Thursday, October 19, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/21/17 - 10/22/17

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Friday - Saturday, October 20 - 21 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Historic Allaire Village, presents Halloween Hayrides on Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. The Halloween Hayride starts in front of the General Store and enters the foreboding woods for a trip into Halloween horror. Hayrides are approximately twenty minutes in length and wagons leave every fifteen minutes from the General Store. If you make it through the Hayride alive, take a stroll through our Haunted Village. Scary story-telling will be held in the Carriage House and special Halloween performances will be held in the Allaire Mansion. All are welcome...if you dare! Stop by the Allaire Bakery for hot cider and spooky snacks or visit the General Store and Museum Gift Shop for limited edition Halloween souvenirs and merchandise.

The cost for the hayride is $10 for child under 12 and $15 for adults. Tickets are limited so advance purchase is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Tickets are for sale by calling 732-919-3500 - please have your credit card ready. You can also purchase tickets at

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

Saturday, October 21 - 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, October 21 - Trenton, Mercer County
Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution

The Old Barracks is pleased to host lectures and discussions by leading historians and authors on a variety of subjects, sponsored by the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey. Lectures are free to attend and begin with a reception with light refreshments.  On Sunday at 1:00 pm, Robert Smith will present a lecture on his book Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American RevolutionThis book is a study of Congress' innovative program of munitions manufacturing under the Department of the Commissary General of Military in the 18th century. The lecture will begin after a reception with light refreshments. All lectures are free of charge. Books can be pre-ordered by calling the Old Barracks Museum at 609-777-3599. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-777-3599 or visit

Saturday, October 21 Hardwick, Warren County
Halloween Program with Evening Lantern Tours at Millbrook Village

On Saturday, Millbrook Village will be open from 2:00 - 5:00 pm for tours and traditional craft demonstrations like cider pressing, natural dyes, woodworking, a scavenger hunt and crafts including cornhusk and apple-head dolls. 

From 6:30 to 8:30, join a guided lantern tour of the darker side of the 19th century. One hour tours take place at 6:30 pm, 6:50 pm, 7:10 pm, and 7:30 pm. This family-friendly event is an easy walk through Millbrook Village. It will be dark during the tour. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear. Every person must have their own working flashlight. Lanterns with flames are not permitted. You can also listen to ghost stories around the campfire. It is sure to be a fun event for all! Light refreshments will be available during the event and admission is 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 and directions, call 908-841-9531, 908-537-2544, or 973-875-3461 or visit their Facebook page.

Saturday, October 21 - Readington Township, Hunterdon County
Barn Dance

Put on your dancing shoes for a night of family fun as the Readington Museums hosts its bi-annual Barn Dance on Saturday from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. The dance will be held inside the eighteenth century Wade-Wyckoff Barn at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead located at 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of Readington Township, NJ (for GPS use Lebanon). This family friendly event is a wonderful way to have fun with the entire family as no experience is necessary. Caller Betsy Gotta will give easy to follow instructions before each dance so even a beginner will be able to dance the night away. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult and $2.00 per child. Groups of six or more please call for a reservation.  For more information, call Program Director Margaret Smith at 908-236-2327 or visit

Saturday, October 21 Pohatcong, Warren County
Pohatcong's 23rd Annual Historic House Tour

Saturday, October 21 - Princeton, Mercer County
Discovering Princeton at Morven Museum & Garden

Morven Museum and Garden presents photographer Wiebke Martens and historian Jennifer Jang – both Princeton residents – who will discuss their book Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours, on Saturday at 2:00 pm.

The afternoon talk will answers such intriguing questions as how did Princeton become Princeton? And, what role did the Stockton family, Morven’s initial builders and residents, play in the evolution of both the town and university?

A book signing and a walking tour through the Mercer Hill neighborhood featuring Stockton family landmarks will follow the presentation. The book is also available in the Museum Shop at Morven.

Wiebke Martens is a fine arts photographer with a focus on landscape and architectural photography. Her work has been exhibited in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and she is a licensed artist by Princeton University. Since moving to Princeton with her family ten years ago she has immersed herself in this town, wandering the streets, camera in hand, and exploring its history.

Jennifer Jang, a museum education consultant in Princeton, holds a doctorate in American civilization. Animating history is her specialty, and she has worked at a variety of institutions, including the Historical Society of Princeton, where she designed walking tours for children and adults. This is their first collaboration.

Reservations are required. Tickets: $18; $15 Friends of Morven are available online at or by calling 609-924-8144 x113. Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Saturday, October 21 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration & Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see what is cooking on the woodstove in the out kitchen. Discover how food, recipes, cooking techniques and the kitchen itself has changed since the 1890s. 

Stop in the farmhouse to hear music from yesteryear played on an accordion. 

Both free events run from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. 

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

Saturday, October 21- Pemberton, Burlington County
2017 Pinelands Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium

On Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, the Archaeological Society of New Jersey and the Pinelands Commission will host the 2017 Pinelands Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium at the Terrence D. Moore Conference Room,Richard J. Sullivan Center for Environmental Policy and Education, 15C Springfield Road, Pemberton, NJ.

* 10:00 am - 11:30 am: ASNJ Board Meeting - ASNJ members - the public is welcome.
* 11:30 am - 11:40 am: Keynote Speaker- R. Alan Mounier
* 11:40 am - 12:00 pm: "A Forgotten Town on a Forgotten Road: The Archaeology of Pine Barrens Heritage at the Storied Cedar Bridge Tavern"- Richard Veit
12:00 pm - 12:20 pm: "Heritage Creation in the Pine Barrens: Exploring Cultural Resources through Interviews on Participation and Meaning"- Holly Baldwin
12:20 pm - 12:40 pm: "28-CM-80: A Possible Early, Ephemeral Historic Settlement Site in Woodbine Borough" - R. Alan Mounier
12:40 pm - 1:00 pm: Discussion for morning session
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm: LUNCH/Live Music on the Porch by "North Branch Barn."
1:50 pm - 2:25 pm: "Crossing the Pinelands: Revisiting Transmission Corridor Surveys and Predictive Modeling in Southern New Jersey"- Matt Tomaso
2:25 pm - 2:55 pm: "Prehistoric Settlement in the New Jersey Pinelands: A Reassessment" - Pat Hansell and Tony Ranere
2:55 pm- 3:15 pm: "Little Ease Headwaters Surface Geology and Archaeology Project, Preliminary Findings: A Three Dimensional View of a Coastal Plain Landscape and its Cultural Use Patterns...A Fresh Look at Old Stuff"- Joseph Arsenault
3:15 pm - 3:35 pm: "Dune Landforms and Two Enigmatic Prehistoric Archaic Manifestations on the New Jersey Coastal Plains"-  Jack Cresson
3:35 pm - 4:00 pm: Discussion for afternoon session

There is ample free parking and breakfast and lunch are included. The symposium is free of charge. Breakfast will be available at 9:30 - 10:00 am. Please RSVP if possible so there is a count for the refreshments. Walk-ins are also welcome. If you have questions or to RSVP, contact the symposium organizer:

Saturday, October 21 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Pumpkin Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly

It's the spookiest time of the year at the village! Celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 26th Annual Pumpkin Festival. This fun, free event will take place on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and is presented by the Lower Township Rotary Club. Admission is free; guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the 'Share the Harvest' Food Drive.

Families can enjoy pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village’s shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, funnel cake, and other snacks. Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm. Don't miss the Children's Halloween Parade at 11:00 am. Please call the Lower Township Recreation Department at 609-886-7880 for parade registration information.

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 end of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit the Village

Saturday, October 21 - Somers Point, Atlantic County
Horsepower by the Bay
Family Friendly Event

Sturdy Savings Bank and Shore Medical Center and will present Horsepower by the Bay, a car show featuring vintage, classic, and antique cars and boats in abundance. In addition military and fire equipment will be featured along with the 2016 winners. But the features don't stop there. Flea market and swap meet booths, food, and Shore Medical Center's Farmer's Market will be onsite. The event is hosted by the Somers Point Historical Society.

Horsepower by the Bay will take place at the surface lot located at Harbor Lane and Bay Avenue, Somers Point, on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Additional sponsors include, the Somers Point Business Association, Comfort Now, Greate Bay Country Club, Mott Engineering, and Integrity Specialty Services.

To register your car or vintage boat, visit For questions, contact Kirk at If you think your car is cool, bring it!

Saturday, October 21 - 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 21 - Cape May, Cape May County
Tea & Confessions - Typhoid Mary, Dinner is Served

Mary Mallon "Typhoid Mary" was identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever in the early 1900s and over her objections was quarantined, after investigators connected her to numerous deaths from the disease. Meet "Typhoid Mary" and hear the terrible 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 21 - 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 21 - Trenton, Mercer County
Dedicating Mr. Trent's Apple Orchard at the 1719 William Trent House Museum

When William Trent was in residence, his estate on the Delaware would have had an orchard of perhaps 100 trees or more, sufficient to yield 1,000 gallons of cider per year. Today, the Trent House Museum has established on the Museum grounds a miniature orchard of heirloom varieties grown during the eighteenth century.

On Saturday, the Trent House Association is holding a public dedication at 2:00 pm. The dedication will begin with a brief talk by historic horticulturist Charles Thomforde who designed the orchard and acknowledgement of the contributions of members of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County and of Sidhant Swami who completed the orchard in fulfillment of his Eagle Scout project, assisted by members of Boy Scout Troop 43 of Princeton and supported by his family and adult leaders of the Troop.

Selections of 16th- and 17th-century a capella music with themes of apples and fruit will be performed by Mostly Motets. Hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic cider will be included with general admission as will tours of the Trent House. Tastings of apple wine and Oldwick 1728 Traditional hard cider from Melick's Town Farm and apple wine from Terhune Orchards will be available for an additional fee to adults 21 or older with photo ID.

Listed in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark, the meticulously restored 1719 William Trent House and historic kitchen garden continue to reward visitors with a glimpse into pre-revolutionary life in America and its interpretation of William Trent's lifestyle and diverse household. 

This is a rain or shine event. Information and advance registration is available at admission tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tasting fee is $10. 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

Saturday, October 21 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Basket, Broom Making and Blacksmithing
Children Friendly Event and Site

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

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

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

Saturday, October 21 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Animals Go to War
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday from 10:30 - 11:30 am at Fosterfields Living History Farm, meet the Fosterfields animals, and discover how similar types of farm animals served nobly during WWI. Hear stories of more unsung war heroes including camels, elephants, and birds. 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 - Sunday, October 21 - 22 - Union County
Four Centuries in a Weekend
Children Friendly

Experience Union County's rich heritage! The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, staff, and volunteers at 28 house museums, historic sites, and history organizations join together to invite the public to come  and discover nearly 350 years of history during the annual "Four Centuries in a Weekend, A Journey Through Union County's History." The two-day, free event is scheduled for 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

"Four Centuries in a Weekend" began in 1994 when 16 historic sites and the County of Union organized a weekend event to tell the story of how Elizabethtown of 1664 evolved into the 21 municipalities of today's Union County.

A visit to Hillside will bring you to the Woodruff House/Eaton Store, built in 1735; and the historic Evergreen Cemetery, a virtual museum of funerary art. In Rahway you'll be welcome at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern, a restored early 19th century hotel, and you can tour the Union County Performing Arts Center, a beautifully restored classic Vaudeville venue.

When you stop at the Dr. William Robinson Plantation in Clark, you'll discover a post-medieval English-style house where Dr. Robinson practiced healing with plants and herbs.

At the Abraham Clark House, home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence, you'll learn about Early American life and the history of Roselle. In the Roselle Park Museum, housed in the Charles E. Stone Store, you'll be standing in the first electrically-lighted store in the world.

Three authentic 18th century farmhouses are open for touring: the Miller-Cory House in Westfield; the Salt Box Museum in New Providence; and the Nathaniel Drake House in Plainfield, which was used as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

Venturing into the Watchung Mountains, you'll find the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House in Mountainside, home to the Hetfield family for 186 years; stroll through the Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park in the Watchung Reservation, an 1845 town created by businessman David Felt; visit the Littell-Lord Farmstead in Berkeley Heights, a reminder of the County's agricultural past; and explore Summit, with its Twin Maples, a stately neoclassical mansion; the Carter House, the city's oldest house, built in the 1740s; and the Summit Playhouse, a Richardsonian Romanesque structure with a 120-seat auditorium.

Children can earn a Time Traveler's Certificate and a Four Centuries Patch by visiting and obtaining a Time Traveler Passport at any of the sites, having it stamped and returning the completed form to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. For free copies of the Four Centuries in a Weekend tour booklet, map and further information visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 21 - 22 - Across the NJ Shore and Delaware Bay/River
New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge
Children Friendly

New Jersey Lighthouses, museums and life saving stations will host a "Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey" weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited (and challenged) to visit all participating lighthouses over the weekend and help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. 

These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey's history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to step back in time and learn more about our state and nation's maritime history.

Begin the Challenge at any of the eleven participating lighthouses, one museum, and two life-saving stations and purchase a souvenir ($2), which will be proof of your visit at each lighthouse and commemorate your participation in the event. Night climbs will be offered at Absecon, Cape May, and Tucker's Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport on Saturday. **Due to renovations, Tinicum will be closed for climbing, but is still on the tour and will be staffed for souvenirs and booklet stamping.** During the weekend, children 11 and under climb free with an adult. Hours of operation for every participating lighthouse, addresses, and more information can be found at

Saturday - Sunday, October 21 - 22 - East Amwell, Hunterdon County
Clawson House Open House

The East Amwell Historical Society will host a free open house on Saturday and Sunday at the Clawson House from 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to check out the historic Federal-style home built around 1800 and see the incredible improvements made within the last year. EAHS members will give tours of the house and discuss its past. Displays will invite visitors to view the artifacts from the Edward Quick Collection, The Grace Cronce Collection and objects found on the grounds of the Clawson House as well as artifacts and memorabilia preserved by the East Amwell historical Society. Refreshments will be served.

The house is located at 1053 Old York Road and fronts the Marion F. Clawson Park in East Amwell. EAHS has made tremendous progress with the building over the past summer with the exterior completed, a handicap ramp installed, rough electric, plumbing and heating and air conditioning installed. The final push to finish the building, Phase V, will be getting underway in November. Once the building is completed it will be the home of the East Amwell Township Museum, headquarters of the East Amwell Historical Society and a local history research library.

Sunday, October 22 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Straight from the Old Wives: Myths and Superstitions
Children Friendly Event and Site

Dig a little deeper into some of the American myths and superstitions that would have sent chills down the Vails’ spines 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 22 - 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 22 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape

Local historian Mark Nonestied will discuss New Jersey cemeteries and tombstones at the East Brunswick Museum on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Based on his book, New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape, the presentation spans the 17th through 21st centuries and provides an overview of the state’s historic burial places and the wide variety of grave markers they contain.

Co-authored with Richard Viet, New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape was published by Rutgers University Press and was the recipient of a New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Award.      

Nonestied is the Division Head for the Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, Division of Historic Sites and History Services. A resident of East Brunswick, he is past President of the Museum and director of its annual Chestnut Hill Cemetery Tours. He has lectured widely on historical topics.

The presentation is free, although donations are gladly accepted. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. The East Brunswick Museum is located at 16 Maple Street, East Brunswick, NJ. For more information, call 732-257-1508 or visit

Sunday, October 22 - Cresskill, Bergen County
Camp Merritt WWI Centennial

Sunday, October 22 - 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 22 - Burlington, Burlington County
The History of a Great American River: The Illustrated Delaware River

Explore the rich and diverse heritage of the historic Delaware River Valley with Hal Taylor, author of The Illustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River. Filled with 140 finely-crafted original drawings and paintings, this book and program explores the waterway that has hosted some of the most monumental events in the history of the United States. Books to be sold for $20 (regular retail $24.99).

Hal Taylor has been a graphic artist for over 30 years, teaching graphic design at Drexel University, designing and illustrating over one hundred books for Townsend Press, and spending much of the last four years researching, writing and creating artwork for his first book, The Il­lustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River.

The cost to attend the program is $5 per person. The program will be held at the Corson Poley Center at the Burlington County Historical Society. Entrances are located at 457 High Street and 454 Lawrence Street, Burlington, NJ. To RSVP, call 609-386-4773 x1 or e-mail

Sunday, October 22 - Matawan, Monmouth County
Rose Hill Cemetery Tour

The Matawan Historical Society in conjunction with Rose Hill Cemetery is sponsoring its eighth annual guided walking tour of Rose Hill Cemetery in Matawan! Local Historian Al Savolaine will lead the tours, sharing fascinating stories about those buried in the cemetery, including the victims of the Great Matawan fire of 1901, an 1896 gruesome murder, the 1916 shark attack in Matawan, as well as some unusual ghost sightings at the cemetery, considered to be one of the most haunted sites in New Jersey. The tour will be held on Sunday at 2:00 pm and is approximately two hours long. It will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children over 12 years of age, with proceeds benefiting the Burrowes Mansion in Matawan and the beautification of Rose Hill Cemetery. Rose Hill Cemetery is located on Ravine Drive in Matawan. Parking will be available at the cemetery and at the school lot across the street. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour or by contacting

Sunday, October 22 - Sparta, Sussex County
Princess White Deer Exhibit

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, the Sparta Historical Society features an exhibit on Princess White Deer, the grand-daughter of a hereditary chief, and the most successful and talented Mohawk entertainer. With a career that spans from Wild West Shows to the Russian stage to Vaudeville, Ziegfeld, and to the footpath of Broadway, Esther Deer was a remarkable and fascinating modern career woman for any century. The Van Kirk Homestead fall exhibit will display an intimate look at her life, career and activism of Native and American causes. This event is free and features an exhibit talk at 2:00 pm. The Sparta Historical Society is located at 336 Main Street, Sparta, NJ. For more information, call 973-726-0883.

Sunday, October 22 - Toms River, Ocean County
Spooky Tunes and Tales of New Jersey

Back by popular demand, singer and songwriter Valerie Vaughn will perform a musical repertoire of Halloween songs and favorites at the Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ on Sunday at 2:00 pm. In keeping with the Halloween season, Ms. Vaughn will be incorporating ghost tales and the Jersey Devil in her enthusiastic storytelling and ballads. Light refreshments will be served.

Ms. Vaughn is a musical resident artist at Tuckerton Seaport in Ocean County. She performs in educational programs at local schools, combining both education and entertainment in her show. Her prior musical accomplishments include performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as well as in concert with Pete Seeger. She is the 2017 recipient of the Ocean County "Award of Merit."

A $5 donation is requested. For more information and reservations, call 732-341-1880.

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


Jonas Cattell race and 18th Century Field Day
Red Bank Battlefield, National Park, NJ

Harvest Homecoming at Historic New Bridge Landing
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Come home to history. Visit Bergen County's Premier Historic Site.

At 1:30 pm: Historian & Author Don Hagist (Book-signing opportunity!) will talk on 6 veterans of the American Revoluton through Photos and History in the Steuben House, a State historic site. New BCHS exhibit from the collections: LOOKING BACK AT YOU! Daguerreotypes & Family Trees include folks from the Zabriskie, Christie, Hopper, Berry, Brinkerhoff, Demarest, Ackerman and Lozier families. Photo enlargements of Bergen County from the 1800s looking back at you. Check out Silhouette and Broom making. Pumpkin picking, games, scavenger hunt, cooking in the Outkitchen. Tours in all three 18th century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses that are located along the Hackensack River. Walk across the 1889 Swing Bridge, County of Bergen historic site, watch for American Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The Westervelt-Thomas Barn will be open. Don't forget the New Bridge Donuts & Cider (hot or cold) in the Tavern. Some people come just for the donuts, seriously. Event flyer.

Admission: Adults $10, Students (12-22 yr) $7. BCHS members - Free. 100% goes to our mission.

HNBL, 1201 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map & directions: VISIT HNBL PDF.
Site opened by 30 volunteer historians and interpreters. Free parking is available. NJ Transit is scheduled to have train service back up on the Pascack Valley line out of Secaucus. HNBL is only 7 miles from the GWB. Site map below. No rain date. Info subject to change. Wow!

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