Thursday, October 3, 2019

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/5/19 - 10/6/19

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Saturday, October 5 - Morris Township, Morris County
Orchard Cooking
Children Friendly Event & Site

Fosterfields once had extensive apple, pear, and peach orchards. On Saturday from 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm, learn about these heirloom fruit trees, and watch as delicious dishes are prepared in the Farmhouse kitchen.

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

Saturday, October 5 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Earthen Oven - Plein Air Baking
Children Friendly Event & Site

On Saturday at Historic Walnford, enjoy an edible history lesson! Earthen ovens have been used across centuries, continents, and cultures. We will share basic information on the construction and demonstrate the use of our simple small Colonial American style oven this afternoon. This program will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 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

Saturday, October 5 - Montclair, Essex County
Harvest Home Tour

Montclair is known for its beautiful architecture and variety in its houses. Spend a self-guided afternoon exploring up to 10 historic and/or grand homes in Montclair. Many of these homes are privately owned and the homeowners have graciously opened their doors for this fundraiser!

All tours begin at 110 Orange Road, where you can pick up your tour booklet that will serve as your “ticket” into the homes. Houses will be open from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. $45 per person. Children under 13 will not be allowed on the tours. Tickets are limited. Register online at

About the Montclair History Center: The Montclair History Center, formerly the Montclair Historical Society, is an independent not-for-profit organization that has been dedicated to preserving, sharing, and educating others about Montclair’s history since 1965. For more information, visit or contact the Montclair History Center at 973-744-1796 or

Saturday, October 5 - 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

Saturday, October 5 - Morristown, Morris County
The Art of Phoneography

Due to the popularity of the August Phoneography workshop at Morristown National Historical Park, nationally exhibited photographer and published author Xiomaro has agreed to offer another program on Saturday. Morristown National Historical Park is offering Xiomaro’s smartphone photography workshop, The Art of Phonoegraphy, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

The workshop will begin in Morristown NHP’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum auditorium which is located at 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, please call Jude Pfister at 973-539-2016 x 204.

Xiomaro’s workshop will introduce five key artistic principles through slides of photographs and paintings. He and the participants will then walk the grounds and experience an exclusive photo-tour of George Washington’s headquarters at the Ford Mansion, where they will have the opportunity to create unique images using workshop techniques.

In addition to smartphone cameras, point-and-shoot cameras and professional DSLRs also can be used at the workshop. Participants should bring their fully charged smartphone (any brand) or camera with plenty of available storage space for the new photos that they will create. A portable USB phone charger or spare battery also will be helpful. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and if they wish, pack a lunch or snacks. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 5 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Wheat Planting & Flour Milling
Children Friendly Event

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

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

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

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 5 - 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, October 5 - 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 tour at 8:45 pm begins and ends at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street. 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, October 5 - Cape May, Cape May County
Whalers Cottages at Batts Lane Self-guided Tour

On Saturday between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm, take a self-guided tour of two beautifully restored, historic cottages that Chris & Dave Clemans have just donated to Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Owen Coachman House incorporates a c. 1700 “Whalers Cottage” - one of the oldest surviving structures in Cape May County. It was moved to this site in 1846 by Owen Coachman, a free black man who purchased land here for a farm. A tour of this site brings to life the important story of our county’s free African American community in the years before the Civil War. Admission is $10 per adult and children (ages 3-12) $5. 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 5 - 6 - 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 3:30 pm. Tours on Sunday at 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, and 2:45 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 5 - 6 - 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 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 4:45 pm and Sunday at 11:00 am and 1:30 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 5 - 6 - 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 5 - 6 - 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 5 - 6 - 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 5 - 6 - 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 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-12) (one child free with paying adult). The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 5 - 6 - 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 6 - Eatontown, Monmouth County
Hidden History of Monmouth County

Sunday, October 6 - Westampton, Burlington County
Susan B. Anthony at Peachfield

Join us this season in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Suffrage in the United States with the signing of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

Susan B. Anthony (portrayed by Marjorie Goldman) was an important suffragist who had a lively sense of humor and a passion for justice.  Ms. Anthony's commitment included the abolition of slavery, women's rights to their own property and earnings, and women's right to vote.  This program will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Admission is $10 per person. Seating is limited; prepaid reservations are required to guarantee seating. Peachfield is located at 180 Burrs Road Westampton, NJ. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 609-267-6996 or e-mail

Sunday, October 6 - Princeton, Mercer County
HistoryFest at Updike Farmstead
Children Friendly Event

Join us at Updike Farmstead for the 3rd annual HistoryFest, an exploration of Princeton history for the whole family! Visitors will travel through four centuries of Princeton history, with hands-on activities and presentations showing the town’s changes over time. Children will receive a “Time Travel Passport” to be stamped at each station.

Families can drop in anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to enjoy these activities, which will include, among others, a colonial herb scavenger hunt and mini archaeology dig. A slide-show presentation featuring vivid images from the Historical Society of Princeton’s photograph collection, Princeton: Then and Now, will be offered at 3:00 pm.

Admission is free and will be held rain or shine! No registration required. The Updike Farmstead is located at 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ. For more information, call 609-921-6748 or visit

Sunday, October 6 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn about the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home. Admission is free.

The featured exhibit is “Old Things that Hold Things”. Try guessing what each item’s purpose is, but there is an answer key if you are stumped.

Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum. The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale. The Museum is air conditioned so touring and shopping can be done in comfort.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. For further information, call 973-697-0258 or visit

Sunday, October 6 - Morristown, Morris County
Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tour of Rahway and the Revolution
Family Friendly Event

Join us for our 2019 Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tour of Rahway and the Revolution at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum. The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum will present its 25th annual daytime cemetery tour, "Ghosts of the Past: Rahway and The Revolution," on Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Visitors will be escorted to the graves of individuals buried in the historic Rahway Cemetery, where costumed actors will portray the "ghosts" of soldiers and civilians as they give first-person accounts of their experiences in the American Revolution. This is a family-friendly event! Tours start at 12:00 noon and leave every 15 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 4:00 pm; each tour lasts about 90 minutes. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended to ensure your desired start time. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for members/seniors/students, and $5 for children under 12. 

Call 732-381-0441 for reservations and more information, or visit to reserve and pay online. This history program is made possible in part by a 2019 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum is located at 1632 St Georges Avenue, Rahway, NJ.

Sunday, October 6 -  Morris Township, Morris County
Hitch A Ride & Save those Seeds
Children Friendly Event and Site

Enjoy a leisurely open-air wagon ride at Fosterfields Living History Farm on Saturday around the historic farm and visit the animals, too! Wagon ride from 12:15 - 2:00 pm and included in regular admission.

From 1:00 - 2:00 pm: As the growing season ends, help collect seeds from vegetables and flowers in the garden to sow next spring.

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

Sunday, October 6 -  Pennsauken, Camden County
Camden County History Month

On Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, the Griffith Morgan House and Burrough-Dover House will offer programs of living history to show visitors the lives and work of the colonial settlers who first built these beautiful, historic homes.  Griffith Morgan House will host hearth cookery, butter making and other activities of the colonial household.  Burrough-Dover House plans crafts and activities with quill pen writing with traditional natural ink, tin punching, and other fun activities for the whole family. Both houses will also offer free tours and access to their museums to tell the history of our historic houses, their residents and the community that grew up from them! This event is admission and parking free, and refreshments will be offered, or bring your own picnic lunch for a family day!

Griffith Morgan House is located at 243 Griffith Morgan Lane off River Road between Delair and Route 73 in Pennsauken. Burrough-Dover House is located at 9201 Burrough-Dover Lane, Pennsauken, off Haddonfield Road opposite the Wyndam Road traffic light.

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

Sunday, October 6 - Whippany, Morris County
19th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Children Friendly Event

Spend the day at the Whippany Railway Museum and celebrate the Fall Harvest and the Season of the Witch, during the museum's 18th Annual Pumpkin Festival. The local area's highly anticipated family event will be held on Sunday from 12:30 - 5:00 pm, rain or shine.

Bring the whole family and join in the fun! Walk among the pumpkins, corn shocks, and grinning scarecrows, as you enjoy the wares of local craft merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers at the popular Pumpkin Market Place Crafts Fair, where you'll be sure to find that perfect autumn gift for family and friends.

Select a pumpkin from the Farmer's Market. With so many to choose from, you'll be sure to find one that's just right...It's pumpkin pick'n time! You can also purchase a bounty of fall harvest and produce items at the festival.

Walk through a railroad yard, lost in time, where you'll see the finest collection of restored, historic railroad locomotives and cars in the state of New Jersey - some dating back well over 100 years!  

The kids will enjoy having their picture taken in front of our haunted house, and they will delight at the indoor and outdoor model train layouts that will be in operation throughout the day.

You'll see a unique collection of antique farm tractors. The museum has assembled an outstanding assortment of vintage, American-built, gas-powered agricultural tractors, which help to tell the story of how the railroads delivered the crops that fed a nation, to market.

Add even more fun to your day by climbing aboard the Pumpkinliner for a relaxing excursion train ride that follows the route of the Historic Whippanong Trail. The train will feature restored, antique cabooses that passengers can ride in. Make your day extra special by riding aboard the museum's elegantly restored 1927-era Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) Club Car, Jersey Coast.  The car has the look and feel of a private club with individual leather chairs, mahogany interior accented with stained glass, built-in tables, and period ceiling fans. The Jersey Coast recalls the 1930s when the CNJ operated its deluxe coach train, the Blue Comet, between Jersey City and Atlantic City, NJ. The striking paint scheme of cream and blue reminds one of a comet streaking through space.  It is the only car of its type operating in New Jersey.

Trains depart at 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, and 5:00 pm. Don't forget to visit the museum and see the seasonal indoor railroad display. Admission is included in the price of your excursion tickets!

Train Fare: Caboose seating: Adult: $16.00, Child (under 12): $11.00, Infants (1 year and under): Pre-order ticket online using a credit card at The Whippany Railway Museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza at the intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit

Sunday, October 6 - Readington, Hunterdon County
Open House at the 1828 Cold Brook School

The Readington Museums’ Cold Brook School, originally built in 1828, will be open on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for visitors to see what it was like to attend school in the early nineteenth century. Visitors will have the opportunity to become abecedarians, try their hand at orthography using a quill pen and ink, cipher mathematical problems, and learn a sample of New Jersey history. For recess, visitors can play a variety of nineteenth-century games, such as rolling hoops in the meadow. Apple cider and homemade bread with apple butter will be available.

Due to the small size of the schoolhouse, groups of four or more are asked to call for a reservation. It is a free, family-friendly event, although donations will be gratefully accepted. In case of inclement weather please call the Museums to find out the status of the program. To get to the site, use the address of 190 Potterstown Road, Lebanon, NJ  08833.

For more information, visit or call 908-236-2327.

Sunday, October 6 - Westfield, Union County
From Fireplace to Frigidaire – Vintage Appliance Cookbooks
Family Friendly

“No smoke or soot, no litter!” “More leisure, more playtime, for the modern woman!” “Scientific accuracy – perfection in cookery!” Appliance cookbooks of the early to mid-20th century hailed the wonders of the modern kitchen with its new technology. What a contrast to the cooking of the 18th century!

The first stop of the program is the museum’s Frazee Building for a look at home cooking as it was done over 200 years ago. Visitors will experience the atmosphere of the early American kitchen as members of the Cooking Committee prepare seasonal dishes over the open hearth using 18th century skills such as regulation of fire and hot coals, and typical utensils made out of tin and cast iron.

Next stop is the main house, for a comparison of home cooking from 1910 into the 1960s and how the rapid introduction of new gadgets and gizmos changed food preparation forever. The highlight is a display of appliance cookbooks from the period, colorful illustrators of how the technology of this era affected not only the techniques of cooking, but also the culture of the kitchen.

The program includes tours of the fully furnished circa 1740 farmhouse. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3-12, and free age 2 and younger. No reservations are necessary. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776, e-mail, or visit

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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