Thursday, April 27, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/29/17 - 4/30/17

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Saturday, April 29 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Spring Open House
Children Friendly Event and Site

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Spring Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township, NJ.

- Watch live fiber arts and craft demonstrations
- Open hearth cooking in the Summer Kitchen
- Hit-and-miss engines on display
- War Reenactors

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon houses, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 29 - Montague, Sussex County
Spring Fling Event
Children Friendly Event

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (M.A.R.C.H.) of Montague, NJ, is pleased to invite the public to celebrate with M.A.R.C.H. and the Montague Grange at our annual Spring Fling event. 

In collaboration with the Montague Grange, the historic Foster Armstrong house will be open for house tours and old-fashioned craft demonstrations during the Spring Fling event on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

The Foster-Armstrong House, circa 1790, is a two-story Dutch colonial and is located on SC521/320 River Road, about 1 mile north of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register of NJ and is a National Historic Register Site. Ten rooms are set up with local history displays in each room. Join us for free costumed tours, candle making, quilting, spinning, butter churning and children's events to celebrate another beautiful spring season.

The Montague Grange Hall is located on 280 River Road, a few blocks north of the Foster Armstrong House and will also provide spring celebrations with baby chicks, crafts and more children's games also from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Both historic buildings are located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

M.A.R.C.H. is a nonprofit historical society and there is no admission fee for the event or museum, but donations and new memberships are always welcomed. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 29 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Meet the Irish Servant and the Cook at the Willows, Plant Spuds, and Barn Swallows
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, learn about the role of the domestic servants at the Foster home, The Willows, during the WWI era. Assist the maid with household chores and see what the cook has prepared using the wood-burning stove. Two tours times available: 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

From 10:30 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 2:00 pm, dig in and help the farmers plant potatoes.

Have you gone birdwatching at a farm? View the awesome barn swallows and bluebirds. Learn about their role on the farm, and make a family-friendly craft to take home from 1:45 - 2:30 pm.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2for 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, April 29 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration and Accordian Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Events

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see what is cooking on the woodstove in the out kitchen. Discover how food, receipts, cooking techniques and the kitchen itself has changed since the 1890s.  This free event runs from 12:30 - 3:00 pm. 

From 1:00 - 3:00 pm, hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion.

Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Saturday, April 29 - Haddonfield, Camden County
18th Century Sewing Bee

Saturday, April 29 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
"Researching your roots: how to begin your family Genealogy"

Jackie Oshman of the New Brunswick Public Library will get participants started with their family genealogy including where to find collections and databases to improve the search. Pamela Robinson, Hunterdon County Historical Society librarian, will assist with the collections at the Deats Library. Held at the Hunterdon County Historical Society Library, 114 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. Registration required - call 908-782-1091. Free for members, $5 non-members.

Saturday, April 29 - Haddonfield, Camden County
Fiber Arts Day

Saturday, April 29 - Cape May, Cape May County
Dr. Physick's Neighborhood Walking Tour

Stroll around Dr. Physick's neighborhood on tree-lined Washington Street and hear about the families who lived there and the architecture of the homes. Explore one of Cape May's great mysteries - why the Doctor chose to live in this area of Cape May. Tour takes place Saturday at 2:00 pm. Admission is for $10 adults and $7 for children (ages 3-12). Combine the walking tour with lunch at the Carriage House CafĂ© & Tearoom for $20; lunch voucher good from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. The 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, April 29 - Cape May, Cape May County
The Dr. Is In

Meet "Dr. Emlen Physick" on his Estate's grounds from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday. Opt for a guided tour of his house with its new theme in 2017: "Let's Go Shopping! Victorian Consumer Culture." Admission: $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). The 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, April 29 - 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 12:45 pm. 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, April 29 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Spring Plowing
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, free wagon tours of Howell Living History Farm's spring plowing operations will leave from the farmyard, taking visitors to fields where farmers will be plowing with horses and circa 1900 equipment. Rides last approximately 20 minutes and are given on a first come, first serve basis. Tours will be narrated. Rides will leave from the farmyard continuously from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm.

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, April 29 - Cape May Court House, Cape May County
Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience

As part of its year-long 90th anniversary celebration, the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society is hosting "Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience" presented by Stacy Roth on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over "the cup that cheers?" Find out in this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, living history display and demonstration. Tea and assorted delectables will be served.

Roth, a native of New Jersey and a lifelong enthusiast of history, explores the rise and downfall of tea in colonial America. She holds a B.A. in History from Kean University, an M.L.S. from Rutgers School of Library and Information Studies and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in American Civilization. "Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience" is her signature program.

This delightful, educational program will be held inside The Museum's historic Cresse-Holmes House, 504 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ. Funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, this event is free and open to the public, however due to limited seating, reservations prior to April 26th are strongly suggested.

For more information, or to reserve your seat, call 609-465-3535 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 29 - 30 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Shad Fest
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday and Sunday, celebrate the annual return of the shad to Lambertville. In its 36th year, the Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area's finest artists and crafters, great food, live music from local bands, and family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds. The festival will run from 12:30 - 5:30 pm each day, rain or shine. There will be over eighty arts and crafters, a food court, face painting, cotton candy, sand art, and other children’s activities. For more information, visit

The Lambertville Historical Society will offer walking tours of Lambertville on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Starts at the Marshall House, 60 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ. This is a 60- to 90-minute tour that focuses on architecture and social history. Free for LHS members, $5 per person for nonmembers. For more information about the tours, e-mail or call 609-397-0770.

Saturday - Sunday, April 29 - 30 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Wool Days Spring Festival Celebration
Children Friendly Event & Site

Monmouth County Historical Association will host the Wool Days Spring Festival program at Holmes-Hendrickson House, 62 Longstreet Road, on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm. In addition to the traditional Wool Days festivities, MCHA had added expanded programming and events this year for families to enjoy.

From Monmouth County Park System’s Longstreet Farm, watch sheep being sheered, take a wagon ride, and learn from volunteer docents the way wool was used in Colonial America with spinning and weaving activities. Longstreet Farm will provide wagon rides between the two living history sites.

Visitors to Holmes-Hendrickson House will be able to try their hand at carding and spinning wool, then tour the 1754 farm house. Join us for this rare and exciting opportunity to observe wool processing from start to finish. Along with spinning and weaving, MCHA will also have food trucks and vendors selling local goods ranging from wool products to honey.

Begin your tour at historic Longstreet Farm at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel. Please check with Longstreet Farm about wagons rides if inclement weather. The spinning and weaving portion of the program at the Holmes-Hendrickson House will occur regardless of weather.

Holmes-Hendrickson House, c. 1754, is a remarkable survival of Dutch vernacular architecture and is located on Longstreet Road adjacent to the County Park System’s Longstreet Farm.

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898. The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold, NJ. Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. The Historic House museums are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For further information about the Association, call 732-462-1466 or visit

Sunday, April 30 - Morristown, Morris County
Peter Toth Piano Performance

Celebrated Hungarian pianist Peter Toth returns to the Washington’s Headquarters Museum auditorium for another series of performances. He’ll be playing on the park’s 1873 Steinway Grand Piano.

Hungarian pianist Peter Toth is one of the most recognized artists of his generation. He has concertized in most countries in Europe, South America, and Asia. His first released CD recording won the Grand Prize of the Hungarian Liszt Society (2006). Mr. Toth is a regular guest artist at various piano festivals and has been member of the American Liszt Society since 2011.

The performance will be held at the Museum Building, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. It begins at 1:00 pm. Admission to the program is included in the $7 entrance fee. No reservations necessary. For more information, call 973-539-2016 x 204 or visit

Sunday, April 30 - Maplewood, Essex County
From Fleece to Cloth - Shearing, Spinning, and Weaving

Spinning - twisting a fiber such as wool into thread or yarn - and weaving that thread or yarn to create cloth is an art and a craft dating back thousands of years. On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Durand-Hedden visitors will be given the opportunity to explore this tradition and witness how cloth is made, from shearing sheep to spinning thread to weaving into cloth.

Watch a shearer collect fleece from two woolly visitors from Kafka Farms
See members of the Essex County Spinners Guild demonstrate that the craft of hand spinning is alive and well in the 21st century.
Watch weaving students and their teacher from Columbia High School’s craft program show the basics of how thread is woven into cloth
Participate as these CHS students lead young visitors in a weaving activity
View Durand-Hedden’s frame loom, spinning wheels, and other apparatus – once commonplace in the 18th and 19th centuries 

The event is free. Donations are appreciated.

Be sure to also see the fascinating exhibit on the history of the College Hill neighborhood 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. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile, the history of Olympic Park, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 map of Maplewood.

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood, New Jersey and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood, New Jersey. For more information, call 973-763-7712 or visit

Sunday, April 30 - Paterson, Passaic County
Hobart Trio in concert

On Sunday at 5:00 pm in Lambert Castle, the Passaic County Historical Society will host the newly formed Hobart Trio in concert. Enjoy chamber music performed by violinist Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, cellist Joseph Kimura, and pianist Iris Perry.

Today the Trio is based locally in the WPUNJ Music Department but its musicians have performed in orchestras across Europe and the United States. Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited, no reservations will be taken. Doors open at 4:15 pm.

This performance is a part of the 2017 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. Check our website for a complete listing of performances and dates.

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

Sunday, April 30 - West Orange, Essex County
Talk - The Glenmont Garage
Children Friendly Site

Have you ever wondered about what kind of cars Thomas Edison and his family owned and where they kept them? The Glenmont Garage will be open for viewing with a ranger there to answer questions and tell stories about Edison and his cars. See inside the Edison Portland Cement structure and learn about the various differently powered cars in there. A car pass is required to visit Glenmont and available at the Laboratory Complex visitor center.

The Thomas Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex Visitor Center is located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission to Thomas Edison National Historical Park is waived  the weekend of April 15-16 in honor of National Park Week. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Sunday, April 30 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
U.S. Entry into WWI

The Pascack Historical Society (PHS) will recognize the one hundredth anniversary of America's entering World War I on Sunday at 2:00 pm, at its barrier-free museum with - "To Have the World Made Safe for Democracy," a talk by Anthony Troncone, PhD. Admission is free. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend when accompanied by an adult.

Troncone will discuss the events that led up to our country declaring war against the Central Powers on April 6, 1917, the domestic issues that contoured American involvement in the war, the impact of President Woodrow Wilson's reformist agenda in shaping the Versailles Treaty of 1919, and the continued effects the Treaty has today. America lost 116,517 military people during the war, of the 115,000 New Jerseyans who served, 3,836 were killed.

"Over There" a display of WW I military uniforms, equipment and ephemera from the society's collection, will be available for viewing at the Pascack Historical Society Museum, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge during regular visiting hours (Wednesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, Sundays 1:00 - 4:00 pm) from now through Memorial Day. Free admission.

A popular speaker at the museum, Dr. Troncone is a professor in the History Department at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York. He also serves as chair of the PHS Historical Advisory Board of Trustees. He earned his B.A. at Kean University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Rutgers University. He founded and supervises the Dominican College/PHS Student Intern Program at the museum. This one-of-a-kind, program provides history students an opportunity to volunteer at the PHS museum, while they learn about the many aspects of museum studies and preservation.

A question and answer session will follow the talk. Complimentary coffee and cake served. The Pascack Historical Society Museum is located at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. For more information call 201-573-0307 or visit

Sunday, April 30 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Secret Places on Sandy Hook

Explore Batteries Urmston, Peck. Engle, and Morris. Remember to bring flashlights/headlamps and insect repellent. Call 732-872-5970 for details and reservations. This free event will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and begins at Lot M Parking (K Lot north), Fort Hancock Historic Post. For more information and to make reservations, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Sunday, April 30 - Montclair, Essex County
Walking Tour of Rosedale Cemetery

Famous people, gravestone iconography, and history all in one tour! Rosedale Cemetery was founded over 150 years ago marking a change in the way American buried its deceased. The five acres of park-like grounds tell us fascinating stories of the people who shaped our history, the evolution of cemeteries and monuments, and the secret langague of grave imagery and decoration. Led by Executive Director Jane Eliasof and Manager of Audience Engagement Angelica Diggs, the tour explores a different section of Rosedale than the area explored in the Fall of 2016 tour. Admission is $10/person. Tour lasts from 1:30 - 3:30 pm.

Advanced registration is required by sending a note to or calling 973-744-1796. Payment required in advance for reservations of 3 or more. Tour begins at the Rosedale Chapel for a brief introduction at 408 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. Carpooling is suggested due to limited parking on site. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Through Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Princeton, Mercer County
Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey

Like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan before him, Bruce Springsteen is a pillar of American music. Springsteen has turned his guitar into an instrument of change, using it to tap into the American psyche and connect with the blue-collar man and woman through his melodies and lyrics. From his humble beginnings of rehearsing in New Jersey garages to selling out arenas around the world, Springsteen's career has spanned decades and crossed genres-and has never wavered from its upward trajectory.

This fall, Morven Museum & Garden presents Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. Traveling from the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, this exhibition features forty photographs of the rock legend and video interviews with five of the six noted photographers: Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Barry Schneier, Pamela Springsteen, and Frank Stefanko. Together they revisit Springsteen's career as a frontman and songwriter, capturing his charisma and off-stage vulnerability.

The exhibition is on view from November 18, 2016 through May 21, 2017 at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or 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

Sunday, February 19 through Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
1917: World War, Women’s Rights, and Weaponry Sciences Exhibit Opening

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, Morris County Historical Society offers a provocative exhibit highlighting The Great War’s impact on Morris County. The new exhibit 1917: World War, Women’s Rights, and Weaponry Sciences, displayed throughout Acorn Hall, will be available from Sunday, February 19 through Sunday, June 25, 2017. Stories of Morris County’s brave men and women during the WWI era will be complimented by authentic WWI uniforms, weaponry and militaria, period clothing, and ephemera.

Focusing on sacrifices of Morris County residents, the exhibit honors the men and women who gave their lives during the war, highlights the culture clash of women seeking recognition as equals and the right to vote, and features the tremendous advances in weaponry science credited to the work of men and women at Picatinny Arsenal and throughout Morris County.

The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00- 4:00 pm. For a tour of Acorn Hall and to see the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the exhibit, only, is one half of the price of admission.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Acorn Hall, an Italianate Villa, is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or 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

Through September 3, 2017 - Madison, Morris County
Garden State: Living Off the Land in Early New Jersey Exhibit
Family Friendly

How far is the distance from farm to table? For families in early New Jersey it was measured in inches. These families did not make their living “by bread alone.” They relied not only on wheat and corn, but also on bees, cows, apples, and vegetables to support themselves and their communities. The Garden State: Living off the Land in Early New Jersey explores the technology and tools, from bee smokers to cradle scythes, that farmers in 18th and 19th century New Jersey utilized in order to survive. The exhibit also features a new generation of Garden State farmers who are working to make the distance from farm to table a little bit shorter for today’s families.

This exhibit is on display through September 3, 20017 at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. Admission: Adults – $5; Students, children and adults 65+ – $3; METC members and children under 6 – FREE; Family maximum rate – $15.00. For more information, call 973-377-2982 or visit

Last Sunday of the month through Fall 2017 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
White Lace and Promises: Two Centuries of Weddings Exhibit

White Lace and Promises: Two Centuries of Weddings, is the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum's most comprehensive wedding exhibit to date! This gorgeous exhibit features over 50 wedding gowns from the museum’s collection, representing the time period from the 1810’s through most of the 20th century. From the hooped dresses and bustles of the 19th century, to the many variations of gowns during the 20th century, nearly every popular wedding gown style is represented. Also showcased are bridal accessories including headpieces, veils, shoes, fans, lingerie, and jewelry. Documentation such as invitations and wedding certificates, along with beautiful photographs from many of these weddings, are also on display. This extensive exhibit will be up until fall of 2017 – do not miss it!

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. If interested in scheduling a private tour during non-public hours to see this exhibit, this may be organized for you and/or your group with advance. 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

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


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