Thursday, July 6, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/8/17 - 7/9/17

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Saturday, July 8 - Tabernacle, Burlington County
89th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service

The 89th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 pm. Captain Emilio Carranza has been called "Mexico's Lindbergh." In 1928, while flying a goodwill mission from New York City to Mexico City, his plane crashed near Tabernacle, New Jersey during a thunderstorm. Since his death, members of American Legion Post 11 in Mount Holly have continued to promote his goodwill mission by honoring the pioneer aviator Captain Emilio Carranza. The Ballet Folklorico Dancers from New York City have been invited to dance in full authentic costumes.

Guest should arrive around 12:30 with a folding chair so that you can find a shady place to view the event and a close parking spot. There is no rain date and the event will be held even during inclement or severe weather conditions. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 8 - 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, July 8 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This two-hour hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the "hidden" back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield.

Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, July 8 - River Edge, Bergen County
Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
Children Friendly Event

Love baseball? Love history? Step back into yesteryear when the Bergen County Historical Society hosts an old-time game in the meadow at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge on Saturday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Featuring the Flemington Neshanocks versus the NY Mutuals.

Experience the crack of wood against leather, the cheers and jeers of the crowd, and baseball the way great-grandpa saw it, when these reenactor teams play with 19th century rules, equipment, and uniforms in an open field. A great way for the family to enjoy America's game!

Watch for Casey at the Bat at this first big event in The Meadow. Make sure to bring a hat, blanket or chair, and sunscreen. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students, BCHS members free. Enter at the corner of Hackensack Avenue and Main Street. Hot dogs, popcorn, and an ice cream truck will be available on-site. A New Bridge baseball scorecard available with each ticket - limited quantities. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 8 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale and Book Talk

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00 per person. 

From 2:00 - 4:00 pm, join acclaimed author and historian Jill Zahniser for a talk entitled "I'm With Alice: A Look at the Lesser-Known but Extraordinary Women of the National Woman's Party." Dr. Zahniser, whose book, Alice Paul: Claiming Power, is a leading biography of Alice Paul, will profile in her project for the Women and Social Movements in the United States website - a biographical dictionary of American suffragists for the online database. 

This important research project will profile some of the fascinating women who picketed 100 years ago with Alice Paul. These activists are included in the biographical dictionary of American suffragists published beginning this year by the website Women and Social Movements in the United States.

An independent scholar, Zahniser holds a doctorate in American and Women's Studies. A long-time friend of the Alice Paul Institute, in 1988 she joined API's successful effort to purchase the Paul estate which is now home to the Alice Paul Institute. Admission to the talk is $5 per person or free with tour admission.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, July 8 - Morristown, Morris County
Tempe Wick: Truth or Legend
Children Friendly Event

Did Tempe Wick really hide a horse in the Wick House? Hear the legend and find out the truth as you explore the Wick House and look for potential hiding spots. Stop by for one of two programs at the Wick House between 1:45 - 2:15 pm and 2:45 - 3:15 pm, within Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park, 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, July 8 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Evening Hayrides
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday evening, Howell Living History Farm will have hayrides that last 20 minutes, carrying visitors over the lanes of the 130 acre working farm. During the program, visitors can also take self-guided tours, picnic in the picnic area and join a marshmallow roast.

Rides will leave the barnyard area every 25 minutes beginning at 5:10 pm, with the last ride departing at 8:00 pm. Rides will be given on a first come, first serve basis to the first 200 visitors. Rides are intended for individual and family participation; groups cannot be accommodated. There is no charge for the wagon rides.

A wheelchair accessible wagon is also available. Individuals who would like to ride on this wagon should call 609-737-3299 in advance, and ask for Kathy. On the dates when evening hayrides are offered, the Farm will be closed during the day.

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, July 8 - Cape May, Cape May County
Graveyard, Ghosts, & Mansion Combo Tour

Take a trolley ride to the Cold Spring Presbyterian Cemetery with Ghost-One, a team of paranormal investigators, to spend time at the graves of Dr. Emlen Physick and his family. On the return from the graveyard to the Physick Estate, listen to EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon) recorded at the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, and experiences reported there by staff and tour-goers. Then join the paranormal research team for an actual investigation in the Physick House, followed by a discussion of discoveries during the investigation. Tour begins and ends at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Tickets $40. This event begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, July 8 - Chester, Morris County
Sail, Sail Your Boat
Children Friendly Event & Site

Decorate boats and sail them in the tail-race at the Cooper Gristmill in Morris County from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Please wear closed-toe shoes or boots. Cost: FREE. Boats can be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5), or borrowed for FREE. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, July 8 -  Morristown, Morris County
Dig Into Democracy!
Children Friendly Event and Site

From 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday, discover how historians learned about the beginnings of democracy in Ancient Greece and Rome using archaeology. Artifacts tell the story of how ancient people participated in their government. 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, July 8 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Village's Summer Flea Market

Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more at Allaire Village's Summer Flea Market! The event runs from 8:00 - 3:00 pm. This event is free for the public but there is a parking fee of $5.00 collected at the park entrance. The rain date is July 9th.

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, July 8 through September 17, 2017 - Trenton, Mercer County
Cadwalader Park: An Olmsted Vision

Key Dates:
VIP Reception, Friday, July 14, 6:00 - 8:00 pm with special lecture by E. Timothy Marshall.
Public Opening Reception, Saturday, July 15,6:00 - 8:00 pm
Sunday Afternoon in Cadwalader Park: With Barbara Trent, Sunday, July 16, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm

The Trenton Museum Society, along with the Cadwalader Park Alliance, is pleased to announce an exciting summer exhibit highlighting Cadwalader Park and its world-famous designer, Frederick Law Olmsted. Exhibitions on both floors of the museum will run from July 8 through September 17 with various complementary events, lectures and tours. Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO) is widely regarded as the Father of Landscape Architecture in America.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1822, Frederick Law Olmsted spent many years experiencing various professions and touring the world seeking and absorbing knowledge before honing in on landscape design as his life's passion. He first studied surveying, engineering, chemistry and farming and toured Europe visiting numerous parks and private estates. He published books on his travels and used his literary activities to oppose slavery and to argue for abolition of slavery in the southern United States. By the time FLO began his work in landscape architecture, he had developed a belief in community and understood the importance of public institutions. Olmsted believed that the public realm should be a respite; a place to retreat from the stress of urban life, and that public open space should be accessible to all people. In 1857 he took the position of superintendent of Central Park in New York City and, along with architect Calvin Vaux, won the design competition for the park the following year. He then spent the next seven years as the primary administrator in charge of the construction of Central Park. Olmsted's success in park-making in NYC led to his renowned career designing and creating some of our nation's most important urban parks. By the time FLO began to design Cadwalader Park in 1890, he had been planning parks in this country's leading cities for over 30 years. Cadwalader Park in Trenton is Olmsted's last great urban park.

Cadwalader Park has the distinction of being the only New Jersey park designed personally by Frederick Law Olmsted. While many other New Jersey parks and spaces were designed by the Olmsted firm in the years following the creation of Trenton's largest park, Cadwalader is the only New Jersey park to be designed by FLO himself. Trenton is fortunate to possess one of these urban treasures which still preserves many of the landscape and spatial qualities of the original plan. Cadwalader Park is beloved by many of Trenton's residents who nostalgically recall pony rides, picnics, concerts, and the balloon man and, also, by many who come today to experience tennis matches, baseball games, and family outings not to mention those who flock to the various exhibits offered at the Trenton City Museum. In addition, Mercer County is privileged to accommodate Olmsted's greatest campus design, the grounds of Lawrenceville School. Olmsted's core design principles are evident at Lawrenceville School in the rolling landscape and curving paths throughout.

For more information, the exhibit, the events, and tour times, call 609-989-3632, visit, or e-mail

Saturday, July 8 - Hewitt, Passaic County
Long Pond Ironworks Historic District Walking Tours
Children Friendly

Join the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks on Saturday as they walk through the Historic District. Learn how Long Pond contributed to the American Revolution, Civil War, and the industrial development of New Jersey. Tours last about two hours and follow a circular route through the historic village. Tours are conducted rain or shine, and attendees should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a walk through the woods. Tours take place at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm.

Long Pond Ironworks is located at 1334 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ. For more information, call  973-657-1688 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, July 8 - 9 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Threshing Demonstration
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday and Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch their antique threshing machine in action. The Longstreet Farm staff will use a 19th century, belt-driven “Champion” thresher to separate the wheat grain from the straw and the chaff. Come learn how this important crop grows and see how it was processed in the days before modern combines. The event runs from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm both days. This event is free and open to the public. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, July 8 - 9 - Cape May, Cape May County
Whaler Yeoman Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly Event & Site

Whaler Yeoman Weekend celebrates the Cape May County founding families' livelihoods, which were tied to the land and the sea. Demonstrations and discussions will be featured from whaling to farming, and to trades and crafts that supported those early settlers. Cape May Historical Society will be at the Village with demonstrations and information. The Nature Center of Cape May will provide a touch tank experience on both Saturday and Sunday.There will be special stories and crafts at the Dennisville Inn and a lecture in the Welcome Center about the history of fisherman knit sweaters. In addition to games at the Cape May Point Jail, musician Mary Roth will be singing and providing instrument demonstrations throughout the day at the Village Gazebo and Welcome Center. The Cold Spring Grange Restaurant will have themed faire at the Village Eatery. This event is sponsored by Harpoons on the Bay!

Historic Cold Spring Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit

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 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, July 9 - Fair Lawn, Bergen County
Garretson Forge and Farm Open House

Garretson Forge and Farm will hold an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Gerretson, one of the oldest historic sites in Bergen County, was home to six generations of the Garretson family and remains a rare surviving example of simple farming life that was prevalent in the 1700s and 1800s. Admission is free but donations are welcome. The Forge and Farm are located at 4-02 River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ. For more information, call 551-206-4380 or 201-797-7545 or visit

Sunday, July 9 - Ledgewood, Morris County
Museums at Drakesville Open House and Ice Cream Social
Children Friendly Event

On Sunday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, the Roxbury Historical Trust will host an open house at the eighteenth century Silas Riggs Saltbox House, the historic King House and the King Store Museums. There will also be an ice cream social to benefit the preservation and restoration of the sites. Each scoop is $1 and includes complimentary whipped cream and sprinkles. The sites are located at 213 Main Street in the Ledgewood Village section of Roxbury Township. Tours are free and historic interpreters will be on hand. For more information, call 973-927-7603 or visit

Sunday, July 9 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Going Bunkers: Battery Lewis

Battery Lewis is the largest gun battery ever built in New Jersey and one of only several built along the east coast to defend against enemy warships during WWII.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a flashlight and insect repellent. This program runs from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information on the meeting place and to make reservations, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Sunday, July 9 - Morris Township, Morris County
'Hay' There
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, watch as the farmers “make hay while the sun shines.” This program is weather permitting.

Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (2 and 3). FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, July 9 - Morristown, Morris County
Best Dressed in the Vail House
Children Friendly Site

On Sunday from 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm, experience life in a historic place through costumed interpreters leading tours of the Vail House at Historic Speedwell. Admission: $7/adult, $6/senior (65+), $5/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, July 9 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn about the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home. Admission is free.

The theme of this month's exhibit is "Pteridomania: The Victorian Fern Craze." The Victorian fern craze led to adventure, romance, and crime. Having live ferns in the home was very popular during the Victorian era. There will also be some examples of "Scherenschnitte" on display - The Victorian art of papercutting.

Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum.  The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale, perfect for spring or anytime.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. Visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade, handcrafted and seasonal items will be offered for sale. For further information, call 973-697-0258 or visit

Sunday, July 9 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

Stop by the South River Historical & Preservation Society on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and view exhibits on all aspects of Borough history including: schools; churches and houses of worship; local businesses and organizations; daily life; events and celebrations; and more. While you are there, see the cemetery located behind the building, ask questions, drop off donations, or exchange hometown stories with the docents. The museum is located at 64-66 Main Street, South River. For more information, visit

Sunday, July 9 - 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, July 9 - West Orange, Essex County
Geothermal Tour at the Glenmont Estate

Go "behind the scenes" at the Edison home. Join a guide for a walk through the basement of the famous house and learn about its new geothermal heating and cooling system. This program will last about 30 minutes at take place at 1:30 and again at 2:30 pm. It focuses on the technical aspects of the environmentally friendly geothermal system. The basement is not wheelchair accessible.

The tour 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 for adults, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x33 or visit

Sunday, July 9 - Dover, Morris County
Dover Area Historical Society Open House

The Dover Area Historical Society is holding an Open House on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Museum House, 55 W. Blackwell Street, Dover, NJ. An exhibit of photographs by DAHS photographer and curator Rick Kelly will be displayed. Tours of the Museum House will be conducted with refreshments to be served. For more information, call 973-361-3525 or visit

Sunday, July 9 - Raritan Township, Hunterdon County
Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market History Day

Celebrate local history at the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market on Sunday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Raritan Township. HLT’s History Day will feature tours, a presentation about life in Hunterdon County in the 1870s, and a visit by several local historical organizations.

The event begins with a tour of the barns on the Dvoor Farm at 9:30 am with Chris Pickell, the principal architect at Pickell Architecture in Flemington. He will lead a walking tour and discuss the farm’s bank barn, north and east el barns, horse barn (with the iconic Dvoor Bros. advertisement painted on the roof) and wagon house. Pickell specializes in upgrading antique buildings, historic design, and timber and stone barns. He’s also a trustee of the Hunterdon County Historical Society.

At 10:30 am, John Allen shares the findings of his research using the 1870 Federal Census alongside the 1873 Beers map to create a fascinating snapshot of a late 19th century farming community in Hunterdon County. Using East Amwell Township as a model, Allen discusses the lives of rich and poor farmers and farm laborers, telling several fascinating stories along the way. The presentation, which includes maps and intriguing images, also covers such topics as the 1872 equine influenza epidemic and population trends in the county.

Allen serves on the board of trustees of the Hunterdon County Historical Society and is a member of East Amwell's Historic Preservation Committee and the East Amwell Historical Society. For 34 years he worked as a petroleum geologist, and lived on three continents before retiring in 2013.

At 11:30 am, tour the historic stone farm house with Dave Harding, HLT’s director of outreach. He’ll take you through 279 years of local history, covering Johan Philip Case’s arrival to the Flemington area, his friendship with the Delaware Chief Tuccamirgan through to the preservation of the Dvoor Farm in 1999. Visitors can check out the 18th-century graffiti in the attic and learn about the 1803 murder in the basement. Harding serves on the board of trustees of the Hunterdon County Historical Society and is a member of the East Amwell Historical Society.

Also participating in the house tour is Ariel Dvoor Hylton, who created a podcast of a self-guided walking tour of the Dvoor farm and house for her Girl Scout Gold Award. The tour will be available from HLT’s website and YouTube channel. Hylton is the great-granddaughter of Jacob Dvoor, who purchased the property in 1920 and ran a stock farm until his death in 1972. Jacob’s son, Herb Dvoor, continued to run the family cattle business well into the 1990s.

The Hunterdon County Historical Society, Hunterdon County 300th Committee, the Raritan Township Historical Society and the Friends of Historic Flemington are scheduled to attend.

All events are free, and no registration is required. For more information, visit

The Farmers’ Market features more than 20 local farmers and vendors offering organic produce, grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, yak, honey, artisan breads, freshly ground spices and loose teas, fresh-cut flowers, cheese, milk, eggs, locally roasted coffee, native plants and more. Visitors can enjoy a flatbread pizza made with ingredients provided by local farmers while listening to live music with the Back Porch Jug Band.

Sunday, July 9 - Cape May Point, Cape May County
Cape May Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 stairs to the starry top, overlooking historic Cape May. Since it opened to the public in 1988, some 2.5 million people have climbed the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse; but a smaller, select group can say they have experienced the grand vista of the evening sky from atop this majestic beacon at nighttime. Climb the 199 steps of the Cape May Lighthouse to the top where you'll be able to see the full moon in all its glory on clear nights and enjoy a spectacular moonlit view. 

The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. Climbs will be held between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, July 9 Eatontown, Monmouth County
"So You Want to Write a Book: Sharing Your Story and Passion"

Joe Grabas, genealogist, entrepreneur and successful author will present, "So You Want to Write a Book: Sharing Your Story and Passion" at the Sunday meeting of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society. The meeting will be held at the Community Center, 72 Broad Street, Eatontown and begins at 1:30 pm.

Don't miss Joe's presentation on the process of writing a book and getting it published. How do you get started? How long does it take? How much does it cost? How much can I profit? How do I find a Publisher? Joe will answer all these questions and more. Since the publication of Joe's book, Owning New Jersey, he has been in demand as a speaker. He recently sold his Title Agency to devote his time to his burgeoning speaking career and his Grabas Institute for Continuing Education which concentrates on enhancing the skills of real estate and insurance professionals. The program is free and the public is welcome.

Sunday, July 9 - Sparta, Sussex County
Photographers Eye the Van Kirk Homestead

Sunday, July 9 - Montague, Sussex County
Montague Open Houses

MARCH, the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History, is pleased to announce that both its museum sites will be open 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. This week, there will be basket weaving with Barbara Meyer.

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, July 9 - Warren County
Morris Canal Museum Open Houses
Family Friendly Sites

Two Warren County history museums, both located at sites on the route of the old Morris Canal, are open and staffed by volunteers on the second Sunday of each month, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. 

At the Jim and Mary Lee Museum at Plane 9 West in the Port Warren Heritage Area, Stewartsville, learn how the canal boats moved up and down the hills of northern New Jersey as they traversed the state from from Port Delaware – AKA Phillipsburg – to Jersey City.  Spend an hour or two visiting this place that is arguably one of the premier locations on the entire canal corridor. This unique museum is located in a former Morris Canal plane tender's house and is named for the noted canal historian and his wife, who lived there and restored the site. Visitors can walk the inclined plane, view the remains of the powerhouse and turbine chamber; see artifacts in the museum; and walk the towpath trail along the Lopatcong Creek. The Jim and Mary Lee Museum at Port Warren Heritage Area is located at 477 County Route 519, Stewartsville, NJ.

Located just over three miles away, Morris Canal Bread Lock Park is open daily until dusk, with the Warren County History Museum open the second Sunday of the month year-round. Lock 7 West near New Village was known as "Bread Lock" because the store at the end of the lock sold goods to the boatmen, including homemade bread and pies. In the museum, one of Warren County's hidden gems, the displays encompass a wide range of Warren County’s history, from the Native Indians who lived here before white men arrived, to the Colonial-era iron industry, to the building of the Morris Canal, to the time when a trolley ran through the valley, to the days when Thomas Edison was busy inventing and experimenting nearby. Bread Lock Park is located at 2627 New Jersey 57, Stewartsville, NJ. 

For more information, visit

Sunday, July 9 - Montclair, Essex County
Family Fun: Architectural Walking Tour
Family Friendly

Gothic, eyebrow, or Palladian? On this Family Walking Tour, we’ll look for architectural details in the beautiful homes located on the streets near the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Teach your kids the language of architecture. Maybe you’re raising the next Mead, McKim, or White! Admission: $10/family, $5 if you have a family membership with the Montclair History Center. This one hour tour begins at 1:00 pm.

Meet at the Crane House/Historic YWCA, located at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, 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 Sunday, 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

Through Monday, September 4, 2017 - Morristown, Morris County
Art in the Park: Students Celebrate "Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity" with Dream Rocket Collaboration
Family Friendly

Morristown National Historical Park debuts its first collaboration with Dream Rocket Project (DRP), a project of the International Fiber Collective, Inc (IFC), to collect thousands of artworks from kids around world and use those works to wrap a 385-foot Space Launch System (SLS) rocket replica. DRP's aim is to expose kids to the importance of collaboration and the multi-disciplinary learning that inspires youth to "DREAM big, THINK big, and make a difference." Launched in 2009, this project hopes to collect over 9,000 submissions and estimates over 36,000 people will participate.

For its part, Morristown NHP's participants focused on the theme of 'Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity," a nod to Morristown's storied history of endurance, inventiveness, and survival.

In total, 73 works of art by 763 participants were created and are on display in the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center. The participants are from 59 classes throughout 17 schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. See a sampling of the artwork and photos of it on display at:

The exhibit is in the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center until September 4, 2017. The Visitor Center is located 580- 600 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, NJ. The days of the week that it is open varies throughout the season. For more information and for hours, call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit

Last Sunday of the month through September 29, 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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