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 or for details. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:

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

Saturday, November 14 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Bacon, Sausage & Scrapple Making
Children Friendly Event

When the weather turns cold, the annual work of making sausage, scrapple, and bacon gets underway, giving visitors a chance to see the techniques used to make these products...then to taste some of the results! Visitors can lend a hand filling the sausage stuffer and grinding the corn used in scrapple and cornbread recipes, then taste cracklins and other delicacies made in the process. 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

Saturday, November 14 - Forked River, Ocean County
An Evening with Spirit

On Saturday, the Lacey Historical Society will host a fundraising event featuring psychic medium and paranormal investigator, Leslie Lagani. Leslie will utilize her mediumistic abilities to facilitate communication from those on the other side. The program will take place 7:00pm at the Lacey Township Community Hall, 101 North Main Street, Forked River, NJ. Cost of admittance is $35 per person at the door.  Reservation required. Call 609-971-0467 (please speak clearly) or e-mail leaving your name, phone number as well as the number of people in your party. Your reservation will be acknowledged.

The door opens at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. During this gallery style event, you will hear healing messages from loved ones and friends. Come open minded in expanding your current understanding of what happens when the physical body ceases, and the spiritual body is released into a realm of love and light. There will also be a Q&A where you can ask question about Mediumship, and afterlife, Leslie’s work, or any other thoughts you may have. Not everyone is guaranteed a connection, but Leslie’s goal is to send you onward with the hope and understanding that there is life after life. This event will raise much needed funds for the Historical Society, so please come out to show your support.  COVID-19 mask and social distancing guidelines apply.

Saturday, November 14 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
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. Pilsen Gourmet Food Truck, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well. 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, November 15.

- Patrons and vendors 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 - Sunday, November 14 - 15 - 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, November 14 - 15 - 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, November 14 - 15 Lower Township, Cape May County
Fall Walking Tours at Historic Cold Spring Village

Enjoy beautiful autumn weather as you take a guided walk through a portion of Historic Cold Spring Village and experience the mystique of days gone by. Learn the history of several of the museum buildings and the lifestyles of those who worked and lived in the village. Visit the Country Store where you may purchase a unique souvenir of the Village.

Tour ends at Cold Spring Brewery (beer, sarsaparilla, or water) and a delightful box lunch from
Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. Tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am. Tours are $20 per person and include box lunch. $18.00 for children ages 3-12. Members receive a $2 discount. Tours begin at the Seashore Road/Rt.626 Gate House. MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON VILLAGE GROUNDS.

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. For more information on events, membership, volunteering, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit

Saturday - Sunday, November 14 - 15 - 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 12:00 noon - 3:00 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, November 14 - 15 - 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, November 14 - 15 - 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 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:15 pm and Sunday at 11:45 am and 1:00 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, November 14 - 15 - 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 at 12:30, 1:45, and 3:00 pm and Sunday at 12:30 and 1:45 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, November 15
How To Support Your Favorite Candidate
Virtual Program

Attorney William Huneke will return to Ocean County Historical Society’s program schedule on Sunday at 2:00 pm for a fascinating Zoom presentation. Bill has enjoyed an almost lifelong hobby of collecting political campaign memorabilia, which now number over 5,000 pieces!

You will enjoy learning about the history of campaign items—badges, banners, ribbons, metal tokens, and celluloid covered pinback buttons—and what they tell us about elections. Some focus on the issues, some purely on personalities. Selling a candidate is in many ways just like selling cereal or other consumer products.

Bill’s collection contains something from every major candidate from 1840 on and is non-partisan/bipartisan, all in good fun. Bring your interest, your questions, and if you have any items at home you’d like to share or ask questions about, they are welcome, too!

To register for this program, send your request to Include your e-mail address, the name and date of the program, and your zip code. We will send you instructions for accessing the program.

Sunday, November 15
Chatham Historical Society Presents “In the 20th Century”
Virtual Program

Janet W. Foster, architectural historian, preservationist, and author based in Morris County, will discuss the "future that is past", particularly Architectural Modernity in Chatham and New Jersey in general on Sunday at 4:00 pm.

At the dawn of the 20th century, even the name of the era connoted an embrace of modernity and the future. The “future that is past” is now a ripe area for study and for understanding what went right and what went wrong as people grappled with enormous demographic and technological change fifty to one hundred years ago. The little village of Chatham and its surrounding rural area developed into a prosperous suburban community, losing industry and agricultural uses, but gaining a more diverse population that could support more local businesses, services, and cultural institutions. What modernity looked like in the suburbs of New Jersey generally, and in Chatham in particular, is the focus of a free lecture hosted on Zoom by the Chatham Historical Society. The link to join in the Zoom program is The meeting ID: 825 8646 9047.

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


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