Thursday, July 12, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/14/18 - 7/15/18

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Saturday, July 14 - Tabernacle, Burlington County
90th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service

The 90th Annual Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 pm. Captain Emilio Carranza has been called "Mexico's Lindbergh." In 1928, while flying a goodwill mission from New York City to Mexico City, his plane crashed near Tabernacle, New Jersey during a thunderstorm. Since his death, members of American Legion Post 11 in Mount Holly have continued to promote his goodwill mission by honoring the pioneer aviator Captain Emilio Carranza.

Guest should arrive around 12:30 with a folding chair so that you can find a shady place to view the event and a close parking spot. There is no rain date and the event will be held even during inclement or severe weather conditions. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 14 -  Morristown, Morris County
Building Morristown
Children Friendly Event and Site

From the vestry to the boardroom, the Vail family has played an important role in developing Morristown and the surrounding region. On Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, learn about the impressive impact the Vail family had during the early 19th century. Looking at memberships in local churches, relationships with the business community, and even a secret society, this talk illustrates how the town we know today was developed through the Vail family’s hard work. Admission: $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Saturday, July 14 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Help the WWI ‘Farmerette’ in the Garden
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday from 10:30 am - 12:00 noon at Fosterfield's Living Historical Farm, support the home-front efforts, and help the Woman’s Land Army ‘Farmerette’ tend the garden and harvest vegetables.

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

Saturdays, July 14 & 28 - Princeton, Mercer County
Fife & Drum Taptoe Concert Series Returns to Trenton’s Old Barracks Museum

The Old Barracks Museum celebrates history, music, and warm summer evenings with the fourth annual Taptoe Concert Series on July 14 and July 28. The gates open at 7:30 pm and the music starts at 8:00 pm to magically and musically transport you to the 18th century. Reserved seating is available on the balconies or you can bring a lawn chair and enjoy the performance from the ground.

The Taptoe recreates a summer evening in 18th century Trenton, when the musick and the guard would march through a garrison town signaling the time for the taverns to close their taps and for the soldiers to return to their barracks. Beginning at dusk, the evening will be illuminated with dramatic lighting by torches, candles, and spotlights. In addition to a selection of military tunes, an orchestral and dramatic production of music from the motion picture "The Last of the Mohicans" composed by Trevor Jones will be performed by the Barracks Band of Musick conducted by Daniel Spalding.

Advanced tickets available for purchase online at . Ticket prices are as follows: $25 reserved balcony seating with included light refreshments; $10 lawn seating; $20 reserved balcony seating for Old Barracks Museum members. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit

Saturday, July 14 - River Edge, Bergen County
Calico Frolic

Did you know the key to the Bastille hangs in the front hall of Mount Vernon? It was a gift to George Washington from the Marquis de Lafayette.

The Bergen County Historical Society hosts a Calico Frolic for St. Swithin’s Day (which also happens to be Bastille Day) from 6:30 - 9:30 pm on Saturday in the Steuben House at Historic New Bridge Landing.

The Marquis de Lafayette stopped at the Steuben House on his return visit to the New United States. The historical society has a chair in its collection reported to have been sat in by Lafayette on his return visit to the US when he visited Hackensack July 14, 1825.

Celebrating this unique French Connection, the society and The Tricorne Dance Ensemble of Glen Rock under the direction of dance mistress Denise Piccino of Hawthorne invite the public to join them in and evening of dancing and music from the colonial period with an emphasis on French themes. Musical accompaniment for the night will be provided by Ridley and Anne Enslow on the fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Refreshments and lemonade will also be served.

Period dress (late 18th or early 19th century) is welcome, but not required. $15 per person and $12 for BCHS members. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201-1209 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Free parking available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 14 - Stockton, Hunterdon County
Girls to the Front: The Gallery

Girls to the Front: The Gallery celebrates the dynamic art being produced through the Delaware River Valley by young women. Come out and support their work on Saturdat from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm at Prallsville Mills, in Stockton, NJ.

The exhibition features a crew of all women artists from New Jersey. The list includes many students from Rutgers Mason Gross such as Megan Atwood, Ali Marshall, and Natalie Straub, Hunterdon County Artists such as Megan Moriarty, Niya Maniez, and Sarah Duff, and many more. All of the women have their own unique styles, with works ranging from silkscreen prints and textile patches to industrial sculptures and oil portraits.

The Prallsville Mills complex in Stockton, NJ, is considered a significant example of early American industrial architecture that was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the Mill proudly features cultural and historic events for the entire community. Prallsville Mills is located at 33 Risler Street, Stockton, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 14 - Dover, Morris County
Downtown Dover Historic Walking Tour
Family Friendly Event

Saturday, July 14 - Chester, Morris County
Sail, Sail Your Boat
Children Friendly Event & Site

Decorate boats and sail them in the tail-race at the Cooper Gristmill in Morris County from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Please wear closed-toe shoes or boots. Cost: FREE. Boats can be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5), or borrowed for FREE. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, July 14 - Ocean City, Cape May County
Antiques and Collectibles Fair

The Ocean City Historical Museum (OCHM) is sponsoring its sixth annual Antiques and Collectibles Fair on Saturday. The show is open to the public free-of- charge, but donations are gratefully accepted to help underwrite the museum's mission and programs. The show is located in the air conditioned Community Center at 17th and Haven in Ocean City, NJ. Show hours are 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

In addition to the 26 vendors who will be participating in this year's show, the museum also sets up a “museum table” where donated items will be sold to benefit the curatorial efforts of the Museum. This is always a fascinating part of the show since many hidden treasures surface.

Many of the previous year's dealers will be returning and offering a wide variety of antiques and collectibles including glassware and china, antique jewelry, small furniture, antique paper goods and books, antique toys, country collectibles and Shore-related items.

The Ocean City Historical Museum is open for the summer: Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. With nearly 6,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space the Ocean City Historical Museum is home to treasures from throughout Ocean City’s 139 year history. From shipwrecks to princesses, religious piety to entrepreneurial spirit, Ocean City’s story is shared with more than 9,000 guests and at events all year long. Located in the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Avenue Ocean City, NJ), the Museum continues to build upon its 54 year history of preserving America’s Greatest Family Resort. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 14 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s 
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel lovely melodies from the 1890s will be played on the accordion inside the 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

Saturday, July 14 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Evening Hayrides
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday evening, Howell Living History Farm will have hayrides that last 20 minutes, carrying visitors over the lanes of the 130 acre working farm. During the program, visitors can also take self-guided tours, picnic in the picnic area and join a marshmallow roast.

Rides will leave the barnyard area every 25 minutes beginning at 5:10 pm, with the last ride departing at 8:00 pm. Rides will be given on a first come, first serve basis to the first 200 visitors. Rides are intended for individual and family participation; groups cannot be accommodated. There is no charge for the wagon rides.

A wheelchair accessible wagon is also available. Individuals who would like to ride on this wagon should call 609-737-3299 in advance. On the dates when evening hayrides are offered, the Farm will be closed during the day.

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, July 14 - Madison, Morris County
Carriage to Car Day at Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is excited to host a special day-long outdoor event, Carriage to Car that will offer an up-close experience with both carriages and early automobiles. The event is a part of our programming in connection with our current exhibit, "Are We There Yet? Stories of Travel by Stagecoach and Steam." This exhibit tells the story of early travel in New Jersey, before the invention of the automobile. Through the exhibit our visitors can learn more about the details of travel throughout our country and compare it to the high speed travel of the 21st century.

Our Carriage to Car event will appeal to families, car enthusiasts, and history buffs showcasing historic automobiles from 1899 and early 1900's and a 19th century carriage--without the horses! On hand will be two experts on these historic automobiles, Sarah Stanley, a descendant of the Stanley Stamer family and Donald Davidson.

Green Village Road in front of METC will be closed from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to offer visitors an opportunity to view these extraordinary vehicles that harken back to a time when routine travel from place to place was a major event! In the late 1800s traveling from Newark, NJ to Philadelphia, PA by horse-drawn carriage was long, dusty, uncomfortable and monotonous. Then along came the automobile and changed everything forever.

The day-long event will take place on Green Village Road in front of the historic James Library Building, home of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. There will be a food truck from Mexican Spice, games and other activities for all, and the museum will be open for guided tours.

For more information, call 973-377-2982, email, or visit

Saturday, July 14 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Heritage Day
Children Friendly Event

Come visit Waterloo Village between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm for a day in this historic Morris Canal town. Enjoy boat rides on the Morris Canal, Smith's Store - a furnished canal-era store with hands-on activities, blacksmithing, see the operating gristmill, seamstress shop, carpenter's shop, the Canal Museum - with exhibits and videos, and guided walking tours of the village. Admission is free but there is a $5 per car parking fee. Waterloo Village is located at 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ. For more information, call 973-292-2755 or visit

Saturday, July 14 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Summer Flea Market

The Historic Village at Allaire is hosting a Summer Flea Market as a fundraiser on Saturday, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. The event is held in the Show Field of Allaire State Park. There is no admission fee for the event, but Summer parking rules are in effect, so there is a $5 parking fee at the park. With more than 100 vendors displaying new, used, and collectible treasures of all types, there will be something for everyone.

Shop all day, visit the on-site food vendor, or spend some time in the Historic Village. The General Store and Bakery will also be open beginning at 10:00 am. This event is a fundraiser, benefiting the historic and educational programs presented at the Historic Village at Allaire by the non-profit organization, Allaire Village, Incorporated. The rain date is Sunday, July 15.

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, July 14 - 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 7:45 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, July 14 - Cape May, Cape May County
Grand Lighthouse Cruise

Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each 7-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. The cruise will depart at 10:00 from the Miss Chris Marina, 2nd Avenue and Wilson Drive, and include complimentary continental breakfast in the morning and a lavish buffet lunch. A cash bar is available. Free parking is available at the marina. Tickets $95 (adults) $75 (children ages 7-12). Sponsored by the Cape May Whale Watcher and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturdays through September 1, 2018  - Cape May Point, Cape May County
The Keeper's on Duty
Children Friendly Event

What's it like to be a Lighthouse Keeper?  If you’d like the answer to this question and others, join us for The Keeper's On Duty, at the Education Center at Cape May Point State Park (adjacent to the Cape May Lighthouse) on Saturday at 1:15 pm. The Keeper of the Cape May Lighthouse presents an informative and entertaining half hour talk on the history and lore of the famous 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. Suited for everyone from children to lighthouse buffs, it’s the perfect introduction to your lighthouse climb! All Keeper's on Duty are free and open to the public. Cape May Point State Park is located at 215 Light House Avenue, Cape May Point, NJ. Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and Cape May Point State Park. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturdays through September 1, 2018 - Cape May Point, Cape May County
Lighthouse Storytime
Children Friendly Event

Bring your young children to the Education Center in Cape May Point State Park (adjacent to the Cape May Lighthouse) to listen to nautical tales and lighthouse adventure stories on Saturday at 12:30 pm. Free admission. Cape May Point State Park is located at 215 Light House Avenue, Cape May Point, NJ. Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and Cape May Point State Park. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, July 14 - 15 - Cape May, Cape May County
Emlen Physick Estate Tour
Family Friendly Tour

Take a guided tour of Cape May's Emlen Physick Estate, the magnificent Stick Style mansion attributed to renowned Victorian architect Frank Furness. A tour of the 15 beautifully restored rooms gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of this Victorian-era Cape May family. Physick Estate Tours take approximately 45 minutes and end with a visit to the 1876 Carriage House where you can see the current exhibit in the Carroll Gallery. The tour starts at 11:45 am and ends at approximately 12:30 pm. 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 - Sunday, July 14 - 15 - 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, July 14 - 15 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Battery Potter and Mortar Battery Tours

Meet with park staff to tour two historic batteries at Sandy Hook this weekend.

Battery Potter: Explore and tour Sandy Hook's oldest disappearing gun battery.  This is also the first concrete gun battery that was built in America, completed in 1895. 

Mortar Battery: Join a park ranger guided tour of the Mortar Battery and learn about the first Endicott era (1894 - 1910) concrete gun battery that defended New York and its harbor against attack by enemy warships.

These free tours begin at 1:00 pm for Battery Potter and at 1:30 pm for Mortar Battery. All tours run continuously until 4:30 pm. They are located with the Fort Hancock Historic Post at Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, July 14 - 15 - Cape May, Cape May County
14th Annual Celtic Festival
Children Friendly Event & Site

Celebrate all things Irish and Scottish at Historic Cold Spring Village's 14th Annual Celtic Festival this weekend from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm.

The weekend features musical entertainment throughout the grounds. Main stage performances will include sets by Nae Breeks Pipes & Drums Band, which is comprised of members of the famed Atlantic City Sandpipers both Saturday and Sunday. For the first time at Celtic Weekend, The Flynns will be here performing their rousing renditions of Irish folk and rebel tunes. 

Joe McGonigle will entertain all weekend long at the pub tent, with world-renowned musician Tom Brett. Emerald Isle Academy Dancers will perform at the gazebo on Sunday at 12:00 noon. Mike Dupuy Falconry will be joining us on both Saturday and Sunday. 

The New Jersey Irish Setter Rescue will join the event, accompanied by the lovable breed to meet with visitors.

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 period. It features 26 restored historic structures on a 30-acre site. Tuesday through Sunday, from late June to early September, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of “the age of homespun.” Fun and educational activities for children are featured Tuesday through Sunday, with special events every weekend through September.

The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $14 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit

Saturday - Sunday, July 14 - 15 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Digging Up History
Children Friendly Event & Site

Trash as treasure? Historical archaeology looks for buried remnants from the past to learn more about people’s lives centuries ago. Join us for a morning of looking at what’s been found and what stories may be unearthed beneath our feet. Open to ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult. This event runs from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon.

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, July 15 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Going Bunkers: Battery Mills

Meet park staff at the old Visitor Center Parking Lot between Parking Lot D and Lot E at Sandy Hook and then car caravan to Battery Mills. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a flashlight and insect repellent. This program runs from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information and to make reservations, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Sundays, July 15 & 22 - Bridgeton, Cumberland County
Potter's Tavern Open House

The Cumberland County Historical Society is excited to announce that the Potter’s Tavern will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 15 and Sunday, July 22. We hope you will join us for a tour of this historical building and explore one of the County’s oldest preserved landmarks. The Tavern is located at 51 West Broad Street, Bridgeton, NJ.

Tavern keeper, Matthew Potter, Jr. came to Bridgeton from Philadelphia and opened the tavern in 1773. It became a favorite meeting place for the local young men just before the Revolutionary War. Today, it is one of New Jersey’s most significant historical shrines and is an excellent example of the type of frame houses built in New Jersey during the 17th and 18th century. It was here that the Plain Dealer, Cumberland County’s pioneer newspaper, was published for the purpose of supporting the drive for American liberty from the Crown rule. The fact that Matthew Potter gave a home to the Plain Dealer placed him in personal danger, risking a charge of treason during this time. The distinguished historian, John T. Cunningham, said that the fact the Plain Dealer appeared every Tuesday morning probably made it New Jersey’s first regular “newspaper.”

For more information, call the office of the Cumberland County Historical Society at 856-455-8580.

Sunday, July 15 - 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, July 15 - Montague, Sussex County
Montague Open Houses

MARCH, the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History, is pleased to announce that both its museum sites will be open on Sunday. The Foster-Armstrong House and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse will be open to the public from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for museum house tours. Tours will be held every 30 minutes and docents will be available at both sites to guide you through our local history and artifact collections.

The Foster-Armstrong House, circa 1790, a two story Dutch colonial, is located on SC521/ 320 River Road, about 1 mile north of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register of NJ and is a National Historic Register Site. Ten rooms are set up with local history displays in each room. Rooms contain an original bee hive oven, native Indian artifacts, Duke Mortimer's Dramatic Art Workshop collection, a military room, a quilt room and to scale model covered bridges of the northeast United States. 

At the Foster-Armstrong House from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Nancy Holleran will demonstrate quilting and Katherine Ruzanski will demonstrate crocheting.

The Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, circa 1820, is located at 501 Route 206 North, about 1 mile south of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register on New Jersey. The first floor is set up as a schoolhouse, which is what the building was originally built for. The second floor has a schoolmaster's bedroom and native Indian artifacts.

Both museums are located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For more information, visit

Sunday, July 15 - Morristown, Morris County
Harmonium Choral Society Performance

Break out the picnic blanket or beach chairs and join us at Maculloch Hall in our historic garden Sunday at 2:00 pm for a selection of music and poetry. $10 per adult, FREE for members! Rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the Schoolroom Gallery.

One of New Jersey’s best-known choral arts organizations, Harmonium Choral Society was founded in 1979. Since 1987, this acclaimed program has been under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Anne Matlack. Harmonium’s select 20-voice Outreach Chorus will perform at Macculloch Hall.

Macculloch Hall is located at 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-538-2404 or visit

Sunday, July 15 - Montclair, Essex County
Open House Tours
Family Friendly

Get to know ALL of the Montclair History Center's historic houses in one afternoon! Discover the people whose "many voices" and life stories shaped our community, and travel through the ages with the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Hear about the evolution of our young country from New Jersey's point of view, and learn of a unique story set during a time when the nation was embroiled in the Civil Rights.

Visit our community farm to learn more about our agricultural past, and don't forget to say hello to our happy brood of chickens! Your visit then continues to the elegant Shultz House, an amazing, fully-intact time capsule that takes you away to life in the early 20th century. A home chock full of original character, visitors can linger in a classic library full of vintage science instruments, admire Delft handiwork imported from the Netherlands, and marvel at the beautifully crafted woodwork.

Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3:00 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Member get in free! The Crane House/Historic YWCA is located at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ and the Shultz House is located at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJFor more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, July 15 - Plainfield, Union County
“The Chain That Saved The Colonies”

The Historical Society of Plainfield will host a lecture entitled “The Chain That Saved The Colonies” on Sunday, starting at 2:00 pm at the Drake House Museum. The lecture will given by Donald “Doc” Bayne.

Many New Jersey residents are not aware of the Great Chain that spanned the Hudson River at West Point during the American Revolutionary War. Doc Bayne has spent years researching the Great Chain and locating many of the remaining huge links of the hand-forged chain. This is the story of one man’s quest to find the surviving links and to tell an amazing account of ingenuity, fortitude, and determination of the men of the Continental Army.

Donald “Doc” Bayne has been interested in history since the age of 8. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, and then became a commercial pilot. He worked for the Minolta Corporation and later started a career with an audio visual company designing distance-learning classrooms for William Paterson University and U.M.D.N.J. as well as video conferencing systems for various companies at the World Trade Center. He then became a full-time park ranger, environmental educator and historian at Sterling Forest State Park. He is now retired and is on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Historical Society, the Board of the Fort Montgomery Battle Site, the Board of The Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association, the President of The Friends of Sterling Forest, and a member of the Greenwood Lake Historical Association.

Seating is limited and is on a first-come first-serve basis. Light refreshments will be served. Program suggested donation is $5, and free to members of the Historical Society of Plainfield. Drake House Museum is air conditioned.

The Drake House Museum is located at 602 West Front Street, Plainfield, NJ. Donations are always appreciated. Onsite parking is available. For more information, visit

Sunday, July 15 - West Orange, Essex County
Geothermal Tour at the Glenmont Estate

Go "behind the scenes" at the Edison home. Join a guide for a walk through the basement of the famous house and learn about its new geothermal heating and cooling system. This program will last about 30 minutes at take place at 1:30 and again at 2:30 pm. It focuses on the technical aspects of the environmentally friendly geothermal system. The basement is not wheelchair accessible.

The tour is included with regular admission. 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, July 15 - Paterson, Passaic County
Music at the Castle: Music from the British Isles

On Sunday at 5:00 pm, Lambert Castle will be hosting Double Entendre as they present Music from the British Isles. Founded in 2005, Double Entendre Music Ensemble is a collective of like-minded musicians devoted to adventurous exploration of the double reed repertoire. Noted for its first-rate musicianship and creativity, the Ensemble illuminates classics, revives neglected music, and commissions new works for these soulful instruments. From concert halls to beer halls, in churches and bookstores, schools and parks, Double Entendre reaches a diverse audience wherever engaged listeners are found. Double Entendre Music Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) organization.

This performance is a part of the 2018 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. Check our website for a complete listing of performances and dates.

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

Sunday, July 15 - Morristown, Morris County
Book Talk: Author Mark Maloy on Victory or Death: The Battles of Trenton & Princeton, December 25, 1776 - January 3, 1777

Morristown National Historical Park is pleased to welcome author Mark Maloy, a historian currently working for the National Park Service in Virginia. He will speak on his book, Victory or Death: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton, December 25, 1776 - January 3, 1777, one of the inaugural volumes in the Emerging Revolutionary War Series. This program will take place in Washington’s Headquarters Museum.

Mr. Maloy works for the George Washington Memorial Parkway which administers important historic sites such as Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. He holds an undergraduate degree in history from the College of William and Mary and a graduate degree in history from George Mason University. He also has worked at numerous public historic sites and archaeological digs for the past ten years.

Following his talk, Mr. Maloy will be available to sign books. Victory or Death will be available for sale in the museum store. Washington’s Headquarters Museum is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. For more information call the museum at 973-539-2016 x-210 or visit

Sunday, July 15 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
Military Bands of the Civil War

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Ed Moderacki, River Vale's Municipal Historian and the conductor of the popular Waldwick Band, will discuss the role, organization and instrumentation of military bands serving with Civil War military units. In particular, he will relate the story of the band of the 22nd New Jersey Regiment, the only regiment raised for Union service from Bergen County during the Civil War. The program will have recordings of typical band music of the period along photographs of bands and instruments.

This lecture will take place in the Pascack Historical Society’s Ellen Berdais Hall, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge. Admission is free. There will be complimentary coffee and homemade baked goods. For more information, visit

Sunday, July 15 -  Morris Township, Morris County
The Broody Hen
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Sunday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:00 pm, discover why certain hens sit on a nest for 21 days to hatch a brood of baby chicks.

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

Through Tuesday, July 31 - Montclair, Essex County
Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild Presents Harlem Renaissance “All that Jazz"
Family Friendly

The Nubian Heritage Quilters was established to preserve, and document the importance of African American quilting. Serving the community, to encourage and revitalize others in their knowledge of this craft, to give them a sense of their heritage through quilting. The exhibit will be held at the Crane House & Historic YWCA. For more information on the exhibit visit Demonstrations in hand piecing, machine piecing, hand quilting, rotary cutting and appliqué, and crazy quilt blocks. Special exhibits in Trees of Life, small little village, postcards, “The Great Migration” – Jacob Lawrence, Surprise Art Quilts, and “Oppression by Any other Name.” Exhibit demonstrations will be held on June 16 and 17 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is $6 adults, $2 students, children 5 & under are free. The exhibit will also be open to the public on July 15 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment, regular admission rates of the Montclair History Center apply. The Crane House & Historic YWCA is located at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Through September, 2018 - Freehold, Monmouth County
Summer at the Jersey Shore Exhibition

The months of June through August mean a time of sun, fun, and outdoor activities at the Jersey Shore. Monmouth County Historical Association now features an exhibition that captures some of the various pastimes that were offered to visitors years ago during the summer season. Summer at the Jersey Shore will remain on view through September 2018. Museum hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

Paintings, prints, and drawings dating from 1850 to 1940 illustrate such things as horse racing, sun and sea bathing, sport fishing, casino gambling, preaching on the beach, steamboats that served the shore, and shore landscapes. Artists represented include Alfred T. Bricher, George C. Lambdin, Winslow Homer, August Kollner, John W. Alexander, Theodore R. Davis of Asbury Park, and Michel Jacobs of Rumson. Scenes depict activities at Sea Bright, Long Branch, Monmouth Park, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Manasquan, and Cape May. Souvenirs displayed from Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, and Red Bank displays the types of mementos that shore visitors could purchase as a token of their summertime experience, either as a day-tripper or as an extended stay guest at one of the many hotels and boarding houses available in New Jersey's coastal communities.

In many respects, shore visitors of the twenty-first century can take advantage of the same range of activities as those who enjoyed the area's attractions in the nineteenth century, with a large gap in between. In 1894, New Jersey outlawed horse racing and gambling. In the intervening years, they have been restored. Horse racing returned to a new Monmouth Park in 1946, casino gambling to Atlantic City in 1976, and Governor Murphy placed the first bet under the new sports betting law at Monmouth Park on June 13. The sun, sandy beaches, saltwater fishing, social life, and easy access from Philadelphia or New York continue to draw thousands of visitors to the Jersey Shore each year.

For more information, visit

Through Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - Cape May, Cape May County
Capturing Cape May's Architecture: The Making of a National Historic Landmark

In the early 1970s, a team from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) produced pen and ink drawings of Cape May, NJ's most significant historic structures that were instrumental in saving this seaside town - "the best-preserved late 19th century resort in America." The drawings enabled Cape May to become a National Historic Landmark and a national tourist destination. Now, for the first time, these intricate drawings and the stories of the architects whose hands created them are on exhibit at the Carroll Gallery. Curator Karen Fox, author of The Chalfonte, provides visitors with a unique look at how a small band of preservationists saved not only the buildings, but a culture of the past creating a future. The exhibit "Capturing Cape May's Architecture: The Making of a National Historic Landmark" is on display at the Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. The exhibit is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and is open daily through Wednesday, October 31, 2018; times vary. Admission is free. MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC's year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC's

Through December 28, 2018 -  Morristown, Morris County
George Washington’s Headquarters: Photographs by Xiomáro

Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) invites the public to view the exhibition George Washington’s Headquarters: Photographs by Xiomáro. The 22 large images of the Ford Mansion – Washington’s base of operations during the Revolutionary War winter of 1779-1780 – are on view in the museum until December 28, 2018. The exhibition of Xio’s photographs of Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters highlights the house’s dual role as a residence. 

Xiomáro (pronounced “SEE-oh-MAH-ro”) is an internationally-recognized artist and speaker whose photography has been covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and CBS Eyewitness News. His work has been widely exhibited at venues such as Harvard University and New York City’s Fraunces Tavern Museum. Next year, Arcadia Publishing is releasing Xio’s photo book, Weir Farm National Historic Site, about Julian Alden Weir, the father of American Impressionist painting.

A free eBook of the photographs is available at www.xiomaro.comThe exhibit is at the Morristown National Historical Park’s Washington Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. Admission is free. For more information. visit

Through 2018 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
Out of the Box: Rare & Unusual Objects

Intrigued about what might lie behind closed doors in a museum? Out of the Box: Rare & Unusual Objects, our new exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum, will give visitors a peek into some of our most exceptional artifacts. Objects that have not been on view to the public for years will be out on display for all to see. We have chosen an array of unique items from every category imaginable in the museum’s collection. Most of these artifacts are between 100 – 200 years old, and haven’t seen the light of day in decades. Come to experience the rare, odd, quirky, beautiful, and even creepy treasures just waiting to be revealed. The exhibit opens on Sunday, April 29 when admission will be free that day! The exhibit will be closed on Mondays, and summer Sundays, but open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm from May 2 through the summer months. Monday hours will resume on September 5, 2018, along with last Sunday of the month hours. Please visit for further details. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit

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

Through June 2019 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
"Wet as the Atlantic Ocean: Prohibition in New Jersey”

The 18th Amendment—the measure that made the manufacture, sale, or transport of alcoholic beverages a federal offense for the 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, and 17 hours of Prohibition—was repealed in 1933. It is the only Constitution Amendment ever to be undone. And its doing and undoing were the results of a tug-of-war between the “Wets” and the “Drys” that played out across the country.

A new exhibit opening to the public Sunday, in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House reveals where New Jersey stood in that tug-of-war. “Wet as the Atlantic Ocean: Prohibition in NJ” brings the debates, glamour, and violence of the Roaring Twenties home.

How did it happen?
The prohibition debate had been argued across the country for nearly a century before the 18th Amendment outlawed alcohol nationwide. Maine passed the first state prohibition law in 1846 and by the Civil War, several other states had followed suit.

So what happened in the first decades of the next century to elevate debate into a campaign for a Constitutional Amendment—that took the fight national?

• Drunkenness was a real problem. The proliferation of saloons fueled a drinking culture, and between 1900 and 1913, beer and alcohol consumption soared. Women and families suffered.
• Women had been campaigning for abstinence since the early 1800s, By the turn of the century they were finding their voice, stridently advocating for the vote-— and increasingly for prohibition. Organizations like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union were gaining ground.
• Many Americans felt threatened by the influx of immigrants whose cultural norms around alcohol threatened prevailing white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant values.
• On the global scene, the unthinkable carnage of the First World War and the alarming success of the Russian Revolution fueled a nostalgic longing for control and order.

Under these conditions, pro-prohibition sentiment grew. By 1919 more than half the country lived in dry states, counties, or towns. If the 18th Amendment were to be passed, it needed to happen before the 1920 census, the results of which would give greater power to the anti-prohibition cities.

The last state to Ratify
Ours was the last state to ratify the 18th amendment and it did so in 1922, two years after the measure was in effect. (Rhode Island and Connecticut never ratified.) We fought Prohibition in court. New Jersey joined Rhode Island in a losing challenge before the Supreme Court (1920). And we were back in 1931, when the Supreme Court overruled a New Jersey federal judge’s decision invalidating the 18th Amendment.

New Jersey’s Resistance
It’s no surprise, then, that Prohibition enforcement in New Jersey was lax. Local fishermen and boaters shuttled bootlegged liquor to shore from rum-running ships lined up just outside the legal limit. Speakeasies thrived with little risk of raid. The state underfunded enforcement. Corruption was rampant. Local police turned a blind eye. Even the teetotaling and incorruptible Ira Reeves, the man put in charge of federal enforcement in New Jersey, resigned after eight months and took up the anti-Prohibition cause!

This exhibit runs through June 2019. 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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