Thursday, November 29, 2018

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/1/18 - 12/2/18

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Saturday, December 1 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This two-hour hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the "hidden" back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield.

Admission: $5 per person and includes farmhouse museum admission. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, December 1 - Morristown, Morris County
Holly Day
Family Friendly Event

An annual and beloved Morris County tradition, Holly Day returns for this upcoming holiday season. Visit six local historical sites decorated for the holidays, each site with special Holly Day programming: exhibits, music, refreshments and more. The event will take place on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Sites are: Acorn Hall, Macculloch Hall, the Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park, Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farm, Schuyler-Hamilton House, and Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.

Each site will offer something special for visitors:
* Acorn Hall will be decorated to complement its current exhibit: Iconic Culture: From Little Black Dress to Bell Bottoms. The exhibit takes a look back at 50 years of fashion (1920s-1970s) with a different decade displayed in each room, which will then be decorated for the holidays reflecting that decade. There will also be piano music and the crowd-favorite Victorian upside down Christmas tree.

* At the Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, visitors will see the conference room “decorated” as though General George Washington and his staff have just finished a sumptuous holiday meal and have gone to make merry in town. 

* Macculloch Hall will fully deck its halls with a tree in every room. Visitors can make a Thomas Nast-inspired ornament in the gallery from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm to hang on a tree. Visitors will want to tour the current exhibit “Bringing Down the Boss: Thomas Nast Takes on Tweed and Tammany Hall.” 

* At the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, this historic building will be decorated for the winter holidays and offer musical entertainment. Visitors can experience “Narrative Threads: New Jersey Quilts & Textiles” on display.

* The Schuyler-Hamilton House will feature Colonial-inspired decorations created by NY floral designed Sam Munn and local volunteers. Christmas music will be played by violinist JoAnna Farrar and company from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Holiday treats will be available, and guests will see displays of 18th century decorative arts which are rarely from private collectors which are rarely on display.

* At the Stickley Museum, tour the 1911 Log House festooned in period Arts-and-Crafts style. The museum is suspending guided tours for the day so that visitors may stroll through the former Stickley family home at their own pace. There will be refreshments and music.

All the sites’ gift shops will be brimming with unique merchandise, some handcrafted and locally sourced, and reasonably priced, so bring your holiday gift lists, and support local Morris County historic sites.

Tickets will be sold online and through the Morris County Tourism Bureau. Children 12 and under go free. On the day of the event, tickets may be purchased for $35 in person at Macculloch Hall, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ beginning at 9:30 am (cash, check, or credit card).

For more information about Holly Day, including how to purchase tickets and program details at the historic sites, call 973-631-5151 or visit

Saturday, December 1 - Salem, Salem County
31st Annual Yuletide Open House Tour

Saturday, December 1 - Trenton, Mercer County
British Occupation of the Old Barracks
Children Friendly Event & Site

Come to the Old Barracks this December as the 17th Regiment of Infantry returns as they first did in December 1776! This event will commemorate the occupation of Trenton by British troops just weeks prior to the Battle of Trenton, and offer visitors a view into this often misrepresented side of American history.

Throughout the day on Saturday, visitors to the Old Barracks will meet reenactors of the 17th Regiment of Infantry as they portray the daily lives of British soldiers. These men will drill, perform musket demonstrations, cook over the outdoor camp kitchen, sew winter clothing, and more in this unique event that will show a side of the Revolutionary War not often seen before.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for active duty military personnel, members of the Old Barracks Association, and children 5 and under. The Old Barracks Museum will be open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, call 609-396-1776 or visit

Saturday, December 1 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Christmas on the Farm
Children Friendly Event and Site

St. Nick, his elves and a jingling sleigh loaded with cookies, coal and holiday cheer will arrive at Howell Living History Farm on Saturday, highlighting an all-day program, "Christmas on the Farm."

The celebration begins at 10:15 am, when children can climb aboard a horse-drawn work wagon for a ride to the woods to cut down a Christmas tree. All children will be given a chance to take a turn helping farmers cut the tree with a 2-man saw. Afterwards, all visitors can help decorate the tree with ear corn, pinecones and other natural ornaments. Helpers will be treated to hot apple cider and cookies.

St. Nick's sleigh will descend from the Farm's northern slopes at 12:30 pm. Its white-bearded navigator will check Christmas lists and give out treats (or coal, as the case may be) until 3:00 pm.

Gift baskets, wreaths and other items will be available for sale in the Visitor Center gift shop. Featured will be handmade gifts and ornaments crafted by the Pleasant Valley Stitchers. Howell Farm is also an official drop off site for Toys for Tots. Share the gift of giving by bringing an unwrapped toy to the farm.

The farm barn yard will be closed beginning Sunday, December 2 and will reopen in late January for the ice harvest program.

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, December 1 - Manville, Somerset County
Murder on the Millstone - Somerset County, the Raritan Valley, and Manville - Crossroads of the Revoution - 1777 

On Saturday at 1:00 pm, historian Robert Mayers, author of Revolutionary New Jersey-Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution, will relate the critical events in the Somerset County area during the Revolutionary War. The fierce battles of Millstone, Bound Brook and the Short Hills (Plainfield, Scotch Plains), the bloody forage wars in the Raritan Valley when ravenous Redcoats ravaged the countryside and created a reign of terror,  the Middlebrook encampments that saved America (Bridgewater and Martinsville), and the entire Continental Army swept through central Jersey on the way to Yorktown. This action all swirled around what is now the Borough of Manville. This talk will take place at the Manville Library, 101 South 10 Avenue, Manville, NJ.

Most of these places are  unmarked, shrouded in mystery, distorted by mythology and unknown even to local people. Man-made changes to terrain have obscured many of them. Mayers will revive these forsaken locations  with research from original military records and on-site exploration and analysis of obscure sources ignored by earlier writers. Little known British and Hessian accounts often reveal different details from those we have traditionally accepted as authentic.

Mayers is an active member of several historical societies and a frequent speaker and contributor to publications and has spoken at West Point and the Pentagon. He has been recently featured on Comcast TV and published in the History Channel Magazine and Garden State Legacy. Mayers served as a combat officer in the Navy and Marine Corps. His military experiences provide him with a deeper perspective of the battles depicted in his works. For more information about Robert Mayers, visit

Saturday, December 1 - Cape May, Cape May County
Wassail Day at Historic Cold Spring Village
Children Friendly

Historic Cold Spring Village opens its Homespun Holidays season with Wassail Day on Saturday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The Village paths come alive with the sounds and smells of wintertime at this free event. Select buildings will also be open where guests can enjoy hot beverages and treats served by historical interpreters in period clothing. Visitors can meet Father Christmas in the Country Store. The Country Store will be open and stocked with unique holiday gift ideas including traditionally-processed wool, artisan crafts for the home, books, jewelry, toys and old fashioned candy.

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, December 1 - Hardwick, Warren County
Victorian Christmas at Millbrook Village
Family Friendly Site

On Saturday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, join park rangers and volunteers for a Victorian Christmas celebration. Village buildings, decorated in mid to late 19th-century style, will be open for tours and demonstrations. Watch holiday meals being prepared over an open fire or woodstove. Enjoy the many children's activities hosted in the Van Campen farmhouse, including many hands-on period toys, games, and Victorian crafts. 

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, December 1 - Trenton, Mercer County
Holiday Open House and Greens Sale
Children Friendly Site

On Saturday from 12:30 - 4:00 pm, tour the magnificent 1719 Trent House Museum, decorated for the holidays by the talented members of the Garden Club of Trenton. The Trent House Museum Shop features special items and seasonal gifts. Seasonal refreshments will be provided for our guests all afternoon in the Carriage House/Visitor Center.

Beautifully designed table arrangements and decorated wreaths will be for sale, created by the Garden Club of Trenton. Cut Christmas trees, undecorated wreaths and loose fresh magnolia branches will also be available for sale and awaiting your own creative touch. Event proceeds will benefit the curatorial work and educational programming of the non-profit Trent House Association.

The Trent House Museum Shop will feature special items and seasonal gifts at a discounted rate. Seasonal refreshments will be provided for our guests all afternoon in the Carriage House/Visitor Center.

The 1719 William Trent House is the oldest building in our state capital. A Georgian-style manor house restored to its former glory and carefully furnished as it would have been in the early 18th century, it is located at 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ adjacent to the Hughes Justice Complex. Ample free parking. For more information, call 609-989-0087 or visit

Saturday, December 1 - Fair Lawn, Bergen County
Dutch Christmas
Children Friendly

Garretson Forge and Farm will its annual Dutch Christmas celebration on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, replete with Sinter Klaas, baked goods, craft tables, and craft demonstrations. Admission is free. The Garretson, one of the oldest historic sites in Bergen County, was home to six generations of the Garretson family and remains a rare surviving example of simple farming life that was prevalent in the 1700s and 1800s. The Forge and Farm are located at 4-02 River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ. For more information, call 551-206-4380 or 201-797-7545 or visit

Saturday, December 1 - Toms River, Ocean County
Santa Comes to Ocean County Historical Society
Children Friendly

On Saturday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, Santa will be at Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ. Bring your camera, your children and grandchildren to our Victorian museum, decorated for the holidays, and take their photo with Santa Claus. Afterwards, enjoy a short, guided tour that is appealing to the entire family, of our lovely Pierson-Sculthorp home.

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

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 - Cape May, Cape May County
Santa's Trolley Ride
Children Friendly Event

Bring the kids to the Physick Estate on Sunday for a trolley ride around Cape May with stories and songs led by Mrs. Claus. Then, Santa will greet children with a sweet in the Carriage House. Adults $10 and children (ages 3-12) $8. Trolley rides on Saturday at 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm and Sunday at 12:45, 1:45, and 2:45 pm. Advance reservation strongly recommended. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 - Cape May, Cape May County
Physick Family Christmas House Tours
Family Friendly Tour

On the Physick Family Christmas House Tour, you will visit the Physick Estate, decorated in true Victorian style, for a unique living history experience with members of the Physick Family household of the 1890s. Also see the Christmas Traditions exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery, a breathtaking Dickens Village beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree. On Saturday, tours will start at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:00 pm. On Sunday, the tour start at 12:30, 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

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape May Historic District Trolley Tour

Enjoy a 45 minute guided tour with entertaining and enlightening stories about the nation's oldest seaside resort and how it survived. Accessible trolley available with advance notification. Tour begins at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.

Adults $12 and children (ages 3-12) $8. Tours on Saturday at 10:30 and 11:45 am, 1:00, 2:15, and 3:30 pm. Tours on Sunday at 11:45 am and 1:00 and 2:15 pm. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 - Bedminster, Somerset County
16th Annual Colonial Christmas
Family Friendly Event

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House invite visitors of all ages to experience Christmas past and present when the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial museum opens its wreath-clad doors for the 16th Annual Colonial Christmas, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours are from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily. $10 admission per adult. $5 children 6-12. Free to Museum members and children 5 and under. The museum is located at 3055 River Road, River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ.

Visitors will enjoy tours of the museum, which will be decorated for the holidays by Gail Whiting of Design Consultants, Bedminster; Lynn and Jessica Angelone of Angelone’s Florist, Raritan; Flowers on the Ridge, Basking Ridge; and Camelot Construction; holiday shopping with boutique merchants and artisans; Colonial musicians, re-enactors and crafters; pony rides provided by Dapple Hill Farm; military demonstrations by Lambs Artillery Company; Santa visits; gingerbread house workshops for children; and a special exhibit from the Knox Museum in Thomaston, Maine. Support for the popular fundraiser is provided by Glenmede; Bevan, Mosca & Giuditta, P.C.; Investors Bank; Meeker Sharkey & Hurley; Maplecrest Auto Group; Union Paving & Construction; Mr. & Mrs. Darrick Anderson; Yolanda A. Cillo, M.D.; and Mr. & Mrs. Craig Sutherland.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, December 1
* 10:00 am - 4:00 pm   
Museum Tours
Colonial Re-Enactors and Crafters
Food Trucks
John Lambs Artillery Company Demonstrations
Holiday Shopping with Classic Home & Garden, India Hicks, Stanton Sweets, MACJAC, LLC, Virginia Peacock, and Lady Ellen Fine Ware
* 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Enslows perform Colonial American Christmas Music
* 11:30 am
Gingerbread house workshop for children accompanied by an adult, courtesy Ms. Gail’s Kids Cooking. Cost of the program is $43 per kit, limited to one child & one adult per kit, and includes admission to the house tour for one (1) adult. Walk-in registration $50 per kit. This program will be held outside in the tent. Registration required.
* 1:00 - 3:00 pm                   
Santa Visit

Sunday, December 2                 
* 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Museum Tours
Food Trucks
The Evolution of the Gingerbread Man with Susan McLellan Plaisted
Holiday Shopping with Classic Home & Garden, India Hicks, Stanton Sweets, MACJAC, LLC, Virginia Peacock, and Lady Ellen Fine Ware
* 1:00 pm
Gingerbread house workshop for children accompanied by an adult, courtesy Ms. Gail’s Kids Cooking. Cost of the program is $43 per kit, limited to one child & one adult per kit, and includes admission to the house tour for one (1) adult. Walk-in registration $50 per kit. This program will be held outside in the tent. Registration required.
* 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Santa Visit

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. The entrance to the house is via River Road Park. For more information, call 908-396-6053 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 & 8 - 9 - Montague, Sussex County
2018 Old Fashioned Holiday Tours at the Foster-Armstrong House
Family Friendly Event

The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (M.A.R.C.H.) will be opening the historic, holiday decorated Foster Armstrong House for free tours in November and December of 2018.

This year’s Old Fashioned Holidays theme is “Angels & Elves and Miniature Christmas Villages.” Representations of the treasured classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas will be found and an operating Model Train Christmas Display will be featured. Tours of the circa 1790’s house will be held Saturdays and Sundays, November 24 and 25, and December 1, 2, 8, and 9 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Our gift shop, The Foster General Store, will be open during tours with handmade items for sale from our historic crafters and local artisans. Also available for purchase will be a number of rare and limited edition books from our collection.

The Foster-Armstrong House is located on CR521/320 River Road, about 1 mile north of Route 206 and the Milford/Montague Bridge and within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Snow dates, pictures, and more information about M.A.R.C.H. can be found online at or by calling 973-293-3106.

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Christmas in the Village
Children Friendly

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will reopen for the "Christmas in the Village" celebration. Opening hours for the Museum Christmas Weekend are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm on Sunday. “A Gingerbread Christmas” is the theme of this year’s decorations. The museum is decorated by members of the Museum Garden Club and the Jefferson Township Historical Society. 
Docents dressed in period costumes will be on hand, and hot mulled cider will be served outside by the pot-bellied stove on the banks of the brook. Mrs. Santa Claus will be making an appearance. Admission to the museum is free. The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson, NJ. Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the museum, where small antiques, collectibles, handmade and handcrafted items will be offered for sale for your holiday shopping. For more information, call 973-697-0258 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Sleigh Selfies
Children Friendly Event & Site

Our decorative red sleigh and a selection of historical hats and bonnets will be ready for your selfie on Saturday and Sunday at Historic Walnford. Create a charming Currier & Ives style image to share for the holidays. Stop by between 1:00 and 4:00 pm each day. No fee! Please no professional photographers.

While there, visit the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, call 609-259-6275 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Winter on the Home Front: A Civil War Christmas
Children Friendly Event and Site

Learn what life was like on the home front during the winter months of the Civil War. Visit the encampment of the 2nd NJ Brigade as they prepare for a holiday away from home. Enjoy a Civil War era Officer’s Ball with period music, costumes, and dance. Create a craft to take home. Hours: Saturday: 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Admission: $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 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

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 - Montclair, Essex County
Holiday House Tours
Children Friendly

Tours at the Crane House and Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road and the Charles Shultz House-Evergreens, 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Essex County Holiday House tour. See the houses bedecked in their holiday finery. These special tours incorporate the holiday traditions as well as the stories of the houses and the people who lived there. See the Crane House & Historic YWCA decorated by the Garden Club of Montclair, then visit the hearth to learn about holiday food traditions. Move forward in history to the Shultz House featuring Molly Shultz’s own collection on Christmas decorations, mantle decorations from local florists, antique toys, and children’s book exhibit.

Suggested donation: $5 per family. Members free! For more information, call 973-744-1796 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 - Nutley, Essex County
Holiday House Tours at the Kingsland Manor

A 1700s brownstone Dutch colonial steeped in history and decorated as a Victorian Christmas for the holiday season. Come explore the historic Homestead of the Kingsland family and beyond, set within park like grounds overlooking a pond and waterfalls.  The Manor will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday as a part of the Essex County Historic Holiday House Tour from 12:00 - 4:00 pm each day. Free Admission; donations gratefully appreciated. Kingsland Manor is located at 3 Kingsland Street, Nutley, NJ.

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 - West Orange, Essex County
Holidays at Glenmont
Children Friendly

The sights and sounds of the season will greet visitors when they come to Thomas Edison's home in Llewellyn Park during "Holidays at Glenmont." Glenmont will be decorated much as it was while the Edison family lived there. Greenery and red poinsettias will deck the mantles above the fireplaces. Staircases will be ringed with boughs and red ribbon bows and wreaths will hang in every window. In the den, the majestic ten foot tree will be set and the presents underneath will be waiting as if the Edison children Madeleine, Theodore, and Charles, will soon come running down the stairs from their rooms - after they've checked their stockings in the upstairs living room!

The Edison home, Glenmont, is located on a fifteen-acre estate in Llewellyn Park, the country's first private residential community. Built in 1880, the twenty-nine room mansion contains the original furnishings and family items used by the Edisons. The estate grounds include gardens, a greenhouse, barn, and the poured concrete garage containing the family's automobiles. Thomas and Mina Edison are buried on the grounds of the estate.

Car passes and tour tickets must be purchased at the 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 15 and under are free. No advanced reservations. Tour times may vary each day. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 & Saturday, December 8 - Walpack, Sussex County
Walpack Christmas

Join the Walpack Historical Society for a "Walpack Christmas" at the Rosenkrans Museum, Main Street, Walpack Center, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The celebration and open house will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 and Saturday, December 8 from 12:00 - 4:00.

The Rosenkrans Museum will be decorated in the old-fashioned style and refreshments will be served. The museum, a circa 1850 one and a half story frame building with eyebrow windows, was once the typical style of home in the Delaware River Valley. In addition, the Walpack Methodist Episcopal Church will be open and decorated for the holiday. The church was built in 1871 and was once the hub of religious and social activities in Walpack Township. The interior of the church was painted by an unknown artist in 1872 in the tromp-l'oeil or "fool the eye" style. The church is not heated so dress accordingly. The Methodist Church will not be open on Saturday, December 8.

The event is free and the public is invited. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 973-948-4903 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, December 1 - 2 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
34th Annual Holiday Weekend

Christmas season has always been a highlight of the Township of Ocean Museum calendar. For 25 years, we filled the auditorium of the old Oakhurst School the first weekend in December with exhibits, trains, crafts, and handmade goodies. We continued the tradition in our new home, transforming the Woolley House into a holiday showcase for two days each December.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, the museum holds its 34th Holiday Weekend. Model trains and Christmas collections fill the Our Town Gallery. On the porch, the Ocean Township Garden Club sells freshly made wreaths. The Hearth and Home Gallery is emptied to make way for an expanded Museum Shop and Bakery stocked full of homemade treats and one-of-a-kind gifts hand-crafted by Museum quilters. Living history interpreters entertain visitors with holiday songs and traditions. Young children hunt for hidden sleds. We draw the winning 2018 handmade quilt raffle ticket at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. All this is followed by the lighting of the Township Christmas Tree on the Museum grounds Sunday at 4:30 pm.

And, as is also our custom, the Holiday Weekend coincidences with the premiere of new mini exhibit-this year, "Deal Test Site: 100 Years of History." Bounded by Deal Road, Whalepond Road, and Dow Ave., the 208 acres we know today as Joe Palaia Park were once the Deal Test Site, an internationally renowned research facility. The same buildings that park visitors pass by today once held scientists from AT&T’s Western Electric research arm (later known as Bell Labs) working on telecommunication breakthroughs that made history. Later in those same buildings, the U.S. Army Signal Corps ran satellite tracking operations that attracted scientists from around the world. The exhibit traces the site’s history from prehistoric times to today, focusing on the 100 years since AT&T chose rural Ocean Township as an ideal spot to conduct its experiments in wireless communications. The exhibit runs until November 27, 2019.

Join us to learn more, shop local, and start the season in style. The museum 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 Eden Woolley House is located at 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ. For more information, call 732-531-2136 or visit

Sunday, December 2 - Cape May, Cape May County
Evening Yuletide Tour

Revel in the sparkly lights of Cape May’s beautiful Victorian homes decorated for Christmas on this Holiday Lights Trolley Ride followed by a guided tour of the first floor rooms of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House for holiday refreshments and a visit to “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Tour begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop. 
Adults $22 and children (ages 3-12) $14. Tours at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 pm. 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, December 2 - River Edge, Bergen County
Sinter Klaas Day
Children Friendly

Enjoy Jersey Dutch holiday treats, refreshments, and a visit with Sinter Klaas in the restored tavern in Campbell-Christie House, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ, on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

See open-hearth cooking in authentic Jersey Dutch Out Kitchen. All three Jersey-Dutch sandstone houses are open for tours. For that special holiday gift, browse unique historical gift shop. We have a children's pine cone bird feeder and ornament workshop throughout the afternoon.

For that special holiday gift, browse the unique historical gift shop. Live Christmas trees will be available for purchase. Event parking in parking lot across street. Free admission. For more information, call 201-343-9492 or visit

Sunday, December 2 - Westampton, Burlington County
Holiday Tea at Peachfield

Peachfield will again be decorated for the holidays and the New Jersey Colonial Dames will serve their tea specialties of  the season at our annual holiday tea from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Come and join us as we gather around the hearth with a warming fire and sample our favorite repasts. This is not a seated tea.

Advance admission: $18 per adult, $9 per child under 15 years. Reservations paid in advance are strongly recommended. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ. For more information, call 609-267-6996 or visit

Sunday, December 2 - Hammonton, Burlington County
Winter In the Pines
Children Friendly

The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. (BCCI) will host a holiday celebration; "Winter In the Pines" on Sunday at Historic Batsto Village. The headline event of the day will be a holiday musical presentation performed by the Danny K Trio from 1:00 - 1:50 pm in the Batsto Visitor Center auditorium. There is a $5.00 per person admission fee for the show.

Carriage rides through the village conducted by the South Jersey Carriage Company will commence at 12:00 noon and continue until 3:45 pm. There is a $3.00 per person charge and the beautiful Victorian design carriage will wind its way around several of the buildings located in the upper village. A second carriage is planned to be onsite this year to support the increasing interest of carriage rides at Batsto.

Adding to the festive atmosphere of the day, carolers from the Aurora Choir of St. Nick’s Church (Egg Harbor City) will stroll the Village entertaining visitors with songs of the season.

The stately Batsto mansion; dressed in the splendor of the winter season, will be available to tour. There is a $3.00 per person charge for tours. Adding to the spirit of the season a flute ensemble will play from the south parlor as visitors tour the historic mansion, first constructed and occupied by the Richards family and later owned by Joseph Wharton.

The famous Batsto Post Office will be open to hand cancel holiday mail in the tradition of Batsto...with no zip code! Due to its age and historical significance, a zip code is not required to be part of the hand postmark cancellation at the Batsto Post Office; first opened in 1852.

Blacksmith Toby Kroll of Three Cedars Forge will demonstrate some of the techniques and tools of the trade in the Batsto blacksmith and wheelwright shop.

Light refreshments will be served in the Exhibit Room that adjoins the Batsto Post Office. Several displays for both adults and children are available for viewing. The Batsto Museum Shop will also be open to assist with your holiday shopping needs. A large selection of pinelands books, jewelry, ornaments, apparel and many other pinelands related gifts are available for purchase.

Batsto is located in the Pinelands of Burlington County, South Jersey approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway. Further information may be obtained by calling the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 or visit

Sunday, December 2 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Christmas at The Historic Village at Allaire

Join the members of the Howell Iron Works Co as they celebrate the holiday season. Each historic home will be decorated according to a different Christmas traditions. Experience the sights and smells of an early American Christmas with hearth cooking, singing, dancing, wagon rides, Santa and more! As visitors explore the village they will learn how our holiday traditions developed. This is a wonderful family friendly activity!

You can also bring your holiday cards to be sent from the historic post office located in the General Store. Bring your addressed envelopes with a stamp, and they will receive a special Allaire cancellation showcasing a historic building.

* The historic buildings will be open 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Each building will be decorated and interpreted according to a different Christmas tradition.
* Interactive music program in the Chapel: 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
* Storytelling in the Enameling Building: 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm.
* Silhouette Cuttings in the Visitor Center: 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
* Santa will be visiting the village 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.
* Carolers will be singing throughout the village from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm.
* The General Store and Bakery will be open from 10:00 am - 4:00pm.
* Holiday drink-making in the Allaire Mansion.
* Sample the Holiday wassail in the villlage buildings as you call on the residences of the Howell Iron Works.
* Visit the Carriage House, warm by the fire pit, and see the carriages and sleds decorated for the Holidays.
* Make a pine-cone feeder for our feathered friends (take home if you wish) or decorate our Christmas Tree!
* String cranberries and popcorn at the Manager's House (for take home too!).
* Trains! The history of trains as an iconic Christmas toy favorite! Lionel model train layout!
* Music throughout the village.

The event runs from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission: $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children under the age of 12. Wagon rides are first come, first serve  and included in the ticket price. The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. Tickets are available at the gate or can be purchased online. For more information, call 732-919-3500 or visit

Sunday, December 2 - 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, December 2 - Readington Township, Hunterdon County
Dutch Sint-Nikolaas Day to be Celebrated at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead
Family Friendly

As a way to honor the Dutch heritage of the 1741 Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, the Readington Museums will be hosting Dutch Sint-Nikolaas Day on Sunday. The program runs continuously between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Dutch Sinterklass will be available for pictures and colonial musicians, Anne and Ridley Enslow, will perform historic holiday pieces that showcase an historic violin and hammered dulcimer. In addition, historic cooks, Bev Altrath and Arlene Soong will demonstrate authentic 18th century Dutch cooking using the Farmstead’s original open hearth. They plan to make waffles and gingerbread over the open flame. Visitors may also make a pomander ornament to take home, as well as enjoy cider and homemade Dutch cookies. This program is held at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead in the Stanton section of Readington, GPS address: 114 Dreahook Road Lebanon NJ 08833. Although there is no fee, donations are gladly welcome. In case of inclement weather please call the Museums to find out the status of the program. For more information, call Program Director Margaret Smith at 908-236-2327 or visit

Sunday, December 2 - South River, Middlesex County
Open House

Stop by the South River Historical & Preservation Society on Sunday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm and view exhibits on all aspects of Borough history including: schools; churches and houses of worship; local businesses and organizations; daily life; events and celebrations; and more. While you are there, see the cemetery located behind the building, ask questions, drop off donations, or exchange hometown stories with the docents. The museum is located at 64-66 Main Street, South River. For more information, visit

Sunday, December 2 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Children Friendly Event

Sunday, December 2 - 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, December 2 - Westfield, Union County
Gingerbread Sunday
Children Friendly Event

Spicy sweet gingerbread is a special part of the holiday season. Its many forms – houses and figures, cookies and cake – hold a special appeal for children and adults alike. The museum’s program is dedicated to this festive treat. Children will make a decorative, non-edible gingerbread house and one additional craft to take home and will hear "gingery" stories.

Light refreshments will be served. In the Frazee Building, members of the Cooking Committee will prepare early American recipes using ginger over the open hearth.

Admission is $5.00 per child; accompanying adults are free. Advance reservations must be made. Requests will be accepted via phone (908-232-1776) or e-mail ( through November 30 and by phone only from November 30 to 12:00 noon, December 1. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit

Through Sunday, December 2 - Paterson, Passaic County
31st Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique

Through December 2, Lambert Castle, home of the Passaic County Historical Society will present the 31st annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, the boutique invites you to enjoy shopping for this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.

Admission to the Boutique is $7 for opening weekend, November 3rd - 4th and $6 for the duration of the show. All admission fees include two return visits. Children under 12 years are admitted free of charge. No child strollers or carriages are permitted inside the Castle. Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases. The café will return to the third floor serving a variety of soups, sandwiches, as well as hot and cold drinks. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Passaic County Historical Society.

The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County's cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County's natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest.

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

Through Friday, December 9 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
Festival of Trees at the Red Mill
Family Friendly

This annual holiday favorite returns just in time for the holiday season. The Festival features a beautiful display of decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces that are available to win through in a raffle. On Saturday and Sunday, the Red Mill Museum Village is open from 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm. Admission is $10 per person age 6 and up. Free admission for Museum Members, children age 6 and under, and active military. The Red Mill Museum Village is located at 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ. For more information, call 908-735-4101 or visit

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 Sunday, January 1, 2018 - Cape May, Cape May County
An Old-Fashioned Christmas Exhibit
Family Friendly

An exhibit of holiday traditions through the years complete with model trains, toys, and much more! At the Carroll Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. The exhibit will be available for viewing from Friday, November 17, 2017 through Sunday, January 1, 2018. The Gallery is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas); hours vary. Free admission. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information or gallery hours, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturdays and Sundays through January 6, 2019 - Princeton, Mercer County
Festival of Trees

Morven Museum and Garden's annual Festival of Trees has become a must-see Princeton holiday tradition. Enjoy the museum’s elegant galleries decorated for the holidays and adorned with trees artfully decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations.

This year’s Festival of Trees museum decorators include: C. Raymond Davis & Sons, Inc., Contemporary Garden Club, Garden Club of Princeton, Grounds for Sculpture, Homestead Princeton, Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop, McCarter Theatre Center, Stony Brook Garden Club, and West Trenton Garden Club.

No reservations necessary. Morven is open to the public on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Morven Museum & Garden is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Admission $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60+)/students/active military personnel, and children 6 and under are free. Friends of Morven, free. Purchase tickets online. Please note that during the Festival of Trees in December and early January, no formal tours are given, but docents are available to answer any questions. Morven Museum and Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-924-8144 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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