Thursday, September 27, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/29/18 - 9/30/18

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Saturday, September 29 - River Edge, Bergen County
Baronfest at Historic New Bridge Landing
Children Activities

Join us for a birthday celebration of Major General Baron von Steuben's birthday at his Jersey Estate. The Zabriskie-Steuben House is the only extant building in the US that Steuben owned. Enjoy the finest that regional craft breweries Brix City and Alementary have to offer together with delicious food in a historic village.

Relax to music by Long Hill String Band and thrill to Mott’s Artillery demonstrations in The Meadow. Tour three 18th century houses, barn and outkitchen, and stroll the grounds of Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge where Washington, Lafayette, Hamilton, and, of course, the Baron once walked. Music by Long Hill String Band with clog dancer! Family-friendly event, games, scarecrow making for kids.

Help raise funds for a Hall of History Museum celebrating Bergen County's storied past. Baronfest will be held from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. Admission: $15 per adult and $10 for BCHS members, designated drivers and 12 - 20 year olds. Under 12 are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Credit cards accepted and exact cash line will move faster. Have photo ID out for review. Beer and food are an additional cost.

NJ Transit is making additional free parking available at the train stop parking lot. Train service is available on the Pascack Valley Line to the "New Bridge Landing" stop. Historic New Bridge Landing is only one block north-east of the train stop. For more information, call 201-343-9492 or visit

Saturday, September 29 - Blairstown, Warren County
Haunts of Main Street and Cemetery Tour ­čÄâ

The annual Blairstown Historic Preservation Committee fall walking tour returns to spooky and mysterious Main Street. Walk in the footsteps of murderers and bank robbers as BHPC presents some rather bizarre historic facts of our beloved town. Did you know caskets and gravestones were once produced right on Main Street? A surprising amount of unfortunate events occurred under the rooftops of our historic landmarks. We may even venture into the old Gravel Hill cemetery!

The tours will depart from the First Presbyterian Church at 1 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ. Parking is available on the street, in the lot behind the church or at Footbridge Park, 5 Footbridge Lane. 

NEW! 1:00 and 3:00 tours will happen on a first-come, first-served basis. 75 guest per tour. Once the 1:00 pm tour is at capacity guests will be asked to come to the 3:00 pm tour. There are no advance reservations. Please sign in upon arrival in the lobby of the church. 

The tours are FREE! It is open to the public and presented by the volunteers of the Blairstown Historic Preservation Committee. 

We recommend wearing comfortable and sturdy footwear. The walk to the cemetery is on a short, but steep incline with some stairs required. The event is rain or shine. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 29 - Morristown, Morris County
Meet the Irish Servant and the Cook at the Willows
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, discover the life of domestic help at the Foster home on a guided tour. Assist the maid with household chores and see what the cook has prepared using the wood-burning stove. Two tours times available: 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 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 29 - Lacey, Ocean County
Apple Festival Combines with Lacey Day!

The 25th Annual Apple Festival presented by the Lacey Township Historical Society held on Saturday at Lacey Day from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm at Gille Park, 102 Manchester Avenue, Forked River, NJ.

The historical society will incorporate some of the usual favorites to the Lacey Day highlights! Fresh baked apple crisp made with the assistance of the Lacey Township High School culinary department will be available for purchase as well as Candy Apples and Caramel Apple slices. The “Legends of Lacey, A Tour through History” will be available for purchase. New this year, sit down with hot apple cider or coffee!

The Apple Pie Baking Contest will be held and is open to the public with the usual two categories; adults & students. Winners will be announced at 3:45 pm and will receive $50.00 for first place, $30.00 for second and $20.00 for third in each contest.

The Lacey Township Recreation Department will be offering a free shuttle to the Old Schoolhouse museum located at 126 South Main Street, Route 9 for guided museum tours and the Civil War reenactors. 

Some other events will be presented and the old fashioned games will be incorporated with the many free kids games, including sack races, ring toss, pie eating contest, crafts, and relay races. Come out and dress in colonial costume for a selfie! Enjoy food, demonstrations, learn about local businesses, listen to music, and play the raffle (you need not be there to win). Please come out and enjoy the Apple Fest at Lacey Day celebration with us! Look for Apple Fest in the pavilion.

Saturday, September 29 - Monroe Township, Middlesex County
Vintage Baseball
Children Friendly Site & Event

Saturday, September 29 - Roebling, Burlington County
We Are Building As Well As We Know How: The Legacy of Charles Roebling 

When 21-year old Charles Roebling joined the family business in 1871 it had about 100 employees, and when he died on October 5, 1918, it employed some 8,000. Charles's passion was building as well as he knew how, and his impressive legacy is manifest today in the monumental Roebling Works in Trenton and in Roebling Village, one of America's finest company towns.

Spanning 200 years, the story of the Roebling family and their bridge engineering and wire rope business chronicles a legacy of innovation, endurance, and exceptional achievement in America’s history. Through landmark achievements like the Brooklyn Bridge - the “universal symbol of New York” - and the great cables on the George Washington and Golden Gate Bridges, the Roeblings and thousands of their employees in Trenton and Roebling, NJ, helped shape modern life, and they also built one of America’s best company towns—“a model in every respect.” In this session, participants will discover how this high profile New Jersey family influenced life then and life today.

The lecture, which begins on Saturday at 1:00 pm, is included with museum admission ($6 for Adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older and children 6-12.) Seating is limited, so please call the museum at 609-499-7200 to reserve your space.

About Clifford Zink: Clifford Zink explores and interprets architectural, industrial, engineering and landscape history. An award-winning author, he has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and in 2011 he received the 2011 John A. Roebling Award from the Society for Industrial Archeology’s Roebling Chapter for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage. Also, his book “The Roebling Legacy” received the 2012 NJ Author’s Award in Popular Non-fiction from the NJ Studies Academic Alliance.

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, call 609-499-7200 or visit

Saturday, September 29 - Mount Tabor, Morris County
Mount Tabor's 25th Annual Victorian House Tour

The Mount Tabor Historical Society's annual House Tour will take place on Saturday. The self-guided tour will be held rain or shine 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

This walkable tour of the Mount Tabor Historic District provides visitors an inside look at the unique charm of this historic community with at least 25 historic sites including private homes. To celebrate our 25th year, we are featuring a fashion exhibit provided by the Morris County Historical Society, holding a photo contest, and hosting the Metropolitan Vintage Dance and Social Club. Annual features include a replica Camp Meeting Tent and the Richardson History House, a camp meeting cottage museum. Stop by the gift shop, which is stocked with Mount Tabor souvenirs and vintage items. There will also be lunches and beverages for sale. 

This event is the largest fundraiser for the Mount Tabor Historical Society. The non-profit organization puts all event proceeds back into the community through beautification, educational, and restoration projects, including the restoration of the Richardson History House.

Founded in 1869, the Mount Tabor Historic District embodies the distinctive characteristics of a permanent Methodist Camp Meeting Ground that evolved into a summer residential community. Particularly notable is the architecture of the early camp meeting Stick-Style and Gothic Revival-influenced cottages with their prominent steep gables, open porches and elaborate gingerbread embellishments.

Parking will be provided at the Mount Tabor School, located on Park Road, Morris Plains, off Route 53 (GPS: use 864 Park Road, Morris Plains, NJ) where a shuttle bus will be available for transport into the heart of Mount Tabor. Mount Tabor is located in Morris County along Route 53 between Denville and Morris Plains. Visitors who prefer mass transit can take the NJ Transit Morris & Essex line to the Mount Tabor stop.

Tickets can be purchased for $30 on the day of the tour or $25 in advance online. For advance tickets, information about the community, photos, and directions, visit or call 973-975-0001.

Saturday, September 29 - Paterson, Passaic County
Art in the Park: Paterson Great Falls 7th Annual Chalk Art Competition
Children Friendly Event

Attention all ‘chalk’ artists! Paterson artist Mohamed Khalil and the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park are hosting the 7th annual chalk art competition on Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The competition will be held within view of the falls in Mary Ellen Kramer Park.

The program at the Great Falls will help draw attention to the national park by using art to interpret its natural, historic, and cultural stories. Each artist will be given their own ‘canvas’ and use their creativity to tell a visual story about the park and the city of Paterson. 

Mary Ellen Kramer Park is located adjacent to the Paterson Great Falls off Maple Street in Paterson, NJ. For more information, call 973-523-2210 or visit

Saturday, September 29 - Plainfield, Union County
Tri-County History Fair

Saturday, September 29 - Union Township, Union County
Liberty Hall Dance Festival
Children Friendly Event & Site

Bugge Ballet and Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University join forces for the 2nd Liberty Hall Dance Festival! Spend an afternoon walking along the beautiful museum grounds enjoying site-specific professional dance performances inspired by moments in history. Take a 1st floor tour of the Victorian-style mansion and participate in informal movement lessons as well!

Program Fee: $20.00 per adult, $15 per senior, $12 per child. Reservations suggested. Rain date: Sunday, September 30.

2018 participating Dance Companies and Choreographers: Angel Kaba, Armada Dance, Bryce Dance Company, Bugge Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Cranford High School/Emily Donahue, Dance Visions NY, Heather Harrington/Academy for Performing Arts, The Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company, Luminarium Dance Company, MoustacheCat Dance, The Moving Architects, Schoen Movement Company, Undertow Dance, and Yamini Kalluri. 

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, call 908-27-0400 or visit

Saturday, September 29 - Westfield, Union County
Apple Fest at the Reeve House
Children Friendly Event

Saturday, September 29 - Morristown, Morris County
Squeaky Clean: Soap Making
Children Friendly Site

One of women’s responsibilities throughout history was to prepare the home for winter. Harvest time is a time of plenty, but it is followed by lean times, meaning that budgets must be prepared and supplies must be put aside to sustain the family through the winter months. On Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, learn what was done to get ready, and create a soap making craft. 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 29 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Wheat Planting & Flour Milling
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, visitors are invited to join farmers in the fields and on the threshing floor at Howell Living Farm as they plant and process wheat - work rewarded in the farmhouse kitchen with tastes of whole wheat bread and a take-home bag of freshly ground flour, complete with recipes.

Special maps with corresponding field markers are used to guide visitors to areas where they can watch or help with planting operations, thresh wheat for animal feed and bedding, and grind wheat for baking. Visitors who have their maps stamped at each of “Help-the-Farmer” stations will take home their share of the harvest – a bag of freshly milled whole wheat flour produced with their help.

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 29 - 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 29 - 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 29 - 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 29 - 30 - 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 29 - 30 - 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 29 - 30 - Greenwich, Cumberland County
47th Annual Greenwich Artisans' Faire & Marketplace
Children Friendly Activities

Presented by the Cumberland County Historical Society on the grounds of the c. 1730 Gibbon House, 960 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, NJ 08323. This year is bigger and better, as we are featuring 90 vendors, artisans, craftspeople and historic displays. Joining us this year are the Wheaton Arts Glass Blowers; Rutgers Master Gardeners’ butterfly tent; pirates; and reenactors. On Saturday there will be a British Invasion Car Show  from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and Masonic Tea Burning Celebration at 1:00 pm. On Sunday there will be an American Classic Car Show with selected cars from 1910 to 1980 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hours are Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Take a step back in time when you walk on the grounds of the Gibbon House at this year's Artisans' Faire and Marketplace. Stroll around and meet the many artisans and visit the demonstrators that help bring yesteryear alive. From blacksmithing to chair caning, you are sure to find something to pique your interest.

Admission: $5 (Children 12 and under FREE). Tickets may be purchased at the Doctor's Office located at the entrance of the Faire grounds. Rain or shine. Ample free parking along Ye Greate Street. For information, call 856-455-8580 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 29 - 30 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
36th Annual Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show
Children Friendly Site

Join the Tuckerton Seaport as they celebrate the 36th anniversary of the show during this exciting two day event highlighting the culture of the area! Demonstrations, contests, seminars, crafters, carvers, over 300 waterfowling exhibitors and vendors, food, refreshments, a decoy auction, music, entertainment, and lots of fun. Delmarva Dock Dog Competition as featured on ESPN! Two great locations: Tip Seaman County Park and Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum. This event is free to the public! The show is open Saturday from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. Rain or shine.

Admission to the show is free. Free off-site parking and a free shuttle bus will be available to take visitors between Tip Seaman County Park and the Seaport. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information call 609-296-8868 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 29 - 30 - Pennsville, Salem County
14th Annual Historic Soldiers Weekend
Children Friendly Event

Historic Soldiers Weekend is a historical encampment, featuring reenactors, and their equipment, from every American conflict, spanning from the French and Indian War to the Vietnam War. In some instances, both sides of the conflicts will be present, such as the Revolutionary War loyalists and "redcoats", Civil War confederate units, and WWII German infantry units. Hours for Saturday are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

Re-enactment units will be camping out for the weekend at Historic Fort Mott, living as their ancestors did. Journey back in time to give yourself and your children, students and guests a chance to see, hear and touch real history through the life of a typical soldier during the French & Indian War, Civil, World Wars and beyond. This event is free to the public. Fort Mott is located at 454 Fort Mott Road, Pennsville, NJ. For more information, call 856-935-3218 or visit

Sunday, September 30 - Morristown, Morris County
Upcycle Sunday: Cardboard Cell Phone Holder
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, get the most out of your things by upcycling cardboard into cell phone holders. 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

Sunday, September 30 - Blairstown, Warren County
Historic Blairstown Footbridge Paint and Click

Sunday, September 30 - 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 30 - Boonton, Morris County
Railroad Museum [For A Day]
Children Friendly Event

On Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, join the United Railroad Historical Society for a celebration of New Jersey’s railroad history.

Railroad Museum [for a day] is hosted by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey, owners of the largest and most historic railroad collection in New Jersey. During this once-a-year event, the URHS Restoration Facility in Boonton, NJ will become New Jersey’s largest railroad museum.

For the seventh consecutive year, the URHS will open the gates of its normally-private Boonton NJ Restoration Facility to showcase some of its historic collection. Railroad Museum [for a day] will provide a rare, family-friendly opportunity to admire, explore, and go inside our historic trains and learn about their connection to the region we live in.

Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with vintage railroad equipment and well as visiting classic cars, trucks, buses, and military vehicles. Live music, food concessions, historical and educational presentations, and vendors of railroad-related souvenirs will round out a day that the whole family can enjoy!

New this year! Boy Scouts in uniform receive $2 off their admission and can earn a special railroad patch. Scouts will experience New Jersey railroad history while exploring New Jersey's largest railroad event. Those who complete all of the requirements (which will be available on-site) will receive a special edition commemorative caboose patch.

Event parking is available at the Upper Plane Street municipal lot. This lot is located directly adjacent to the Boonton Day street fair on Main Street, and a free shuttle bus will be available to take you to Museum [for a day].

West Boonton Yard: 104 Morris Avenue, Boonton, NJ. Admission: Adults (age 12+) – $5.00,  Children (ages 3-11) – $3.00, and babies (ages 0-2) – FREE! For more information, visit

Sunday, September 30 - Princeton, Mercer County
HistoryFest at Updike Farmstead
Children Friendly Event

Join us at Updike Farmstead for the 2nd annual HistoryFest! This year’s theme is “Edible History.” Bring a picnic lunch (or snack!) to enjoy on the grounds, along with music and lawn games. Admission is free!

Activities include:
* 1:30 and 3:00 pm: Hands-on Cooking for Families (recommended for ages 8 and up). Registration Required!
Edible History’s Brianna Nurse brings you a food history experience that focuses on the ingredients and cooking styles of New Jersey residents of the past. The class is structured as a group learning experience, with a mini-lecture, followed by hands-on cooking activity. Return to New Jersey during the pre-colonial and colonial time period to create dishes used from ingredients of the Lenni-Lenape and European settlers. This class will highlight the seasonal food lifestyles of both groups, including their diets, farming, and food storage practices.

* 2:30  pm: Revolutionary Tea
History on the Hoof’s Stacy Roth presents her signature costumed presentation, which includes the social history of the era, as well as quotations, poetry, prose, and songs about the popular and once controversial beverage.

* 1:00 – 4:00 pm: Open Archive
Interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from HSP’s collection related to classic Princeton restaurants and food culture. HSP’s Curator of Collections and Research will be on hand to share information and answer any questions. In addition, between 1:00 and 3:00, a representative from the Peacock Inn will be there to share historical knowledge of the iconic property, as well as their vision for its future.

The Updike Farmstead is located at 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Sunday, September 30 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Save Those Seeds
Children Friendly Event and Site

As the growing season ends at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, help collect seeds from plants in the garden to sow next spring. This program takes place on Sunday from 2:00 - 2:45 pm.

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 30 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
1890s Harvest Home Festival
Children Friendly Event and Site

An old-fashioned country fair reminiscent of the 1890s will be held at Historic Longstreet Farm on Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. It takes visitors back in time when neighbors gathered to accomplish work, harvest, and spend time socializing and enjoying each others company. It calls not only for the exhibition of the best products that have been grown and the best needlework that has been done in the community, but also for games, athletic contests and similar features of recreational or educational value. Experience old-fashioned fun as it was a century ago with wagon rides, games and live entertainment. See craft demonstrations that will inspire you to start a new hobby or career. Enter one of many competitions ranging from needlework to baked goods to homegrown vegetables. Each person entering in a competition will have a chance to win a prize ribbon.

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

Sunday, September 30 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Postal History of the Lambertville Area

Jim Walker, longtime stamp collector and member of Coryell’s Ferry Stamp Club and Lambertville Historical Society, will give a talk with a PowerPoint presentation on the history of our mail service on Sunday at 2:00 pm. This will include copies of letters from some well-known (and not so well-known) local residents. The subject is a major interest of Jim’s and he has used his expertise to review and evaluate stamps and such for the Rago Arts and Auction Center. This program will take place at the Pittore Justice Center, 25 S. Union Street, Lambertville, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 30 - Washington Township, Burlington County
Antique Glass and Bottle Show

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. once again combines a bit of yesteryear and modern technology when it presents it fall Antiques, Glass & Bottle show. The popular Antique Glass and Bottle Show; held both in the spring and fall, will welcome shoppers beginning at 9:00 am and continue until 3:00 pm. Bottles, glass items, antiques and collectibles will be available from a variety of vendors. Food and beverages will be available throughout day.

There is no admission charge to enter the park for the day’s event and they are brought to you by the Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc.; the officially recognized friends organization of Batsto Village. Parking close to vendors will be plentiful.

The historic Batsto mansion; home to the Richards family for nearly 100 years and later owned by Philadelphia Industrialist Joseph Wharton will be open from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm for guided tours. There is a $3.00 / person charge to tour the mansion.

The famous Batsto Post Office (one of only four in entire United States authorized to cancel mail without a zip code) will also be open to visitors.

Batsto Village is located in Wharton State Forest in Burlington County, South Jersey approximately seven miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and 15 miles west of Exit 50 of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-561-0024 or visit

Sunday, September 30 - Pennington, Mercer County
Mercer County 4-H - A Rich History of Making the Best Better 

The Hopewell Valley Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, in the Morrell Hall at the Pennington United Methodist Church, located at 60 South Main Street, Pennington, NJ.

The Annual Meeting will feature a presentation by Mercer County 4-H Agent Chad Ripberger in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Mercer County 4-H Fair. The Annual Meeting of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society will begin at 3:00 pm with a brief membership meeting, during which there will be an election of officers and trustees. The meeting is open to the public, but voting is for members only. There will also be a short review of the special events, initiatives, and accomplishments of the past year and remarks from the Hopewell Valley Historical Society President Larry Kidder.

At 3:30 pm, Chad Ripberger, Mercer County 4-H Agent, will present, “Mercer County 4-H — A Rich History of Making the Best Better.” In commemoration of the centennial of the Mercer County 4-H Fair, Ripberger will highlight some of the key moments, people, and events in the history of Mercer County 4-H. He will discuss how 4-H has changed since its first fair in 1919 and how the program continues to meet the needs of youth, families, and communities. Ripberger will also focus on the recent history of the 4-H program and provide an overview of several of its current initiatives.

Ripberger has served as the County 4-H Agent and County Extension Department Head for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County since 2003. As the 4-H Agent, he provides leadership to all of Mercer County’s 4-H Youth Development programming. Chad earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education and a M.S. in Education Administration, both from Purdue University.

Join the Hopewell Valley Historical Society for this celebration of history, the 100th anniversary of Mercer County 4-H, and Hopewell Valley. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 30 - Cranford, Union County
Open House at Crane-Phillips House

The Cranford Historical Society will be hosting tours of the Crane-Phillips House Museum, located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 with a mission to preserve the unique history of Cranford, New Jersey. The Society maintains the Crane-Phillips House Living Museum, an important costume collection, and archives. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit

Sunday, September 30 - Maplewood, Essex County
Medicinal Plants of the Civil War
Family Friendly Event

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Durand-Hedden will host noted horticulturalist/educator Lesley Parness, who will explain how plants were crucial in every aspect of the Civil War – on the battlefields and on the home fronts of both the North and the South. Her talk will encompass 30 plants and the medicinal properties for which they were known in the 19th century. Haunting images from the era will intrigue history lovers as well as gardeners.

Audiences are often surprised to see how many "Civil War" plants they are already growing, such as Cornus Florida. The Dogwood, a familiar native understory tree, whose lovely white flowers set woodlands alight in spring, played a major role in allaying the vicious symptoms of malaria. Growing the poppy was encouraged by the Confederate Army and the sight of these papery red blooms soon became common in Southern front yards. Effective as it is was in combating pain, it also created America's first opioid epidemic. Parness will provide a handout about the 30 plants that includes "Receipts," or recipes for popular herbal remedies such as horehound lozenges and witch hazel tonic.

Parness retired in 2017 as Superintendent of Horticultural Education at New Jersey's Morris County Park Commission where she oversaw interpretation at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum, and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center. She is a member of the Herb Society of America, the Council on Horticultural and Botanical Literature, and Garden State Gardens, a consortium of New Jersey's public gardens which include the Durand-Hedden House and Garden and of which she is a Founding Member. Parness is now enjoying her own garden and spending time with like-minded people, learning and sharing knowledge about plants – our silent, sentient partners in the green history of the world.

Out in the carriage house, the Country Store will be selling historic-themed treasures: early American children’s games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproduction decorative ceramics, vintage photos, hiking sticks and more. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile, the history of Olympic Park, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 map of Maplewood.

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood, New Jersey and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood, New Jersey. For more information, call 973-763-7712 or visit

Sunday, September 30 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Grand Re-Opening of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse & Fort Hancock Post Museum
Family Friendly Event

Join us on Sunday from 11:00 - 3:00 pm to celebrate the reopening of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Fort Hancock Post Museum. We are opening our doors for all to explore our newly renovated buildings. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off the event with presentations to follow in the Post Museum. Presentations will be led by Dr. Richard Veit, head of the Monmouth University team that conducted the archaeological dig at the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, and Shawn Welch, Board of Directors Member of the Army Ground Forces Association, who will talk about Coastal Defense at Fort Hancock during World War II. Free admission and parking. For more information, call 732-872-5970 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 Xiom├íro

Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) invites the public to view the exhibition George Washington’s Headquarters: Photographs by Xiom├íro. 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. 

Xiom├íro (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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