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Thursday, December 27, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/29/18 - 12/30/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, December 29 - Trenton, Mercer County
Saturday's Patriots Week Events
Family Friendly Events

In 1776, the tide turning Battles of the American Revolution were waged on the streets and in the fields of downtown Trenton. Join the salute to Trenton’s past, commemorate the passion of the patriots who fought for American Independence, and honor the spirit of revolution and patriotism that flourishes today. Concerts, tours, performances, presentations, exhibits, hands-on activities, and book signings bring Colonial history into the modern age and draw a dynamic mix of families, history buffs, reenactors and culture seekers to New Jersey’s Capital.

Patriots’ Week is produced by the Trenton Downtown Association, in partnership with the Old Barracks Museum, which has been staging the Battle of Trenton Reenactments for more than 20 years. A collaboration of both city and state cultural and history organizations, Patriots’ Week programming reflects the quality of the Capital’s resources and provides a public showcase and interactive opportunities to experience its many treasures. For information and additional details for all events, visit www.destinationtrenton.com.

The Old Barracks Museum will be open on Saturday and is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Parking is free, close, and plentiful, available in the small lot next to the museum as well as the lot next to The War Memorial. Entrance onto the museum grounds is $5 per person (children 5 and under are free).

Coffee House - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 120 East State Street
Warm up at the Colonial Coffee House, hosted at one of Trenton's oldest landmarks! Warm drinks, rebellious conversation, and respite from the elements are served all day. Drinks available for purchase. www.old1712.org

1st Battle of Trenton - 11:00 am
N. Warren St. Battle Monument Park to Mill Hill Park
After the crossing of the Delaware River and marching to Trenton, the American rebel forces-exhausted, dressed in rags, ill from the cold and lack of sleep and decent food had accomplished the impossible by inflicting a crippling blow to the world's greatest British army. Follow the action from the symbolic first cannon shot fired at the Battle Monument to Mill Hill Park. Troops rally at the Old Barracks Museum prior to marching off to meet at the Battle Monument at 11:00 am. No admission fee.

Following the Battle Reenactment: The Spoils of Victory
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street
Follow the victorious Continental soldiers back to the Old Barracks Museum after the Battle to see them strip equipment, gear, and souvenirs from captured Hessian soldiers, before crossing the Delaware River back to Pennsylvania. Free with $5 Barracks admission (unlimited re-entry).

The Trouble with Trenton Puppet Show - 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Warren Street Plaza, Trenton, North Warren and West Hanover Streets
A "mini" historical look at an amazing piece of our history presented with marionettes & rod puppets - and lots of help from the audience! Watch the battle unfold before your eyes, and see the action as it has never been seen before. Show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of "revolting" action. No admission fee.

Crossroads of the American Revolution Sign Unveiling - 12:30 - 1:00 pm
1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street
The Trent House Museum will unveil a new interpretive sign highlighting its role in the war for independence as part of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area Signage program. This sign along with many others around the state will point out the critical part New Jersey played in the American Revolution. Stay afterwards for Hogmanay! Plenty of free parking in the rear. More information at www.williamtrenthouse.org or call 609-989-3027.

Hogmanay Celebration - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street
Welcoming in the 300th year since the construction of the 1719 William Trent House will be the celebration of Hogmanay in honor of Trent's Scottish heritage. Hogmanay is a celebration of the new year in Scotland. Traditionally, friends and neighbors cross the threshold and receive food and drink, and good luck, too. Join us for hot mulled cider, Scottish sausage rolls, shortbread, and other light refreshments while listening to bagpipers. Tour the Trent House decorated for the holidays. End your visit by tossing your wishes for 2019 into the bonfire! No reservations required, donations accepted. More information at www.williamtrenthouse.org or call 609-989-3027.

"A Cursed Country to Make War" - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Trenton Friends Meeting, 142 East Hanover Street
Dr. Friederike Baer, Associate Professor of History at Penn State Abington, leads a presentation and discussion about how Hessian soldiers experienced America. No admission.

Musket Demonstrations - 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street
Soldiers of the 17th Regiment of Infantry will drill and fire their muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum. Included in $5 admission with unlimited re-entry.

The Trouble with Trenton Puppet Show - 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Warren Street Plaza, Trenton, North Warren and West Hanover Streets
A "mini" historical look at an amazing piece of our history presented with marionettes & rod puppets - and lots of help from the audience! Watch the battle unfold before your eyes, and see the action as it has never been seen before. Show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of "revolting" action. No admission fee.

"My Brave Fellows" - 2:15 - 3:00 pm
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street
With enlistments about to end, Washington's officers compel the Soldiers of the Continental Army to stay on six more weeks beyond the end of their enlistments. Free with $5 Barracks admission (unlimited re-entry).

Mustering and Memorial Service for Second Battle Reenactment - 2:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 120 East State Street
Gather at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery for the memorial service for the fallen Hessian soldiers, and gather with the troops as they muster for the Second Battle Reenactment in Mill Hill Park.

2nd Battle of Trenton - 3:00 pm
East State Street to North Warren Street to Mill Hill Park
After a commemorative ceremony at First Presbyterian Church (at 120 East State street), the action commences at 3:00 pm at East State Street and heads to Mill Hill Park for the second Battle, which pits the American forces against General Cornwallis and his numerous attempts to take the Assunpink Creek Bridge. After slipping away, Washington’s troops were able to head north to Princeton, sealing the fate of the 10 Crucial Days. No admission fee.

Whiskey & Rye: Dad's Hat Distillery Demonstration & Tasting - 4:30 - 6:30 pm 
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 120 East State Street
Local distillers Dad's Hat present their vintage process of distilling local rye into fine whiskey. Discussion and tasting. No admission fee. www.old1712.org

Images of the Motherland: Bilali Muhammad - 4:30 - 6:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, 120 East State Street
This widely-acclaimed interactive living history program brings to life voices of people of African and African American descent. Featured: Bilali Muhammad, a young man from what is now Guinea. No admission fee. www.imagesofthemotherland.com

Thursday, December 20, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/22/18 - 12/23/18

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Saturday, December 22 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Sunset Candlelit Service at Allaire
Family Friendly

On Saturday at 4:00 am, join Allaire Village, Inc. for a sunset candlelit service at the Allaire Chapel. The service will be held in the Historic Village Chapel. Admission is free (donations gladly accepted). This service is presented free of charge by Allaire Village Incorporated. All are welcome to attend the service. This wonderful non-denominational service is the perfect event for the whole family. Watch the sunset over the forest as you celebrate the season.

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 www.allairevillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/21/18 - 12/23/18

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/15/18 - 12/16/18

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Saturday, December 15 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Christmas Sing-Along
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, enjoy an old-fashioned sing-along as Rick Garland plays the piano in the Longstreet farmhouse. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ. For more information, call 732-946-3758 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/14/18 - 12/16/18

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

An excerpt from "The Jersey Shore"

An excerpt from The Jersey Shore
Written by Dominick Mazzagetti

Excerpt reprinted with permission from Rutgers University Press.


I come to the subject of the Jersey Shore with a personal bias. For the millions of us who grew up in New Jersey, the Jersey Shore has a pervasive hold. We may not remember the first time we were dipped in the ocean by our parents, but the Jersey Shore has become part of who we are. Whether our experience as a child was day trips to the beach anxiously awaited, week-long vacations in a cramped bungalow with family and friends, or long summers spent at a family beach house, the shore evokes compelling memories. As teenagers it may have been the freedom of being on our own on the boardwalk for the first time, learning to sail in the bay, or lifeguarding on the beach. As adults, we continue to be drawn to the shore to give our own children and grandchildren the experiences we so enjoyed.

A postcard view of Atlantic City, circa 1928.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

"The Jersey Shore" December 2018 Book Giveaway

Thursday, December 6, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/8/18 - 12/9/18

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Friday - Saturday, December 7 - 8 - Cape May Court House, Cape May County
Come Home for Christmas
Children Friendly Event

Cape May County’s centuries-old tradition of coming home for Christmas will be celebrated in grand style when The Museum of Cape May County opens its doors to welcome the holiday season. Housed in a home that has continuously sat on its property since 1704, The museum serves as the ancestral home to every citizen of Cape May County.

Young and old alike are invited to this year’s holiday extravaganza that begins on Friday from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Be sure to be on hand at 7:00 pm when Santa makes a special appearance to light the enormous Christmas tree on the front lawn followed by visits with Santa and holiday sweets. Throughout the evening visitors will be able to take an evening stroll through The Museum and see the magnificently decorated and lighted rooms and be taken back to the Christmases of long ago.

On Saturday, the museum will be open from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm for holiday tours, music, and treats. Santa will be on hand to welcome and listen to the wishes or our youngest visitors from 12:00 noon until 1:15 pm.

Come enjoy the museum this holiday season. Be awed by the rooms, each expertly decorated by one of Cape May County’s finest florists. Be surrounded by the holiday music of Middle Township High School’s Middletones along with the songs of local singers John and Jan Haigis. Delight in the glory of Christmases past, bask in the warmth of this county’s long history, meet old friends and new, and enjoy the sounds and sights of Christmas – Cape May County-style!

The Museum of Cape May County is located at 504 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House, NJ. For more information, call 609-465-3535 or visit www.cmcmuseum.org.

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Saturday, December 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Christmas Candy Making Demonstration
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see Brandy McCann who will be demonstrating the art of candy making, creating tasty chocolate delicacies and other sweet treats from the 1890s Fannie Farmer’s cookbook. This free event runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

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

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/7/18 - 12/9/18

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/1/18 - 12/2/18

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Saturday, December 1 - 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 www.princetonhistory.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/30/18 - 12/2/18

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES
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Thursday, November 22, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/24/18 - 11/25/18

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Friday, November 23 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Liberty Tree Lighting
Children Friendly Event

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House are hosting a tree lighting on Friday at 7:00 pm to kick off the 16th Annual Colonial Christmas celebration, which begins Saturday, November 24 and continues Sunday, November 25 and Saturday and Sunday, December 1 - 2.

The tree lighting, sponsored by Investor’s Bank, is free to the community and features caroling with the Harmonium Choral Society, hot chocolate and hot pretzels, and a visit from Santa.

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, call 908-396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/23/18 - 11/25/18

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

16th Annual Colonial Christmas Features Holiday Shopping, Santa Visits, Pony Rides, and Festive Activities for all Ages

16th Annual Colonial Christmas Features Holiday Shopping, Santa Visits, Pony Rides, and Festive Activities for all Ages

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors of all ages to experience Christmas past and present when the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial museum opens its wreath-clad doors for the 16th Annual Colonial Christmas, Saturday and Sunday, November 24 - 25 and Saturday and Sunday, December 1 - 2.  Hours are from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily. $10 admission per adult. $5 children 6-12. Free to Museum members and children 5 and under. The museum is located at 3055 River Road, River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/17/18 - 11/18/18

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Saturday, November 17 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Weekend Themed Tours at Allaire

Two tours to choose from! At 12:15 pm, our "Iron Works Tour" invites you to explore the village history by learning about the iron making process and touring the historic sites that played a part in the Howell Iron Works production. Includes visits to the Visitor Center/Museum, Foreman's Cottage, Blast Furnace, Blacksmith Shop, Carpenter's Shop, Carriage House, Enameling Building, and General Store.

At 2:15 pm, "The Lifestyle Tour" visit the homes and trade shops of the people who lived and worked at the Howell Iron Works. Discover everyday life of an 1830's industrial worker and their families. Includes visits to the Museum, Chapel, Foreman's Cottage, Manager's House, Bakery, Blacksmith, Carpenter, Enameling Building, and General Store.

Tickets for each tour are $5 and can be purchased online.

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 www.allairevillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/16/18 - 11/18/18

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing
December 9 and 25, 20198

Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day 1776 river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/10/18 - 11/11/18

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Saturday, November 10 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
The Noblest of Fruits - Apple Butter Making

Last year in September, Susan Plaisted of Heart to Hearth Cookery was on hand as part of our "The General Settles In" program demonstrating the process of making and molding "creamed ice," one of Washington's favorite treats. On Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Susan will be back to demonstrate apple butter making from start to finish on the grounds of Rockingham. A large cauldron will be set up over an outdoor hearth to accommodate this process. Visitors can observe the ongoing preparation throughout the day and help with the stirring.

Rockingham originally included two large apple orchards on its 360-plus acreage. More than likely, the Berriens, Rockingham's owners, or a close neighbor would have had a large apple press to wring the juices from the fruit for cider and vinegar. Throughout New Jersey in the 18th-century there were a large number of apple trees, and cider (hard/alcoholic) was a prevalent drink of the time. Vinegar would have been used in recipes and food preservation, important in a time before refrigeration. Apples would also have been used for desserts and preserves and could be kept whole in cool, dry storage or cut into rings to dry for later use.

This event is free, though donations are always welcome. As part of the day, regular house tours will be offered, the museum store will be open, and there will be apple-themed refreshments offered.

Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue, Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston, and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit www.rockingham.net.

Eleventh Annual Armistice Ball - November 10, 2018

Eleventh Annual Armistice Ball
Sunday, November 10, 2018

Celebrating the centennial of the end of World War I, the Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club will hold its Eleventh Annual Armistice Ball on Saturday, November 10, from 8:00 - 11:00 pm in the historic Great Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 121 South Street, Morristown, NJ. The Metropolitan Club Orchestra will provide hot dance tunes of the early 20th century. A workshop in dances of the era will be held at the Morristown Masonic Center, 39 Maple Avenue, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm that day. Ball tickets are $40 per person in advance or $45 at the door ($20 in advance/$25 at the door with a student ID). They may be purchased online at www.armisticeball.com, where additional information may be found as well.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/9/2018 - 11/11/2018

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