Thursday, September 10, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/12/20 - 9/13/20

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Friday - Saturday, September 11 - 12 - Elizabeth, Union County
The Mountainside Restoration Committee Estate Sale

The Mountainside Restoration Committee’s (MRC) Estate Sales division will be conducting an outstanding Estate Sale, in the Elmora section of Elizabeth, NJ, to raise funds for the maintenance and restoration of the historic Deacon Andrew Hetfield House (circa 1760) and The Levi Cory House (circa 1818). The estate sale will be held on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm – with numbers given out at 9:00 am. The sale will take place at 29 Scotland Road, Elizabeth, NJ. For more information and photos of the items for sale: Appropriate social distancing measures will be in place including mandatory face masks, temperature checks, and limits to the number of visitors allowed inside at a time. Purchases limited to cash only.

The former home of an Old Elizabeth family, this estate houses an outstanding collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, including a Brokaw tall case clock with moon phase dial, English tall case clock, Hepplewhite sideboard, hunt table, oyster veneer secretary, tilt-top tea table, tapestry fire screen, sterling silver, knife box, early brass lighting fixtures, early oriental rugs, corner cupboards, 3 Philadelphia side chairs, Sevres box, 3 remarkable four poster beds, dining tables and chairs, paintings, tons of porcelain, casual and fine china, snuff bottle collection, Japanese prints, violin, linens, glass, books, albums, kitchenware, appliances, cast iron garden furniture, and so much more.

MRC Estate Sales are conducted by trusted volunteer Antiques Experts and Estate Sale Professionals with 30 years of estate sale experience. Most important, all commissions benefit the Mountainside Restoration Committee. MRC Estate Sales was created to give back to the community and raise additional funds to help preserve and restore local history. The reasonable commission percentage of sales will go directly to the Mountainside Restoration Committee, Inc. which is a 501(c)3 charity.

The Mountainside Restoration Committee is a committee of volunteers whose purpose is to restore and maintain the Deacon Andrew Hetfield and Levi Cory Houses, and collect and save historic information and items from destruction. For information on MRC Estate Sales, Mountainside Historic Committee events or to donate funds, email, call 908-789-9420, or visit

Saturdays, September 12, 19, and 26 - Franklin Township, Somerset County
Rockingham's Evolution: Architecture, History and Location
Family Friendly

Rockingham did not just spring from the ground spontaneously and fully formed because George Washington needed a place to stay in 1783 and it certainly was not originally found at 84 Laurel Avenue. The property had multiple owners over its three-hundred-plus-years-long history, changed in size and scope and was moved three times. The house grew in stages from a small two-room-plus-lean-to home to its present size (with some reconstruction) and switched orientation.

Come along on an exploration of Rockingham's history, its changing architecture and address, varied owners, and property lay-out with help from the exterior of the house itself, maps, and period images.

Pre-registration is required by emailing and including:
1. your last name
2. tour name and date
3. number of people in your group
4. phone number

The architecture tour starts at 10:00 am is limited to 15 people. Meet in the barn. Masks are required when social distancing is not possible, so make sure to bring them along. Also, since the tour is held outdoors, please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes as part of the tour will be off walkways. If sunny, we recommend bringing a hat or sunshade, sunscreen, and water. Steady rain and/or lightening will cancel a tour as will extreme heat and/or humidity.

Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road), one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Route 518 in Rocky Hill.  For more information, call 609-683-7132 or visit

Saturday, September 12 - Roebling, Burlington County
Brick by Brick: Building the Company Town of Roebling, NJ

Join the Roebling Museum for a guided walking tour on Saturday at 10:30 am. With the help of community historian Pierre Lacombe, we will hear about the hidden history of bricks and the local brick-making industry centered in Burlington County, New Jersey. You'll never look at bricks around town the same way! 

Cost: Pay-what-you-wish (a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated). To register, click here. Meet in the Roebling Museum Millyard to check in for the tour. Ample parking is available in the Museum lot off Hornberger Avenue, adjacent to the Roebling River Line parking area. Visitors are encouraged not to park on 2nd Avenue, on the residential side of the building.

Saturday, September 12 - Clinton, Hunterdon County
British Car Day
Family Friendly

Saturday, September 12 - Madison, Morris County
Outdoor Only Architecture Walking Tour

Explore some of the many architectural gems in downtown Madison with the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts on Saturday at 11:00 am. Join Architectural historian and METC docent Alison Grenier Poupel for a walking tour examining four historic buildings in Madison. Alison is a former member of the French Ministry of Culture, and has worked with restorers, architects and other professionals in Paris and at the Cathedral in Lyon, France. Pre-registration is required for this event as space is limited due to social distancing guidelines. Masks are required to attend this tour. Cost is $15 per person for Non-Members or free for METC Members. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. To register, visit

Saturday, August 12 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
September Flea Market

The Historic Village at Allaire is hosting a Flea Market as a fundraiser on Saturday from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. The event is held in the Show Field of Allaire State Park. There is $3 per person admission fee for the event. Includes free admission to the Historic Village at Allaire. With vendors displaying new, used, and collectible treasures of all types, there will be something for everyone.

Shop all day, visit the on-site food vendor, or spend some time in the Historic Village. The General Store and Bakery will also be open beginning at 11:00 am. This event is a fundraiser, benefiting the historic and educational programs presented at the Historic Village at Allaire by the non-profit organization, Allaire Village, Incorporated. The rain date is Sunday, September 13.

- Customers must wear a mask.
- Please use hand sanitizer after every transaction or handling of items.
- Please practice social distancing and maintain 6’ from you and other individuals at all times.
- NO SELF SERVICE! Please allow vendors to assist you with your purchase.
- Please be efficient with your shopping and greet and go. We are not encouraging gathering.
- Please keep your shopping party small.
- There will be a “ONE-WAY” ONLY patron traffic flow at the FLEA MARKET FIELD.
- Allaire Village and its staff will NOT be facilitating the transport of people or products from customers. Vendors and patrons need to coordinate pick up of any items purchased.

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, September 12 - 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 7:45 and 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 Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

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

On Saturday at 9:30 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 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 $20 per adult and $15 for children ages 3-12. Sponsored by Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 12 - 13 Cape May, Cape May County
Historic Cold Spring Village Open - Military Timeline Weekend
Family Friendly

Cold Spring Village is open! While at Historic Cold Spring Village, masks are to be worn at all times, both indoors and outdoors. Please practice physical distancing (6 feet) and be mindful of other guests and Village staff.  For more information, please review the signs at the admission gates for information regarding activities at the Village. Please also understand that due to Covid-19 restrictions not all buildings on Village grounds will be accessible. The Route 9 entrance is closed; the Village Seashore Road (Route 626) entrance is located adjacent to the Cold Spring Grange Restaurant and Cold Spring Brewery at 735 Seashore Road, Cold Spring, Cape May, NJ.

Due to our shortened season, Historic Cold Spring Village’s traditional Military Timeline, Revolutionary War, and Civil War Weekends have been combined into one end of the season Military Timeline Weekend. Are you interested in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, or World War II? Would you like to learn about the weaponry and tactics used by the British infantry in the Victorian Era? Or maybe you are just a history buff who loves it all!  This event will feature encampments, weaponry displays, and demonstrations from living history groups that depict various conflicts through the centuries. This event will be held 11:00 am - 4:00 pm each day.

The village is located, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Nature Trail at Bradner’s Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. Visit the Country Store, Cold Spring Brewery and Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. For more information on events, membership, volunteering, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 12 - 13 - Wildwood, Cape May County
George Boyer Museum Open

The Wildwood Historical Society's George Boyer Museum will be open during through Halloween on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

It's FREE to visit the Wildwood Historical Society! Voted the 5th best attraction in Wildwood according to TripAdvisor, we make an excellent rainy day activity. Ask for our scavenger hunt -- children love it! Park in our parking lot to avoid parking meters. The George Boyer Museum is located at 3907 Pacific Ave, 3907 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood, NJ. For more informatio, call 609-523-0277, email, or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 12 - 13 - Atlantic City, Atlantic County
Absecon Lighthouse Open
Family Friendly

Absecon Lighthouse will be open Thursdays through Mondays, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, with the last climb 1/2 hour before closing. 

Parking, exhibits, and Keeper’s Cottage museum are free. Admission to climb the 228 steps to the top is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for children 4-12, and $5 for Atlantic City residents; active military are free. Dogs on leashes are welcome on the two-acre lawn and in the museum space. Masks and social distancing are required, plexi-glass shields are installed in the gift shop and Watch Room at the top for your safety, and plastic gloves will be issued to climbers. 

First lit in 1857, Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest in the country. It is the oldest man-made structure in Atlantic City, boasts a first-order Fresnel lens still in place at the top, and offers fabulous views of Atlantic City and Brigantine.

The Absecon Lighthouse is located at 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, call 609-449-1360 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 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 and Sunday at 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:15 pm. Sponsored by the Cape May MAC. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 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 at 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, 1:45, and 3:00 pm on Saturday and 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, and 3:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets can be purchased online or at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Sponsored by Cape May MAC. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 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! Participate anytime between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Price is $5 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). Purchase tickets online or at the Carriage House Museum Shop. The Emlem Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 12 - 13 - 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 9:00 am - 5:00 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 Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, September 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 11:00 am - 3:00 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 Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, September 13 - Cape May, Cape May County
Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour

This 45 minute 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. Tour on Sunday at 6:30 pm. 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 more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sunday, September 13 - 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. Our award-winning costumed docents are available to help on your tour. Admission is free. Masks will be required.

For our 2020 season, the Museum will focus on a variety of displays encompassing the lineage of our founding families, their contributions, and support during the development and growth of the Township. The displays will run through November.

Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe in the basement, which was the original kitchen of the house. The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale. Also be sure to visit the Museum’s lovely gardens.

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

Sunday, September 13 - Sparta, Sussex County
"Thomas Edison: The Person, The Vision, His Genius"

Sunday, September 13 - Red Bank, Monmouth County
Paddle the Navesink
Family Friendly

Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is pleased to offer Families and Friends an opportunity to Paddle the Navesink in colorful River RangersSM canoes - and it's FREE on Sunday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Meet at Maple Cove (North end of Maple Avenue), Red Bank, NJ. It's FREE to all, families, youth, and adults. Just turn up and paddle any time between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Please wear a face covering while on land and practice social distancing. River Rangers parents can paddle with family members old and young! Families, Youth, Adults, ALL are welcome. Canoes, life vests and paddles provided. (A small donation is requested to cover insurance).

Through Sunday, November 1 - Cape May, Cape May County
50 Years of MAC: 1970 - 2020
Family Friendly

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) was born in 1970 when a small band of passionate volunteers committed themselves to save the Emlen Physick Estate from demolition. In the 50 years since, the organization has grown to become a leading interpreter of Cape May history, culture and the arts. This landmark exhibit will highlight the organization’s history and its contribution to the preservation of historic Cape May, telling the story of an organization that has helped Cape May not only survive, but thrive.

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

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


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