Thursday, October 25, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/27/18 - 10/28/18

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Friday - Saturday, October 26 - 27 - 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 www.allairevillage.org.

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 www.allairevillage.org.

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Friday - Saturday, October 26 - 27 - Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
Haunted Lantern Walk at the Proprietary House


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Saturday, October 27 - Princeton, Mercer County
In Her Footsteps: How Women Shaped Princeton Tour

Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton, have developed a brand new tour dedicated to the contributions of women in the community. The walk includes an overview of Princeton’s history and focuses on some of the women who have helped make Princeton – both town and its namesake University – what it is today. Stops include the new Betsey Stockton Garden, Alexander Hall, and Dorothea’s House.

Admission: $20 per person. Tour begins in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 10:00 am and ends at 12:00 noon. Space is limited - register online or call 609-921-6748 x102. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

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Saturday, October 27 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Absecon Lighthouse Hosts Haunted Tours

Do you want to discover if Absecon Lighthouse is home to ghostly keepers that still watch over the shore in Atlantic City? Did the Jersey Devil pay a visit in 1909? Come visit the Absecon Lighthouse to hear the true ghost stories that prompted SyFy's TV Show "Ghost Hunters" to feature the lighthouse!

The New Jersey Researchers of Paranormal Evidence (NJ ROPE) will be on property to help you hunt for ghosts. Plus, hear and see their eerie recordings & video taken during previous paranormal investigations. Guided tours of our grounds and tower will let you explore our rich history and experience some spooky tales. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Reservations are required; call 609-449-1360. Tour times are 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 pm, and include a tower climb. Tickets are $20.00 and must be reserved.

Since The Inlet Public Private Association renovated the lighthouse tower, rebuilt the Keeper's Cottage and re-opened to visitors, several staff and volunteers have shared stories of being alone on the property but hearing footsteps and voices, smelling smoke, and even seeing a few ghostly apparitions. Now is your chance to experience the Absecon Lighthouse as you've never experienced it before!

Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City. It is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit www.abseconlighthouse.org.

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Saturday, October 27 - Union Township, Union County
Pumpkin Patch Day
Children Friendly Event

Join Liberty Hall for their annual Pumpkin Patch Day - a fall tradition for so many families that offers a variety of fall activities appropriate for all ages in a single, convenient day trip!

In addition to pumpkin picking, carving and painting, children will experience a good old-fashioned hayride and make Halloween crafts. There is an additional charge for pumpkins, and lunch will be available for purchase from a vendor.

An all-day event, from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission is $12 for children and $8 for adults, and children under 3 are free. Reservations are not required but are suggested. To reserve online, visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall. Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ. For more information, call 908-527-0400, e-mail libertyhall@kean.edu, or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.

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Saturday, October 27 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Halloween on the Hill
Children Friendly Event and Site


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Saturday, October 27 - Morristown, Morris County
Discover the Ford Mansion's Ghosts

Visit the Washington Headquarters’ Museum at Morristown National Historical Park, site of the Ford Mansion, for this special multimedia program with Gordon Thomas Ward, an author, musician and ghost hunter on Saturday from 10:00 - 11:00 am. He has conducted numerous ghost studies of the Ford Mansion and will discuss his findings. The Revolutionary-era Ford Mansion was home to General George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and three generations of the Ford family. Gordon will explain the art of collecting “spirit traces”. Bring your ghost stories as there will be a Q and A. Tickets are $15.00 per person. Morristown National Historical Park is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. Pre-register and pre-pay here. For more information, call 973-631-5151 or visit www.morristourism.org.

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Saturday, October 27 - Morristown, Morris County
Death & Disease In The Continental Army

Throughout the American Revolution, almost three times more soldiers died from disease and illness than on the battlefield. Learn about diseases, their transmission, and their treatment in the Continental Army. Find out why soldiers had more to fear from disease, than British musketballs, grapeshot, or the dreaded bayonet!

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 www.nps.gov/morr.

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Saturday, October 27 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
New Jersey Paranormal Investigators at the Abraham Staats House


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Saturday, October 27 - Chester, Morris County
A Miller's Halloween
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, enjoy spooky storytelling at 1:00 and 2:30 pm at the Cooper Grist Mill in Chester. Come in costume, and create corn husk dolls and play old-time games. Tour the gristmill and look for surprises around every corner. Suggested Donation: $3 per adult, $2 per senior, and $1 per child. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, October 27 - Morristown, Morris County
Many Dreadful Tales
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, enter the Vail House to hear tales both old and new in a particularly atmospheric setting. A costumed interpreter regales you with horror stories from the Victorian period while, across the hall, a museum staff fills your ears with reports of modern day instances of things going ‘bump’ in the night at museums all over the country. 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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, October 27 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Meet the Servants at the Willows
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Saturday at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, during a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows, during the WWI era. 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 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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday, October 27 - Roebling, Burlington County
The Art of the Brooklyn Bridge


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Saturday, October 27 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Corn Harvest
Children Friendly Event and Site

A classic scene from America's past will be recreated at Howell Living History Farm when the fields of ripening corn are cut and shocked against a landscape of early fall colors.

Visitors can join in the work and fun from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, helping farmers harvest corn in the fields, shell and grind corn, and taste cornbread.

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 www.howellfarm.org.

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Saturday, October 27 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, October 27 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, October 27 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, October 27 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday, October 27 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 27 - 28 - Morristown, Morris County
Historic Haunting
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, a scary and fun afternoon awaits at Historic Speedwell! Enjoy spooky ghost stories and Halloween fun and games. Come in costume for an old-fashioned costume contest. Prizes are awarded to all winners. 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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 27 - 28 - Piscataway, Middlesex County
Revolution Along the Raritan Encampment
Children Friendly Event


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Sunday, October 28 - 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 1:15 and 2:30 pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Sunday, October 28 - Montclair, Essex County
Rosedale Cemetery Tour

Founded over 175 years ago, Rosedale Cemetery marked the beginning of a new movement in how America took care of its deceased. We’ll talk about grave imagery as well as the people who are buried in the oldest section of the cemetery. Led by Executive Director, Jane Eliasof, and Assistant Director, Angelica Diggs. 

Admission is $10 per person and registration is required. To register, call 973-744-1796, email mail@montclairhistorical.org, or register online. Tour will begin at the Rosedale Chapel for a brief introduction at 408 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. Carpooling is suggested due to limited parking on site and driving to distant parts of the cemetery. Tour is from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, about 2 miles of walking.

For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail mail@montclairhistorical.org, or visit www.montclairhistory.org.

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Sunday, October 28 - Succasunna, Morris County
Succasunna Moonlight History & Mystery Cemetery Tour
Family Friendly


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Sunday, October 28 - 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 www.princetonhistory.org.

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Sunday, October 28 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Historic Halloween Happenings at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Sunday from 1:00 - 3:30 pm, play special Halloween games, decorate cookies, and try on old-fashioned costumes. At 3:30 pm, take a guided walk to see how many pumpkins are hiding in the nearby woods. Afterwards, board the open-air wagon for a ride to the Visitors Center.

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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, October 28 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Upcycle Sunday: Crayon Candles
Children Friendly Event and Site

On Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Historic Speedwell, get the most out of your things, just like in days of old, and learn to upcycle crayons into candles. 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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, October 28 - 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 www.morrisparks.net.

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Sunday, October 28 - Trenton, Mercer County
Changing Face/Changing Place: The Architects & Buildings of FVHD’s First 50 Years with Jennifer B. Leynes

In conjunction with the exhibit Changing Face/Changing Place on display now at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ, the Trenton Museum Society presents architectural historian Jennifer Leynes recounting the story of The Architects & Buildings of FVHD's First 50 Years on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

The exhibit celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of FVHD, a 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 through January 11, 2019.

The talk will explore the firm’s first 50 years, which were guided by three principal architects: Percy L. Fowler, Albert E. Micklewright, and Samuel Mountford. Many of the firm’s most recognizable and noteworthy works will be highlighted, including Mercer Hospital and numerous area schools.

The firm's long history includes many original school buildings designed for Trenton, Lawrence and Ewing Township School Districts; the restoration of the 1719 William Trent house; the GM Fisher Body Plant; Mercer Hospital; and numerous others.

Jennifer B. Leynes is an architectural historian employed with the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. She has a B.A. in history from Furman University and a Master of Historic Preservation degree from the University of Georgia. A Trenton resident, Ms. Leynes serves on the Trenton Landmarks Commission and is a past president of the Trenton Historical Society.

For more information, call 609-989-3632, email tms@ellarslie.orgor visit www.ellarslie.org.

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Sunday, October 28 - Westfield, Union County
Halloween Hocus Pocus
Children Friendly Event

Visit the Miller-Cory House Museum for an afternoon of Halloween family fun! Activities include decorate your own Halloween cupcake, scavenger hunt, crafts, storytelling, tattoos and festive refreshments. The program is appropriate for young children. Be sure to come in costume!

Admission is $5 per child; accompanying adults are free. Reservations are required. Call 908-232-1777 until 12:00 noon, on Saturday, October 27 to register.

The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ. For more informationcall 908-232-1776, e-mail millercorymuseum@gmail.com, or visit www.millercoryhouse.org.

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Sunday, October 28 - River Edge, Bergen County
The Real Music of Alexander Hamilton - A Concert of Period Music by Anne and Ridley Enslow

The life and times of Founding Father and first Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton has become a subject of fascination for twenty-first century Americans, and the Bergen County Historical Society is proud to present the story of his life in narrative and in the music of his day. What was the hymn he wrote that was published in a St. Croix newspaper? What was the last song he sang before his fateful duel with Aaron Burr on the Weehawken Palisades? Join us and find out! Sit in the parlor of the Steuben House, where Colonel Hamilton served on Washington’s staff in 1780, and listen to the music and the stories that shaped his life.

Performances at 1:00 and 2:30 pm will feature the melodic harmonies of Ridley and Anne Enslow, New Bridge favorites, playing the complex hammered dulcimer and a French violin crafted in 1776. In period dress and with authentic instruments, they will transport you to a musicale of Hamilton’s lifetime in the very house where Hamilton worked.

Afterward stroll down to the Black Horse Tavern in the Campbell-Christie House for an hour-long reception of dessert wines and tempting chocolate delicacies.

Speak to certified wine specialist John Eiel to have your wine questions answered, or take a peek in the cozy out-kitchen to step back into Hamilton’s century.

Reservations are required: $50 BCHS Members, $60 Non-members. Limited availability. All proceeds go to the support of the long-awaited and soon-to-be-built museum at New Bridge Landing. Help us put our new museum on a sound financial footing—Secretary Hamilton would approve. Register here.

Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. 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 www.bergencountyhistory.org.

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Sunday, October 28 - Sparta, Sussex County
"Traditions of the Black Forest"


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Sunday, October 28 - Plainfield, Union County
“Legends of Sleepy Hollow 1792”

The Historical Society of Plainfield/ Drake House Museum will host a lecture entitled “Legends of Sleepy Hollow 1792” on Sunday starting at 2:00 pm at the Drake House Museum. The lecture will be given by storyteller/re-enactor Alisa Dupuy from The Ladies of History Historical Productions.

Alisa Dupuy will provide a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and will provide a historical presentation and talk about French-American-British connections.

Seating is limited and is on a first-come first-serve basis. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and donations are always appreciated. The Drake House Museum is located at 602 W Front Street, Plainfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-755-5831 or visit www.drakehouseplainfieldnj.org.

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Sunday, October 28 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
19th Century All Hallow’s Eve at Allaire Village
Children Friendly Event & Site

What IS the origin of the Jack O'Lantern? Why do we trick or treat? Ever wonder what makes Halloween "Halloween?" Come out to the Historic Village at Allaire's Annual 19th-century All Hallows' Eve. Find out all about the early traditions that make up Halloween today!

The Village will be open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is $5 per adult and $3 for children under 6 years. There will be pumpkin picking (limited quantity) for children 10 and under, historic games, craft demonstrations, storytelling in the Enameling Building, a costume parade and contest for children 10 years and younger, Village trick-or-treating (12:00 noon - 2:00 pm, while supplies last!), "Soul cake making" and other hearth cooking demonstrations, a "Ghost Wedding" in the Historic Chapel, and more! Be sure to visit with the pumpkin carvers and purchase a freshly carved pumpkins!

Allaire Village, Incorporated is licensed by the State of New Jersey to operate the 40-acre, Historic Village at Allaire, the site of James P. Allaire's Howell Iron Works Company in the 1830s. Allaire Village, Inc. receives no state funding towards the educational programming presented throughout the year, but is strongly supported through private donations, membership fees, fund-raising events, and patronage of their retail stores.

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 www.allairevillage.org.

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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 www.capemaymac.org.

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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 www.nps.gov/morr.

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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 www.gchsnj.org 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 www.gchsnj.org.

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


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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 tms@ellarslie.org, or visit www.ellarslie.org.

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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 www.oceanmuseum.org.

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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 www.MorrisCountyHistory.org.

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

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