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Thursday, November 26, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/28/20 - 11/29/20

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, November 28 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Thanksgiving Corn Picking Party!
Children Friendly Event

This Saturday, visitors are invited to help Howell Living History Farm with its last harvest of the year – field corn that will be processed into cornmeal and donated to local food banks and pantries.

About 30,000 ears have yet to be picked, according to the farmers who planted the crop back in May. The ears will be dried, shelled, and milled into cornmeal before being given to programs that distribute food to local families. So far, nearly 15 tons of grain products, fresh produce and eggs have been donated to food banks and pantries this year through the farm’s “Share the Harvest” program.

Harvesting will take place in the field from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm and include “Corn Picking 101” lessons from the farmers who use work horses, circa 1900 equipment and lots of hand power to cultivate the historical farm’s 45 tillable acres. Farmers hope to finish at least half of the field on Saturday – more than 5 times the amount harvested on an average day of picking with help from visitors.

To support the effort, the farm staff is providing hot and cold cider, popcorn and other nourishment to the field crew. Corn Huskers Lotion will also be on hand.

“Picking corn can dry your hands out pretty quickly,” according to Barbara McGuigan of the farm staff. “It’s amazing that you can still buy the product in some pharmacies in New Jersey. Not that many people are growing field corn these days, and those who are sure aren’t picking it by hand…”

Besides picking corn, visitors can see farm animals, tour a restored circa-1900 farmstead, and enjoy lunch made in the farmhouse kitchen. The Friends of Howell Farm’s annual Wreath & Sleighbell Sale is also taking place on Saturday, and features straps of sleighbells made by the farm’s harnessmaker.

Gates open at 10:00 am and close at 4:00 pm. Pre-registration is not required, but guests are asked to register at the Visitor Center outdoor reception center upon arrival. All Mercer County Park Commission rules and regulations are in effect, including the use of facemasks and social distancing. The farm’s bathrooms, open barns and outdoor facilities are ADA accessible. Guests with questions or individual needs are welcome to call in advance.

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 www.howellfarm.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/27/20 - 11/29/20

 NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/21/20 - 11/22/20

  New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, November 21 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Logging & Firewood Cutting
Children Friendly Event

While farmers use horses to skid saw logs out of the woods and haul firewood to the sap house in preparation for maple sugaring season, visitors can cut and chop firewood, split locust logs into fence rails, and make real barn pegs for use in barn frames around the farm!

At the sawmill, farmers will be cutting boards for horse stalls, fences, and a new hog shed.

This event runs from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

**Please note that fall 2020 Saturday programs will be modified to encourage social distancing and reflect current State guidelines for public events. Visitors are required to carry masks at all times, and wear them when social distancing isn't possible.

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 www.howellfarm.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/20/20 - 11/22/20

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

244th Anniversary of the Retreat to Victory at Historic New Bridge Landing - 11/22/20

244th Anniversary of the Retreat to Victory at Historic New Bridge Landing

Join the Bergen County Historical Society as they celebrate the 244th Anniversary of the Retreat to Victory at Historic New Bridge Landing on Sunday, November 22 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Historic New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ.

In the Steuben House, Marta Black will be giving three 20-minute talks on political cartoons of the 18th century. Reservations for the talk will be required. Space is limited and there is no additional charge. Times will be announced on the society’s website.  

Also, on display for viewing in the Steuben House will be Revolutionary War artifacts from the society’s collection.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

33rd Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique - 11/6/20 - 12/4/20

33rd Annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique
November 2, 2020 - December 1, 2020

The Passaic County Historical Society at Lambert Castle Museum is holding their annual Holiday Boutique as a virtual event for 2020. This annual fundraiser now in its 33rd year, continues as an Online Store in which visitors can browse, shop and pickup purchases curbside at an offsite location while Lambert Castle is being restored. Check out this new venue for a Holiday tradition at www.lambertcastleholidayboutique.com and peruse the vast assortment of Christmas d├ęcor and gifts. Enjoy shopping for this year’s assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles and gourmet food now through December 4th.

All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Passaic County Historical Society. Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County’s cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County’s natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest.

For more information on special events such as this one, visit the Passaic County Historical Society’s website at www.lambertcastle.org or call 973-247-0085.


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Thursday, November 12, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/14/20 - 11/15/20

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, November 14
Victorian Christmas Traditions
Virtual Program

Ever wonder why people kiss under the mistletoe at Christmastime? Lady of History, Alisa Dupuy, as her 19th-century character Eliza Blackwell Dupree, will explain this and other Victorian Christmas traditions such as holiday ornaments, Christmas cards, candy canes, and poinsettias. She will also discuss Victorian fashions and sing Christmas carols. Why not pour yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy this welcome to the holiday season! This program is co-hosted by Plainfield Public Library and the Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum. This FREE VIRTUAL program will be held on Saturday from 10:30 - 11:30 am via Zoom. Email sarah.hull@plfdpl.info or drakehouseplainfieldnj@gmail.com for details. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hxajMkTVR6qv16SbE-EJdg

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Saturday, November 14 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Site & Event

On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel and stop in the farmhouse to hear melodies from the 1890s played on the accordion. 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 www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/13/20 - 11/15/20

  NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/7/20 - 11/8/20

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, November 7 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Tewksbury Historical Society to Hold a Tag Sale

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold a Tag Sale on Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, at the Oldwick Carriage House, 5 James Street, Oldwick, NJ. The sale will be held rain or shine. The society will be selling quality items, which are very clean and in working operation. Antiques, furniture, china, dishes, housewares, garden items, costume jewelry and linens will be among the available merchandise. In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing will be observed and patrons and staff must wear face coverings.

The Tewksbury Historical Society is a New Jersey not-for-profit corporation and was organized for the purpose of furthering research into and the preservation and dissemination of the history of the Township of Tewksbury. The Society requests donations of documents, records and small artifacts related to Tewksbury’s History for its archives. 

Society membership is open to anyone interested in the history of Tewksbury Township. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and advance notice of all programs and events the Society holds throughout the year. The Society holds three regular meetings per year on the third Sunday in January, March, and May with a fourth being the Covered Dish Supper with program in November, each with an outstanding historical speaker. 

Anyone interested in volunteering for any of the cited events for 2021 may call THS Headquarters at 908-832-6734 or email tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net. Society information and membership details can be found at www.tewksburyhistory.net.

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Saturday, November 7 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Cider Making
Children Friendly Event

Fresh apple cider awaits those who help make it! To earn a taste, all you have to do is turn the crank of the cider press...and then help re-fill the hopper with the Macs, Cortlands, and Red Delicious apples that make for a perfect blend. In the farmhouse kitchen, apple pie is in the oven and applesauce is on the stove. This event runs from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

**Please note that fall 2020 Saturday programs will be modified to encourage social distancing and reflect current State guidelines for public events. Visitors are required to carry masks at all times, and wear them when social distancing isn't possible.

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 www.howellfarm.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 11/6/20 - 11/8/20

 NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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