Helen Fallon/Trustee, Montclair Historical Society. This will be an all-walking tour. Suggested donation $5. Advanced registration, e-mail or call 973-744-1796. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 22 - Bordentown, Burlington County
Bordentown Carvers
Family Friendly

Saturday, October 22 - Westfield, Union County
Westfield Historical Society's 8th Annual Applefest
Children Friendly

The Westfield Historical Society event committee has been busy this summer preparing for the 8th annual Applefest, which will be held on Saturday from 12:00 - 4:00 pm on the grounds of the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center in Westfield, NJ. Rain date for this event is Sunday, October 23.

The theme of this year's Applefest is the 1950s and there will be several interesting exhibits on display, including a "not to be missed" 40-minute compilation of excerpts from popular '50s TV shows. We are also delighted to announce that local band "Fineline" will be performing a number of songs throughout parts of the event. Many of you will be familiar with Fineline from their regular Saturday spot in Downtown Westfield at 16 Prospect.

A new activity this year is a trivia quiz of the '50s, to be conducted in collaboration with the Westfield Leader. Look for details in the newspaper, in the four weeks leading to the event.

Applefest will feature many old favorites such as kids games and art contests, tours of the historic Reeve House, the Apple café for delicious refreshments, and of course, the Apple Pie baking competition, featuring Dr. Andy Perry, principal at Washington Elementary School, as one of the pie contest judges. Responding to popular requests, the rules for the pie competition have been broadened to include a category that allows the use of store-bought pastry, so we hope many of you will be encouraged to enter the competition, which, as usual, has some fabulous prizes donated by generous local businesses. Entrance fee for the event is $5 per person or $15 for a family.

The Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center is located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield. For more information about Applefest or the apple pie contest, call 908-654-1794 or visit

Saturday, October 22 - Parsippany, Morris County
Greystone Remembered

Saturday, October 22 - Oldwick, Hunterdon County
2nd Annual Fall Tag Sale

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold its 2nd annual fall tag sale on Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at its Oldwick Carriage House,  5 James Street in Oldwick, NJ. The sale will be held rain or shine. Lots of great items for sale including antiques, dishes, china, glasses, furniture, including a Stickley desk, prints, tools and much more. Also available for sale will be the society's items, including afghans, note cards, books and T-shirts. All proceeds benefit the Tewksbury Historical Society. For more information, call 908-832-6734 or e-mail

Saturday - Sunday, October 22 - 23 - East Amwell, Hunterdon County
East Amwell Historical Society History Weekend
Family Friendly

The East Amwell Historical Society invites you to enjoy a weekend celebrating the township’s history on Saturday and Sunday.

First, take a guided tour through downtown Ringoes and learn all about its history on Saturday. The tour will cover more than 200 years of Ringoes history from the arrival of the area’s first settlers to the 1930s. Learn about the town’s rich colonial history and walk in the footsteps of the Sons of Liberty who gathered at Ringo’s Tavern to debate independence, and the Marquis de Lafayette who visited here on multiple occasions during the American Revolution. You’ll also learn about the impact of the railroad on the community and what the village looked like a century ago.

The historical society plans to include several stops during the tour including a visit to see the progress at the Clawson House. The tour kicks off at 10:00 am and tickets cost $10.00 per person. All proceeds benefit the historical society’s efforts to preserve and share East Amwell’s history. To register, please email Pauline Seramba at or call 908-797-9024. 

Dave Harding, historical society member and author of a new booklet “Exploring Ringoes: A Self-Guided Tour” will lead the tours. The booklet was released by the East Amwell Historic Preservation Committee. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

On Sunday, the historical society will sponsor a two-hour bus tour of East Amwell Township beginning at 1:00 pm. A number of interesting spots around the township will be explored including Ringoes, Reaville, Wertsville, and Larison’s Corner. Hear about the area’s history and some of its more famous residents, including John Ringo, Dr. Cornelius Larison, John Hart and Charles Lindbergh.

East Amwell Historian Jim Davidson will narrate the fascinating stories of John Hart’s cave, Ringo’s Tavern and John Ringo’s gold, the Lindbergh Kidnapping and ghost stories of the Township. Our bus will leave the Municipal Building parking lot at 1:00 pm. There is a $15 fee and space is limited. Reserve your seat by emailing Pauline Seramba at or calling 908-797-9024.

Sunday, October 23 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Spine-Chilling Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Children Friendly Event

On Sunday, at 1:30 pm, the Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will present Spine-Chilling Tales by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe, portrayed by performer Bob Gleason, is best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. Visitors to the circa 1772 Jacobus Vanderveer House will hear some of his darkest spine-chilling short stories as well as have the opportunity to tour the museum. The museum will be open for tours from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Admission is $10 per person. Members Free. Children 12 and under free. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ 07921. For more information and to register, visit

Sunday, October 23 - Morristown, Morris County
The Art of Mourning
Children Friendly Site

Death and Mourning were treated in very particular ways during the 19th century. Join a discussion on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Historic Speedwell about the history of public cemeteries, Victorian funerary art, and the fashion of mourning.

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 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Jewelry of Marriage Celebrates Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride

Join antique and vintage jewelry enthusiast Nancy Cooper, on Sunday at 1:30 pm at Acorn Hall for Jewelry of Marriage, a special limited-engagement, guided presentation on the exquisite jewelry and historic wedding gowns of Fine, Fancy, and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride. This presentation will include clothing recently added to the exhibit. Ms. Cooper, a longtime MCHS volunteer, shares her passion, knowledge, and collection of jewelry which includes cameos, brooches, necklaces, watches, and crosses; even one embellished with human hair. The presentation offers an in-depth look at the wedding gowns and bridal attire in the exhibit, and a glimpse of the people who wore them. It is also part of the Jeanne Watson Memorial Speakers Program, a continuing lecture series created by the Morris County Historical Society in honor of Jeanne Hamilton Watson, first Executive Director of the MCHS,1980-1996.

Seating is limited to attend this special presentation, which is being held on the final day of the exhibit. Pre-payment is required upon making a reservation. For reservations, please call the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or e-mail The cost to attend the event is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $7 for students and MCHS members. The admission price may be applied toward a membership with the MCHS. Following the program, the Oak Leaf Gallery Gift Shop, with its selection of vintage and Victorian-inspired jewelry, will be available.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its headquarters, Acorn Hall, is an Italianate Villa mansion open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays (11:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 - 4:00 pm). Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

Sunday, October 23 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
The Grand Forage: Battleground Around New York City

The Pascack Historical Society will recognize the 240th anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution (1776-1783) on Sunday at 2:00 pm when historian Todd W. Braisted speaks about "The Grand Forage: Battleground Around New York City" in the barrier-free Ellen Berdais Hall at the Pascack Historical Society, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. Admission is free. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.

After two years of defeats and reverses, 1778 became a year of success for George Washington and the Continental Army. The French entry into the war forced the British to completely alter their strategy, having to both put down a rebellion and engage their European traditional rival .The unenviable task of carrying our London's strategy fell upon the new commander and chief in America, Sir Henry Clinton.

Britain's commander led his full army into the field one last time that autumn, gathering supplies, striking at Washington's advanced posts, and perhaps hoping for one last big push at the full Continental Army itself. Mr. Braisted's talk will examine the events surrounding this chaotic, yet little-studied period of the American Revolution.

Guest Speaker Todd W. Braisted, past president of the Bergen County Historical Society, is an author and independent researcher of Revolutionary War military studies. He has authored many journal articles and books. He has appeared as a guest historian on numerous television shows including: "History Detectives (PBS) and "Who Do You Think You Are?" (CBC). His latest books, Bergen County Voices from the American Revolution and Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City will be available for purchase.

Complimentary coffee and cake will be served. A question and answer period will follow Braisted's presentation. For more information, call 201-573-0307 or visit

Sunday, October 23 - Hightstown/East Windsor, Mercer County
Hightstown-East Windsor Historic House Tour
Family Friendly

Sunday, October 23 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
The Fifties

The East Brunswick Historical Society will be open to the public for a free lecture on how advertisements in the 1950s played on the dreams and fears of the people at the time. From 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Ann Alvarez will present, a revealing look at the fifties through the colorful, and sometimes shocking, advertisements of the day. Parking is free and refreshments will be served. The event will take place at the Historical Society Headquarters at 78 Milltown Road, East Brunswick, NJ.

Sunday, October 23 - Cranford, Union County
Open House at Crane-Phillips House

The Cranford Historical Society will be hosting tours of the Crane-Phillips House Museum, located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. 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

Sunday, October 23 - 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, October 23 -  Morris Township, Morris County
The Time to Mourn
Children Friendly Event (Ages 12+) and Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm, tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2 for children ages 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 23 - National Park, Gloucester County
Swashbucklers and Sea Dogs
Children Friendly Event

Calling all pirates, old and young: The American Historical Theatre will debut its interactive, educational, and entertaining Pirate Sword Fight: Swashbucklers and Sea Dogs at Red Bank Battlefield Park on Sunday! Three shows: 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 pm. Crafts include Patchwork Quilting and Calligraphy. There will be battle reenactments, magic shows, and more! Free admission. Red Bank Battlefield Park is located at 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ. For more information, call 856-853-5120.

Sunday, October 23 - West Orange, Essex County
Harry's Magical Invention Bag
Children Friendly

Learn about invention and the important role Edison played in taking invention from a cottage/hobby activity to a full commercial activity - practiced by all major corporations. Hear Harry Roman, a Thomas Edison National Historical Park volunteer, retired engineer, as well as inventor and patent holder, as he discusses the major role NJ plays in the national invention scene-and all the great inventions NJ inventors have brought into our world.

Harry, a nationally known inventor, was a critical player in establishing the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame in 1989, and later went on to chair the organization from 1996-2004. The Hall of Fame honored him with an Inventor of the Year award in 2005 for his pioneering work in robotics, and honored him again in 2012 with a special achievement award for his dedication to the organization.

The program runs from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 3:00 - 4:00 pm and is included with regular admission. Tickets must be purchased at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or 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

Saturdays and Sundays through December 11, 2016 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Game on! Exhibit

A century of sports and recreation in Harrison Township is celebrated in Game On!, a new exhibition at Mullica Hill’s Old Town Hall Museum. Over 100 photographs, artifacts, and rare movie footage of a Mullica Hill Quakers Pop Warner Midget Football Championship game in 1958 feature local teams and athletes from the early 1900s through the 21st century. Objects come from many from private collections as well as the Museum’s holdings, most of which are on exhibit for the first time.

Some of the oldest pieces in Game On! focus on the early history of baseball. Mullica Hill, Richwood, Ewan, and Ferrell all had their own teams, whose players were young men who sometimes played on more than one team just to have the opportunity to play the game.

It wasn’t until the 1940s that Little League teams began to take the place of the young men’s leagues, which gradually disappeared.  The exhibition includes photographs and uniforms from both leagues.

The Township has also been home to a number of notable athletes, including football stars and coaches Robert C. Folwell, Jr. and Jim Leonard, major league baseball player and coach, Jeff Datz, outstanding track star William “Peanut” Gaines, and legendary athlete and Clearview High School coach, Lorriane Boyd Ledden.

Clearview’s early sports history is also represented, including programs for the then newly-opened school’s first interscholastic football game, played on October 8, 1960 at Woodstown.

The exhibition opens on the 56th anniversary of that first game and continues on Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, through December 11, 2016. Admission is free. Town Hall is located at the intersection of South Main Street and Woodstown Road in the heart of Mullica Hill’s Historic District. For more information, call 856-478-4949 or visit

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
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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 April 28, 2017 - Trenton, Mercer County
Toy World Exhibit
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Bring the whole family to enjoy this fun new exhibition spotlighting the little-known history of toy manufacturing in New Jersey. Step back to another era and enjoy a bit of nostalgia with more than 100 toys made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey's golden era of manufacturing. See how world events helped shape the toys produced here, from tin toys, porcelain dolls, and model trains, through the development of plastics, which ushered in little green army men, Colorforms, Suzy Homemaker ovens and more. Innovations such as the first "talking" doll, created by Thomas Edison, will also be featured.

The exhibition features a play area for children and a spot to share your favorite childhood toy memories. Randomly selected memories will be featured on the Museum's Facebook page throughout the exhibition. "Toy World" will be on view from through April 28, 2017. 

“Toy World” will be on view in the Riverside Gallery on the New Jersey State Museum's second floor. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm and closed on all State holidays. The Museum is located at 205 W State St, Trenton, NJ. For more information, 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

Sundays through June 30, 2017 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
A Revolutionary Legacy: the Cornelius Low House 275 Exhibit

The newest exhibit to open at the Middlesex County Museum exhibit delves into the history of the Low family and the role they played in the shaping of the United States. A Revolutionary Legacy: the Cornelius Low House 275 exhibit is housed inside the County’s Historic Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum. 

This seven-room exhibit contains artifacts that date to the 1700s and includes handcrafted furniture from New Brunswick, paintings by artist Micah Williams, a document signed by Cornelius Low and his wife Johanna, portrait miniatures of several Low family members, and a chair that George Washington used on a visit to the New Brunswick area. These items are on loan from the DAR Jersey Blue Chapter Buccleuch Mansion, the Suffolk County Historical Society and private collections.

The Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and 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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