Thursday, October 18, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/20/18 - 10/21/18

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Friday - Saturday, October 19 - 20 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Haunted Hayride at Allaire Village
Children Friendly

Historic Allaire Village, presents Halloween Hayrides on Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. With a NEW and spook-tacular route along the winding paths of time, nearly 20 different "scenes" greet visitors of all ages. Your ticket includes not only the haunted hayride, but admission to the village grounds and historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit with our ghosts, ghouls, and monsters. Storytelling at the Chapel; a special night out at the Blacksmith Shop; the Manager's House with fortune-telling for your entertainment; Mr. Allaire's House with a haunted house theme; the Carriage House with legendary spirits; the towering four story shadows of the General Store stocked with seasonal goods; and don't forget treats at the Bakery! In the dark of the night, from woods to historic homes, the Historic Village at Allaire takes on a twist for the Halloween season. With varied activities we welcome children, families, and adults of all ages!

The cost for the hayride is $10 for child under 12 and $15 for adults. Tickets are limited so advance purchase is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Tickets are for sale by calling 732-919-3500 - please have your credit card ready. You can also purchase tickets at

At the door, ticket sales on the day of are $5 extra (adult/child) and ONLY available if the event is not sold out! This is NEW for 2018 due to the huge popularity of the event.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 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, October 20 - Readington Township, Hunterdon County
Barn Dance

Put on your dancing shoes for a night of family fun as the Readington Museums hosts its bi-annual Barn Dance on Saturday from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. The dance will be held inside the eighteenth century Wade-Wyckoff Barn at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead located at 114 Dreahook Road in the Stanton section of Readington Township, NJ (for GPS use Lebanon). This family friendly event is a wonderful way to have fun with the entire family as no experience is necessary. Caller Betsy Gotta will give easy to follow instructions before each dance so even a beginner will be able to dance the night away. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult and $2.00 per child. Groups of six or more please call for a reservation.  For more information, call Program Director Margaret Smith at 908-236-2327 or visit

Saturday, October 20 Hardwick, Warren County
Halloween Program with Evening Lantern Tours at Millbrook Village

On Saturday, Millbrook Village will be open from 2:00 - 5:00 pm for tours and traditional craft demonstrations like cider pressing, natural dyes, woodworking, a scavenger hunt and crafts including cornhusk and apple-head dolls. 

From 6:30 to 8:30 pm, join a guided lantern tour of the darker side of the 19th century. One hour tours take place at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:00 pm. This family-friendly event is an easy walk through Millbrook Village. It will be dark during the tour. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear. Every person must have their own working flashlight. Lanterns with flames are not permitted. Please call 570-426-2452 to sign up.

Millbrook Village is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Millbrook Village is located in Hardwick Township, NJ at the intersection of Old Mine Road and Millbrook Road, County Route 602N.  For more information and directions, call 908-841-9531, 908-537-2544, or 973-875-3461 or visit their Facebook page.

Saturday, October 20 - Brick Township, Ocean County
Fall Festival
Children Friendly Event and Site

The Brick Township Historical Society will feature a Fall Festival Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at its Havens Homestead Museum property, 521 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ. Rain date is Sunday, October 21. Activities will feature a scarecrow contest, games for children of different ages, and face painting. There will be hot dogs, cider, and mums for sale, plus a giant bake sale featuring fall desserts, homemade jellies, and jams. The Lizzie Herbert gift shop will have specials, and the museum will be open for tours. Admission is free. Parking is in a lot 150 ft. east of the museum. For more information call 732-785-2500 or visit

Saturday, October 20 - Pohatcong, Warren County
Pohatcong's 24th Annual Historic House Tour

Saturday, October 20 - Blairstown, Warren County
Footbridge Talk and Tour - Celebrating 125 Years!

Blairstown's footbridge is celebrating 125 years since its installation in 1893! John I. Blair funded the installation of the bridge as a gift to the people of the community in honor of his own 91st birthday. It replaced a wooden bridge that had stood at the site since soon after the Blairstown Railway came to town in 1877. The wooden bridge eventually deteriorated due to excessive exposure to the elements and became unsafe. John I. Blair saw the need to have it replaced and so a new steel bridge was ordered from Passaic Rolling Mills of Paterson, NJ. As the main artery from the village to the railway station the footbridge was once a vital structure to aide pedestrians in traveling from the north side of town to the train station. Imagine townspeople bustling down the footbridge in a hurry to catch the departing train! As time passed and train travel via the New York, Susquehanna and Western was no longer needed for passenger travel, the bridge fell out of use. It was not forgotten though and in 1976 Township Clerk Rose Washburn recognized the importance of the footbridge. Through her efforts the footbridge became the focal point of the revitalization of the area now known as Footbridge Park. Our tour will include many details of the Footbridge's construction, the major floods that have threatened the bridge, the collapse and images of the bridge over time. We hope you can join the us! 

The tour will meet at the park side entrance of the Footbridge, near the pavilion. It is expected to take a little over one hour. We recommend sturdy footwear. We will meet rain or shine. Parking available in the adjacent Footbridge Park parking lot. 

As with all our activities the tour is FREE and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. The tour is presented by the volunteers of the Blairstown Historic Preservation Committee.

Saturday, October 20 - Somerset, Somerset County
Tea Leaf Reading (and Afternoon Tea)

Saturday, October 20 - Waretown, Ocean County
Annual Candlelight Ghost Tour

We are pleased to once again announce our yearly walk through Old Presbyterian and Cedar Grove Cemeteries by candlelight in Waretown. Learn about pirates and shipwreck, the famous and the infamous, who lived and died right here. This is the only program we charge for, as it funds our scholarships for two graduating Southern seniors. Tickets are $10 per person. Tour reservations are limited to 75 people, due to parking and overcrowding issues in the old cemeteries. Reserve your tickets by texting 609-661-1733. Registrants will meet at the Tour participants should meet at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum at 5:00 pm to purchase tickets and enjoy light refreshments. The tour begins from there at 5:30 pm. For more information, call Adele Shaw at 609-661-1733 or e-mail

Saturday, October 20 - Morris Township, Morris County
The Time to Mourn
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm at 1:00 and 2:00 pm, tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed.

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

Saturday, October 20 - Morris Township, Morris County
Pumpkin Creations
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, have a blast decorating your own pumpkins using natural plant materials!

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

Saturday, October 20 - Haddonfield, Camden County
It's Alive: The Science of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Saturday, October 20 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Basket, Broom Making and Blacksmithing
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday, the sights and sounds of trades that were once essential in rural communities like Pleasant Valley, New Jersey will come to life when a broom maker and basket weaver put their tools and skills to work at Howell Living Farm.

The demonstrations can be seen in the farm’s wagon house and visitors are encouraged to meet and talk with the tradesmen and tradeswomen, and use their finished products to help farmers sweep the barn, carry water for horses, and gather corn in baskets.

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, October 20 - Somers Point, Atlantic County
Horsepower by the Bay
Family Friendly Event

Horsepower by the Bay, a car and boat show sponsored by the Somers Point Historical Societywill take place on Saturday. Hours are 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. If you think your car is cool, feel free to enter the show. Registration is $10 payable at the show. Food, activities, trophies, booths, and displays are part of the show. We have had between 150 to 250 cars each year so register now. Horsepower by the Bay will take place at the Shore Medical Center surface lot located at Harbor Lane and Bay Avenue, Somers Point, NJ. To register your car or vintage boat, visit For questions, contact Kirk at For more information, visit

Saturday, October 20 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Events

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.

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

Saturday, October 20 - Cape May, Cape May County
Grand Lighthouse Cruise

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

Saturday, October 20 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Pumpkin Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly

It's the spookiest time of the year at the village! Celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 27th Annual Pumpkin Festival. This fun, free event will take place on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and is presented by the Lower Township Rotary Club. Admission is free; guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the 'Share the Harvest' Food Drive.

Families can enjoy pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village’s shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, funnel cake, and other snacks. Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm. Don't miss the Children's Halloween Parade at 11:00 am. Please call the Lower Township Recreation Department at 609-886-7880 for parade registration information.

Historic Cold Spring Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern end of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit the Village

Saturday, October 20 - Cape May, Cape May County
Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour
Family Friendly

Take this spine-tingling, 30-minute evening trolley ride through the streets of Cape May with a guide who relates the paranormal findings of medium Craig McManus on Saturday at 7:15 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, October 20 - Cape May, Cape May County
Phantoms of the Physick Estate - Victorian Spiritualism House Tour

Victorians were fascinated by spiritualism and the occult. Take a Historic District Trolley Tour of Cape May and then visit the "haunted" Physick Estate and learn from your guide about this Victorian obsession. You will even hear some of the electronic voice phenomena (EVPs) that 21st century technology has captured within these walls and understand why it is reputed to host more than just the living. Appropriate for all ages. Tours on Saturday at 11:45 am, 1:00 and 2:15 pm. Admission: $22 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12). The Phantoms of the Physick Estate Victorian Spiritualism House Tour is available separately at 12:30, 1:45, and 3:00 pm. Admission for just the house tour is $12 adults, $8 children (ages 3-12). 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, October 20 - Cape May, Cape May County
Phantoms of the Physick Estate - What Happens After Dark

Are you brave enough to tour Dr. Physick's house after dark? Strange things have been seen, heard, and done here in the evening hours. Let your guide open a portal to the past and see what discoveries await. Tour on Saturday from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Admission: $15 adults, $12 for children (ages 3-12). 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, October 20 - 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, October 20 - 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 from 10:00 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, October 20 - 21 - Across the NJ Shore and Delaware Bay/River
New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge
Children Friendly

New Jersey Lighthouses, museums and life saving stations will host a "Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey" weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited (and challenged) to visit all participating lighthouses over the weekend and help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. 

These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey's history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to step back in time and learn more about our state and nation's maritime history.

The Delaware Bay Lighthouse Keepers and the virtual tour of the Bay lights will be located at the Cape May Lighthouse.

Begin the Challenge at any of the ten participating lighthouses, one museum, and two life-saving stations and purchase a souvenir ($2), which will be proof of your visit at each lighthouse and commemorate your participation in the event. Night climbs will be offered at Absecon, Cape May, and Tinicum on Saturday. During the weekend, children 11 and under climb free with an adult. General hours both days are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, excluding the night climbs, which will be open until 8:00 pm. Information for every participating lighthouse and museum, addresses, and more can be found at

Saturday - Sunday, October 20 - 21 - Union County
Four Centuries in a Weekend
Children Friendly Sites

Experience Union County's rich heritage! The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, staff, and volunteers at 35 house museums, historic sites, and history organizations join together to invite the public to come  and discover more than 370 years of history during the annual "Four Centuries in a Weekend, A Journey Through Union County's History." The two-day, free event is scheduled for 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

"Four Centuries in a Weekend" began in 1994 when 16 historic sites and the County of Union organized a weekend event to tell the story of how Elizabethtown of 1664 evolved into the 21 municipalities of today's Union County.

A visit to Hillside will bring you to the Woodruff House/Eaton Store, built in 1735; and the historic Evergreen Cemetery, a virtual museum of funerary art. In Rahway you'll be welcome at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern, a restored early 19th century hotel, and you can tour the Union County Performing Arts Center, a beautifully restored classic Vaudeville venue.

When you stop at the Dr. William Robinson Plantation in Clark, you'll discover a post-medieval English-style house where Dr. Robinson practiced healing with plants and herbs.

At the Abraham Clark House, home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence, you'll learn about Early American life and the history of Roselle. In the Roselle Park Museum, housed in the Charles E. Stone Store, you'll be standing in the first electrically-lighted store in the world.

Three authentic 18th century farmhouses are open for touring: the Miller-Cory House in Westfield; the Salt Box Museum in New Providence; and the Nathaniel Drake House in Plainfield, which was used as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

Venturing into the Watchung Mountains, you'll find the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House in Mountainside, home to the Hetfield family for 186 years; stroll through the Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park in the Watchung Reservation, an 1845 town created by businessman David Felt; visit the Littell-Lord Farmstead in Berkeley Heights, a reminder of the County's agricultural past; and explore Summit, with its Twin Maples, a stately neoclassical mansion; the Carter House, the city's oldest house, built in the 1740s; and the Summit Playhouse, a Richardsonian Romanesque structure with a 120-seat auditorium.

Union County is also part of the Passport To Your National Parks program where Parks enthusiasts have their passports stamped when they visit historic sites around the county. Union County is one of 14 New Jersey counties that comprise the NPS’ Crossroads of the Revolution National Heritage area, which recognizes the role New Jersey played in the American Revolution. Twenty-three of the sites have stamps available.

Children can earn a Time Traveler's Certificate and a Four Centuries Patch by visiting and obtaining a Time Traveler Passport at any of the sites, having it stamped and returning the completed form to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. For free copies of the Four Centuries in a Weekend tour booklet, map, and further information visit

Sunday, October 21 - 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 Sunday, the tours start at 12:30 pm, 1:45, 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

Sunday, October 21 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
36th Autumn House Tour

The Lambertville Historical Society proudly announces its 36th Autumn House Tour on Sunday. The tour is self-guided and runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Six homes will be featured this year as well as several additional sites. 

Tickets  are $25 in advance ($30 on the day of the tour, $25 for LHS members) and may be purchased online at Tickets may also be bought directly from some local merchants - Blue Raccoon, City Market, Homestead Farm Market, Lambertville Trading Company, Stockton Fine Wines in Stockton, and Farley's Bookshop in New Hope.

Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available on the day of the tour. The bus will continuously loop from the Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad parking lot behind the headquarters at 70 Alexander Avenue (off of Phillip-Barber Road) on to City Hall every 15 minutes from 10:30 am - 5:15 pm. Visitors can also park in residential areas or at parking meters that are in effect on Sunday from 1:00 - 9:00 pm. For more information and driving directions, call 609-397-0770 or visit or e-mail

Sunday, October 21 - 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, October 21 - 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, October 21 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Orchard Cooking & Lovely Leaves
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, learn about Fosterfields extensive apple, pear, and peach orchards, and watch as fruit dishes are prepared in the farm-house kitchen.

From 1:00 - 3:30 pm, create a leaf rubbing with leaves found on the farm, or design a beautiful marbled paper leaf.

Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (65+); $4 for children ages 4 – 16; and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm is located at 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 21 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Best Dressed in the Vail House: Death and Mourning
Children Friendly Event and Site

During this interactive guided tour, learn about mid-nineteenth century methods of mourning for the deceased. Costumed interpreters lead tours of the Vail House at Historic Speedwell from 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm. Admission: $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4. Historic Speedwell is located at 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-285-6550 or visit

Sunday, October 21 - Morris Township, Morris County
The Time to Mourn
Children Friendly Site

On Sunday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm at 1:00 and 2:00 pm, tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed.

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, October 21 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Presidents’ Pets
Children Friendly

Heritage Trail board member and librarian Susan Feibush will present a children's program all about our Presidents’ Pets who have lived in the White House. Some of the animals were the usual family pets, but some were not. Did John Quincy Adams really have a pet alligator in the White House?

Susan will present slides and stuffed animals with a short background story of the pet and its relationship to the President and family. This non-political and fun look at our Presidents through their pets promises to be entertaining for the whole family. 

Each child will receive a coloring page and a treat (non-edible) for their attendance. There is no age limit, so kids, go ahead and bring your parents and grandparents! Refreshments will be offered after the presentation.

Susan Feibush is a school librarian in North Plainfield, NJ. She holds an AB in History from Douglass College, and MA in History from West Virginia University and her MLS from Rutgers University. Susan has been on the HTA board since 1994!

Space is limited to 50, there are no guarantees of space available at the beginning of the event for walk-ins. ​THIS EVENT IS FREE, but please sign up 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, October 21 - West Orange, Essex County
Harry's Magical Invention Bag
Children Friendly Event

Learn about invention and the important role Edison played in taking invention from a cottage/hobby activity to a full commercial activity - practiced by all major corporations. Hear Harry Roman, a Thomas Edison National Historical Park volunteer, retired engineer, as well as inventor and patent holder, as he discusses the major role NJ plays in the national invention scene-and all the great inventions NJ inventors have brought into our world.

The program, held from 1:00 - 2:00 pm and 3:00 - 4:00 pm, 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, and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Sunday, October 21 - Morristown, Morris County
The Real TURN: Spies of the American Revolution

You’ve seen the show Turn, but do you know the real stories behind George Washington’s spies? Come learn about how the Revolution was won off the battlefield, including incredible stories of espionage and some of the spy techniques used during the war.

This free program will take place at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm and will be held in the Visitor Center at Jockey Hollow, a unit of Morristown National Historical Park. Jockey Hollow 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

Sunday, October 21 - Raritan Township, Hunterdon County
Free Program Focuses on Native Americans of Flemington Area

Learn the fascinating history of the Native American Indians in the Flemington area with archaeologist and archivist Jim Wade at Hunterdon Land Trust’s Farmers' Market.

In this free presentation beginning at 11:00 am, Wade will take a close look at Chief Tuccamirgan, whose wigwam is believed to have been located on the Dvoor Farm property. The chief became close friends with this property's earliest white settler, Johan Phillip Case, and is buried in the Case Family Cemetery on nearby Bonnell Street.Wade will also discuss the Native American villages in the area and the Autumn 'Thanksgiving' Big House Ceremony. And he will bring Native American artifacts for guests to see.

Wade has worked as a field archaeologist and an archaeological field assistant at several American Indian sites throughout central New Jersey. He also worked as an archivist with the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, documenting Native American land holdings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

He has taught several courses on New Jersey Indians through the Princeton Adult School and Brookdale Community College. He gives seasonal presentations on American Indians throughout central New Jersey.

HLT’s Farmers' Market programming is supported by the Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Tyler Foundation -- PNC Charitable Trusts.

The Farmers’ Market features about 18 local farmers and vendors offering organic produce, all-natural meats, honey, fresh-baked breads, vegan burgers, fresh-cut flowers, cave-ripened cheese, eggs, locally roasted coffee, hummuses, salsas, native plants and more. Visitors can enjoy a flatbread pizza made with ingredients provided by local farmer while listening to live music.

For more information, visit

Sunday, October 21 - 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, October 21 - Nutley, Essex County
Kingsland Manor Colonial Day

Sunday, October 21 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
"George Papawick: How One Man Changed Manville"

The Somerset County Historical Society is pleased to invite members and friends to another in its 2018 series of History Talks. The free fall program is about Mayor Papawick and the town of Manville by Mrs. Patricia Beronio, his daughter. The program will be held 2:00 pm on Sunday at the society’s headquarters in the Historic Van Veghten house, located on the dead end of 9 Van Veghten Drive, Bridgewater, NJ.

A member of the Somerset County Historical Society, Mrs. Beronio has recently published a book about her father. George Papawick: How One Man Changed Manville grew out of her genealogical research into her father’s life and career. She discovered “a self-made, fun loving, gentle, caring, hardworking, dedicated man and how his leadership and activities helped mold the community of Manville.” Her presentation will interest, budding authors, amateur genealogists, and folk who want to know more about a dynamic local town.

Doors at the Van Veghten House will open at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Light refreshments will be available. As space is limited, please RSVP by calling the Society and leaving a message at 908-218-1281 or send an email to

Sunday, October 21 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Weekend Themed Tours at Allaire

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

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

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

The Historic Village at Allaire is located at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Sunday, October 21 - Woodstown, Salem County
“Burnt Crosses: Salem and America in 1967”

The Salem County Historical Society has announced that James Rupert will be the presenter of “Burnt Crosses: Salem and America in 1967” for the 15th John S. Rock Memorial Lecture to be held on Sunday at the Friends Village, Fenwick Auditorium, One Friends Drive, Woodstown, NJ 08098 at 3:00 pm. The public is invited to enjoy this free educational program.

James Rupert is a career foreign correspondent and editor. His reporting - from more than 70 countries for The Washington Post and other news organizations - has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.

Rupert graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1979 and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. A multilingual journalist, he has covered wars across four decades in Afghanistan, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and conflicts and upheaval in Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Iraq and the Middle East, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Back in the United States since 2012, Rupert has served at foreign policy think tanks in Washington, DC. He now works at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

As part of the society’s educational programming, this lecture commemorates the life of abolitionist John Stewart Rock (1826–1866), teacher, healer, and counselor. Rock, born in Salem County, was a black abolitionist of national prominence, who was well known in his time but less recognized in ours. He was the first African American to be admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on February 1, 1865. The Society continues to honor the life of this native son through this lecture series and through a special John Stewart Rock Memorial Scholarship of $500 at the Salem Community College. Contributions from the community at large fund both commemorations through a restricted fund at the Salem County Historical Society. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 21 - Hightstown, Mercer County
Hightstown Annual House Tour

Sunday, October 21 - Toms River, Ocean County
“The Civil War: America’s Bloodiest Conflict”

The Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ, on Sunday at 2:00 pm will feature our own Vice President, Dr. Jeffrey Schenker with his PowerPoint Presentation, “The Civil War: Causes and Battles in America’s Bloodiest Conflict.”

Dr. Schenker earned his doctorate in history from Drew University. He taught history for 34 years in the Toms River School District and was an adjunct instructor of history in local community colleges. Dr. Schenker is currently researching and writing a book on New Jersey’s involvement in World War I.

Admission is free; donations are welcomed. Refreshments will be served. Please call 732-341-1880 for reservations. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 21 - Maplewood, Essex County
Mad Hatters, The Radium Girls and The Asbestos Hotel: Stories of New Jersey Industrial Toxins

Industrial toxins are an inescapable part of the history of the industrial state of New Jersey, and played a role in our very local history. In recent decades, New Jersey has been home to over 140 EPA-administered Superfund cleanup sites. Protection for workers and compensation for those suffering and sometimes dying from industrial exposures have been relatively recent developments.

Historically, three New Jersey industrial toxins – mercury, radium, and asbestos – have their own harrowing stories to tell. The hatting industry, which thrived in dozens of small shops in Essex County including in Orange, South Orange, and Millburn in the latter decades of the nineteenth century, exposed workers to toxic mercury fumes, causing mental and physical disabilities. In the interwar years, dozens of radium dial painters at a factory in Orange – all young women – suffered and died from radiation-induced bone cancer and bone degeneration. At mid-century, workers at Manville, the “asbestos city,” fell ill with damaged lungs and a rare tumor called mesothelioma, as did workers who installed the insulation products produced at the Manville plant.

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, at Durand-Hedden House in Maplewood (house and store open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm), speaker Dr. Sandra Moss will tell this gripping story in an illustrated talk. Audience input and observations are welcome. Dr. Moss is a retired internist who lectures and writes about the history of medicine in New Jersey. She is past president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and of the American Osler Society (a national organization for historians of medicine.) An author of numerous articles, chapters, and reviews, she has also written three books about New Jersey’s medical history.

Durand-Hedden’s charming Country Store will open for the season at this event. Check out historic-themed treasures such as early American children’s games, books and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cook books, cookie molds, tin lanterns, and reproduction decorative items and ceramics. 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

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

Through June 2019 - Morristown, Morris County
Iconic Culture: From Little Black Dress to Bell Bottoms

Morris County Historical Society’s upcoming exhibit, Iconic Culture: From Little Black Dress to Bell Bottoms, promises to be a one-stop spot for a stroll down memory lane.

From the timeless designs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel to the trend-setting bell bottoms of Sonny and Cher, MCHS explores more than 50 years of cultural history through a retrospective featuring nearly 100 pieces from its historic textile collection. Iconic Culture will examine how changes in clothing styles mirrored the social climate of their time and the seminal moments and people who defined their decade – with a focus on New Jersey history.

In addition to the fashions, Iconic Culture will highlight cultural milestones in local, state, and national history that coincided with the Roaring 20s, Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, and Vietnam Era.

This multimedia exhibit features music, television shows, and radio broadcasts. Visitors will also have an opportunity to share personal recollections about significant events, such as the assassination of President Kennedy.

The exhibit is available through Sunday, June 16, 2019. Morris County Historical Society is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:000 am - 4:00 pm and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission, which includes the exhibits and landscaped grounds, is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

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


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