Thursday, October 22, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/24/20 - 10/25/20

  New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Friday - Saturday, October 23 - 24 - Rahway, Union County
The Spirits of Rahway: A Lantern-Lit Tour of the Rahway Cemetery

Saturday, October 24
Shakespeare’s Henry V: The Metaphor of Theater in the American Revolution
Virtual Program

Early Americans read and appreciated the works of Shakespeare. The Founding Fathers were avid theatergoers who used the language of theater to describe and understand their lives as actors on the world stage. George Washington combined allusion to Shakespeare’s Henry V and the metaphor of theater in the “Farewell Orders” to the Armies of the United States” composed at Rockingham State Historic Site.

At 10:30 am, we continue our series reading along with author Ian Doescher’s Shakespeare 2020 Project with an online discussion of Shakespeare and the metaphor of theater in the American Revolution at For more information, visit

Saturday, October 24
“Haunted Insider”
Virtual Program

The bewitching hour is getting nigh, and because you are a true friend of The Red Mill Village Museum, we would like to offer a special discount rate to become an exclusive “Haunted Insider” giving you access to bear witness to a one-of-a-kind, hair-raising, live-streaming event. But only if you dare!

On Saturday, Unexplained Cases and The Red Mill Village Museum will conjure up a frightfully delicious night of harrowing haunts, bubbling libations, and ghostly guests. Join our friends, Daryl Marston and Mustafa Gatollari of A&E’s Ghost Hunters along with fellow teammate Maryam the Medium as they investigate the infamous haunted Red Mill. Participate in a costume contest for prizes and money, or just hang out with friends and sip freaky cocktails with the devilish Malia Miglino from Macabre Mondays – all from the comfort of your own crypt.

Go to and use the code REDMILL to get your $15.00 portal to terror and laughs now. This is an all-age family-friendly event to benefit The Red Mill Village Museum.

Thank you for supporting this important cause, and don’t forget to donate!

- Access to a secret video link for watching the event live and on demand
- Access to a secret Zoom link for a virtual Halloween Costume Party hosted by Malia Miglino
- Virtual Experience of Red Mill Haunted House Attraction with Daryl Marston and Mustafa Gatollari
- Virtual Storytelling of Red Mill history
- Virtual Paranormal Investigation with Daryl Marston, Mustafa Gatollari and remote viewing with Maryam the Medium
USE THE CODE "REDMILL" TO SAVE $10 ON YOUR TICKET! For more information, visit

Saturday, October 24
Ghost Tour: Ghosts and Mysteries of Chester Avenue
Virtual Program

A dead Moorestown constable, an old tavern, and a visit to the old Moorestown jail. Mysteries abound on this haunted jaunt down Chester Avenue. 

Each Ghost Tour event costs $10 donation per device (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.) and proceeds support the Historical Society of Moorestown. The event begins at 7:00 pm. Register at:

Saturday, October 24 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel and take pleasure in observing the carpenter mastering 19th century woodworking and carving tools. This free events run from 12:00 noon - 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 24 - 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, October 24 - 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 Saturday at 2:15 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

Saturday - Sunday, October 24 - 25
Lambertville House Tour Goes Virtual
Virtual Program
The Lambertville House Tour, the popular annual event for old house fans and Lambertville lovers, will be a virtual event, keeping the tradition alive and giving it a new twist in its 38th year. Through a 90-minute webinar, viewers will experience Lambertville design, renovation, architecture, and history. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, the event is a fundraiser for the Lambertville Historical Society.

There will be nine video tours of historic properties featuring elegant interior footage and stunning aerial cinematography. From basement to attic and garden to pasture, viewers will see Lambertville’s earliest dwellings, beloved landmarks, and restored residences inside and out, and appreciate the owners’ stewardship and use of creative salvage and antiques galore.

The video tours were produced by acclaimed documentarian Gary P. Cohen and make use of local talent: aerial cinematography by Federico Ferreri; music by Carol Heffler, Dan Kassel, J.B. Kline, Pyrenesia, Stephen DiJoseph, and The Back Porch Jugband; and narration by Amy Raditz and Bob Richter.

The second component of the webinar will be four expert presentations and live Q&A. Interior designer, author, and TV personality Bob Richter will present “Vintage Living in Lambertville” with views of local homes. Architects Michael Burns, Lisa Easton and Gary O’Connor will present examples of historic restoration in residential and commercial properties, and discuss styles seen in Lambertville.

Available anywhere with internet, the webinar will take place at four different times during the one weekend only: Saturday from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm; and on Sunday from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.

Registration is $10. To learn more and register, visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 24 - 25 - Camden, Camden County
Battleship New Jersey Fire Power Tour
Family Friendly

This self guided tour of the overall view of the Battleship New Jersey takes guests five levels up and two decks below. The Main Deck features an Exhibit Museum that encompasses the 48 years in and out of service. Guides are available for questions in the Captain's Quarters and CEC.

Active Military, World War II Veterans and former Crew Members of BB-62 are asked to stop at the Box Office in the Battleship NJ Visitor's Center. Proudly inform our Ticketing Staff of your service to our Great Nation and receive a complimentary ticket to board the "Big J".

* All guests will be screened in the Visitors Center before entering the Battleship’s Pier, must wear a face covering and practice social distancing.
* Please check your email after purchase for your ticket to either print or save to your mobile device and take with you for check-in in the Visitors Center.

Firepower tour tickets are available to use at any date and time we are open for tours. Admission: Adult are $24.95 and children ages 5-11, veterans, and seniors (62+) are $19.95. Tickets can be purchased online. Battleship New Jersey is located at 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ. For more information, call 856-966-1652 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 24 - 25 - 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, October 24 - 25 - 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, October 24 - 25 - Cape May, Cape May County
Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate
Family Friendly

Once again, the grounds of the Physick Estate will be transformed for a spooky Halloween, and Scarecrow Alley showcases homemade scarecrows -- from the ghoulishly gruesome to the foolishly funny! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE! Visit the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate during hours of operation and cast your vote for your favorite scarecrow.

The Emlem Physick Estate is located at 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, October 24 - 25 - 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 Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 24 - 25 - 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, October 24 - 25 - 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, October 25 - Cape May, Cape May County
Spirits & 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! Tours on Sunday at 7:00 pm. The tour 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

Sunday, October 25 - 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 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

Sunday, October 25 - 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 Sunday at 12:30, 1:45, and 3:00 pm. 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

Sunday, October 25 - Somerville, Somerset County
The Ladies of History’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Alisa Dupuy of the Ladies of History appears in the persona of Marie Antoinette’s friend. This lady of history reflects on the era of the American Revolution in America, England, and France and offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This performance begins at 2:00 pm.

Registration in advance is required. Provide name and number in party to or call 908-725-1015. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.

This outdoor performance is sponsored by the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 25 - Sparta, Sussex County
5th Invitational Antique & Classic Car Show

Sunday, October 25 - Bridgewater, Somerset County
Fall Walking Tour
Children Friendly

The Somerset County Historical Society is pleased to announce that a Fall Walking Tour of the Finderne Wetlands Mitigation Project is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 pm. As in the past, we will meet at the house (9 Van Veghten Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807) in order to access the trails through the Trail Head in the county park parking lot. The route will be decided by the participants. Depending on the route, the hike can take 45-75 minutes. Dogs on leashes welcome. Bring your masks. Be prepared for mud, as it has been raining during the week.

The land is level and children and seniors have participated in the past. We will be hiking in the flood plain of enhanced grassland which separates the historic Van Veghten House from the Raritan River. Currently it is under the control of the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the 130 acre Finderne Wetlands Mitigation Project. This effort is “part of the Green Brook Flood Control project designed to reduce flood damage in New Jersey’s Raritan River Basin” and protect the town of Bound Brook. The long-term plan is for the Corps to return the manmade wetlands to Somerset County’s Park system when the work is completed.

The area has been seeded with warm season grasses including Indian grass and bluestem and wildflowers such as ox-eye daisy, asters, and coreopsis that support a population of pollinating bird and insects. The meadow is a foraging area for the resident deer, fox and red-tailed hawk as well as other small mammals. The website eBird says 183 species of bird have been spotted in the area. After the hike it's only a hop, skip and a jump to Main Street Manville and its many eateries.

Sunday, October 25 - River Edge, Bergen County
Walking Tour of Historic New Bridge Landing

Learn about the stone houses of Bergen County through the three examples at Historic New Bridge Landing by Deborah Powell, past-president, Museum Collection Chair, and BCHS Commissioner on HNBLPC. We will begin in the Meadow at the corner of Hackensack Avenue and Main Street. The walk continues through the site to talk about the history of the three sandstone houses and the people who lived here. The walk ends with HNBLPC Chairman Jim Smith exhibiting a musket demonstration. Visit with Joe Restivo in the Westervelt-Thomas Barn and the Outkitchen where Patty Daurizio will be cooking a chicken.

The houses are not scheduled be open for this event due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Free Parking or take the train to "New Bridge Landing" train stop.  

Current rules: a mask and social distancing is required. Dogs are permitted on the grounds on a leash. Admission: $12 adults, $7 students, BCHS members FREE, we encourage families to come.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Suggest for this event to bring water and wear walking shoes. Meet in the meadow for this walking tour. The event subject to change. Sign up for the tour at

The Bergen County Historical Society is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 25 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Knitting Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

n Sunday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel and be inspired to learn an old craft as Jodey Forbes demonstrates the art of knitting. This free events run from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

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

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

Through Sunday, November 8 - Lambertville, Hunterdon County
Lambertville Then and Now

The Lambertville Historical Society, in conjunction with the Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lambertville, presents an all-outdoor, self-guided walking tour and exhibit called “Lambertville Then and Now.”

Lambertville, NJ was incorporated as a town in 1849 and as a city in 1872. From the mid-1800s to the early 1900s the ferry, the canal, the railroad and the Old York Road stagecoach route all contributed to the development and industrialization of Lambertville.

Visit Lambertville and walk through the city to view 20 poster-sized historic images in windows and in front of buildings, located at the sites where the historic images were taken. Become immersed in what it was like to be in Lambertville during its industrial heyday. The exhibit runs through Sunday, November 8, 2020.

These historic exterior images dating from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s include factory buildings, mansions, a theatre, stores, halls, and more.

If you have a QR-Code reader app on your mobile device, you will be able to use it to read more about the history of each site. Or, you can type the web page address shown on the poster into your mobile web browser to do the same.

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit this lovely river town, one of New Jersey’s smallest cities. Visit shops, restaurants, antique stores and more, all following New Jersey’s guidelines for safe distancing. For more information, visit where you will also be able to download a printable map.

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


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