Thursday, October 10, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/12/19 - 10/13/19

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Friday - Saturday, October 12 - 13 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
The Chilling Re-Telling of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Allaire Village is presenting a dramatic rendition of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"written by Washington Irving and performed by Helen McKenna-Uff. The performance takes place in the Allaire Village Chapel on Friday at 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm.

In an exciting performance, Helen McKenna-Uff, brings to life the tale of the Headless Horseman, within the candle-lit Allaire Village Chapel. You will be transported back to a time before television, radio, CDs, and electricity. Seating is limited, so advanced purchase is HIGHLY recommended. Only ticket-holders will be admitted to the performances. Ticket cost is $20 per person. To purchase tickets or for information, call 732-919-3500 and have your credit card ready. Tickets can also be purchased online at

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, October 12 - Readington Township, Hunterdon County
Barn Dance

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

Saturday, October 12  - Chatham Township, Morris County
Junior Inventor Day
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Cooper Gristmill, enjoy hands-on tinkering with machines and be inspired by the historic inventions of Oliver Evans, which run in the Mill today. Admission: Free. Donations gladly accepted. The Cooper Gristmill is located at 66 Route 513, Chester, NJ. For more information, call 908-879-5463 or visit

Saturday, October 12  - Trenton, Mercer County
“Loyal Song” Music of the French and Indian War

On September 13, 1759, during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763), a worldwide conflict also known in America as the French and Indian War, the British under General James Wolfe achieved a dramatic victory when they scaled the cliffs over the city of Quebec, capital of New France, defeating the French forces under Louis-Joseph Marquis de Montcalm. By virtue of this victory and the subsequent defeat of the French in India, Britain became master of the world. The Practitioners of Musick will perform “loyal songs” celebrating the British success in Canada and perform, as well, an extraordinary range of sacred and secular music that was heard in the palace of the Royal Governor of New France in the decades before the “Fall of Quebec.”

The Practitioners of Musick ensemble was founded to survey the musical riches of 17th- and 18th-century Great Britain and Ireland and the Colonial and early Federal periods in America. The ensemble has presented or supported scholarly programs under the auspices of the National Park Service, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the National Trust of Great Britain, Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University, Historic Deerfield, The New Jersey State Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Princeton University Art Museum, New York State Historical Association, The Holland Society of New York, New Jersey Historical Society, Crossroads of the American Revolution, The New Jersey Historical Commission, The Princeton University Library, Glucksman Ireland House of New York University, and the Yale Center for British Art amongst many others.

John Burkhalter and harpsichordist Donovan Klotzbeacher studied organ at the University of Minnesota under Heinrich Fleischer will be joined by soprano Rebecca Mariman.

This event will be held Saturday from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Tickets are available online at $25 general admission and $20 for Old Barracks Association Members. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information call 609-396-1776 or visit

Saturday, October 12 -  Pennsauken, Camden County
Paranormal Investigation in Pennsauken

On Saturday evening starting at 7:00 pm, the members of NJROPE paranormal researchers will offer a guided journey to the spirit-world co-existing with the historic homes of Pennsauken! Both at Burrough-Dover House and Griffith Morgan House participants will have the opportunity to use the experience and equipment of these intrepid investigators to reach out to the former inhabitants and those who worked, visited or passed by these ancient places in times now gone. This event is a fundraiser for the historic preservation of the homes and for the work of Pennsauken Historical Society. Limited admission of 12 per house is $25 for non-members and $20 for members of the Historical Society. Reserve your spot at this last investigation of 2019 by visiting our Facebook pages or by sending an e-mail to

Visit the Griffith Morgan House or Pennsauken Historical Society pages or the group “Pennsauken History Forum” on Facebook for more details or directions or call 856-486-9561 and leave a message for more information or e-mail to

Saturday, October 12 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
Fall Flea Market
Children Friendly Event and Site

Join us for another fun flea market! Hunt for hidden treasures amid books, art work, knick knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. $2 admission for adults, children under 12 get in free. The Historic Village, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well. The rain date for this event is Sunday, October 13.

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

Saturday, October 12 - 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 3:30 pm. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Saturday, October 12 - Greenwich, Cumberland County
Movie Night at the Cumberland County Historical Society
Family Friendly Event

The Cumberland County Historical Society is sponsoring a movie night for your enjoyment. The Saturday, 6:00 pm viewing of "Nosferatu" will be held at the Warren and Reba Lummis Genealogical and Historical Library located at 981 Ye Greate Street in Greenwich, NJ. 

The movies will be shown on a projection screen and light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. "Nosferatu" is a fantasy/mystery film released in 1922. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 12 - Mount Laurel, Burlington County
Tour Paulsdale

Paulsdale is open to the public for Second Saturday Tours at 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Paulsdale is the birthplace of Quaker suffragist Alice Paul. Tours include a 15-minute presentation about Alice Paul's life and work and a guided tour of the first floor of the property where visitors learn about the Paul family's daily life in the house and its present day use as a girl's leadership center. Tours are $5.00 per person.

Paulsdale is located at 128 Hooton Road, Mount Laurel, NJ. For information about group tours or future tour dates, contact the Alice Paul Institute at 856-231-1885, e-mail, or visit

Saturday, October 12 - Wantage, Sussex County
Glen Farm Ghost Walk: Voices of the Past

The Van Bunschooten/Cooper Family was a very influential family in the Clove section of Wantage Township for nearly 150 years. Their homestead, the Glen Farm is now the DAR Van Bunschooten Museum. For one special night in October you will have the chance to “meet” members of the Van Bunschooten/Cooper Family. Not only will you hear the stories of the interesting lives they led, but you will also take a “journey” through 150 years of Wantage history. After your tour guests are welcome to enjoy a cup of warm apple cider by the bonfire. Homemade baked items will be available for purchase.

Tours at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 pm. The ghost walk is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. 100% of all proceeds go towards the historic preservation of the museum. Advanced tickets are available and strongly recommended and can be purchased by emailing The DAR Van Bunschooten Museum is located at 1097 Route 23, Wantage, NJ.

Saturday, October 12 - Cape May County
Museum Hosts Historic House and Building Tour

Historic houses and buildings throughout Cape May County will open their doors on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 p.m. to allow visitors a peek inside the walls of our county’s past.

The Museum of Cape May County is hosting a Historic House and Building Tour that will highlight vintage homes and buildings located throughout the county. “The houses and buildings on this tour are stunning,” said Museum Director Donna Matalucci. “Each has been meticulously maintained and plays an important role in documenting our county’s rich heritage.”

Included on the tour are 10 houses and buildings, including the Aaron Ludlam and Carmen-Norton houses in Lower Township, the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Swainton and the Henry Ludlam house in Dennis Township.

This tour has been created to allow visitors the time needed to explore each of the historic treasures on the mainland of the county. In order to allow visitors as much time as they wish to spend in each building, this is a self-guided tour. Each tour-goer will be given a brochure noting the brief history of each home or building along with a map.

Tickets for the tour are $25 per person. For additional information about the tour or to purchase your ticket, call the Museum of Cape May County at 609-465-3535 or visit

Saturday, October 12 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

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

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

Saturday, October 12 - Chatham Township, Morris County
Lenape Day
Children Friendly Event

Join us for this annual event on Saturday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm celebrating the Lenape with dancing, drums, and historical talks by the Ramapough Lenape People. Enjoy games, crafts, touring a replica wigwam, and more. Great fun for the entire family! This event will be held at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township, NJ. Cost: $5 per person age 3 and older. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 12 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Fall Hayrides
Children Friendly Event

On Saturday, tours of Howell Living History Farm's fall tillage operations will be offered to the public.

Wagons will leave from the farmyard continuously from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm, touring fields where farmers will be plowing or harrowing with horses and circa 1900 equipment. Tours last 20 minutes and are given free, on a first come, first serve basis. A wheelchair-accessible wagon is available.

During the tours, visitors will get a chance to meet the farmers and horses who work the 130 acre “living history” farm. Guides will explain how fields are readied for planting winter crops such as wheat and rye.

Howell Living Farm represents typical farm life between 1890 and 1910. The farm is operated by the Mercer County Parks Commission. It is located at 70 Wooden's Lane, Lambertville, NJ. For more information. call 609-737-3299 or visit

Saturday, October 12 - Park Ridge, Bergen County
Grand Reopening of the Redesigned John C. Storms Museum
Children Friendly Events

The Pascack Historical Society invites you to the grand reopening of the newly redesigned John C. Storms Museum on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The ribbon cutting at 2:00 pm.

The Pascack Historical Society’s museum has been renovated to better tell the story of our Pascack Valley. Beginning in the Lenape Indian days, experience the colonial era, Victorian period, and early 20th century through thousands of artifacts in redesigned exhibits. The grand reopening will feature:
* Cake and light refreshments
* Museum tours all afternoon
* Artifacts never before on exhibit
* A new section on the colonial era
* Ask the Answer Girl—live!
* History BINGO for the kids

The Pascack Historical Society is located at 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ. For more information, visit

Saturdays through October 25 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
East Brunswick Ghost Walk Series
Ages 8+

October 2019 marks the Fifth Annual East Brunswick Ghost Walk series, located in the historic Old Bridge village section of town. This neighborhood was settled in the 1600s, but was originally inhabited by the Lenape. Their trails became roads and their village became the site of the South River Bridge Tavern. In 1727, a local Indian Sachem shot and killed the owner of the tavern, marking the first, but not the last, murder to occur here.

This year features stories of the deaths and apparitions associated with these ancient village grounds. The Herbert Appleby House on Main Street is a hot-bed of paranormal activity including orbs, spectral visions and voices. In fact, most of the pre-Civil War homes in the village report paranormal activity, including the site of the Rachel Wright murder of 1906. Newly disclosed stories will be shared, including the 1934 gangland shooting linked to the infamous Hall-Mills murders.

The tour lasts about ninety minutes, rain or shine (bring umbrellas). They begin at 7:30 pm each Saturday evening and start at 5 Pine Street at the Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Company. For GPS directions, use 21 Kossman Street as the central point of the historic village. The cost is $8 per person, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Department, a longstanding neighborhood institution. The tour is appropriate for ages eight and above and are both wheelchair and stroller friendly. Flashlights and cameras are recommended. Parking is available in the neighborhood.

The Ghost Walk Series is sponsored by the New Jersey Ghost Organization. The tour is also benefiting the Animal Rescue Force; please bring pet food and supply donations. For more information, please check out the East Brunswick Ghost Walk page on Facebook.

Saturday, October 12 - Cape May, Cape May County
Underground Railroad Trolley Tour

On Saturday at 10:00 am, join the Center for Community Arts' (CCA) Community History Committee on a trolley tour of the places where escaped slaves sought refuge and help to continue their journeys to freedom. Hear the stories and visit some of the places connected with the Underground Railroad, including: a look at the Owen Coachman House; a walk in a historic cemetery where our earliest free Black settlers are buried; and a glimpse of the summer home of Stephen Smith, a leading businessman, abolitionist and unsung hero of the Underground Railroad. Learn how Harriet Tubman found Cape May as a resource for earning money to fund her work. Board the trolley at the Washington Street Mall information booth at Ocean Street for this 2-hour tour. Admission is $25 per adult. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - Cape May, Cape May County
Cape Mayhem & Victorian Oddities Trolley Tour

They Did What??!! Headless Photography? Electric Corsets? Coffin Torpedoes? Explore some of the strange beliefs, superstitions, oddities,  fads, curiosities, and mysteries from the end of the 19th century - the Victorian era - in this half hour trolley tour through the gaslit streets of Cape May. Hear stories from Cape May’s history that are bizarre, unexplained or just downright weird! This Saturday tours at 7:00 and 8:00 pm begins and ends at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Adults $15 and children (ages 3-12) $8. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - 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. Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.

Adults $15 and children (ages 3-12) $8. Tours on Saturday at 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, and 2:45 pm. Tours on Sunday at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:15 pm, 2:45 pm, and 4:45 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, October 12 - 13 - Cape May, Cape May County
Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour

This tour is designed for the first-time visitor to Cape May who wants a quick introduction to the many cultural, historical, and natural attractions on the island. From Cape May Harbor to Sunset Beach, tourgoers will learn all they need to know to make the most of their Cape May visit. Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.

Adults $15 and children (ages 3-12) $8. Tours on Saturday at 9:45 am, 12:15 pm, and 3:30 pm and Sunday at 12:15 and 3:30 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, October 12 - 13 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Climb the Cape May Lighthouse
Family Friendly Site

On Saturday, the Cape May Lighthouse, Oil House and Museum Shop reopens for the season. The lighthouse is an 1859 structure with 199 steps to the watch gallery for a panoramic view of the Jersey Cape and Atlantic Ocean. For those who choose not to climb, the Oil House contains a fully-accessible Visitors' Orientation Center and a Museum Shop stocked with maritime accessories and lighthouse memorabilia. Open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Cape May Point State Park is located in Lower Township, NJ. Admission to the Visitors' Orientation Center and the ground floor of the lighthouse is free. Tower admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - Cape May, Cape May County
Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt
Family Friendly

Have an adventure the whole family will enjoy at the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate! Use our map to explore the grounds and find the answers to questions about the Physick family and life in Victorian times on this educational scavenger hunt. Turn in your answer sheet at the Carriage House Museum Shop and receive a prize!

$5 includes map and clues. Maps and clues available at the Hill House office or the Carriage House Visitors Center at the Emlen Physick Estate. The Emlem Physick Estate is located at 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, October 12 - 13 - 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. Tours will be on Saturday 1:45 and 3:00 pm and on Sunday at 12:30, 1:45, and 3:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is $15 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, October 12 - 13 - Lower Township, Cape May County
World War II Tower Lookout Museum and Memorial Open
Family Friendly Site

Fire Control Tower No. 23 on Sunset Boulevard is New Jersey's last freestanding World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. After an award-winning restoration in 2009, visitors can climb to the 6th floor spotting gallery while learning about the homeland defense efforts during World War II. The ground floor of the tower, the All Veterans Memorial, and boardwalk interpretive panels are fully accessible. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-12) (one child free with paying adult). The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County
The Stickley Weekend
Children Friendly Site

The Stickley Weekend at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms will be held on Saturday and Sunday. As attendees from all over the country come together for this weekend that is part reunion, part conference, and part homecoming, the focus of the weekend is entirely on Stickley. The weekend is a celebration of Stickley's Arts and Crafts vision and Craftsman Farms, his home that he built to embody that vision.

Saturday will feature a tour with David Cathers, followed by lunch, and a hardhat tour of our new Education Center. The Craftsman Gala will follow at 6:00 pm at the Mountain Lakes Club. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, and silent and live auctions.

For one day only, on Sunday, admission to the museum is totally free! From 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, the museum will suspend its usual tours for the day, instead inviting visitors to stroll Gustav Stickley’s historic 1911 log home at their own pace. No reservations are necessary for the open house.

For more information, call 973-540-0311 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - Somerset County
Somerset County Weekend Journey Through the Past
Children Friendly Sites

Somerset County's thirteenth annual Weekend Journey through the Past, a collaborative heritage tourism program, will showcase 30 significant historic sites countywide that will be open to the public free of charge on Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. There will be a wide range of tours and activities to provide an enjoyable free weekend outing for the entire family.

This year’s event features two newly participating historic sites: Pluckemin School House also known as The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster and Harlingen Church Parsonage in Belle Mead.

This annual event, initiated and widely promoted by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in cooperation with the county Board of Freeholders, brings the past to life through the dedicated efforts of the many participating historical societies and organizations, municipal historic commissions and their enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers.

Through the enthusiastic involvement, collaborative partnerships and support of Somerset County's many historic societies and commissions, the event features many special activities, including a contest for prizes; interpreted tours led by costumed docents; special collections and exhibitions; period military drills and encampment with living  history reenactors; open-hearth cooking; colonial tavern life; traditional blacksmithing; 19th-century firefighting wagons and apparatus and much more.

There also will be antiques sales; arts and crafts; live period music performances and participatory colonial dance instruction; a scheduled theatrical performance; guidance on genealogical resources; daily chores of 18th century life; military history; demonstrations; local history videos; antique cameras, music boxes and unique musical instrument collections; participatory activities; interesting architecture; access to some sites not generally open to the public.

For comprehensive details and participating historic sites featured this year (including two new, first-time participating sites), call 908-231-7110 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - South Bound Brook, Somerset County
Textiles and Quilts in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
Candlelight Tours of Chestnut Hill Cemetery
Family Friendly Event

The East Brunswick Museum will hold its annual candlelight tours of the historic Chestnut Hill Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday. During each tour, visitors will follow lighted paths through the cemetery as costumed re-enactors portray former residents of East Brunswick and the surrounding area.

The program brings these characters to life with displays and demonstrations over an approximate 45 minute tour. Over 500 luminaria (candles in bags) will line the walking path for the tour, winding through the historic section of the cemetery. As visitors follow the path, they will be entertained by costumed reenactors portraying former residents of East Brunswick and the surrounding area. The reenactors bring these characters to life with displays and demonstrations. Characters change from year to year and come from all walks of life. They may include artists, writers, soldiers, judges, preachers, farmers, blacksmiths, funeral directors, gravestone carvers and more. You never know who you will meet at the cemetery!

There will be light refreshments served at the end of each tour. The candlelight tours are open to the general public, but are not appropriate for anyone with walking problems or children in strollers. Free parking is available on-site. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own flashlights for safety.

The tours will take place at Chestnut Hill Cemetery on Old Bridge Turnpike in East Brunswick, NJ between 5:30 and 8:00 pm. Admission fees for this special event are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12 years of age. This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged. For more information, call 732-257-1508.

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - North Plainfield, Somerset County
Vermeule Mansion Events

The Vermeule Mansion announces its participation in the annual Weekend Journey Through the Past, a weekend tour of historically significant places in Somerset County. The Vermeule Mansion staff has new programs for the two-day offering, including a visit from a direct descendent of the Vermeule family! 

Scheduled activities include:
On Saturday at 11:00 am and Sunday at 12:30 pm:
Meet John Daniel, Descendant of the Vermeule Family
Presentation: The Vermeule Blue Hills Farm, a Revolutionary Campground

On Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm
Meet Molly Pitcher
Presentation: portrayal of Molly Pitcher by Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theatre

Continuous activities throughout the weekend include tours of the Mansion and the photography museum, children’s activities, and light refreshments typical of earlier times in history will be served. Members of the Friends of Vermeule Mansion (FOVM) will be on hand to provide interesting highlights about the Vermeule property and how the Friends organization came into being. Information on activities and membership in the FOVM will also be available.

The Vermeule Mansion is open regularly on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm except holidays and is wheelchair accessible. Have a passion for history and culture and sharing your time and knowledge with the community? Join us on the Journey! Visit and like our Facebook page at The Vermeule Mansion is located at  614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield, NJ.

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - Sussex County
Sussex County Heritage Weekend

Saturday - Sunday, October 12 - 13 - Morris Township, Morris County
The Time to Mourn
Mature Children and Adults

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

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

Sunday, October 13 - Cape May Point, Cape May County
Cape May Lighthouse Full Moon Climb

Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 stairs to the starry top, overlooking historic Cape May. Since it opened to the public in 1988, some 2.5 million people have climbed the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse; but a smaller, select group can say they have experienced the grand vista of the evening sky from atop this majestic beacon at nighttime. Climb the 199 steps of the Cape May Lighthouse to the top where you'll be able to see the full moon in all its glory on clear nights and enjoy a spectacular moonlit view. 

The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. Climbs will be held between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Admission: $15 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12) and active military or veterans. Tower admission is free for “Friends” members. Purchase tickets from the Keeper at the Lighthouse the night of the event. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, October 13 - Princeton, Mercer County
Historic Princeton Walking Tour
Children Friendly Tour

Enjoy a 1.9 mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel, and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University, and the American Revolution are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will learn on your tour.

Admission: $7 per adult; $4 children ages 6 to 12; free for children age 5 and under. Tours begin in front of the Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Tour begins at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Walk up ticket sales are cash only; guides cannot provide change. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Sunday, October 13 - Cape May, Cape May County
Roosevelt and Churchill: The Friendship that Saved the World

Writer, historian and leading authority on Winston Churchill, Lee Pollock will present his lecture, "Roosevelt and Churchill: The Friendship that Saved the World," on Sunday at 5:00 pm at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ. This is the eighth annual lecture in the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) Lessons of History Distinguished Lecture Series. Each year, a national speaker presents an engaging and in-depth talk on an important topic of history as part of this series. The lecture will be followed by a complimentary meet-the-speaker reception with refreshments.

President Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945) and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965) were among the greatest leaders of the 20th century. Together, they directed a grand alliance which saved democracy and freedom during the world's darkest hour, carried their nations to victory and laid the geopolitical foundation that defines much of the world we know today.

One was American, one British, and they shared a common language and heritage. But what was the real nature of their relationship? How were they similar - and different - in background, temperament and ideas? Was theirs a true friendship or just a partnership of allies? And what is their legacy for the leadership challenges of the 21st century?

The lecture examines the lives of these fascinating men, explaining how each overcame challenges and adversity to rise to political power, and illuminating their response to the threats menacing the world in the 1930s. It relates the dramatic story of how they developed a relationship unique in modern history and how that relationship defined and determined Allied strategy during the Second World War.

Lee Pollock is a writer, historian, public speaker and leading authority on the life and times of Winston Churchill. He has served as the executive director of The International Churchill Society, founded to preserve Churchill's legacy for future generations. He spearheaded the development of the National Churchill Library in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities also included publishing "The Finest Hour - The Journal of Winston Churchill," and organizing the annual International Churchill Conference. He is the author of "Action This Day: Adventures with Winston Churchill." A native of Montreal, he is a fellow of the National Churchill Museum and a director of The Chicago Architecture Foundation. He is also a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed contributor on Churchill subjects.

This lecture is co-sponsored by MAC and Martel & Associates (Myles & Leslie Martel). Tickets for this limited event are $40 and include the lecture and reception with refreshments. Tickets for students are $15. To purchase tickets call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, October 13 - Montclair, Essex County
Open Houses
Children Friendly Event & Site

Get to know ALL of the Montclair History Center's historic houses in one afternoon! Discover the people whose "many voices" and life stories shaped our community, and travel through the ages with the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Hear about the evolution of our young country from New Jersey's point of view, and learn of a unique story set during a time when the nation was embroiled in the Civil Rights.

Visit our community farm to learn more about our agricultural past, and don't forget to say hello to our happy brood of chickens!

Your visit then continues to the elegant Shultz House, an amazing, fully-intact time capsule that takes you away to life in the early 20th century. A home chock full of original character, visitors can linger in a classic library full of vintage science instruments, admire Delft handiwork imported from the Netherlands, and marvel at the beautifully crafted woodwork.

Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3:00 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Member get in free! The Crane House/Historic YWCA is located at 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ and the Shultz House is located at 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. For more information, call 973-744-1796, e-mail, or visit

Sunday, October 13 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Fort Hancock Day

Join us as we commemorate the renaming of the “Fortifications at Sandy Hook” to “Fort Hancock” in October 1895. As part of this commemoration, volunteers from the Army Ground Forces Association uniformed as World War II era Coast Artillery soldiers will bring Battery Gunnison/New Peck and its 6-inch guns to life as they were in October 1943. See the fully restored 1920s to 1940s vintage interior electric system, and learn about Fort Hancock Army medical support. Learn how the Army planned to counter chemical weapons with the fully restored Chemical Decontamination and Overpressure system. Learn about 1940s metal working machines and see machinists making parts to repair or replicate historic items. Participate in loading the guns, tracking ships, learn “artillery math” and experience a soldier’s life at Fort Hancock in October 1943.

Battery Gunnison/New Peck is located within the Fort Hancock Historic Post at Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Sunday, October 13 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Battery Potter and Mortar Battery Tours

Meet with park staff to tour two historic batteries at Sandy Hook on Sunday.

Battery Potter: Explore and tour Sandy Hook's oldest disappearing gun battery.  This is also the first concrete gun battery that was built in America, completed in 1895. 

Mortar Battery: Join a park ranger guided tour of the Mortar Battery and learn about the first Endicott era (1894 - 1910) concrete gun battery that defended New York and its harbor against attack by enemy warships.

These free tours begin at 1:00 pm. All tours run continuously until 4:30 pm. Battery Potter and Mortar Battery are located within the Fort Hancock Historic Post at Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Sunday, October 13 - Readington, Hunterdon County
Art Exhibit at the Readington Museums

The Readington Museums is pleased to announce an art exhibit at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead’s restored Wade Wycoff Barn featuring local landscape artist Virginia Gifford and a collection of her oil paintings from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Gifford, born in British Columbia, studied theater arts at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. After working as a scenic artist on films and television in New York City for twenty years, she has been inspired by the natural beauty of Hunterdon County to return to her first love, oil painting. She is also restoring her 18th century house on her farm in Delaware Township, NJ, where she raises Shetland sheep.

This exhibit will be held at the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead in the Stanton section of Readington, GPS address: 114 Dreahook Road Lebanon NJ 08833. It is a free, family-friendly event, although donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call 908-236-2327 or visit

Sunday, October 13 - 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 as he discusses the major role New Jersey plays in the national invention scene-and all the great inventions New Jersey inventors have brought into our world.

Harry, a nationally known inventor, was a critical player in establishing the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1989, and later went on to chair the organization from 1996-2004. The Hall of Fame honored him with an Inventor of the Year award in 2005 for his pioneering work in robotics, and honored him again in 2012 with a special achievement award for his dedication to the organization.

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 $15.00 per person and includes the Glenmont Estate and the Laboratory Complex. Children under age 16 are free. For more information, call 973-736-0550 x11 or visit

Sunday, October 13 - Raritan Township, Hunterdon County
"Stories That Shaped the Lives of our Ancestors"

The Sunday, Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market offers a trio of events planned to entertain, educate, and engage.

Historic Preservationist Consultant Carla Cielo will share intriguing tales culled from her two decades researching and interviewing in her special presentation "Stories That Shaped the Lives of our Ancestors" to be held in the Dvoor Farmhouse at 11:00 am. The program is free.

She’ll tell attendees, for instance, about:
* How a poor Italian girl -- who as a baby was sent away to a wet nurse in a mountain town in Southern Italy and nearly died from a "witch doctor" abortion in 1928 -- became independently wealth.
* Life on a hardscrabble farm in Hunterdon County.

Also, at 11:00 am, noted Nature Photographer Dwight Hiscano will lead a workshop that begins in the Dvoor Farm wagon house on how to take beautiful photos outdoors. This event is free, but please register in advance by calling 908-237-4582 or emailing

Stop by the market to check out the talents of several local artisans find a perfect hand-crafted gift or treat yourself to something special. Participating will be Penelope Plum Designs with handcrafted jewelry; Juel Studio with pottery and various types of prints; Moxie Sorbet Designs with handmade glass home accessories including bowls, ornaments and sun catchers; and NJ Wicks with an assortment of candles.

Join Lisa Perry in the wagon house at 9:00 am for Farmers’ Market yoga. Cost is $15; please bring a mat.

Rick Charwin will perform from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

The Farmers’ Market, is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, features more than 20 local farmers and vendors offering organic produce, all-natural meat, honey, artisan breads, fresh-cut flowers, cheese, eggs, locally roasted coffee, native plants and more. Visitors can enjoy a flatbread pizza made with ingredients provided by local farmers while listening to live music.

The programs and market will be held at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine Street, in Flemington, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 13 - Walpack, Sussex County
Van Campen Day
Family Friendly

On Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, the Walpack Historical Society and the National Park Service will will present Van Campen Day. This annual event will take place at the Van Campen Inn on the unpaved section of Old Mine Road in Walpack Township, within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Sussex County, NJ.

The day will feature the Colonial Musketeers Fife & Drum, The Frontier Guard, Spinning demonstration by Lydia Chappini. Hikes to the slave cemetery provided by Frank Hennion and Gerald DeGroat. Bob Brandt will be demonstrating chair caning. Walt Colombo will be there with an apple press and corn grinding. The Sons of the American Revolution will have a display.

Tours of the Inn, which boasts some of the finest woodwork and hardware of its period in Sussex County (circa 1750) will be conducted by costumed guides.

Guests at the Van Campen Inn included General Horatio Gates, his aide-de-camp, Benedict Arnold, and Brigadier General John Stark in 1776, Count Casimir Pulaski and cavalry in 1778-1779, General Edward Hand and staff, Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt and the second New York regiment in 1779.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and the public is welcomed. For more information, call 973.948-4903 or visit

Sunday, October 13 - Sandy Hook, Monmouth County
Nike Missile Radar Site Tours

Guided tours of the Integrated Fire Control (IFC) site will allow you to see the inner workings of the facility where supersonic nuclear armed Nike Hercules missiles were controlled and guided using Cold War era computers and radars. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the veterans who actually worked on the Nike Air Defense System. Free tours from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Meet at Horseshoe Cove, Parking Lot L on Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, call 732-872-5970 or visit

Sunday, October 13 - Lawrence Township, Mercer County
"The Influenza Epidemic of 1918: Its Story and Lasting Impact"

On Sunday at 2:00 pm, Dr. Rita King will present, "The Influenza Epidemic of 1918: Its Story and Lasting Impact" at the Lawrence Municipal Building, Route 206, Lawrence Township. Dr. King teaches microbiology and the history of disease at The College of New Jersey. Her talk covers the origin, spread, and continuing issues presented by the virus. What have we learned and what don't we know? Are we prepared for the next pandemic?

Sunday, October 13 - Montague, Sussex County
Montague Open Houses and Tours

MARCH, the Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History, is pleased to announce that both its museum sites will be open on Sunday in cooperation with the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council Fall Foliage Weekend. The Foster-Armstrong House and the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse will be open to the public from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for museum house tours. Tours will be held every 30 minutes and docents will be available at both sites to guide you through our local history and artifact collections.

The Foster-Armstrong House, circa 1790, a two story Dutch colonial, is located on SC521/ 320 River Road, about 1 mile north of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register of NJ and is a National Historic Register Site. Ten rooms are set up with local history displays in each room. Rooms contain an original bee hive oven, native Indian artifacts, Duke Mortimer's Dramatic Art Workshop collection, a military room, a quilt room and to scale model covered bridges of the northeast United States.

The Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse, circa 1820, is located at 501 Route 206 North, about 1 mile south of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register on New Jersey. The first floor is set up as a schoolhouse, which is what the building was originally built for. The second floor has a schoolmaster's bedroom and native Indian artifacts.

Both museums are located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 13 - Sparta, Sussex County
NJ Glass: Earth, Wind, and Fire

Sunday, October 13 - Sparta, Sussex County
4th Invitational Antique and Classic Car Show

Through Sunday, October 13, 2019 - East Amwell, Hunterdon County
“The Art of Natural Expression” featuring the art of Angela Marie Franco & Donna Foran

Angela Marie Franco’s career spans 44 years as an accomplished graphic designer, copywriter, database developer and marketer, specializing in corporate communications and branding. Her work includes designing hundreds of logos. She has lead corporate marketing departments in national and international companies and had her own advertising/marketing agency since the 1980s. She produced marketing seminars for business owners in New York City and was head of the Marketing SIG at the American Marketing Association and the Marketing Club at the  Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

Angela attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and earned two degrees - magna cum laud - in Graphic Design and Marketing Communications.

Since moving to Flemington, NJ in 2016, she has put aside her computer and is now creating multi-media art that is black ink centric and influenced by 1920s German Expressionism, M.C. Escher, Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie MackIntosh. She enjoys re-interpreting how the colorful Hunterdon County sky reflects in abstract scenes that are both ominous yet whimsical.

Donna Foran has been painting since the tender age of eight years old. A life-long resident of Hunterdon County, she attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and earned a degree in the Commercial Arts. Seeing beauty all around her, she is inspired by her surroundings from area landscapes, flowering fields and country side views of Hunterdon County.

Since 2009 Donna exclusively paints in oil colors and has refined her skills by continually learning and challenging herself. She is a regular participant in area art shows and has won several 1st place awards for her serene and colorful works. Donna is a member of Friends of Historic Flemington and the Creative Path Artists.

Admission to the East Amwell Museum and exhibit will be free and open to the public on weekends from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The exhibit will be on display from September 7 through October 13, 2019. For more information, call 908-237-3303 or visit

Through Friday, November 1 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Lasting Impressions: Art from the Park
Children Friendly Site

Many artists have been inspired by the beauty of Historic Walnford’s landscape and structures throughout the seasons and across many years. View a selection of paintings, drawings and photographs on display in the Cow Barn. Feel inspired to create your own lasting impression? Plein air artists are always welcome in the park. View the exhibit daily from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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

Through Sunday, November 3 - Cape May, Cape May County
The Iconic Cape May Lighthouse Exhibit
Family Friendly

Illuminating the darkness over the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay for 160 years, Cape May’s lighthouse is the third beacon to guide mariners through the tumultuous waters at the confluence of the ocean and bay. Memories and historic images abound, from the keepers who dedicated their lives to maintaining the light, the MAC preservationists who restored it, and all those who’ve relied upon it for more than a century and a half.

This exhibit will be held at the Carroll Gallery on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. Admission to the exhibit is free. Visit for exhibit hours. The Emlem Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Through November 11, 2019 - Woodbury, Gloucester County
War to End Wars: Centennial of WWI & Veterans’ Day

War to End Wars: Centennial of WWI & Veterans’ Day, our new exhibit at the Gloucester County Historical Society Museum, honors the centennial of World War I and its veterans.  Come view uniforms worn by local, youthful doughboys as well as original liberty bond and enlistment posters carefully preserved by our librarians for over one hundred years! The exhibit also honors veterans of all wars since World War I as Americans now celebrate the day the war ended as Veterans’ Day. The exhibit is now open and will run through Veterans’ Day. The exhibit will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The museum is also open on the last Sunday of each month September through April from 2:00 - 5:00 pm as well as Saturdays April 6 and May 4 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Please visit for further details. The Gloucester County Historical Society Museum is located at 58 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ. For more information, call 856-848-8531 or visit

Through December 2019 - Ridgewood, Bergen County
Here Comes The Bride - Chronicling Two Hundred Years of Wedding Customs & Traditions

Something old. Something new. Something borrowed. Something blue. Tossing the bouquet. Bride and Groom cake toppers. Putting a sixpence in your shoe. Where did these traditions originate? Why do we still honor them today? Please join us as we walk down the aisle and trace the history of Ridgewood’s wedding traditions.

The Schoolhouse Museum celebrates the opening of its current featured exhibit “Here Comes The Bride - Chronicling Two Hundred Years of Wedding Customs & Traditions.” This new exhibit features items dating from 1789-1989, showcasing many beautiful wedding gowns from the museum's collection - some of which have never been on exhibit before.

While at the museum, see the curio cabinet exhibit “50 Small Things with Big Histories.” The exhibits are open until December 2019 and are free to the public with donations suggested at the door. Museum hours are Thursdays and Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and Sundays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

The Schoolhouse Museum is a historic one-room schoolhouse in Ridgewood, New Jersey, originally built in 1872, that has been turned into a gallery space which now houses the Ridgewood Historical Society. Entirely volunteer-run, the non-profit Historical Society presents annual exhibits, events and workshops in a community that values education, family and local and national history. The museum is located at 650 E Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.

Through Sunday, January 5, 2020 - Parsippany, Morris County
The American Arts and Crafts Chair: “A Message of Honesty and Joy”

The exhibition will feature thirteen exemplary examples of side chairs by handicraft-oriented furniture manufacturers--among them Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Workshops, the L&JG Stickley Company, the Charles P. Limbert Company--as well as smaller, craft-oriented workshops such as Charles Rohlfs, the Roycroft Shops, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, and Rose Valley Association. The exhibition will explore the usefulness and appealing designs of these vital products of the American Arts and Crafts movement and show how these chairs brought a message of honesty and joy to their makers and their possessors. Guest curator is David Cathers. 

On view from: Saturday, June 1, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020. Thursdays through Sundays 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Admission varies depending on the type of tour. Free to Members. Craftsman Farms is located at 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, NJ. For more information, call 973-540-0311, email, or visit

Through June 28, 2020 -  Piscataway, Middlesex County
Mid-Century New Jersey Exhibit

Through 2020 - Ocean Township, Monmouth County
"Votes for Women: The Story of Suffrage"

When the Founders crafted the U.S. Constitution, they gave the authority to decide who could vote to the states. All but one decided it would be men—white, property-owning men, 21 years old and older.

The one exception was New Jersey. For the first few decades of our new nation, property-owning women in New Jersey could vote. But in 1807, state legislators took a step backward and rescinded the right. New Jersey women joined their sisters across the country who were shut off from the ballot.

The new exhibit, “Votes for Women: The Story of Suffrage” opening in the Woolley House, Sunday, tells of the remarkable campaign waged by women across the country to gain (and for New Jersey women, to regain) the vote.

The Start of a Movement
Most historians mark the start of the American suffrage movement from the 1848 Women’s Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Both women had discovered their political voice fighting for the abolition of slavery. Both had felt the sting of being shut out by male-dominated leadership. They were outraged, frustrated, and ready to take on the status quo. 

The status quo at the time was a sorry mess for women. Not only were they barred from public speaking and leadership positions, but married women could not own property, keep their own wages, or enter into any legal contract. Women were shut out of most professions. Divorce was near impossible, even in cases of abuse. A woman’s place was in the home—often an inherited home whose title had been ceded to her husband.

In 1851, three years after the Seneca Falls conference, Elizabeth Cady Stanton met Susan B. Anthony. Though strikingly unlike in appearance and temperament, they became lifelong friends. Together, they made a formidable team that reigned for more than 50 years as the iconic leaders of the suffrage movement.

Anthony and Stanton travelled the country making speeches and gathering support. When Stanton, mother of seven, cut back on travel, she stayed hard a work—writing Anthony’s speeches, organizing supporters, even rewriting the Bible from a feminist perspective.

Both women were bitterly disappointed when Congress refused, following the Civil War, to expand the language of the 15th Amendment to bar discrimination in voting based on both race and sex. Their outrage generated harsh statements from these former abolitionists that created a lasting racial rift among suffragists.

Anthony and Stanton did not give up. In 1878, they pushed for a 16th Amendment to guarantee women the right to vote. The “Susan B. Anthony Amendment,” as it became known, failed in this first attempt and was introduced anew to each session of Congress for the next 42 years! The (by then) 19th Amendment, granting women’s suffrage, was finally ratified in 1920.

They Didn’t Live to see It
Neither Stanton nor Anthony lived to see passage. Their efforts fell short of their goals. But the inroads they gained, the organizations they created, and the national awareness they built set the stage for the next generation—the early 20th century activists who carried the campaign for women’s suffrage to victory.

The Second Wave
Among this second wave of suffragists were the daughters of Elizabeth Stanton and Lucretia Mott—and newcomers, including Carrie Chapman Catt and New Jersey native Alice Paul. Catt and Paul were rivals. Their strategies and styles were at odds. Catt favored local campaigns to change state voting laws. She thought militant demonstration unpatriotic after the U.S. entered World War I in 1917.

In contrast, Paul took the fight for a U.S. Constitutional amendment to President Wilson’s doorstep. She lead an 18-month long picketing campaign at the gates to the White House. She welcomed arrest and used the mistreatment of imprisioned suffragists to build public sympathy. Faced with a public relations nightmare, Wilson gave in and threw his support in favor of the federal amendment.

Passage of the Anthony Amendment was “the greatest expansion of democracy on a single day the world had ever seen” (Eleanor Clift, Founding Sisters).

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum, founded in 1984, is a member-supported, non-profit organization. Its headquarters, the Eden Woolley House, is one of the few 18th century structures still in existence in the Township and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (1:00 - 4:00 pm), Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 pm - March 15 through December 15 each year) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1:00 - 4:00 pm). The Museum also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books, and photographs of historical and genealogical interest. For more information, call 732-531-2136 or visit

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


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