Thursday, June 22, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/24/17 - 6/25/17

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Saturday, June 24 - Princeton, Mercer County
Vintage Base Ball in Princeton

Calling all baseball-lovers and history-buffs: the Historical Society of Princeton will present its annual 19th century "base ball" game on Saturday starting at 11:00 am at Greenway Meadows Park, 275 Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ. The event is free and open to all; spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Part game, part show, part history lesson and ALL fun, the Flemington Neshanock and the Talbot Fairplays Base Ball Club of Maryland will play a competitive match of bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from 1864 or 1873. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of "Casey at the Bat" by Brad "Brooklyn" Shaw. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, June 24 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Ice Cream for Art Festival and Summer Craft Market
Children Friendly Event & Site

Join the Historic Village at Allaire for our Summer Craft Market and Art in the Park with a fun summer twist-there will be ice cream too! The craft shows at The Historic Village at Allaire show case local artists as they sell and demonstrate their crafts. The craft market includes handmade items of all varieties from paintings and photography to pottery, woodworking, textiles, and beyond. Admission to the craft market is $5 per vehicular. 

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

Saturday, June 24 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Nike Missile Radar Site Tours

Guided tours of the Integrated Fire Control (IFC) site will allow you to see the inner workings of the facility where supersonic nuclear armed Nike Hercules missiles were controlled and guided using Cold War era computers and radars. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the veterans who actually worked on the Nike Air Defense System. Free tours from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Meet at Horseshoe Cove, Parking Lot L on Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Saturday, June 24 - Glassboro, Salem County
Glassboro Summit 50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, June 24 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May Hops Festival
Children Friendly Event

This all-day outdoor family festival will feature blues, brews and BBQ! Enjoy local breweries, live blues music on the outdoor stage, and food vendors serving up some tasty BBQ favorites, plus a crafts and collectibles show and kids activities, all on the grounds at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Admission to the grounds is free. The event will run Saturday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and crafts and collectibles show from 11:00 am - 6 pm. 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, June 24 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Meet the Irish Servant and the Cook at the Willows & Tour the Creamery
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 2:00 - 2:45 pm, tour the Creamery at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm and discover how it was used for milk and butter processing. In the lower Barn, help the farmers brush the Jerseys cows, weigh the milk, and test its temperature.

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, June 24 - Cape May, Cape May County
Museum Hosts "Up County" Historic House and Building Tour

Ten historic houses and buildings will open their doors on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm to allow visitors a peek inside the walls of Cape May County's centuries' long past.

The Museum of Cape May County is hosting an "Up County" Historic House and Building Tour that will highlight vintage homes and buildings located throughout the northernmost portion of the county, including Dennis Township, Upper Township and the Borough of Woodbine.

Included on the tour are the Thomas and Zilpah Ludlam House, the Joseph Falkinburge House, "The Farm House," the Seaville Friends Meeting House, the William Smith Townsend House, three cottages in the South Seaville Camp Meeting, the Thomas Gandy House and the Woodbine Fire House.

The tour has been created to allow visitors the time needed to explore each of the 10 historic treasures in the northern end of Cape May County. In order to allow visitors as much time as they wish to spend in each building, this is a self-guided tour. Each tour-goer will be given a brochure noting brief histories of each building along with a map.

Tickets for the tour are $25 per person. For more information about the tour or to purchase your ticket, please contact the Museum of Cape May County at 609-465-3535 or visit

Saturday, June 24 - Newark, Essex County
A Historic Walk Through Mount Pleasant Cemetery 

Saturday, June 24 -  Morristown, Morris County
Dig It! II Archaeology for Kids
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, junior archaeologists are invited to join a class to learn about what an archaeologist studies, what they do, and how they are represented. Get ready to extend your knowledge of the basics of traditional archaeology, such as underwater archaeology and some of its unique challenges. Roll up your sleeves and join in a mock underwater dig. Admission: $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Saturday, June 24 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Day
Children Friendly Event

Saturday, June 24 - Hardwick, Warren County
Old Fashion Independence Day Celebration at Millbrook Village
Family Friendly Event

Celebrate the 241st anniversary of our independence at the 13th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Millbrook Village in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from 10:000 am - 3:00 pm. Join the townsfolk in the parade down Main Street at 1:00 pm and gather at the green in front of the general store for a patriotic speech given by one of our local celebrities.

Make a hat and a flag, bring your tin whistle or drum, wear you patriotic clothes and enjoy yourself. Got an instrument? Bring it along and help liven things up.

Enter the water melon eating contest after the parade for some refreshing fun. Everyone is invited to the frolic; kids of all ages are welcome!
There will be lots of things going on throughout the village all day. Old time games for the kids and tours of the village and demonstrations all around town. You'll find it fun and interesting.

Bring a picnic lunch and relax in the shade for a spell. Meet a new friend, learn about our history and take in the experience of a quieter time.

The event is presented by the Millbrook Village Society in cooperation with the National Park Service. The event will be held rain or shine. Food is not available at the site, so plan accordingly. Restroom and picnic facilities are available.

This event us FREE. 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, call 908-537-2544 or 973-875-3461 or visit

Saturday and Sunday, June 24 - 25 - Pemberton Township, Burlington County
34th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
Family Friendly Event

Come celebrate the kickoff to blueberry harvest season with two days filled with food, crafts, history, games and live entertainment brought to you by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. New this year you can take a spin in front of the music stage with country dancing and add your own flair to our new Whitesbog mural painting in the Family Activities area. All ages welcome.

Whitesbog Historic Village
GPS: 799 Lakehurst Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

Get your blueberry on with selections of pies, cakes, muffins, donuts, fritters, and more at our baked goods table. The General Store will also offer blueberry ice cream, sundaes, and cold drinks. Also enjoy:
★ Brother Bear BBQ
★ Rita’s Water Ice
★ Big Daddy’s Chicken and Ribs
★ 3 Guys Rolling Pies Pizza

Over 35 artists and crafters booths will line the festival grounds including Little Critter Illustrations, Little House Candles and, keeping our blueberries rolling are, Blueberry Fields Artisan Soap and Blueberry Wood Apiary. Also participate at our kid’s crafting tables and mural painting with artist Frank McShane’s Whitesbog Mural Paint By Number.

Show off your country spirit with The Festival Barn Dance featuring traditional square and contra dances, suitable for families, teenagers, and adults of all ages. Our caller, Sue Dupre, will teach the dances, and The Accidental Jug Band will play exciting old-timey fiddle tunes for your dancing pleasure. No dance experience and no partners are needed. Folk, country, rock, Irish and traditional bands will play the main stage and the Blueberry Jam side stage. Play family field games including cornhole, horseshoes, blueberry balloon toss and more. Wagon rides include trips out to the blueberry field for picking and guided rides to learn more about the history and ecology of the village.

Visit the home of The Blueberry Queen Elizabeth Coleman White with guided tours of Suningive House. The Pinelands Antique Engine Club will show tractors and a displays of cars and engines along Whitesbog Road. The Cranberry and Blueberry Museum, the Interpretive Cottage, the Whitesbog Gallery, the General Store and the Ice House will all be open to explore and learn more about the 1900’s era cranberry farm village. 16 local bands will perform live on our stage! Hear the sounds of bluegrass, country, the blues, folk and more from performers such as:
★ The Accidental Jug Band
★ Bad Dogz
★ The Pinelands Dulcimer Society
★ Elaine & The Cimarron Sky Band
★ Song Sisters
★ Tabernacle Turnpike

Local blueberries, pints, and flats will be available for purchase from our neighbor the Walter Adams Farm. You’ll find collectible festival t-shirts, postcards, prints, blueberry jams, local honey, chocolate-covered blueberries, old fashioned candy and toys, and more handcrafted local goods in our General Store.

Handicapped and motorcycle parking is available in the village parking lot. Please note that our village roads and walkways are sandy. Courtesy shuttle will be provided for pick up/drop off to and from remote parking. Please be aware there are no ATM’s in the village, but the General Store and Baked Goods/Plant Sale areas will take credit cards. $10 Festival Pass per carload of visitors (pack ‘em in there!) which includes $10 off of a membership with the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. Pedestrians and bicycles are $5 each. Cash only please.

The 34th Annual Blueberry Festival sponsors include Geoscape Solar, Renewal by Andersen, Central Jersey Equipment, White Dotte Dairy Bar, Beneficial Bank, Gutter Helmet, Pine Island Cranberry Company, Luxury Bath, and J. W. Jenkins and Sons Drilling. Funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey Council on Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders. All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration of Whitesbog Historic Village and the educational programs offered to the community by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. For more information, visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 24 - 25 - Cape May, Cape May County
Quilt and Fiber Arts Show
Children Friendly Event & Site

Historic Cold Spring Village is featuring fiber arts at the 27th annual Cape May Quilt and Fiber Show, Saturday and Sunday. The event will be held from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm both days and will feature Viewer's Choice quilt show, speakers, demonstrations and vendors.

On Saturday, visitors may vote for their favorite quilts in the Welcome Center at the Viewer's Choice Quilt Show or the Junior division entries displayed in Marshallville Schoolhouse or visit the Cold Spring Brewery to see the Drunkards Path Challenge entries.

On Sunday continue to enjoy the display and see the winners. A rare wedding quilt, c. 1714, handmade by Cape May Countian Sarah Spicer, will be on display in the Welcome Center for its annual appearance. The quilt was restored in 2012 through a grant from the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission.

Shop for quilting and sewing fabrics, baskets, supplies, and equipment to help inspire the creation of an heirloom project with the regional vendors.   Visit with the Embroiderer's Guild of America, Jersey Cape Atlantic Chapter, Third Star Fiber Artists, South Shore Quilters, and Peaceful Stitchers Quilt Guild will be demonstrating their needlework techniques. Quilts of Valor and Ryan's Case for Smiles will demonstrate as well.

Mark Lipinski, founder of the Slow Stitch Movement will speak on Getting your MOJO back and how to recharge your creativity at 2 pm each day. Other speakers will discuss African American quilting, English Paper piecing and the knitting history fishermen's sweater. Please see the website for more information and times.

Opened in 2016, The Shepherds Hook, located in the Taylor Poultry building, serves as a learning center for interactive lessons and information on handmade crafts and skills. Take-home kits and supplies will be available for purchase along with specialty items made by local and Village artisans. While here, visit the Country Store, have a snack at the Bakery, indulge your sweet tooth at the Ice Cream Parlor, experience a taste of history at Cold Spring Brewery or enjoy lunch at Cold Spring Grange Restaurant.

The 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

Saturday - Sunday June 24 - 25 - Clark, Union County
The Battle of Short Hills 240th Anniversary Reenactment
Family Friendly Event

The Battle of Short Hills planning committee and the Brigade of the American Revolution are happy to announce the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are co-sponsoring the Battle of Short Hills 240th Anniversary reenactment at Oak Ridge Park in Clark on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am -  4:00 pm. The event is free to the public.

Preceding the battle the night before (Friday, June 23), the New Jersey Symphony will also perform a free concert beginning 6:30 pm at Oak Ridge as part of annual Union County's Summer Arts Festival series of concerts.

At the Battle of Short Hills in late June 1777, a numerically inferior force of 2,500 Local New Jersey and Pennsylvania troops serving in the Continental Line, along with patriot militia, achieved a strategic victory against over 10,000 British and Hessians troops seeking to trap the main body of Washington's army. This strategic victory prevented almost certain destruction, allowing the Americans a tactical retreat to the Watchung Mountains.

The battle took place on June 26, 1777, at Scotch Plains and Metuchen, New Jersey, stretching through Clark (where the re-enactment is being staged) and all the way to Westfield. Despite the name, no fighting occurred in modern-day Short Hills, a section of Millburn.

The County of Union also maintains a Battle of Short Hills historic trail link, which outlines the other historic sites in Union County, including Plainfield and Fanwood:

Visitors to Oak Ridge park should note that portions of the park, including the public parking lot, will be closed from June 23 to 26th for the re-enactment to be set up and take place. Also those attending  are advised to bring hats, sunscreen and water as the reenactment will take place in an open field at the height of summer. Those wishing more information on this event or who may be interested in participating should go to either the event's Facebook page at

Every Sunday through September 3 - Walpack Center, Sussex County
Rosenkrans House and Museum and Van Campen Inn - Open House

Visit the Rosenkrans House & Museum, one of the oldest buildings in Walpack Center. Volunteers from the Walpack Historical Society will be present to answer any questions you may have about the area and its history.  The grounds at Walpack Center are open from dawn to dusk. 

The Van Campen Inn was not a traditional inn, but a "yaugh" house in Colonial times, that offered shelter to travelers due to common practice of the times.  It has a rich history, including playing parts in the American Revolution and the French and Indian War. The trailhead for the Military Road Trail also begins here. Volunteers from the Walpack Historical Society will be happy to answer questions about Van Campen Inn and the local history of the area.

The open houses are made possible by volunteers from the Walpack Historical Society, and may be subject to their volunteer schedule. Call 973-948-4903 for any updates on their scheduled Sunday open hours. The Rosenkrans House & Museum and the Van Campen Inn are part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For more information, visit

Every Sunday through September 3 Hardwick, Warren County
1800's Village Life at Millbrook Village

Stroll at your leisure through Millbrook Village on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Several buildings will be open and staffed with rangers and volunteers demonstrating traditional skills and reminiscing about 1800's life in the village. By 1875, Millbrook had reached a peak of 75 inhabitants and about nineteen major buildings. Today's Millbrook Village does not replicate the Millbrook of 1832 or 1900. Rather, it evokes the feeling of countryside hamlets where most of the nation's people lived until the end of the 19th century. Please take a step back in time and see how things have (or haven't) changed! Millbrook Village is free to tour. 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, visit

Sunday, June 25 - Springfield, Union County
Open House of the Historic Cannon Ball House

The Springfield Historical Society will conduct an Open House of the Historic Cannon Ball House, 126 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday. The Cannon Ball House is one of four homes that was not burned during retreat by the British after the Battle of Springfield on June 23, 1780, and the only house open to the public. Admission is $2 for adults (18+). Children are free when accompanied by an adult.

Established in 1955, the mission of the Springfield Historical Society is to preserve the Historic Cannon Ball House, its artifacts and archives, and to educate the public on the rich history of Springfield. We invite you to join us in helping to restore and preserve this wonderful 270+ year old house.  It was spared when the defeated British burned the rest of the village (ask us why-and whose cannon ball ended up in the wall?)  It made it through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and we need help to ensure the house survives the 21st. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 25 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Roots of Root Beer
Children Friendly Event & Site

Health inducing tonic or sweet refreshment? Either way root beer has a history as long and varied as the many ingredients used to create its unique flavor. Drop-in on Sunday to sample our brew, see how many ingredients you can identify, and raise your glass to a bit of family-friendly history from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

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

Sunday, June 25 - Waldwick, Bergen County
Waldwick Signal Tower Open House

The Erie Signal Tower in Waldwick will be open for tours on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The tower is located at 3 Bohnert Place, Waldwick, NJ. It can also be accessed via the Waldwick Museum of Local History via a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks and a short walk. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 25 - Waldwick, Bergen County
Waldwick Museum of Local History Open House

Sunday, June 25 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Going Bunkers: Battery Mills

Meet park staff at the old Visitor Center Parking Lot between Parking Lot D and Lot E at Sandy Hook and then car caravan to Battery Mills. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a flashlight and insect repellent. This program runs from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information and to make reservations, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Sunday, June 25 - Trenton, Mercer County
The Architecture of the Trent House

Historic Preservation Consultant and Architectural Historian Kevin Joy presents an illustrated lecture detailing the Georgian Colonial architecture of the country estate built in 1719 by wealthy merchant William Trent. Beyond the written record about Trenton’s namesake founder, the manner in which his house was constructed and the materials he used reveal much about him. The house as we see it today reflects its eighteenth century roots, but in between its inception and its restoration in the 1930s, it underwent many additions and changes, housing many significant New Jerseyans along the way. A recent on-site archaeology project, reveals more about the house and its inhabitants. After the house was donated to the City of Trenton for use as an historic house museum, it was “restored” in the 1930s as a WPA project, under the guidance of local Trenton architect Samuel Mountford. Joy discusses the advances in historic preservation since Mountford’s time and explains the rehabilitation project about to get underway.

Kevin Joy, former President of the Trent House Association, is a Historic Preservation consultant and Architectural Historian, with projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. He also serves as Vice Chair for the New Hope, Pennsylvania Historical and Architectural Review Board and as Vice President for the New Hope Historic Society. He has conducted comparative architectural and building conservation studies of the 1719 Trent House, and is presently overseeing the architectural rehabilitation of the house.

Tickets are $10 for non-members and $8 for members. Program begins at 1:00 pm. Tickets available at the door. Complimentary light refreshments and tours of the museum will be available as part of the admission to the program. The presentation will held in the Visitor Center, which is handicapped accessible. Ample free parking. The Trent House Museum is located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, NJ adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. For more information, call 609-989-0087 or visit

Sunday, June 25 - Hoboken, Hudson County
Hoboken Historical Museum to Host Talk About Ramapough-Lenape Indian Nation and Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp

Representatives from the Mahwah-based Indian nation visit on Sunday to discuss the tribe's history in New Jersey and struggles for autonomy today. The Hoboken Historical Museum is pleased to welcome two representatives, Owl and Two Clouds, from the Ramapough-Lenape Indian Nation to speak about their history and the significance of their Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp in Mahwah, NJ. The talk will take place at the museum, 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ at 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

The Ramapough are descendants of the once-vast nation of indigenous Lenape people whose ancestral lands included the western banks of the Hudson River where Hoboken now sits, and whose language gave rise to the city's name, a Dutch interpretation of "Hopoghan Hackingh," or "Land of the Tobacco Pipe," for the abundant green-colored serpentine rock used to carve pipes for smoking tobacco.

Recognized as an official indigenous nation by the state of New Jersey, the tribe has struggled to secure federal recognition, due to opposition from the casino industry. Today, the tribe estimates, there are between 1,000 and 3,000 Ramapoughs in the area and as many as 4,000 nationally. The group owns land in Mahwah that was deeded to them by a developer about 30 years ago, which it uses for ceremonial and educational activities.

In October 2016, they formed the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp in Mahway, named after the sacred Split Rock site that lies nearby within the mountains of northeastern New Jersey. "Sweet water" is the Lenape meaning for "Ramapoo" (currently spelled as Ramapough). For generations, members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation have regarded Split Rock as a sacred site of worship and reflection, a tradition that is kept alive today. The Prayer Camp in Mahwah was formed in solidarity with the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, to educate the public on the impending crises of the oil and natural gas pipelines that threaten the local water supply in the region.

Sunday, June 25 - Montague, Sussex County
Montague Open Houses

MARCH, the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History, is pleased to announce its 2017 Summer Season Opening for both museum sites on Sunday. The Foster-Armstrong House and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse will be open to the public from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for museum house tours. Tours will be held every 30 minutes and docents will be available at both sites to guide you through our local history and artifact collections.

The Foster-Armstrong House, circa 1790, a two story Dutch colonial, 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. Rooms contain an original bee hive oven, native Indian artifacts, Duke Mortimer's Dramatic Art Workshop collection, a military room, a quilt room and to scale model covered bridges of the northeast United States.

The Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, circa 1820, is located at 501 Route 206 North, about 1 mile south of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register on New Jersey. The first floor is set up as a schoolhouse, which is what the building was originally built for. The second floor has a schoolmaster's bedroom and native Indian artifacts.

Both museums are located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 25 - Walpack Center, Sussex County
Walpack Historical Society Van Scouder-Knight House

On Sunday at 1:00 pm, the Walpack Historical Society will present a program on the Van Scouder-Knight House, a circa 1800 Dutch-influenced structure standing on a peaceful knoll along the east side of Old Mine Road, about two miles north of Flatbrookville. The one-and-a-half story gable-roofed farm house was built perpendicular to the road. It is believed the unusual orientation was in response to taxation based on the number of windows facing the road. The wood framing stands on a 20-inch thick rubble stone foundation and features wattle-and-daub infill between the vertical exterior wall studs. Bob Brandt, the author of Summer Knights Revisited, a popular account of his experiences working on the Knight Farm in the early 1950s, will sign copies of his book. 

The meeting will take place at the Walpack Church on Main Street, Walpack Center, Sussex County NJ within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Following the lecture, there will be a guided site visit to the Van Scouder-Knight House which is owned by the National Park Service. For information, call 973-948-4903 or visit

Sunday, June 25 - Paterson, Passaic County
New Jersey Music Society Concert at Lambert Castle

On Sunday at 5:00 pm, Lambert Castle welcomes back the New Jersey Music Society as it presents Music at the Mansion. Join the New Jersey Music Society as the musicians take you on a musical journey through time with music of Mozart, Beethoven, Irving Berlin, and more. Featuring string quartet and clarinet. Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited - no reservations will be taken.

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

Sunday, June 25 - 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

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

Sunday, February 19 through Sunday, July 2, 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, July 2, 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

Through Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Sabers, Swords, Guns, and Glory: Militaria in Morris County

Experience rarely seen weaponry from Morris County Historical Society's extensive militaria collection in Sabers, Swords, Guns, and Glory: Militaria in Morris County, on display at Acorn Hall through Sunday, July 30, 2017.

The exhibit spans more than two centuries of American military history and features a Revolutionary War saber, 1862 Springfield rifle, 19th-century Kentucky long rifle, Civil War munitions and accoutrements, military uniforms from the 20th century, and numerous medals and commendations earned by local soldiers and veterans. The exhibit also highlights the weapons and technology used in World War I and II, and the new forms of warfare introduced during the Cold War. This exhibit is held in conjunction with 1917: World War, Women's Rights, and Weaponry Sciences, extended through Sunday, July 2, 2017.

The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall is located at 68 Morris Avenue in Morristown, NJ. It 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 both exhibits is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the exhibits, only, is one half of the price of admission. For more information, call 973-267-3465 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

Through June 2018 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War I 
Opening - Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Bringing World War One Home
Though overshadowed by its sequel, World War One had profound and lasting effects on politics, social order, and individual lives. “New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War One,” the exhibit opening to the public at the Eden Woolley House, Sunday, June 25, sets out to make that case—with particular emphasis on the people and happenings of our state.

The Big Picture
The Great War reshaped the world. The U.S. emerged a world power. The seeds were sown for the rise of fascism and the spread of communism. Middle Eastern national boundaries were redrawn, fueling ethnic conflicts that continue to threaten.

At home, the scope and power of the U.S. government grew. A national army took over state militias. National security clashed with civil rights. Ethnic tensions grew--as did opposing organizations that either fed or defended against them. Women entered the work force in unprecedented numbers—and developed a irreversible taste for independence.

New Jersey’s Role
New Jersey was an industrial powerhouse that supplied the Allies even before we entered the war—and for that drew the attention of saboteurs. Once in the war, we boosted our manufacturing output. The army built facilities here that played major roles in the war effort, including Camps Dix, Merritt (a major embarkation base), and Vail (later Fort Monmouth).

New Jersey supplied two high-profile figures of the war era, most notably, the President himself. Wilson was a former New Jersey governor who ran his presidential campaigns from right here in Monmouth County. His nemesis during the war years, Alice Paul, was a militant suffragist from Burlington County who labelled the president “Kaiser Wilson.” Her White House picketing and arrest drew national attention and in large part led Wilson to reverse his opposition to the 19th Amendment.

One Man’s Story 
Behind the headlines are the stories of people. The exhibit tells, among others, of Joe Marino (born Giuseppe Maranaccio). Joe ended up in Asbury Park, U.S. citizen, father of four, and owner of Marino’s Bar on Main St. But he started life in Accadia, Italy. 

Italy, originally allied with Germany, remained neutral at the onset of war, then sided with the Allies. Nearly 6 million Italians served—including a teenaged Joe Marino. He was captured and imprisoned for years in Austria. Near the end of the war, he escaped and walked under cover of darkness the hundreds of miles back to his village. His sweetheart, assuming him dead, had married. Heartbroken, Joe moved to Rome where he worked three years to save the money to immigrate to the states.

This exhibit runs through June 2018. 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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