Thursday, September 20, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/22/18 - 9/23/18

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Saturday, September 22 - West Orange, Essex County
Fall Family Fun Day/National Public Lands Day
Children Friendly Site

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with special family activities at Glenmont, the home and estate of Thomas and Mina Edison in Llewellyn Park between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Visitors wanting to visit Glenmont, should pick up a car pass from the Laboratory Visitor Center.  Activities include tours of the 29-room Victorian Mansion and tours of the poured concrete garage which houses a circa 1900 Locomobile, 1911 and 1914 Detriot Electrics, 1922 Model T and the 1936 Brewster belonging to Charles Edison. Enjoy water color painting and obstacle course races on the lawn, Victorian board games, Junior Ranger activities, sand art, and a paper airplane building contest and much more.  Explore the 15 acre estate, garage, greenhouse, and the gravesite of Thomas and Mina Edison.

Before going to Glenmont, you must first pick up a car pass and directions at the Laboratory Complex visitor center. You will not be able to get to Glenmont without the special car pass.

The normal site fees are waived at all National Park Service sites on Saturday in honor of National Public Lands Day, including Thomas Edison National Historical Park. The Laboratory Complex Visitor Center is located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x33 or visit

Saturday, September 22 - Roebling, Burlington County
Premiere of Newly Remastered "Brooklyn Bridge" - Ken Burn's First Film

The Roebling Museum will premiere a newly restored “Brooklyn Bridge,” the first film by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, at a special outdoor screening at the museum on Saturday at 6:00 pm.

The Roebling Museum is proud to partner with PBS, WHYY and WNET to present the restored film and to host a Q&A about this influential Academy Award-nominated documentary. A special guest moderator will lead the discussion with Daniel White, who oversaw the restoration for Florentine Films, Burns’ production company.

In “Brooklyn Bridge,’’ Burns tells the story of the 14-year construction of the span, then the longest in the world, by suspension bridge innovator John A. Roebling, his son Washington and daughter-in-law Emily. Building the bridge cost John A. Roebling his life and Washington Roebling his health, but the Brooklyn Bridge has become a cultural touchstone with power and resonance undiminished over its 135-year history.

The outdoor screening will be held on the grounds of the Roebling Museum, in Roebling, N.J., the company town built by the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company in 1905. The Museum is located in the historic gatehouse to the Roebling steel and wire mill, where the company manufactured wire for the Golden Gate and George Washington bridges.

The remastered “Brooklyn Bridge” film features pristine color and sound. The film was restored in 2017 using the original camera negative AB rolls that were retrieved from the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, N.Y. Each roll was inspected, cleaned and repaired and scanned at 4K resolution. Once that process was complete, the files were assembled to perfectly match the original broadcast cut. The restored version has 10% more image area than the original broadcast due to early cropping for standard definition broadcast.

In “Brooklyn Bridge,’’ made between 1977 and 1981 for a total of $180,000, Burns introduced the practice of pan-and-zoom on archival photos - what he calls “waking them up’’ but is more widely known as “the Ken Burns effect.’’ In this film, narrated by historian David McCullough, Burns also pioneered the use of voice actors to read letters, newspaper articles, and other contemporaneous sources: in “Brooklyn Bridge,’’ actor Paul Roebling reads the letters of his great-grandfather, Washington A. Roebling.

Tickets to the film screening are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and over, $5 for children ages 3-12. A $35 Friends and Family ticket is also available which includes up to 5 people ages 3 and over. Children 2 and under are Free. Tickets are purchasable in advance at the Museum or on The event is BYOB: Bring your own blanket!

The Roebling Museum is located at 100 Second Avenue in Roebling, NJ. Parking is available in the Museum lot off Hornberger Avenue. The NJ Transit River Line stops opposite the Museum. Visitors are encouraged not to park on 2nd Avenue, on the residential side of the building. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 22 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see what is cooking on the woodstove in the out kitchen. Discover how food, receipts, cooking techniques and the kitchen itself has changed since the 1890s. This free event runs from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

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

Saturday, September 22 - Morristown, Morris County
The Real Turn: Spies of the American Revolution
Family Friendly

You’ve seen the show Turn, but do you know the real stories behind General George Washington’s spies? Come learn about how the American Revolution was won off the battlefield, including stories of espionage and some of the techniques used during the war. Programs at 
1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm at the Wick House (located behind the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center).

Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park is located at 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Saturday, September 22 - Haddonfield, Camden County
Colonial Beer Tasting at the Indian King Tavern

Saturday, September 22 - Princeton, Mercer County
Discovering Princeton: Stockton Family Landmark Walk

How did Princeton become Princeton? And what role did the Stockton family, Morven's initial builders and residents, play in the evolution of both the town and university? Join us for an enlightening walking tour through the Mercer Hill neighborhood featuring Stockton family landmarks with Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours. The authors have designed this special tour on Princeton’s rise and the Stockton family’s legacy just for Morven. The walk will be followed by a book-signing in the Morven courtyard. Books available for purchase in the Morven Museum Gift Shop. The tour is $15 for non-members and $10 for Friends of Morven. The walk begins at 1:00 pm. Morven Museum and Gardens is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 or visit

Saturday, September 22 - Chester, Morris County
Miller's Pancake
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 1:00 - 2:30 pm, join in this live adaptation of Eric Carle’s Pancakes, Pancakes! Learn where the ingredients for making a pancake come from, see grain ground into flour or meal, and watch the Miller make a pancake. Cost: FREE but donations appreciated. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, September 22 - Morris Township, Morris County
Cara’s Cottage
Children Friendly Event & Site

At the ‘Temple of Abiding Peace’ cottage that Caroline Foster built herself, enjoy the lovely garden, and learn how she built the cottage on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior (65+), $4/child (ages 4 -16), $2/child (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, September 22 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Allaire Fall Apple Festival
Children Friendly Event & Site

A must see event on the Jersey Shore, The Historic Village at Allaire's "19th Century Fall Harvest Festival" on Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. The Harvest has been gathered and now it is time for the families of the Howell Iron Works to relax. Please join the villagers in celebrating the harvest and try your hand at cider pressing, apple snap, militia demonstrations, old fashioned games, dancing, and much more! Additionally there will be an apple pie baking contest, blacksmithing, carpentry, fibre arts, tinsmithing, and hearth cooking demonstration throughout the day. Our Historic Buildings, Enameling Building, Bakery, and General Store will be open for you to visit. Check out our vendors selling mums, vegetables, and other seasonal items! General admission: $5 for adults and $3 for ages 5 -12.

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, September 22 - Morristown, Morris County
Cards in the Parlor
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, card game enthusiasts and experts are invited to the parlors of the historic Vail House for rounds of Whist, Hearts, and Poker, all games played in the 19th century. 
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, September 22 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Fall Plowing and Manure Spreading
Children Friendly Site

Really? A program where you load and spread manure? Absolutely! Once you've helped us get the manure on the field where we will soon plant winter wheat, you can help us 'turn it in' with a moldboard plow pulled by workhorses Jack & Chester. We will be there to drive the horses and teach you how to turn a perfect furrow.

Throughout the day, farmers will be canning and pickling surplus garden crops like cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and more.  You can sample the results and take home recipes and other secrets that made canning a mainstay of the 1900 farm.

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, September 22 - Byram Township, Sussex County
Waterloo Canal Day
Children Friendly Event

Saturday, September 22 - Cape May, Cape May County
Clueless at the Physick Estate - "Pain and Suffrage"

A local suffragette takes her mission too far when she breaks into the mayor's house with her group of protesters. When the police arrive expecting a simple case of trespassing, everyone discovers that something much more sinister has happened. Somewhere beneath all of the family secrets and political agendas lies a motive, and somewhere in the house lies a killer. Can you find out who it is and bring them to justice before they strike again? 
Limited admission. Tickets $18. Event will be held Saturday at 8:30 pm at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, September 22 - 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 9:00 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, September 22 - Cape May, Cape May County
Underground Railroad Trolley Tour

On Saturday at 10:15 am, climb aboard our newest trolley tour to hear true tales of Cape May’s connection to the Underground Railroad. Hear how enslaved people in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia braved strong currents and stormy seas to free themselves, guided by the beacon of the Cape May Lighthouse. Hear why the legendary Harriet Tubman walked these streets before her freedom runs to the Eastern Shore. See the summer refuge of the formerly enslaved Stephen Smith, one of America’s wealthiest businessmen whose railroad cars ferried hundreds to freedom. Includes a tour of the Owen Coachman house, a meticulously restored antebellum home of a free Black family whose relative was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Board the trolley at the Washington Street Mall information booth at Ocean Street for this 2-hour tour. Admission is $20. 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, September 22 - 23 - 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. On Saturday, the tours start at 10:30 am, 11:45 am, and 1:00 pm. On Sunday, the tours start at 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, and 3:00 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, September 22 - 23 - 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 - 4:00 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, September 22 - 23 - Morris County
The Pathways of History
Children Friendly Sites

The 2018 annual Pathways of History Tour of Historic Places in Morris County features 16 groups offering 17 landmark sites! This self-guided tour is a family-friendly, admission free event for visitors of all ages to experience and enjoy. The properties are independently operated, but for Pathways all locations will open their doors in simultaneous welcome on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm.

Eight years ago five historical groups created the Pathways of History as a way to encourage the public to visit their local museums and landmarks. Whatever your interest - it's certain to be covered by this outstanding assemblage of small, admission free, and entirely volunteer-run historic groups. The communities represented this year are Boonton Township, Butler, Denville, Dover, Florham Park, Harding Township, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Parsippany, Pequannock Township, Randolph, Roxbury Township, and Washington Township.

“What’s old is new again” perfectly describes the theme of this year’s tour. Those who have traveled the Pathways route before should plan to revisit museums they have previously explored. All of the history groups have promised a fresh, revitalized experience for event-goers. In addition, there are three new venues to discover. At a number of sites there will be memorial tributes to the Centennial of WWI – the war that changed the world.

Knowledgeable docents, some in period costume, will provide a warm welcome at each tour stop. Make this a family day – bring the kiddies and grandparents, too! Promising something to interest everyone are special activities for children, archival material, genealogical information, digitized historical photographs, old newspapers, and even high school yearbooks to peruse at select locations. There are wonderful vignettes depicting 19th and early 20th century schoolrooms, a prominent woman doctor’s early 20th century “examining room,” an iron mine facsimile, and examples of 18th century fireplaces with hearthside cooking utensils. The Bowlsby-DeGelleke House in Parsippany will introduce an exhibit dedicated to the Lenape, New Jersey’s original people. Music and light refreshments will be offered at many sites.

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

Sunday, September 23 - Princeton, Mercer County
Young Patriots' Day
Children Friendly Event & Site

Bring the family and experience colonial life and the American Revolutionary War – kids will encounter camp life, participate in marching and drilling, watch 18th century crafting, meet George and Martha Washington, Ben Franklin and children’s book authors! Learn about early American life and New Jersey’s role in America’s War for Independence. This event takes place Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Observe colonial life through the skills of craftspeople. Meet the authors of children’s historic books, featuring Trinka Hakes Noble, Wil Mara  and  Robert J. Skead!

Learn about New Jersey as the Crossroads of the American Revolution by visiting information tables set up by area historic sites. Take a walking tour to learn more about the Battle of Princeton and spend time in the Thomas Clarke House & Museum.

Advance registration $10 per family (on field registration the day of the event will be $15). Registered families/groups will receive gifts for children such as a Young Patriots Day button, Battle of Princeton coloring book, a bookmark from the wood of a tree next to the Clark House, activity books, and challenge activities with prizes. You must register to receive these benefits. A printed map of activities and schedule and a new brochure on the Battle of Princeton will be available along with a “Commissary Tent” for souvenirs, hats, mugs, t-shirts, and flags. There will be a food truck! 

Princeton Battlefield State Park is located at 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 23 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Cornbread Contest & Corny Joke Contest
Children Friendly Event & Site

Do you make the best cornbread? Bake a 9" x 13" pan and bring it to Walnford at 1:00 pm along with a printed copy of your recipe. Judging will be done by your peers and our experts and begins at 1:30 pm. Ribbons will be awarded at 3:00 pm. All ages and levels of experience are welcome for an afternoon of tasty fun.

Have a knee slapper, a guaranteed chuckler? Win the coveted Golden Ear trophy at Historic Walnford’s Annual Corny Joke Contest! Enter up to three family friendly jokes - the “cornier” the better. Voting by laughter and applause at 2:30 pm ensures a fun time for all. You must be present to participate. The “corn”ier the better!

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, Upper Freehold, NJ. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Sunday, September 23 - 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, September 23 - Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County
Pirate Lore at the Jersey Shore!

New Jersey’s nautical history is ripe with legends of pirate treasure, sea battles, and other swashbuckling adventures. But which are tall tales and which are true? Find out by sailing along with Atlantic Highlands Historical Society for a Jersey Journey on local waters on Sunday. Our three-hour cruise will feature expert narrator Joe Reynolds, who will help passengers brush up on pirate lingo. A light meal will be offered, along with a cash bar. Departure is at 1:00 pm sharp with Capt. Dan Schade on Classic Boat Rides’ Mariner, a 40-passenger, open-air wooden boat. It’s docked at Atlantic Highlands Marina, Pier 1, Slip 5. Latecomers will be forced to walk the plank. Reservations and advance payment are required. Tickets can be purchased here. Lower prices for children and discounts for AHHS members are available. Rain date Sunday, September 30, 2018. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Best Dressed in the Vail House: Give Back Day
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 12:00 - 6:00 pm, to celebrate our partnership with Family Promise of Morris, Historic Speedwell is pleased to announce the second annual ‘Give Back Day.’ To participate, visitors’ admissions are waived if they bring in an item from Family Promise’s ‘wish list.’ Costumed interpreters lead tours of the Vail House.

Cost: FREE with wish list item. Call 973-285-6537, or email for more information. Historic Speedwell is located 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Sunday, September 23 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Wool for the War
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Sunday from 1:00 - 2:30 pm, meet the Fosterfields’ sheep, and clean, card, and spin wool. Try knitting, an important WWI-related home-front activity that helped the troops.

Admission: $6 per adult, $5 per senior (65+), $4 per child age 4 - 16, $2 per child age 2 & 3. FREE per child under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 23 - Morristown, Morris County
Camp Followers - Women and Children of the Continental Army
Children Friendly

Washington lamented that the women and children of the Continental Army --- the families of the soldiers ---slowed down the army on the march but he knew that many had nowhere else to go. They often got jobs when the military performing essential tasks needed to keep the army going. Learn about the surprising roles women and children had in the life of the Continental Army.

Stop by the Pennsylvania Line Soldier Huts from 1:00 - 4:00 pm within Jockey Hollow at Morristown National Historical Park, located at 580 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ (address is approximate). This is a FREE event. For more information, call 973-543-4030 or visit

Sunday, September 23 - Sparta, Sussex County
Traditions from the Black Forest

“Traditions from the Black Forest” will open at the Sparta Historical Society’s Van Kirk Homestead Museum on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with 2:00 pm talk. This fall exhibit pays homage to the cultural influences from the Black Forest of Germany and Austria.  “Traditions from the Black Forest” explores architecture, cuckoo clocks, meerschaum pipes, magnificent carved plaques and other traditional artistry seen in the early days of Lake Mohawk and other local German communities throughout the Sussex County area.  This exhibit includes artifacts from our own collection as well as local collectors. The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT also contributed their intricately carved meerschaum pipes for display.

The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta, NJ. Our fall exhibition, “Traditions from the Black Forest” will also be shown Sunday, October 7, 14, and 28 as well as Sunday, November 11 and 25 with closing date of Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with 2:00 pm talk. For more information, call 973-726-0883, email or visit

Sunday, September 23 - Toms River, Ocean County
German Spy or Falsely Accused?

Join Nicholas Wood, Museum Curator for the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission, at Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ at 2:00 pm on Sunday as he investigates one of Ocean County’s strategically important war-time locations and the man who ran it. Examining the activities of Emil Mayer, the station chief of the Tuckerton Wireless, Nick’s presentation provides a brief glimpse into changing views on Germans in America during the First World War and one family's struggle.

Nicholas Wood is a Museum Curator for the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission. He is responsible for administering the regrant programs, collections management, assisting with the Teen Arts programs, and providing direct technical assistance to area nonprofits. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. He currently serves as the president of the New Jersey Association of Museums. Nick and Timothy Hart, Director of the Commission, have been Ocean County's lead partners in the NJCAR GIS Cultural Assets Mapping Program pilot project.

Admission is free. Call 732-341-1880 to reserve your seat. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 23 - 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, September 23 - Waldwick, Bergen County
Waldwick Signal Tower Open House

The Erie Signal Tower in Waldwick will be open for tours on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. The tower is located at 3 Bohnert Place, Waldwick, NJ. It can also be accessed via the Waldwick Museum of Local History via a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks and a short walk. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 23 - Montclair, Essex County
Open Houses
Children Friendly Event & Site

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, September 23 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War: The Wives and Daughters of the Brunswick Boys

Three million husbands, fathers, sons, uncles, and brothers marched to war between 1861 and 1865. Nearly 750,000 never returned home. For those who weren’t widowed, many women faced the burden of the drug and alcohol addictions of their returning soldiers or the strain of caring for men suffering from post-traumatic stress – now called PTSD.

In the second of this two-part series, journalist and historian, Joanne Rajoppi, follows her moving and personal story of New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion with Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War: The Wives and Daughters of the Brunswick Boys. She, again, poignantly recounts her family’s Civil War legacy with a portrayal of perseverance and stamina of women forced to deal with economic and emotional hardships, while coping with a rapidly altering world of post-war industrialization.

Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi is the former mayor of her hometown and currently serves as Union County Clerk. She chronicled the military service of her great-grandfather during the Civil War in New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion, based on the letters he wrote to his family. She followed the story of the Hamilton women after the war with Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War: The Wives and Daughters of the Brunswick Boys. Both books will be available for purchase and signing by Ms. Rajoppi.

This program will take place at the Metlar-Bodine House Museum, 1281 River Road, Piscataway, NJ on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Cost: $15 per person. Refreshments will be served. The Dutch Door Gift Shop will be open. There is limited seating so early registration is strongly recommended. Register at or call 732-463-8363. For more information, call 732-463-8363 or visit

Sunday, September 23 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Greater Somerset County-Hub of the American Revolution

Author and Historian Bob Mayers will speak at the next Heritage Trail event! His presentation will be "Greater Somerset County-Hub of the American Revolution." Bob Mayers was lost and stumbling through the thick woods atop the first Watchung ridge above Route 22, in Bridgewater, at the site of Washington's 1777 Revolutionary War Middlebrook Campground. He was searching for a rocky lookout used by General George Washington at Middlebrook, now in Martinsville. This location was lost in history, but Mayers found a record of it in a 1785 British account. Come and discover the rest of the story and much more on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. $10.00 per person. Limited seating due to the layout of the Van Horne House. Book sales and signing afterward during refreshments.

To register click here.

​This program will take place at the Historic Phillip Van Horne House, 941 E. Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ. Parking is available in the back of the Target store in the Bridgewater Promenade shopping center. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 23 - Cranford, Union County
How We Dress

The Cranford Historical Society will present “How We Dress” on Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Avenue, Crandford, NJ. The Society’s popular costume curator Gail Alterman will demonstrate how a mid-19th century Victorian woman would get dressed, from the inside out, using reproduction garments. She will show you how clothing affected a women’s posture and reflected her status in society. Original garments from the collection will be on view.

Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Reservations are required. For more information, call 908-276-0082 or email

The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 with a mission to preserve the unique history of Cranford, New Jersey. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit

Sunday, September 23 - Raritan, Somerset County
John Basilone Parade
Family Friendly Event

Join the residents of Raritan Township on Sunday for the annual parade in honor of former resident John Basilone. John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal, where he and two other men held off 3,000 enemy troops after the rest of their unit was killed or wounded. Although he could have lived on his laurels on war bond tours, he chose to go back to the Pacific, and was killed on the first day of fighting on Iwo Jima. He would have received a second medal of honor for his actions there, destroying a Japanese blockhouse while his unit was pinned down. However, there was no precedent for a double Medal of Honor recipient, so he posthumously received a Navy Cross.

The John Basilone Museum in the Raritan Library will be open on Sunday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The parade will begin at 1:00 pm on Somerset Street in Raritan, NJ. Immediately after the parade there will be a ceremony at the Basilone statue on Somerset Street. For more information, visit their event page on Facebook.

Sunday, September 23 - Walpack, Sussex County
Walpack Open House
Family Friendly Event

On Sunday, visit Walpack, tour the Rosenkrans Museum, Church, Old School House, Blacksmith Shop and the Old Post Office and General Store. On this day the US Postal Service will operate the post office for the day and you will be able to buy a stamp and mail a letter or post card and have it postmarked from Walpack Station. This post office closed 30 years ago.

Available that day a number of other items to help raise money for the on going Walpack Church Restoration. Walpack Fire Department t-shirts, handmade Xmas ornaments (made by artist Joyce Maurus Sullivan on the OMR) Books on the area. Postcards. Also drinks and snacks.

These event is held with the assistance of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It is free and open to the public. For more information, 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 January 11, 2019 - Trenton, Mercer County
Changing Face/Changing Place: A Look at the Architectural History of the Trenton Area

The Trenton Museum Society and FVHD Architects - Planners are proud to announce an exhibit celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the full service architectural design firm founded in Trenton by PL Fowler in 1918. The exhibit, displaying historical and architectural photographs, drawings and artifacts from the FVHD - Architects Planners firm's history is on view in the second floor galleries at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park from September 15, 2018 through January 11, 2019.

The firm is proud of its long history of design excellence in the Trenton area starting in 1918 and continuing today as FVHD Architects. The work of the firm and its predecessors has made a significant impact on the built environment in Mercer County.

The long project history includes many original school buildings for Trenton, Lawrence, and Ewing Township School Districts; the restoration of the 1719 William Trent house; the GM Fisher Body Plant; Mercer Hospital; Waterfront (now Arm & Hammer) Stadium; Ewing Township Municipal/Police Facility; several Trenton City branch library buildings; Trenton public housing and numerous others.

For more information, call 609-989-3632, e-mail, or visit

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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