Thursday, October 5, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/7/17 - 10/8/17

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Friday - Saturday, October 6 - 7 - 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

Saturday, October 7 - Princeton, Mercer County
Princeton University Walking Tour

This popular tour explores the phenomenal architecture on the Princeton University campus, dating from 1756 to the present. Buildings on this two mile walk include the Georgian-style Nassau Hall, collegiate gothic marvels, and extraordinary contemporary designs, including the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, the Stadium, the Icahn Laboratory, and the brand-new Princeton Neuroscience Institute/Psychology facility.

Admission: $10 per person. Tour begins at Palmer Square's Tiger Park, Princeton, NJ at 10:00 am and ends at 12:30 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, October 7 - Brick Township, Ocean County
Fall Festival
Children Friendly Event & Site

The Brick Township Historical Society will sponsor a Fall Festival on Saturday (rain date Sunday, October 8) from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Havens Homestead Museum property, 521 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ. Besides the museum, the Lizzie Herbert House and the other buildings on the property will be open. There will be face painting, pumpkin painting, games for children, a “White Elephant” table, a display of vintage farm equipment and classic cars. The society will hold a bake sale including fall desserts inside the museum. Admission is free and donations are graciously accepted. For more information, call 732-785-2500 or visit

Saturday, October 7 -  Flemington, Hunterdon County
An Afternoon at the Archives

The Hunterdon County Historical Society is opening its big red barn for a special fundraising event on Saturday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm! Join the professional staff and trustees of the Hunterdon County Historical Society at 67 River Road in Flemington for “An Afternoon at the Archives.” 

The event features wine tastings, light-fare, and music followed by curator tours of the special collections housed in the Society’s state-of-the-art climate controlled archive building. Guests can get a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work of the historical Society and a look at some of the amazing collections gathered since the Society’s inception in 1885. On view will be paintings, textiles, rare maps, Civil War artifacts, Native American collections, rare manuscripts and more! The Society is raising funds to help preserve the collections for another 132 years!

The event is $40 for members and $50 for non-members; rain or shine. Check or cash only the day of the event. On-line registration is available for credit cards prior to the event @

The first 50 registrants will receive an etched collectible wine glass and a choice of their preferred tour time: 3:30; 4:15; 4:45; or 5:15 by calling 908-782-1091. Sponsors include Northfield Bank, Mendham Garden Center, Printech, Rutgers Nursery, Wine Hut and ShopRite of Hunterdon. 

Saturday, October 7 - Cape May, Cape May County
Underground Railroad Trolley Tour

Climb aboard Cape May's newest trolley tour to hear tales of the Underground Railroad in Cape May. Hear how, fleeing their chains in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia, African American slaves braved strong currents and stormy seas, guided by the beacon at the Cape May Lighthouse. Hear how legendary anti-slavery fighter, Harriet Tubman, walked these streets, as did businessman and former slave, Stephen Smith, whose railroad cars carried hundreds to freedom. Includes a guided tour of the Owen Coachman house (a historic free black’s house) by David Clemans, who painstakingly restored it. The tour will  be held Satuday at 2:15 pm. Admission $15. Presented by the Center for Community Arts in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, October 7 - 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 8:15 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 7 - Cape May, Cape May County
Clueless at the Physick Estate - "Rum For Your Life"

Come one, come all on a trip back to the 1930s when things were simpler and the rum was always running! A show for every Tom, Dick and Harry awaits at the Physick Estate. See if you can solve the mysterious death in the family of a high-class mob member. Accessible with advance notice. Limited admission. Tickets $18. Event will be held Saturday at 6:30 and 8:30 pm. 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, October 7 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, visitors are invited to visit Howell Living Farm to learn about the art of quilting.

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 7 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Fall Craft Show & Art in the Park
Children Friendly Event and Site

Join us for our Fall Craft Market and Art in the Park. The craft shows at The Historic Village at Allaire show case local artists as they sell and demonstrate their crafts.  The craft market includes handmade items of all varieties from paintings and photography to pottery, woodworking, textiles, and beyond. Admission to the craft market is $2 for adults and children under 12 years old and members are free. 

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 - Sunday, October 7 - 8 - Morris County
The Pathways of History
Children Friendly Sites

The 2017 annual Pathways of History Tour of Historic Places in Morris County features 19 groups offering 20 landmark sites! This self-guided tour is a family-friendly, admission free event for visitors of all ages to experience and enjoy. The properties are independently operated, but for Pathways all locations will open their doors in simultaneous welcome on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and on Sunday 8 from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm.

Eight years ago five historical groups created the Pathways of History as a way to encourage the public to visit their local museums and landmarks. Whatever your interest - it's certain to be covered by this outstanding assemblage of small, admission free, and entirely volunteer-run historic groups. Represented this year are properties of significance in Boonton, Boonton Township, Butler, Denville, Dover, Florham Park, Jefferson Township (right), Kinnelon,  Lake Hopatcong, Lincoln Park, Mine Hill, Township of Montville, Pequannock Township, Randolph, Roxbury Township and Washington Township.

Highlights of the 2017 tour include New Jersey's original inhabitants, the Lenape people; Morris County's pivotal role in the American Revolution; iron mines and forges during the American Revolution and in the years following. Exhibits document how the Morris Canal, railways, industry, mining, commerce and agriculture have influenced, shaped and linked the Pathways communities through the years. Join Boonton, Boonton Township and the Township of Montville as they celebrate their 150th anniversaries. Ring the school bell at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Florham Park in acknowledgement of this, its milestone sesquicentennial. The United States entered World War I on April 7, 1917. Look for special centennial exhibits commemorating the "Great War" at many of the participating museums.

Some sites along the way feature docents in period costumes; light refreshments for your  enjoyment; special activities for children; and wonderful shops offering a selection of books, gifts and souvenirs. Pack a lunch and bring a blanket! You'll find lovely places suitable for a picnic lunch at some of the venues along the route.

We welcome you to visit these historically significant properties and to learn about the fascinating local history they chronicle. At each location there will be detailed brochures and maps to assist you in planning your history adventure. Whatever pathways you choose will lead you to a warm welcome and an enlightening historical journey. Detailed information about this exceptional heritage tour can be found at

Saturday - Sunday, October 7 - 8 - Teterboro, Bergen County
Open Cockpit Weekend
Children Friendly Event

The Aviation Hall of Fame announces an “Open Cockpit Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. Visitors sit in the cockpits of a TWA Convair 880 jetliner, a one-of-a-kind 1950 Martin 202 airliner, a rare Lockheed-designed Bush Plane, a Cobra gunship helicopter, a HH-52A Coast Guard helicopter, an OV-1A Mohawk close support aircraft, our “Little-Cut-Up” aircraft control demonstrator, and the control cab of an Airport Rescue and Fire-Fighting truck. Also experience our multimedia International Space Station and “Buzz” Aldrin exhibits inside the museum.

People, young and old can learn how the flight systems work. Qualified pilots will help guests understand the instruments and controls of these special aircraft.

Regular admission as always: $10.00 adults, $8.00 seniors and children under 12, 2 and under are free. Other Open Cockpit weekend dates in 2017 are October 7-8 and November 11-12.

Founded in 1972, the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey is dedicated to the preservation of the Garden State's distinguished, two-century aviation and space heritage. The men and women, whose outstanding aeronautical achievements have brought worldwide recognition to the state, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey is located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro, NJ. For more information, call 201-288-6344 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 7 - 8 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
A Revolutionary War Encampment
Children Friendly Event

Saturday - Sunday, October 7 - 8 - Sussex County
7th Annual Sussex County Heritage Weekend
Children Friendly Sites

On Saturday and Sunday, historical museums and heritage organizations throughout Sussex County will join with the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council for a Heritage weekend. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore the history and uniqueness of Sussex County. Several participating organizations will be open including the Byram Historical/Roseville Schoolhouse Museum, DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum, Franklin Mineral Museum, Franklin Historical/Heritage Museum, High Point Monument State Park, Ogdensburg Historical Schoolhouse and Firehouse Museum, Peter's Valley Craft Center, Space Farms Museum, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Stillwater Historical Museum, Sussex County Harvest and Honey Festival, Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council, Sussex County Historical Society, Vernon Historical Price's Switch Schoolhouse, Walpack Historical Van Campen Inn, Waterloo Village Heritage Day. Many of the sites do not charge admission - but appreciate donations.

The Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council is located at 133 Spring Street, Newton, NJ. For additional information, a complete listing of sites, directions, and an updated schedule of events call 973-383-0027 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 7 - 8 - Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County
The Stickley Weekend
Children Friendly Site

The Stickley Weekend at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms will be held on Saturday and Sunday. As attendees from all over the country come together for this weekend that is part reunion, part conference, and part homecoming, the focus of the weekend is entirely on Stickley. The weekend is a celebration of Stickley's Arts and Crafts vision and Craftsman Farms, his home that he built to embody that vision.

During this weekend, attendees can engage in a variety of special events, including our 7th Annual Scholars Symposium and the Craftsman Gala, both on Saturday.

Sunday, October 8 an Open House at Craftsman Farms, spotlighting our ongoing Original: Gustav Stickley Furnishes his Log House Exhibition and marking the 100th anniversary of Stickley's sale of the property in 1917.

Suspending regular operations for the day, the Open House will be held in the Log House from 12:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday. Visitors are welcome to stroll the Log House at their own pace, experiencing both the standard furnishings and the new items in our special exhibition. The Open House will feature spotlight talks by museum docents throughout the afternoon. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call 973-540-0311 or visit

Sunday, October 8 - 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 (rain date, Sunday October 15). 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

Sunday, October 8 - 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 8 - Morristown, Morris County
The American Civilization Institute of Morristown

Join us, on Sunday, at 2:00 pm  in the lower level meeting room in the Morristown and Morris Township Library, 1 Miller Road, Morristown, NJ, to hear Denise Meringolo, Associate Professor and Director of Public History at University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Oceanport, NJ native, tell the story of the American Civilization Institute of Morristown, which was an experiment in community-based teaching and learning.

As a case study, it suggests that teaching beyond the test and beyond the classroom can have a meaningful impact not only on students' intellectual achievement, but also on the life of the local community. The idea for ACIM was hatched in the spring and summer of 1964.  Morristown School District superintendent Harry Wenner, Morristown High School social studies teacher Jack Stewart, and Morristown school board member Dorothy Harvey, developed a plan for using the Timothy Mills House, a mid-eighteenth century structure adjacent to Morristown High School, as a multi-disciplinary laboratory.  To help them shape a program, they turned to anthropologist Gene Weltfish at Fairleigh Dickinson University. For the duration of the program-which ran from 1965 until 1969-Weltfish and Wenner served as co-directors.

Sunday, October 8 - Cape May, Cape May County
The Dr. Is In

Meet "Dr. Emlen Physick" on his Estate's grounds from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday. He'll be happy to tell you about Victorian cures for your medical ailments, and will share his uniquely Victorian view of the world. 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

Sunday, October 8 - Cape May, Cape May County
Dr. Physick’s Neighborhood Walking Tour & Café Combo

Stroll around Dr. Physick’s neighborhood on tree-lined Washington Street and hear about the families who lived there and the architecture of the homes. Explore one of Cape May's great mysteries - why the Doctor chose to live in this area of Cape May. Admission to the 2:00 pm tour is $10. Combine the walking tour with lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom for $20. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, October 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration
Children Friendly Event & Site

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

Sunday, October 8 - 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 8 - 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.

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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