Thursday, June 25, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/27/20 - 6/28/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings
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Saturday, June 27 - Westfield, Union County
Westfield Historical Society Walking Tour: What Makes a Neighborhood? – Tremont Avenue

On Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 am, the sixth in a very popular series of architectural walking tours will take place on Tremont Avenue. Scale, proportions, and materiality will be discussed. 

The intent of this tour is to honor the beautiful streetscapes and the diverse architectural styles that remain centuries later. Gregory Blasi, R.A. local architect and principal of Vincentsen & Blasi Architects and Westfield Historical Society President, will lead the tour and answer questions.

The tour will accommodate 20 attendees, but additional tours will be scheduled if interest warrants. It will take place rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to wear face masks, bring hand sanitizer, and practice appropriate social distancing. The tour meet-up location will be provided to registrants. Please RSVP by email to; or call 908-654-1794.

A donation to the Westfield Historical Society would be appreciated: $5 for members, and $10 for non-members, and will be collected at the start of the tour. Membership information will be available.

The Westfield Historical Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. Since 1968, the 501(c)(3) non-profit Westfield Historical Society has worked to preserve, interpret and encourage interest in history, Westfield, and its residents through educational efforts and community outreach programs. For more information, visit

Saturday - Sunday, June 27 - 28 - Lower Township, Cape May County
Climb the Cape May Lighthouse
Family Friendly Site

The Cape May 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). Children under 3 and active military are FREE. 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, June 27 - 28
Virtual Quilt and Fiber Arts Show
Virtual Program

Historic Cold Spring Village is holding its annual Cape May Quilt and Fiber Show virtually on Saturday and Sunday. 

This innovative approach to the quilt show is sparked by the current restrictions and the Historic Cold Spring Village’s concern for participants, visitors and staff’s health and safety. Folks may visit the website, vote on Facebook, watch a Facebook live demonstration or join a Zoom lecture.  Details on the event will be found on the HCSV website

The traditional quilt show will be on the Village’s Facebook pages and you will be able to vote on your favorites. Additionally, you will be able to vote for the Cold Spring Brewery Trapunto Challenge and the Camaco Quilt Guild Alphabet Challenge. To enter, please visit the website for quilt show entries and instructions. Relax at home and watch throughout the day. 

Demonstrations include weaving, felted dryer balls, nine patch quilt blocks, favorite tools and their uses, English Paper piecing, history of the hanky, two methods of hand applique, and more.  These demonstrations will be seen on Facebook from the demonstrators’ home pages. The master list noting times will be found on the Historic Cold Spring Village Facebook Page and website.

There will be 3 lectures. A History of Socks, History of Log Cabin Quilting, and Trapunto Quilts. For more information, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit

Sunday, June 28 - Cape May, Cape May County
Painted Ladies, Porches & More! Walking Tour

Take a walk from the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate to the Washington Street Mall with a knowledgeable guide and experience charming Cape May, a National Historic Landmark city, up close. Delight in beautiful gardens as you learn about Victorian architecture and Cape May’s colorful history along the way. Discover the interesting features of various Victorian styles and learn why front porches were so important to Victorian social customs. Comfortable shoes recommended. 

The tour lasts 45 minutes and begins at 10:00 and 11:30 am.  Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 3-12 years old. The tour begins at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ.

Tickets are limited to help maintain social distance. We ask that you bring and wear your own mask during the tour. Tickets will be refunded and admission denied to ticket holders, for whatever reason, decline to or cannot wear a mask. Refunds will be handled by phone or mail.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Cape May MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Cape May MAC membership is open to all. For information about year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, visit Cape May MAC’s website at

Through Saturday, July 4
New Jersey's Declarations of Independence
Virtual Program

As the Continental Congress debated the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, New Jersey's own Provincial Congress met in Burlington to vote for American independence and adopt a Constitution for New Jersey.

Among the delegates in Burlington were Old Dutch Parsonage's Rev. Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh and Col. Frederick Frelinghuysen. With their historic home as our backdrop and touchstone, we'll explore New Jersey's Charter (June 24, 1664), instructions to delegates to the Continental Congress (June 22, 1776) and first Constitution (July 2, 1776) with new videos every other day from June 22 to July 4, 2020. Go here for more information and to see the videos:

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


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