Thursday, October 12, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/14/17 - 10/15/17

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Friday - Saturday, October 13 - 14 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
The Chilling Re-Telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Allaire Village is presenting a dramatic rendition of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"written by Washington Irving and performed by Neill Hartley. The performance takes place in the Allaire Village Chapel on Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 pm.

In an exciting performance, Neill Hartley, brings to life the tale of the Headless Horseman, within the candle-lit Allaire Village Chapel. You will be transported back to a time before television, radio, CDs, and electricity. The seating is limited to 100 for each performance, so advanced purchase is recommended. Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the performances. Ticket cost is $20 per person. To purchase tickets or for information, call 732-919-3500 and have your credit card ready. Tickets can also be purchased online at

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Friday - Saturday, October 13 - 14 - Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
Ghosts of Proprietary House

Saturday, October 14 - Westfield, Union County
Theorem Painting Workshop at the Miller-Cory House Museum
Ages 14+

Delicate, brightly colored, and charming - all of these words describe "theorem painting," an art form popular in early America which uses stencils to create images on fabric. On Saturday from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, the Miller-Cory House Museum will host a workshop all about this lovely craft.

The program includes a brief history of theorem painting. Participants will learn about the techniques of painting with stencils and create a theorem picture to take home, suitable for framing. Participants should wear old clothing or a smock as the paints are oil based. The workshop is open to anyone 14 years and older. 

Registration is required; the fee is $15. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit

Saturday, October 14 - South Orange, Essex County
Dried Wreath Making Workshop at Morven Museum and Garden

Morven Museum and Garden's historic front porch wisteria vines will be the base to create dried flower wreath at a special workshop on Saturday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Morven's gardener Nancy Nicosia will lead the workshop, featuring dried foliage and heirloom flowers from Morven's gardens. All materials, tools and instruction will be provided. No previous experience required. Admission: $55; $45 Friends of Morven. To charge by phone, visit or call 609-924-8144. Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Saturday, October 14 - South Orange, Essex County
"Gems of South Orange" House Tour
Children Friendly Event & Site

The Village of South Orange has long been known for its diverse stock of attractive residences lining peaceful, leafy streets. From 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday, an estimated 600 visitors will view the interiors and exteriors, collections, and landscaping of eight astounding private homes that they could previously admire only from afar.

Known as one of New Jersey's premier house tours, this year's biennial "Gems of South Orange," presented by The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society, will feature a wide variety of distinctive homes built in four different centuries in years from 1787 to 2007.

Purchasing an admission ticket will permit visitors docent-guided close-up views of the décor, exteriors, furnishings, and gardens of eight special houses ranging from a post- Revolutionary expanded farmhouse to a neo-classic hybrid built in smartphone times.

The tour begins at the South Orange Performing Arts Center where each attendee will pick up a Guidebook/map. SOPAC is just off South Orange Avenue at the train station. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Classic autos matching the vintage of appropriate homes will be parked at the properties.

Free parking is available in the NJTransit/SOPAC parking lot.

For those who prefer not to drive, free jitneys will stop at SOPAC and at every Tour house, running in a continuous loop.

Children under the age of 12 will not be admitted.

SOHPS is dedicated to preserving and promoting the distinctive attractions, architecture, and features of South Orange Village. The group places historic plaques around town, organizes symposiums, provides college scholarships for essays on historic topics, and participates in grant-writing for historical and civic ventures, among other activities. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 day of tour. To purchase discounted advance tickets for the House Tour, go to For more information, e-mail

Saturday, October 14 - Manalapan, Monmouth County
Archives and History Day

Join over sixty history organizations who will have exhibit tables for this annual event at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan that began in 1996. Stop by on Saturday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and learn about New Jersey's fascinating history and the interesting work and programs offered. This year's Archives and History Day will focus on the history of Monmouth County inventors and innovators and will feature movie screenings and seminars for people of all ages. The day will include a keynote address by historian Dr. Paul Israel who will deliver a talk entitled, "New Jersey: A State of Innovation," the Monmouth County History Forum, tours of the Monmouth County Archives, a history Game with many free prizes, and award presentations.

This event is free to attend. The Monmouth County Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Road, Manalapan, NJ. For a program of events on Saturday, visit

Saturday, October 14 - Paterson, Passaic County
Harvest Festival at Lambert Castle
Children Friendly Event

Join Lambert Castle on Saturday between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm on the North Lawn of Lambert Castle, as the Passaic County Historical Society ushers in the Autumn season with history, food and fun fall activities. Children can participate in fall crafts and games, learn about local historic sites, drill with some Revolutionary war soldiers and much more. The day concludes at 5:30 pm as we read a version of Washington Irving’s classic story and sing some Halloween songs. You might even have a chance to meet the Headless Horseman in person! Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. Recommended for children age 3-12 years. Free admission, donations requested. No rain date.

Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County’s cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County’s natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest.

Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society, is located at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ. For more information regarding museum hours and admission, visit the Passaic County Historical Society’s website at or call 973-247-0085.

Saturday, October 14 -  Westfield, Union County
Apple Fest at the Reeve House
Children Friendly Event

Saturday, October 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Grand Lighthouse Cruise

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

Saturday, October 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Phantoms of the Physick Estate - The Mourning Hours

Step into the 19th century where mourning rituals mixed superstition with necessity. Experience the unexpected on this 30-minute guided tour through the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, appropriate for all ages on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.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, October 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Tea & Confessions - The Bizarre Case of Lizzie Borden

Who was Lizzie Borden, and what really happened on the fateful day her parents were hacked to death in the family home? Meet Lizzie Borden and get swept up in the story of one of the most notorious women in modern history over afternoon tea at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom, at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ on Saturday at 2:30 pm. $30 per person. Reservations necessary. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, October 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour

A trolley tour through parts of West Cape May to the Cape May Lighthouse, with tales of ghostly activity throughout. Participants will be met at the Lighthouse by a costumed Keeper who will relate a ghostly tale inside the Lighthouse with time available to climb. The tour begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. Tour departs at 8:00 pm. Admission: $22 for adults and $14 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

Saturday, October 14 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Fall Hayrides
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, tours of Howell Living History Farm's fall tillage operations will be offered to the public.

Wagons will leave from the farmyard continuously from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm, touring fields where farmers will be plowing or harrowing with horses and circa 1900 equipment. Tours last 20 minutes and are given free, on a first come, first serve basis. A wheelchair-accessible wagon is available.

During the tours, visitors will get a chance to meet the farmers and horses who work the 130-acre “living history” farm. Guides will explain how fields are readied for planting winter crops such as wheat and rye.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit

Saturday, October 14 - Whippany, Morris County
New Jersey World War One Road Show

Saturday, October 14 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Fall Flea Market
Children Friendly Event and Site

Join us for our fabulous flea market! Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. The rain date is October 15.

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, October 14 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

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.

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, October 14 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Children Friendly Event

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

Saturday, October 14 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Farm Know-How on the Go: Carriage House
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday from 2:00 - 2:45 pm at Fosterfields Living History Farm, walk to the Carriage House and discover how the building was once used by the coachman. Learn about tack and harnessing from the farmer. Included with regular admission.

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, October 14 - Chester, Morris County
Celebrate Apples
Children Friendly

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Cooper Grist Mill, assist with cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown/Chester. Use a hand-cranked apple peeler, decorate an apple, and see a display of apple head dolls. Cost: FREE but donations appreciated. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 14 - 15 - Titusville, Mercer County
The Pathways of History
Children Friendly Event

Saturday - Sunday, October 14 - 15 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
Candlelight Tours of Chestnut Hill Cemetery
Family Friendly Event

The East Brunswick Museum will hold its annual candlelight tours of the historic Chestnut Hill Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday During each tour, visitors will follow lighted paths through the cemetery as costumed re-enactors portray former residents of East Brunswick and the surrounding area.

The program brings these characters to life with displays and demonstrations over an approximate 45 minute tour. Over 500 luminaria (candles in bags) will line the walking path for the tour, winding through the historic section of the cemetery. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own flashlights for safety.

There will be light refreshments served at the end of each tour. The candlelight tours are open to the general public, but are not appropriate for anyone with walking problems or children in strollers. Free parking is available on-site. 

The tours will take place at Chestnut Hill Cemetery on Old Bridge Turnpike in East Brunswick, NJ between 5:30 and 8:00 pm. Admission fees for this special event are $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12 years of age. This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged. For more information, call 732-257-1508.

Saturday - Sunday, October 14 - 15 - Somerset County
Somerset County Weekend Journey Through the Past
Children Friendly Sites

Somerset County's eleventh annual Weekend Journey through the Past, a collaborative heritage tourism program, will showcase 29 significant historic sites countywide that will be open to the public free of charge on Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. There will be a wide range of tours and activities to provide an enjoyable free weekend outing for the entire family.

This year’s event features two newly participating historic sites: The Griggstown Bridgetender's House in Princeton and the Van Liew-Suydam House in Franklin Township.

This annual event, initiated and widely promoted by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in cooperation with the county Board of Freeholders, brings the past to life through the dedicated efforts of the many participating historical societies and organizations, municipal historic commissions and their enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers.

Through the enthusiastic involvement, collaborative partnerships and support of Somerset County's many historic societies and commissions, the event features many special activities, including a contest for prizes; interpreted tours led by costumed docents; special collections and exhibitions; period military drills and encampment with living  history reenactors; open-hearth cooking; colonial tavern life; traditional blacksmithing; 19th-century firefighting wagons and apparatus and much more.

There also will be antiques sales; arts and crafts; live period music performances and participatory colonial dance instruction; a scheduled theatrical performance; guidance on genealogical resources; daily chores of 18th century life; military history; demonstrations; local history videos; antique cameras, music boxes and unique musical instrument collections; participatory activities; interesting architecture; access to some sites not generally open to the public.

For comprehensive details, participating historic sites featured this year (including three new, first-time participating sites), information about how to qualify to win one of many pre-paid gasoline gift cards and advance information about the new "What in the World is That" kids/family detective investigation activity, call 908-231-7110 or visit

Sunday, October 15 - Pennington, Mercer County
Spirits of Hopewell Valley

Sunday, October 15 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Paper Faces on Parade
Children Friendly Event and Site

As Halloween approaches, learn about some of the historic uses of masks, and make one to take home at Historic Speedwell from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission: $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Sunday, October 15 - Morris Township, Morris County
The Time to Mourn
Children Friendly Site

On Sunday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm at 1:00 and 2:00 pm, tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed.

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

Sunday, October 15 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Explore the Farm Wagon Ride
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Sunday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Board the open-air wagon for a leisurely ride around the historic farm from 12:15 - 2:00 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

Sunday, October 15 - Morristown, Morris County
Fort Hancock Day

Join us as we commemorate the renaming of "Fortifications at Sandy Hook" to "Fort Hancock" in October 1895.  As part of this commemoration, volunteers from the Army Ground Forces Association uniformed as World War II era Coast artillery soldiers will bring Battery Gunnison/New Peck and its 6-inch guns to life as they were in October 1943. See the fully restored 1920s to 1940s vintage interior electric system and learn about Fort Hancock Army medical support. Learn how the Army planned to counter chemical weapons with the fully restored Chemical Decomtamination and Overpressure system. Learn  about 1940s metal working machines and see machinists making parts to repair or replicate historic items. Participate in loading the guns, tracking ships, learn "artillery math" and experience a soldier's life at Fort Hancock in October 1943. This free event takes place Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:30 pm at Battery Gunnison/New Peck within Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 15 Walpack, Sussex County
Van Campen Day

On Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm, the Walpack Historical Society and the National Park Service will will present Van Campen Day. This annual event will take place at the Van Campen Inn on the unpaved section of Old Mine Road in Walpack Township, within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Sussex County, NJ.

Festivities include a parade from the Inn to the marker for the grave of local hero, John Rosenkrans, colonel of the Sussex County Militia during the fight for independence. A representative of the Sons of the American Revolution will speak on the life of Colonel Rosenkrans.  From there, there will be a hike to the Shapanack and Clark cemeteries and the slave burial ground.

The NJ Frontier Guard, reenactors, will be camped at the Inn. Colonial era crafts will be demonstrated. Tours of the Inn, which boasts some of the finest woodwork and hardware of its period in Sussex County (circa 1750) will be conducted by costumed guides.

Guests at the Van Campen Inn included General Horatio Gates, his aide-de-camp, Benedict Arnold, and Brigadier General John Stark in 1776, Count Casimir Pulaski and cavalry in 1778-1779, General Edward Hand and staff, Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt and the second New York regiment in 1779.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and the public is welcomed. For more information, call 973.948-4903 or visit

Sunday, October 15 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
35th Autumn House Tour

The Lambertville Historical Society proudly announces its 35th Autumn House Tour on Sunday. The tour is self-guided and runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Seven homes will be featured this year as well as several additional sites. 

Tickets  are $25 in advance ($30 on the day of the tour, $25 for LHS members) and may be purchased online at Tickets may also be bought at the Marshall House, 60 Bridge Street, NJ (weekends 1:00 - 4:00 pm) or directly from some local merchants - Blue Raccoon, City Market, Homestead Farm Market, Lambertville Trading Company, Stockton Fine Wines in Stockton, and Farley's Bookshop in New Hope.

Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available on the day of the tour. The bus will continuously loop from the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad parking lot behind the headquarters at 70 Alexander Avenue (off of Phillip-Barber Road) on to City Hall every 15 minutes from 10:30 am -  5:15 pm. Visitors can also park in residential areas or at parking meters that are in effect on Sunday from 1:00 - 9:00 pm. For more information and driving directions, call 609-397-0770 or visit or e-mail

Sunday, October 15 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Country Living Fair
Children Friendly

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. will hold its Annual Country Living Fair at Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest on Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. There will be no admission charge. The State of New Jersey will charge a nominal fee of $5.00 per vehicle to park at the Batsto Village site.

Visitors will have an opportunity to view and purchase a variety of Country, Colonial and Victorian crafts. They will also be able to meet talented crafters demonstrating their artistry in a wide assortment of materials. In addition to Pre-World War II cars, old-time steam engines, antiques, and pony rides will help make this an event of special interest to people of all ages. Blacksmith Toby Kroll will be showing his craft in the Batsto Blacksmith Shop.

The Renegade Cloggers will perform throughout the day. Local service organizations will be on hand to make available a plentiful variety of foods and drinks. It is hoped that Smokey Bear will make an appearance along with the NJ Forest Fire Service truck.

A unique opportunity will present itself as animal rescue groups will bring several breeds of dogs to the event, hoping to find them a loving home.

The Batsto Mansion, home to the Richards family for nearly 100 years and later owned by Joseph Wharton, will be available for tours beginning at 10:00 am. There is a $3.00 per person charge for the tour. The famous Batsto Post Office; one of only four in the entire United States authorized to cancel mail without a zip code, will be also be open.

Batsto is located in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. Further information may be obtained by calling the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 or visit

Sunday, October 15 - Harrison Township, Gloucester County
Meet the Author

Few places are as obsessed with the paranormal as New Jersey, and the area once known as West Jersey is a hotbed of paranormal activity. As a participant in local paranormal investigations, Kelly Lin Gallagher-Roncace has the goosebumps to prove it. She recounts her research and experiences in her newly released book, Haunted Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties, and will be on hand for a book-signing at Old Town Hall Museum in Mullica Hill on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase.

Roncace began her writing career as a news reporter, but switched directions to become a features writer in 2009. Soon she began writing a popular weekly column, "Paranormal Corner," exploring the unexplained with a team of paranormal investigators. In 2015, she received a third place award in entertainment writing from the New Jersey Press Association. She now enjoys writing about legends and mysterious happenings throughout the state.

"We are excited to have Kelly here as part of the opening weekend of our new exhibition, Weird South Jersey," said the Harrison Township Historical Society's president Robert Schumann, "especially since the book includes stories about two locations right here in Mullica Hill."

Weird South Jersey features photographic images by New Jersey artists. A selection of unusual objects from the Society's collection, most on exhibition for the first time accompany the works of art. Artifacts include 19th and early 20th century funeral registers from Mullica Hill's James M. Wolf Funeral Parlor, the wallet and its contents that a local soldier carried with him throughout World War I and a 108 year old bottle of wine commemorating a 1909 wedding in Richwood.

Weird South Jersey opens Saturday, October 14 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The book-signing takes place on Sunday from  1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Museum remains open Saturdays and Sundays,  1:00 - 4:00 pm, through December 9, 2017, and admission is free. Old Town Hall Museum is located at 62 South Main Street in the heart of Mullica Hill's National Register Historic District. For more information, call 856-478-4949 or visit

Sunday, October 15 - Montclair, Essex County
Historic House Tours: Crane/YWCA & Shultz Open
Family Friendly

On Sunday you can visit ALL of the Montclair Historical Society’s properties, including the Shultz House at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. This amazing gem of a house is an intact time capsule of life in the early 20th century. Wait until you see the woodwork, the Delft fireplace surround, the science equipment in the library!

You can also discover history through the “many voices” who made our community what it is today at the Crane House and Historic YWCA at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. The people who lived, worked, and relaxed in this building tell the story of not only Montclair, but also New Jersey and nation from its early years of a fledgling country to a country embroiled in Civil Rights. While you’re here, make sure you see what’s growing at the farm, meet the chickens, and visit the Museum Shop for unique, one-of-a-kind treats.

Both houses are open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3:00 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Members get in free! For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, October 15 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly Tour

Enjoy a 1.9 mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel, and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University, and the American Revolution are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will learn on your tour.

Admission: $7 per adult; $4 children ages 6 to 12; free for children age 5 and under. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Walk up ticket sales are cash only; guides cannot provide change. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Sunday, October 15 - West Orange, Essex County
Harry's Magical Invention Bag
Children Friendly Event

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

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

Sunday, October 15 - Woodstwn, Salem County
"Slave-catchers, the Fugitive Slave Laws, and New Jersey's Chief Justice Hornblower"

The Salem County Historical Society has announced that John Zen Jackson, Esq. will be the presenter of "Slave-catchers, the Fugitive Slave Laws, and New Jersey's Chief Justice Hornblower" for the 14th John S. Rock Memorial Lecture to be held on Sunday at the Friends Village, Fenwick Auditorium, 1 Friends Drive, Woodstown, NJ at 3:30 pm. The public is invited to enjoy this free educational program.

John Zen Jackson is a partner in the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP in its Morristown, New Jersey office and a member of the firm's  Health Care Practice Group. He is certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  

As part of the society's educational programming, this lecture commemorates the life of abolitionist John Stewart Rock (1826-1866), teacher, healer, and counselor. Rock, born in Salem County, was a black abolitionist of national prominence, who was well known in his time but less recognized in ours. He was the first African American to be admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on February 1, 1865.

The Society continues to honor the life of this native son through this lecture series and through a special John Stewart Rock Memorial Scholarship at the Salem Community College. Contributions from the community at large fund both commemorations through a restricted fund at the Salem County Historical Society. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 15 - Whippany, Morris County
Halloween Express Train Rides
Children Friendly Event & Site

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

Sunday, October 15 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
"Save The Water Tower" Flea Market

The Ocean Township Historical Museum, located in the Eden Woolley House in front of the Ocean Library at 703 Deal Road in Ocean, is hosting an Outdoor Antique and Flea Market on parkland behind the museum from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on Sunday. The event takes place-appropriately enough-in the shadow of the handsome tower on the site that the museum is working to save. All proceeds from the market go to the restoration effort. Event chair Brenda Wityk explained the purpose of the event; "We want to create a fun and productive day for everyone involved-visitors, shoppers, and vendors. It's an ideal location for what we have in mind: parkland situated behind the museum and next to the library with off-street parking, activities for children, tours of the museum and tower, and a surrounding woodland that will be alive with fall colors."

The museum association has an impressive track record saving structures. It rescued the 18th century (in its oldest part) Eden Woolley House, moved from the corner of Route 35 and Deal Road, restored, and opened to the public in 2009. Now, they’ve tackled saving the handsome tower behind the Woolley House. The tower was built in the early 20th century to hide a water tank that supplied the farm on which it stood. Its iconic façade, reminiscent of a New England lighthouse, has become a local landmark. To date, the structure has been stabilized and painted. Work remains to complete the renovation and open the tower to the public as an adjunct to the museum. For more information, call 732-531-2136 or visit

1st and 3rd Saturdays through November 2017 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Atlantic Highlands Architectural Walking Tours

Through Sunday, May 13, 2018 - Morristown, Morris County
The Cutting Edge: Medicine in Morris County, 1876 - 1976

Morris County Historical Society will feature the many contributions Morris County doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and veterinarians have made to the field of medicine at both the local and global levels at its upcoming exhibit, "The Cutting Edge: Medicine in Morris County, 1876-1976." The exhibit will open on Sunday, September 10 and run through Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Morris County is a hub of innovation in the medical field. The "Grandfather of the Epidural," James Leonard Corning, MD, lived at Acorn Hall, now the MCHS headquarters; the country's first Doctor of Veterinary Medicine was born in Mount Olive; the biggest studies disproving the benefits of lobotomies took place at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital; and the Right-to-Die controversy first made national headlines through the case of Karen Ann Quinlan in the 1970s and 1980s.

Morris County also is home to The Seeing Eye, Bayer's North American Headquarters, and Morristown Medical Center, a nationally-ranked hospital in the fields of cardiology and orthopedics.

The exhibit will honor the 125th anniversary of Morristown Medical Center, include stories and photos of and objects from Greystone Park never before exhibited, and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the burning of the original All Souls' Hospital. It also will explore the history of The Seeing Eye, right-to-die cases, veterinarian medicine, local pharmaceutical giants, impact of diseases, such as tuberculosis and Spanish Flu, and notable medical professionals who treated Morris County residents.

A formal Exhibit Opening will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 6:00 pm. Morris County Historical Society is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission, which includes the exhibits and landscaped grounds, is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

Through June 2018 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
New Jersey and the Great War: Local Stories of World War I 

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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