Thursday, April 5, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 4/7/18 - 4/8/18

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Saturday, April 7 - 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, April 7 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Battery Gunnison/New Peck Restoration
Children Friendly Event

The Army Ground Forces Association volunteer group will be dressed in WWII era uniform performing restorations projects and interpreting Battery Gunnison/New Peck at Sandy Hook, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Learn more about the restoration and the historic time of January 1943 at Fort Hancock. This free event will be held from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm at Battery Gunnison, Lot G Beach Plaza. For more information, call 718-354-4606 or visit

Saturday, April 7 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration
Children Friendly Event

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. 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, April 7 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Fort Hancock 1940s Ladies Tea

In an 1898 era officer's home decorated to the 1943 time period, the ladies of the Armt Ground Forces Association will guide you on a journey back to a time where red lipstick, seamed stockings, and victory rolls were the norm. Nineteen forties period breads, sandwiches, and min desserts will be served along with a sampling of hot tea and iced tea. Please feel free to dress period, however, it is not a requirement to attend. There are 20 tickets available for purchase at $25 on the AGFA website: All proceeds support the work of the Army Ground Forces Association, a public charity and park partner. This event will take place at the History House, No. 1 Officers Row, Fort Hancock Historic Post from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 7 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Learn About Cannons
Children Friendly Event

If the thought of learning more about Civil War cannons gets you fired up, sign up for the School of the Piece - a muzzle-loading artillery safety qualification program for reenactors and history buffs - coming to the Jacobus Vanderveer House, Saturday. Or, just stop by and have a blast!

Instructors from the Sixth New York Independent Battery Civil War re-enactment group and National Civil War Artillery Association will teach registered participants how to safely work around, load and fire two cannons that will be on hand for the day: an original bronze 12-pounder Napoleon Civil War cannon, cast in 1863, as well as a replica 10-pounder Parrott Rife (Model 1861).

The program will be held between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Jacobus Vanderveer House, located in River Road Park, Bedminster. Spectators are welcome to observe the artillery demonstrations free of charge. The Jacobus Vanderveer House will also be open for tours. Admission to the house is $10 per person.  Members free. Children 12 and under, free.

Those who wish to participate in the course (which includes both classroom and practical instruction in cannon firing) must register in advance by visiting or by calling 908-396-6053. Participants will learn about the various positions and duties associated with firing a cannon. The fee for the course is $20. It is open to all ages, but participants must be at least 16 years of age to work with the cannon. All registered participants for the course should arrive by 9:30 am.

The Sixth New York Independent Battery is a family-friendly Civil War Artillery Unit based out of Rahway, NJ. Its mission is to educate others, through living history, about one of the most momentous times in our country. For more information, visit

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 7 - River Edge, Bergen County
War of Outposts - New Bridge Painting Unveiling & Battleground Tour

On Saturday at 10:00 am, attend the New Bridge Painting Unveiling and Battleground Tour with Jim Smith, artist Jeff Trexler, Todd Braisted. Meet at the Steuben House for the battleground tour.

Historic New Bridge Landing, the grounds of which included the home of Loyalist John Zabriskie and the “The Bridge that saved a Nation” over the Hackensack River, was also a battleground numerous times during the American Revolution.

This important crossing point in Bergen County was the scene of battles, encampments, headquarters, spies, reviews, forts, forages, surprises and even a friendly-fire incident. The armies of King George the Third and the Continental Congress, as well as Bergen County’s own local militiamen & Loyalist Refugees all became very familiar with this key parcel of land during the war.

The Battleground Tour with Todd Braisted follows the Painting unveiling! 24"x18" color prints of the new painting will be available for purchase and day-of-the-event a free 7"x5" color postcard is available; thereafter $1.00 each. Admission is $12 per adult, $7 per student, and BCHS members free. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 7 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Old-time 'base ball' team will open season in Deal

There will be no admission charge when the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club opens its season Saturday on the diamond at Deal Elementary School, 201 Roseld Avenue, Deal, NJ. The team will play by 1864 rules against the Flemington Neshanock, a rival in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League. The name of the sport was two words in the 19th century.

“Our entertaining games authentically re-enact the roots of modern baseball,” explained Russ McIver of Allenhurst, the team captain. “We make history come alive by swinging wood bats at underhand pitches and fielding the ball without gloves."

The Deal contest on Saturday will be the first of the club's 16 quaint but fast-paced games on spring and summer weekends. Monmouth Furnace will face another amateur team in West Long Branch on the following Saturday, April 14th. It will also play in Holmdel, South Amboy, Manasquan, Little Silver, Piscataway and Atlantic Highlands during this season.

Monmouth Furnace players come from all over the Shore region and beyond. Their ages range from 18 to 75. They regularly compete against league teams from New Brunswick, Elizabeth, Hoboken and nearby states.

The club often plays at historic sites such as Allaire Village. Monmouth Furnace was the original name of the pioneering Wall Township business that became Allaire Iron Works in the 1800s. 

McIver pointed out that the national pastime got its start at the Shore in the 1850s with teams representing resort hotels. Later in the 19th century, major-league teams from Brooklyn and Manhattan held their spring training games in Allaire and Lakewood one year.

"We're looking for a few more players who want to have good old-fashioned enjoyment on the diamond," the Monmouth Furnace captain noted. "They can be 'muffins' (rookies) or 'corkers' (good players)."

Prospective players and fans can get information at 732-859-7643 or

Saturday, April 7 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Children Friendly

Lambs, newly hatched chicks, and baby pigs are among the dozens of new faces you will find at Howell Living History Farm these days, as well as a few colonies of bees.

Visitors to the 130-acre working farm will be able to meet these animals up close during the farm’s annual Lambing Day. Throughout the day, farmers will be present to introduce visitors to babies born this spring, as well as to other animals. Visitors to the main barn will be able to meet the farm’s workhorses and oxen. Animal visiting hours are 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, April 7 - 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, April 7 - 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, April 7 - Cape May, Cape May County
Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour
Family Friendly

Take this spine-tingling, 30-minute evening trolley ride through the streets of Cape May with a guide who relates the paranormal findings of medium Craig McManus on Saturday at 8:30 pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tours leave from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street. 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, April 7  -  Morris Township, Morris County
Farm Know-How: The Willows’ Ice House
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm, discover how the ice house was used in the days before modern refrigeration. Learn about ice harvesting tools, and move small ice blocks with ice tongs. Visit the powerful draft horses that can pull a load of ice with ease. This event will be held from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2 for 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, April 7 - Chester, Morris County
Opening Day at Cooper Gristmill
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, experience the powerful energy of the Black River as it runs the 1826 Cooper Gristmill’s huge waterwheel and four floors of machinery to grind grain seeds into flour. How much flour do you think is produced daily? History and technology fans and families can find out the answers, and much more!

The gristmill is open from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. The last guided tour of the gristmill begins at 3:30 pm. The suggested donation to tour the Gristmill is $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+), and $1 per child age 4 - 16. FREE per child under age 4, and Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Mill members with a current membership card. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, April 7 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Opening Day at Allaire, Celebrating 60 Years!
Children Friendly Event & Site

As New Jersey’s premiere outdoor living history museum, come and celebrate Allaire’s history with special house tours, craft demonstrations (carpentry, tinsmith, blacksmith, hearth-cooking, fibre arts), children’s games, story-tellling, historic quilt “airing,” and more! With winter behind and signs of spring, the village comes to life this day to kickoff the 2018 season. Over 12 of our unique craft guilds will be demonstrating their 19th century craft! Guided tours of the historic village, including two of our newly developed interpretive sites for 2018! A special history and science scavenger hunt for children and adults. Music in the village, hands-on activities, and interactive programs to experience life in this early 19th century industrial village. Special “food and baking program” at the Allaire Bakery, the first building to open at the Historic Village at Allaire in 1957; grand re-opening with specialty cookies and baked goods! Photo exhibition in the Enameling Building! Learn about what Allaire has to offer via group tours, facility rentals (the Chapel), benefits of museum membership, special events, volunteer/intern opportunities, sponsorships, and much more! An “Opening Day” and “Open House” to kick off a thrilling year at the Historic Village at Allaire!

Hours: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. General Village/Event Admission: $5 per adult, $3 children 6-12 years, under 5 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, April 7 - 8 - Morristown, Morris County
Opening Weekend at Historic Speedwell
Children Friendly Event

Enjoy a Speedwell Sampler, and find out what’s new at Historic Speedwell in 2018! Experience a variety of traditional fun and games for the entire family. Save 10% off purchases in the Friends of Historic Speedwell Gift Shop. Hours: Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm. Admission: $5/adult, $4/senior (65+), $3/child (ages 4 -16). FREE for children under age 4 and Friends members, with a current membership card. Historic Speedwell is located 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 7 - 8 - Lower Township, Cape May County
World War II Tower Lookout Museum and Memorial Open
Family Friendly

Fire Control Tower No. 23 on Sunset Boulevard is New Jersey's last freestanding World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. After an award-winning restoration in 2009, visitors can climb to the 6th floor spotting gallery while learning about the homeland defense efforts during World War II. The ground floor of the tower, the All Veterans Memorial, and boardwalk interpretive panels are fully accessible. Open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-12) (One child free with paying adult). The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point. 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 - Sunday, April 7 - 8 - Ringwood, Passaic County
Tour of Ringwood Manor's Art Collection

The Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts will be offering exclusive small group tours focused on the art collection in the Manor House on Saturday and Sunday. This special tour will be hosted by the Manor curator and historian, Sue Shutte. The historic Ringwood Manor served as the summer estate of the Gilded Age industrialist Cooper-Hewitt families and is a National Historic Landmark District. Tours will highlight unique pieces, works by well-known artists, and the Hewitt family’s connections to the art community of the 19th century.

Two tour sessions will be offered - Saturday at 10:30 am and Sunday at 1:30 pm. The tour cost is $20 and each tour will last approximately 1½ hours. Tours are limited to 20 people for each session. Due to group size limitations, advance payment is required to reserve your spot. Proceeds will benefit the Carriage Barn Roof Repair Fund. Ringwood Manor is located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ. For more information, call 973-839-0921 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, April 7 - 8 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Strike While the Iron is Hot
Children Friendly Site & Event

Iron, anvil, hammer, and forge. Master Craftsman Tom Kelleher of Old Sturbridge Village will be sharing his 19th century blacksmith expertise with us. Milling demonstrations also begin this weekend; fascinating, fun and free! These events will take place between 1:00 and 4:00 pm each day.

While there, tour 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, visit

Sunday, April 8 - Morristown, Morris County
Author Todd Braisted to speak on the Grand Forage of 1778
Family Friendly

On Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Morristown National Historical Park, Author Todd W. Braisted, a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians and past president of the Bergen County Historical Society, will speak on General Sir Henry Clinton's 1778 autumn campaign to gather critical supplies, strike Washington's advanced posts, and, possibly, have one last encounter with the entire Continental Army.

Admission is free. Morristown National Historical Park is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-539-2016 x210 or visit

Sunday, April 8 - Westampton, Burlington County
Dorothea Dix - Teacher, Nurse, Advocate

Pat Jordan's engaging representation of the remarkable Dorothea Dix is entertaining as well as enlightening. Dorothea Lynde Dix, American teacher, nurse and activist lobbied vigorously with state legislatures and the United States Congress for proper care of indigent mentally ill. She created the first American mental asylum, insisting the mentally ill be treated with dignity and provided basic comforts. During the Civil War she was appointed Superintendent of Army Nurses. Join us a Pat relates the life and significant accomplishment of this amazing woman. This program will take place from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Admission is $10 per person. Friends of Peachfield admitted free of charge. Prepaid reservations are recommended to guarantee seating; seating is limited. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road Westampton, NJ. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 609-267-6996 or e-mail

Sunday, April 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, April 8 - 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

Sunday, April 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Blacksmith Demonstration
Children Friendly

On Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to take a step back in time to watch blacksmiths perform their craft. They will be shaping iron into everyday products. Blacksmiths were as common as an auto mechanic in towns and on farms of the 1890s. 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

Sunday, April 8 - West Orange, Essex County
The Glenmont Garage
Children Friendly Site

Have you ever wondered about what kind of cars Thomas Edison and his family owned and where they kept them? The Glenmont Garage will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for viewing with a ranger there to answer questions and tell stories about Edison and his cars. See inside the Edison Portland Cement structure and learn about the various differently powered cars in there. A car pass is required to visit Glenmont and available at the Laboratory Complex visitor center.

Tickets must be purchased at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park Laboratory Complex Visitor Center at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. Admission is $10.00 for adults, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x33 or visit

Sunday, April 8 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
“My Fifty Years of ‘Meandering’ in Local Medical History”

Did you know that Henry C. Neer, the first physician in the Pascack Valley, opened his practice in Pascack (Park Ridge) in 1865? More than a simple country doctor, Neer was also a father of nine, the borough’s first mayor, and a musician, inventor, and pharmacist who patented his own pill-coating machine. Medical historian Michael Nevins, M.D., a retired physician, will enlighten us with vignettes Bergen/Rockland County medical notables from the past couple of centuries.

All lectures take place in the Pascack Historical Society’s Ellen Berdais Hall, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ and will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. Admission is free. There will be complimentary coffee and homemade baked goods. For more information, visit

Sunday, April 8 - Sparta, Sussex County
Life Along the Wallkill River

Sunday, April 8 - Readington Township, Hunterdon County
A Stitch in Time: 17th and 18th Century Textiles and Quilts

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Dana Bala will present 17th and 18th century textiles and quilts. She will discuss legislation, which affected the cost and production of cloth, fabric, and how it related to domestic life, and quilting as it evolved with the history of textiles. This Open House Sunday program will be held at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, located at 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of Readington Township. For GPS use Lebanon, NJ 08833.

Dana Bala has been quilting for over 12 years. She combines her love of history and fabric through researching historic quilts, patterns, techniques and the textile industry, particularly, in the 18th century. A frequent volunteer at Washington Crossing Park, she has also given presentations at other historic sites such as the Abraham Staats House and the Miller-Corey Museum. Her other areas of interest/expertise include embroidery, cooking and genealogy.

This is a free family friendly event, although donations will be gratefully accepted. In case of inclement weather please call the Museums to find out the status of the program. For more information, call 908-236-2327 or visit

Sunday, April 8 - Princeton, Morris County
“A Family Day with Hunter Research”
Family Friendly Event

On Sunday at 1:00 pm, Morven will host “A Family Day with Hunter Research” in conjunction with the current exhibition “A Gentleman's Pursuit: The Commodore's Greenhouse.” Spend the afternoon in and around the site of the Commodore’s greenhouse. Archaeologists from Hunter Research, Inc., who unearthed the greenhouse and its artifacts, will lead an archaeology walk and talk. Take a tour of the exhibition, including a reproduction of a section of the greenhouse, and visit our Carriage House to pot your own plants to take and grow at home. Registration required. Tickets: $18 per family. All ages welcome.  

Morven Museum & Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Sunday, April 8 - Pennsauken, Camden County
“Amelia Mott Gummere – Forgotten Legacy”

On Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, historic Griffith Morgan House in Pennsauken welcomes local historian Sue Huesken presenting “Amelia Mott Gummere (1859-1937) – Forgotten Legacy.” As researched and presented by Ms. Huesken, the life and writings of New Jersey native Amelia Mott Gummere reveal her as an early or founding member of several local area organizations devoted to our early local history, including the Burlington County Historical Society and Friends Historical Society. The John Woolman Memorial in Mt. Holly was established due to her efforts. Amelia Mott Gummere also wrote many books and articles on Quaker and Colonial life in the early years of the 20th Century.

Hear of and celebrate the life and almost-forgotten legacy of this extraordinary local woman and historian. The doors of Griffith Morgan House will open at 1:00 pm with the program to commence at 1:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. Admission and parking are free.

While attending this lecture, also learn about the history and continuing mission of historic Griffith Morgan House with a free tour and find out about more historical programs coming up, courtesy of Pennsauken Historical Society, at both Griffith Morgan House and Burrough-Dover House.

Griffith Morgan House is located at 243 Griffith Morgan Lane off River Road between the Delair community and Route 73. Visit the Griffith Morgan House or Pennsauken Historical Society Facebook pages or the group “Pennsauken History Forum” on Facebook for more details or directions or call 856-486-9561 and leave a message for more information or e-mail

Sunday, April 8 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
The Delaware & Raritan Canal

On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, canal author and historian Linda J. Barth will introduce you to the people, the bridges, the locks and the aqueducts that made the Delaware & Raritan Canal work.  This waterway, now the centerpiece of a popular state park, transported men and supplies between New York and Philadelphia during three wars. Inventor John Holland used the canal to deliver his Holland VI submarine to Washington for its Navy trials and more!

Linda J. Barth has authored two books on the D&R Canal, two children's picture books called Bridgetender's Boy and Hidden New Jersey, and A history of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone.  Her next book, New Jersey Originals, is due out in June 2018. Linda will be selling her books at this event. 

Admission to the lecture is $10 per person. To register online, click hereThe Van Horne House is located at 941 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available in the Target parking lot directly behind the house. For more information or to register, call 732-356-8856 or visit

Sunday, April 8 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Abigail & John Adams

During their courtship and marriage, John Adams and Abigail Smith Adams exchanged over 1,100 letters, many filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics considered an invaluable account of the Revolutionary War.

Abigail, a fierce advocate of rights for women and African Americans, was an important partner throughout John's political career. Hear their stories firsthand portrayed by actors Kim Hanley and Peyton Dixon at the Jacobus Vanderveer House on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Pre-registration is required and registration is limited. Register here or call 908-396-6053. Admission $10 per person. Members Free. Children 12 and under, free. The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, visit

Through Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Cape May, Cape May County
“Franklin Street School: From Segregation to Unification”

Until Sunday, April 15, view the Center for Community Arts (CCA) Exhibit in the Carroll Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ.

From its opening in 1928, the Franklin Street School was a symbol of segregation and separation. It stood as a reminder of a racial divide, even after school integration in 1948. For two decades the Center for Community Arts has worked to preserve, stabilize and restore the school. Now a collaborative effort by CCA and the City of Cape May aims to renew the school as a community center, offering meeting space, arts and history programs, exhibits, events and senior activities and services to bring together all the people of Cape Island. The exhibit will include photographs, artifacts and recorded oral and video histories to chronicle the history of the school, the initial efforts to preserve and rehabilitate the building, and plans for the building’s expansion and completion.

Admission to the exhibit is free. Presented by the Center for Community Arts (CCA) in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For information on the exhibit, call 609-884-7525 or visit For gallery hours, call 609-884-5404 or visit

Through Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Haledon, Passai County
Frederick Douglass Series 2017 Exhibit

The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark located in Haledon, New Jersey proudly has opened the exhibit Frederick Douglass Series 2017. Frederick Douglass Series 2017 is an exhibit of contemporary paintings and drawings about the life of Frederick Douglass, slave, abolitionist, and statesman. Artist Mark Priest states, "In the United States of America many slaves were safely carried to freedom. This monumental undertaking that has virtually gone unnoticed has been the subject of my work over the past eleven years. My current focus is on Frederick Douglass, Slavery in Maryland, and Underground Railroad Conductor, Harriet Tubman."

Mark Priest is a working artist and professor at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Priest graduated from Yale School of Art in 1989. He is a productive artist with exhibition experience and, he continues teaching studio art to college students.

Frederick Douglass Series 2017 exhibit by Mark Priest is on view at the museum through April 28, 2018. The American Labor Museum is headquartered in the historic Botto House National Landmark, located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ. The museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment. For more information, call 973-595-7953, visit or e-mail

Through Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Paterson, Passaic County
Clifton Association of Artists' Annual Members' Show

The Passaic County Historical Society announces the opening of its newest temporary exhibit, Clifton Association of Artists' Annual Members' Show. On exhibit from Wednesday March 28th until Sunday May 6th, this exhibition’s theme is travel, with works by members of the Clifton Association of Artists. The association, which is comprised of members for Clifton and the surrounding area, includes artists of all skill levels who work in venues like watercolor, oil, and pastel painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics. The Clifton Association of Artists is sponsored by the Clifton Recreation Department.

Visitors can access the exhibition, which is on display in the changing exhibit gallery on the 3rd floor, during regular museum hours (Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm). Regular admission applies (adults $5, seniors $4, and children $3). For more information about the Association, visit

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

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

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 3, 2018 - Princeton, Mercer County
A Gentleman’s Pursuit: The Commodore’s Greenhouse

Morven Museum & Garden presents A Gentleman’s Pursuit: The Commodore’s Greenhouse, which reveals the remarkable findings at Morven from Hunter Research’s excavation of one of New Jersey’s earliest greenhouses on view from through June 3, 2018.

Research done in the 2000s, revealed that Commodore Robert F. Stockton (1795-1866) had built the greenhouse during his tenure at Morven. Account books showed that the Commodore had paid for the installation of gutters on the building in October 1854, placing its construction at approximately 1852-54. An inventory upon his death indicated that the greenhouse contained 15 lemon trees, 100 Japonicas, 10 cati, 4 azaleas, 3 Daphnes and “Misc. plants.” Based on research it is believed that the greenhouse was torn down in the 1880s.

Little else was known about the greenhouse until a 2013 archaeological dig conducted by Hunter Research, Inc., who is partnering with Morven for his exhibition, uncovered the brick and stone foundation of the structure. Excavations over the next two summers revealed thousands of cultural artifacts, including the remains of the cast iron furnace which heated the greenhouse, and glass from the window panes that allowed sunlight in. The greenhouse denotes the refined gentleman’s pastime of the Commodore, reflecting his social prominence and financial standing to enjoy such an exquisite hobby. Due to New Jersey’s gradual emancipation law, the Commodore no longer owned any enslaved people by the time the greenhouse was constructed.  The maintenance of the structure and plants within was likely left to a trained gardener and paid farm hands.

“This exhibition is unique in that it allows visitors to follow the process of archaeologists and historians as they work their way from identifying archaeological digs, unearthing and dating artifacts, researching primary documents, and comparing contemporaneous sites to reveal a fuller picture of what Morven’s greenhouse would have been like,” says, Elizabeth Allan, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions.

“The exhibit shows how archaeology opens a fascinating window into the greenhouse that serviced Morven’s gardens,” says Richard Hunter, President/Principal, Hunter Research, Inc. For the past 30 years, Trenton-based Hunter Research, a historic preservation and cultural resources consulting firm, has been actively engaged in interpreting historic sites for the benefit of the general public.

A Gentleman's Pursuit: The Commodore’s Greenhouse is on view at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ, through June 3, 2018. Admission: Adults - $10, Seniors (60+)/Students/Active Military Personnel - $8, Children 6 and under - Free, Friends of Morven - Free. Morven’s Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

For more information, call 609-924-8144 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

Through December 30, 2018 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Over There, Over Here: New Jersey During orld War I 

Some event listings courtesy of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey


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