Thursday, November 2, 2017

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/4/17 - 11/5/17

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Saturday, November 4 - Harmony Township, Warren County
Fall Open House at the Historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead
Children Friendly Event

The Harmony Township Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Township invite the public to attend their annual Fall Open House at the historic VanNest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead on Saturday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The farmstead is located at 3026 Belvidere Road, Route 519, just north of the Municipal Building in Harmony Township.

Come see the progress being made at the farmstead. The event will include tours of the circa 1750s main house, the restored wagon house, and the one of a kind Dutch style barn, and war reenactors, live demonstrations, and hearth cooking in the summer kitchen. Children's activities include embroidery, candle making, and weaving.

For more information, contact Ruth at or visit

Saturday, November 4 - Sunday, November 27- Paterson, Passaic County
30th Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique

From November 4th through November 26th, Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society will present the 30th annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, the boutique invites you to enjoy shopping for this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

Admission to the Boutique is $7 for opening weekend, November 4th - 5th and $6 for the duration of the show. All admission fees include two return visits. Children under 12 years are admitted free of charge. No child strollers or carriages are permitted inside the Castle. Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases. The café will return to the third floor serving a variety of soups, sandwiches, as well as hot and cold drinks. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Passaic County Historical Society.

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

Saturday, November 4 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Candlelight Walk at Historic Cold Spring Village

Step back in time for a lovely autumn evening on Saturday when the Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village host the annual Candlelight Walk from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Luminaries will line the paths and guide you to several of the Village's restored historic buildings where wine, beer, and a variety of light fare will be served. Guests will also enjoy desserts, live musical entertainment, and hot beverages at the Village Pavilion. A special holiday sale at the Country Store will feature heritage wares, books, and a wide variety of historical toys.

Tickets are $30 ($25 for HCSV Members) and must be purchased in advance. Please call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit this link to purchase tickets.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American era. Its mission includes the preservation of 27 historic Cape May County buildings, history education and promoting heritage tourism. The Village is a museum for all seasons. During the summer months, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of "the age of homespun." From October to May, the emphasis is on teaching history through school trips to the Village, classroom visits by the education department and interactive teleconferences with schools throughout the United States. The 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

Saturday, November 4 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historical Society of Princeton 2017 House Tour

The Historical Society of Princeton is pleased to host its 16th annual House Tour from 10:00am - 4:00 pm on Saturday. This signature event celebrates significant architecture and design in the homes of HSP's supportive community. This year's tour features five unique homes, each one a distinct example of its own time and style. Visitors will marvel in the modifications, redesigns, furnishings, and personal art collections in a self-guided tour of the homes throughout the day.

This year's tour will feature:
75 Cleveland Lane: This Princeton landmark, the former estate of J. Seward Johnson Jr. and Kristina Johnson, was designed by Ernest Flagg in the 1920s. Flagg, a notable American architect, also designed the Scribner Building in New York City and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Recently spared from demolition, this estate enjoyed an impressive top-to-bottom renovation from Grant Homes Custom Builders. The stunning Chateau-style stone mansion and carriage house now feature countless high-end, custom details, including a Christopher Peacock kitchen and a built-in sound system with 26 speakers. Historic architectural features, like exposed stone walls and beams, carved banisters, and a cement tile floor, remain preserved.

73 Library Place: Designed in 1897-1898 by the Philadelphia-based architectural firm, Cope and Stewardson, this outstanding half-timbered Tudor Revival house was built for Princeton University Mathematics professor and Dean of Faculty H.B. Fine, after whom Fine Hall is named.

44 Patton Avenue: Also known as "The Warehouse," this historic building served as Michael Graves' personal home for over forty years and was recently purchased by Kean University. The University's College of Architecture and Design bears Graves' name. Graves was a Princeton-based, world-renowned post-modernist architect who took on the renovation of this home himself.

50 Patton Avenue: With a golden stone façade, broad porch, and spectacular views of the Michael Graves residence, this bungalow, built in the late nineteen-teens, encloses a creative and efficient renovation by local interior designer Katie Eastridge. 

40 Mercer Street: Prolific Princeton architect Charles Steadman built this house and its semi-detached neighbor in the 1830s, as part of the most intact surviving neighborhood for Princeton's early middle-class settlers. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 609-921-6748 x105. Tickets may also be purchased online at Advance tickets are $45 for HSP members and $50 for non-members. All tickets purchased the day of the tour are $50. On the day of the event, tickets may be purchased at the Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, or by cash and check at any of the five homes on the tour.

Saturday, November 4 - Cape May, Cape May County
Historic Haunts House Tour
Family Friendly

Get into the spirit of things on a guided tour of the historic (some say haunted) Physick Estate, which includes a discussion of Victorian spiritualism on Saturday at 7:30 pm. This is a limited tour. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, November 4 - Cape May, Cape May County
Historic Haunts Combo Tour
Family Friendly

Combine the Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour with a visit to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, where you will visit a home séance room of the 1890s and learn of the Victorians' fascination with spiritualism on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Admission is $22 for adults, $14 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, November 4 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Election Day of the 1830s
Children Friendly Event & Site

The Historic Village at Allaire presents Election Day of the 1830s from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday. Join the villagers of the Historic Village at Allaire as they cast their ballots. Enjoy and participate in speeches and debates. The topics are similar today: the role of government in education, obtaining and paying loans, and the Federal Bank. The Whigs and the Democrats will debate, trying to swing the public to their opinions.

The other historic buildings including Mr. Allaire's home, the blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, Manager's House, Enameling Building, General Store, and Bakery are open for tours. Visitors are more than welcome to engage in debates. This event is free for the public.

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, November 4 - 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

Saturday, November 4 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Cider Making
Children Friendly Event & Site

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but pressing them, peeling them and "stomping" them can be healthy you’ll find by visiting Howell Farm on Saturday.

The techniques used on the Farm to make apple cider, applesauce and apple pie are healthfully reminiscent of those used a century ago, when people - not motors - powered the cranks, handles and other appliances used to process food. From 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, visitors to this 130 acre working farm can sample the work, fun and tastes of a circa-1900 apple harvest.

Visitors of all ages will be invited to use the Farm's old fashioned presses, peeler-corers, and "stomper-strainers" to help the farmers process apples. For the hungry, there will be apple pie and other apple treats.

Unusual, ingenious antique apple peelers and corers will be demonstrated by Coles Roberts of Vincentown, NJ, who is a 3rd generation apple grower as well as collector of antique farm machinery. His collection includes an industrial size peeler that processes many apples at once. Demonstrations of the peelers will be held every hour, on the hour, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

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 - Sunday, November 4 - 5 - Montclair, Essex County
Harding Township Historical Society Antiques Show and Sale

The Harding Township Historical Society will hold its annual Antiques Show and Sale on Saturday (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) and Sunday (11:00 am - 4:00 pm). Admission is $6 per person ($5 with a card available at or from your favorite dealer). The show and sale will be held at the Tunis-Ellicks House, 16 Village Road, New Vernon, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, November 5 - Westampton, Burlington County
First Sunday at Peachfield - Ned Hector, Free Black Revolutionary War Soldier

Edward "Ned" Hector was a free black soldier who fought in the American Revolution. Hector was one of three to five thousand people of color that fought for the American cause. Noah Lewis will portray Ned Hector and relate stories of Ned's experiences as he fought alongside General George Washington in the fight for independence.

Program runs from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 per person; Friends of Peachfield admitted free of charge. Prepaid reservations required to guarantee seating. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information and to register, call 609-267-6996, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, November 5 - Readington Township, Hunterdon County
Eighteenth Century Smokehouse Demonstration

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Susan McLellan Plaisted MS RD CSP LDN, will demonstrate and discuss methods and traditions for smoking pork during the 18th century. At that time, most homes had a smokehouse in their backyard, and the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead has become no exception. Thanks to Eagle Scout, Derek Scott, the farmstead is proud to showcase his recent Eagle Scout project, the smokehouse, as Plaisted demonstrates the art of smoking meat. This program is held at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead in the Stanton section of Readington, GPS address: 114 Dreahook Road Lebanon NJ 08833. Although there is no fee, donations are gladly welcome. In case of inclement weather please call the Museums to find out the status of the program. For more information, call Program Director Margaret Smith at 908-236-2327 or visit

Sunday, November 5 - Haddonfield, Camden County
"Sacrifice & Service"

Sunday, November 5 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Wooden Spoons to Whammy Doodles
Children Friendly Event & Site

You never know what lovely functional or just plain fun items will result when Al Trenton sits down at his shaving horse with a chunk of wood. Come and see what a few simple hand tools along with patience and imagination can create. Program lasts from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and is FREE!

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

Sunday, November 5 - 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, November 5 - Bedminster, Somerset County
"A Taste of Change" by Peter G. Rose

On Sunday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm, visitors to the Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum will learn how to preserve their family heritage through their family recipes. Using her knowledge of Dutch customs and food history, food historian and author Peter G. Rose will discuss how cookbooks and scrapbooks tell us a lot more than just how a dish is made. They tell us about a family's ethnicity that transcends generations through the continuation of customs and celebrations. 

Photographs of recipes, ranging from the late 17th century to the 20th century as well as 17th-century paintings, will illustrate the presentation. Participants are encouraged to bring their own inherited cookbooks and family recipe boxes as Ms. Rose discusses the importance of saving these items for future generations. 

Peter G. Rose was born in the Netherlands came to the United States in the mid-1960s. She has worked as a food writer and contributed a syndicated column on family food and cooking to the New York-based Gannett newspapers for more than twenty years. She has written articles for magazines, such as Gourmet and Saveur, as well as for newspapers and magazines in the Netherlands, and locally for Hudson Valley Magazine, The Valley Table and Edible Hudson.  The 2002 recipient of the Alice P. Kenney Award for her research and writing on Dutch food history, Peter lives with her husband, Don, in South Salem, New York.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum will be open for tours from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission for a tour and/or the program is $10 per person.  Members free. Children 12 and under, free. Registration suggested. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, November 5 - Garwood, Union County
Special Concert to Benefit the Miller-Cory House Museum

The Miller-Cory House Museum will present a special historical program and benefit concert on Sunday at the Crossroads, 78 North Avenue, Garwood, NJ at 2:00 pm. The show is geared towards all ages.

The theme of the program is popular music of World War I, featuring a hit parade of music popular between 1914-1918. Selections will include a mixture of early Dixieland, military music and other standards of the era accompanied by educational content. Presenting the program is Westfield's own Florian Schantz Jazz Combo, a group that has delighted audiences all over the tri-state area by conducting 3 annual multistate library tours through NJ, NY and CT. Leading the group is Florian Schantz, a 15 year old professional trumpet player who has performed over 300 engagements since he founded his band at age 9.

In addition to Florian Schantz on lead brass, the band features Rup Chattopadhyay on trombone, Margaret Schantz on flügelhorn, Danny Tobias on trumpet, Lowell Schantz on guitar, Jeff Little on bass, and Nick Scheuble on drums.

Tickets may be purchased in advance through the museum for $20 or at the door for $25. Children under 12 are free with an accompanying adult. Please call the museum at 908-232-1776 or e-mail for tickets or more information. Proceeds will benefit the Miller-Cory House Museum. For advance lunch reservations for the event, please contact the Crossroads at 908-232-5666.

Sunday, November 5 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

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

Featured this month will be the Museum's display of vintage and antique quilts. There will also be new handmade quilts for sale from the private collection of Society members.

All merchandise at Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe will be marked down 20% on Sunday. The Shoppe features jewelry, vintage pieces and collectibles. The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale. Also stop in to view the lovely gardens at the Museum in their fall colors. This will be the last open house before the holiday season.

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

Sunday, November 5 - Walpack, Sussex County
Walpack Historical Society Hikes to the Richard Layton Farm

On Sunday, at 11:00 am, the Walpack Historical Society will lead a hike to the Walpack Bend. The society will visit the Decker Ferry house and continue down a trail to a granite monument inscribed "Walpack Fort 1755." This was one of nine monuments donated by  J. J. Van Sickle in 1913. There is a foundation hole near the marker. The location of this marker is curious since it is generally believed the Walpack Fort was on the Old Mine Road at the site of the Dutch Reformed Church near the Lower Walpack Cemetery. Some believe the marker was moved from its original location. This is an easy hike, approximately 2 miles round trip.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and use tick repellent. Hikers will gather at the Rosenkrans Museum, Walpack Center, Sussex County, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area at 11:00 am. They will carpool to the start of the hike as parking is limited. For information, call 973-948-4903 or visit

Sunday, November 5 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

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