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Thursday, July 29, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/31/21-8/1/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday - SundayJuly 31 - August 1 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Mercer County 4H Fair
Children Friendly Event

In the 1920s and early 1930s, the local Pleasant Valley Calf Club held an annual fair at the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse and grounds adjacent to Howell Farm. These fairs, organized by the school children and their parents, drew visitors from many parts of Mercer and Hunterdon Counties. "With this historical basis in mind, we thought the 4-H Fair was a great match for us," said Pete Watson, Howell Farm director. "With our visitor center barn, we're now well equipped to handle a fair like this."

Highlights of the fair will include cow milking, a sheep show, a goat show, a poultry show, and a small animal show. Tents for the animals and exhibits will be located near the farm's visitor center. Musical acts include the Jugtown Mountain String Band, Cook College Ramblers, and Magnolia Street String Band. Howell Farm's farmers will contribute by running hayrides, giving tours, and conducting historical farming demonstrations out in the fields. For more information about the fair, click here.

Please note that all 2021 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: 7/30/21 - 8/1/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/24/21-7/25/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, July 24 - Flemington, Hunterdon County
Author Apara Mahal Sylvester Book Signing Day

Apara Mahal Sylvester will be signing John’s Best Day Ever (a train book) at Northlandz on Saturday, talking about her process for writing her books and will even be doing a few readings of John’s Best Day Ever throughout the day. This event runs from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Apara Mahal Sylvester is a famous author living in New Jersey. Her most recent publications are children’s books. Her other children’s books are Cranky Frankie and The Lost Duck, Charlie The Baseball Cat, Lucy’s Way Home, and The Angel Tree

Northlandz is located at 495 US-202, Flemington, NJ. For more information, call 908-782-4022 or visit https://northlandz.com/events.

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Saturday, July 24 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Evening Livestock Chores
Children Friendly Event

Bring your boots and work gloves, because between 5:00 and 8:00 pm you’ll be learning just what it takes to keep farm animals...by picking up a pitchfork and doing evening chores! Help farmers feed and water the animals, bring in the sheep from the pasture, collect eggs in the henhouse, grind corn in the barn, scrub and fill water tubs, and clean the horses’ stalls for tomorrow’s breakfast.

Please note that all 2021 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: 7/23/21 - 7/25/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/17/21-7/18/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, July 17 - Madison, Morris County
Discovery Family Fun at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

Join METC for a Discovery Family Fun day on Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm! The day-long indoor/outdoor event includes mini tours of the new exhibit, hands-on crafts in our Education Annex, exploring the fascinating art of solagraph photography, playing games on the METC lawn, digging into some archaeology, and musical entertainment from Popsical School of Performance! This event is free but pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register. The 
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. For more information, visit https://metc.org.

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Saturday, July 17 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s & 19th Century Woodworking Demonstration
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.

From 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm, take pleasure in observing the carpenter demonstrating his mastery of woodworking using an assortment of traditional carpentry hand tools.

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: 7/16/21 - 7/18/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/10/21-7/11/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Friday - Sunday, July 9 - 11 - Wantage, Sussex County
Christmas in July at the Van Bunschooten Museum

The DAR Chinkchewunska Chapter presents "Christmas in July" at the Van Bunschooten Museum on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. This event is an annual “open house” and also our main fund raiser to help maintain our museum. Our historic house, listed on both the State and National Registers, will be decorated for Christmas by our Chapter’s Members and open for complimentary tours by our Period Costumed Docents. Our house is a wonderful example of a Dutch Colonial style home circa 1787, filled with original pieces from the VanBunschooten and Cooper families, as well as many items of local historical interest including a Charleville musket carried in the American Revolutionary War. The event also features Attic Treasurers Sale, Food and Bake Sale, historical reenactors, a silent auction, and more! The DAR Van Bunschooten Museum is located at 1097 Route 23, Wantage, NJ. For more information, visit www.vanbunschootenmuseum.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 7/9/21 - 7/11/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

July 4th Weekend NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 7/3/21-7/4/21

July 4th Weekend New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, July 3 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Yarn Bee
Ages 10+

Whether starting a new hobby or working on an old project, all are welcome to this gathering on Saturday at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel! The relaxed atmosphere means no pressure - you can knit or crochet at your own pace, and farm staff will be on hand to assist those wanting to learn a new skill. Bring your own supplies or borrow ours for the session. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only. This event run from 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm.

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

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Saturday, July 3 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Ice Cream Party
Children Friendly Event

Farmer Jim and his crew will use a "hit and miss" engine to churn gallons of ice cream in the shade of a maple tree...while live music by the Jugtown Mountain String Band, kids’ games, and farmhouse tours add to the fun on the front lawn. Ice cream, surrey rides, and a children's craft are available for purchase.

The site is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Please note that all 2021 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.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/26/21-6/27/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, June 26 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Antique Auto Display at Historic Walnford
Children Friendly Site & Event

The horseless carriage comes to Historic Walnford with these shining examples of pre-WWII automobiles displayed across our shady lawn, weather permitting. Admire these automobiles all made over 70 years ago and imagine when life in the fast lane never hit 50 mph. This free event runs from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

While there, tour the large, elegant Walnford home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill, and the farm buildings set in a beautiful landscape. Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, 08501. For more information, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

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Saturday, June 26 - Lacey, Ocean County
Learn About Lacey History

All are invited to the Lacey Historical Society’s grand re-opening to be held on Saturday at the Schoolhouse Museum at 126 South Main Street, Rt. 9 (right behind Mrs. Walker’s Ice Cream).

The open house will begin at 10:00 am with guided complimentary tours until 1:00 pm. No reservations are required. The museum will unveil new displays to celebrate Lacey’s 150th Birthday!

Stop by any Saturday or Wednesday, 10:00 am - Noon. For more information, call 609-971-0467 or visit www.LaceyHistorical.org

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Saturday, June 26 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Wheat Harvest & Wheat Weaving
Children Friendly Event

When last fall’s wheat crop is finally ready to harvest, farmers will need your help in the field to follow behind the horses and gather up sheaves of wheat bundled by the McCormick Reaper-Binder. Next you’ll assemble the sheaves into shocks for drying outside. In the barnyard there will also be a wheat weaving demonstration.

A children’s craft program will be available from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for a small materials fee.

The site is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Please note that all 2021 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: 6/25/21 - 6/27/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/19/21-6/20/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, June 19 - Maplewood, Union County
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom


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Saturday, June 19 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
People of Pleasant Valley Tours
Children Friendly Event

The history of a rural farm community will be the focus of this program, which features tours of the houses in the Pleasant Valley Rural Historic District.

A Howell Farm interpreter leads visitors on a tour to the homes of gristmiller John Phillips, his farmer-son Henry, Henry’s blacksmith-son Lewis—as well as the Pleasant Valley one-room schoolhouse—and tells their stories along with those of other members of the community. Additionally, shorter tours of the Howell Farm farmhouse will be scheduled throughout the day.

People of Pleasant Valley Tours (90 minutes): 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
Farmhouse-Only Tours (30 minutes): 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm

A children’s craft program will be available from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for a small materials fee.

The site is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Please note that all 2021 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: 6/18/21 - 6/20/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/12/21-6/13/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, June 12 - Tweksbury, Hunterdon County
Tweksbury Biannual Garden Tour

The Tewksbury Historical Society will sponsor its biannual Garden Tour on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, in Tewksbury Township, rain or shine. Six gardens located throughout the township will welcome visitors. All COVID-19 requirements applicable at that time will be followed.

A 1722 house sits amid a parklike garden of large grass spaces, rock paths, seating areas and mature trees. A cedar grape stake fence and a 100-foot dry stack stone wall define the areas. Swans call its pond "home".

In 1950, a 1773 house and an 1800 general store were joined, with the surrounding gardens developed in keeping with the structures. A smokehouse, believed to be the oldest building in Oldwick, several old stone-lined wells and a hand-pump are among the historic features of the gardens. They are composed of "public" spaces marked by color and variety and "private" spaces showcasing hues of serene green.  A Shade Garden beckons the visitor to sit, linger and think.

A 1790 home, whose present garden emerged from the devastation of Super Storm Sandy, showcases a large property featuring baby pin oaks, a stunning Japanese cherry tree, and multiple flower beds. They provide a "rolling" panorama of color throughout the year, with seating enclaves and contemplative vantage spots.

A contemporary private garden of big root geraniums, gooseneck loosestrife, golden ray hydrangeas, various species of viburnum and spirea flow down a hillside, ending at Frog Hollow Brook. Among the landscaping surrounding the house are butterfly bushes, various species of barberry, lambs' ear, catmint and cranesbill geraniums.

A private home, whose garden was designed by its previous owner, a Master Gardener, impressed the current owners enough to want to purchase the property. Based on the principles of pleasure, beauty and joy, it is tranquil and secluded.

Perennial gardens, wild flowers, community gardens, and a developing pollinator garden are features of a large tract of land, which is a hidden oasis of beauty in Oldwick. Hikers of every age enjoy its many miles of trails. A pond surrounded by seating is a quiet spot for relaxation.

Tickets are $50.00 on the day of the tour. Tickets are limited and can be purchased on-line thru PayPal at www.tewksburyhistory.net. Click on the Garden Tour page on the left.

All tickets, including those purchased in advance, and locator maps are to be picked up the day of the Tour from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters, 60 Water St., Lebanon (Mountainville), NJ. For more information, email tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net

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Saturday, June 12
Saturday Morning History Chat: "Eliza Schuyler Hamilton"
Virtual Program

Elizabeth Hamilton was the wife of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, a defender of his works, a mother, and co-founder of the first private orphanage in New York City. Please join us as we meet the woman behind the man, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. She outlived her husband by 50 years and has only recently been re-discovered by the general public. You will be surprised to discover what an interesting and strong person she was. Alisa Dupuy of Ladies of History portrays this often-overlooked notable woman.

This program will be held at 10:30am via Zoom.

There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.
This is a FREE program. REGISTER HERE: 

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Saturday, June 12 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Dairying
Children Friendly Event

Farmers invite you to join a local farmer as he demonstrates handling and milking a farm cow. Learn about cow breeds, milk and cream production, history, and more! In the farmhouse, you can also help make cheese and butter, before churning and tasting a batch of old-fashioned ice cream.

A children’s craft program will be available from 11:00 to 3:00 for a small materials fee.

The program will run from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Please note that all 2021 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: 6/12/21 - 6/13/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 6/5/21-6/6/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, June 5 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Yarn Bee
Ages 10+

Whether starting a new hobby or working on an old project, all are welcome to this gathering on Saturday at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel! The relaxed atmosphere means no pressure - you can knit or crochet at your own pace, and farm staff will be on hand to assist those wanting to learn a new skill. Bring your own supplies or borrow ours for the session. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only. This event run from 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm.

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

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Saturday, June 5
The Discovery of a Masterpiece
Virtual Program

On Saturday at 10:30am via Zoom, art historian Mallory Mortillaro was cataloging the artwork housed inside of the Hartley Dodge Memorial when she uncovered a masterpiece that had been lost to the art world since the 1930s. After a year of research, the piece was authenticated as an official work by Auguste Rodin! Mallory will share the story of how a simple art cataloging project evolved into a search for a mysterious piece's provenance, and became one of the biggest art finds in recent history.

There will be time for Q&A following the presentation.
This is a FREE program. REGISTER HERE:

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Saturday, June 5 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Lacemaking Demonstration
Children Friendly Site & Event

Watch lacemaking in action as our demonstrator shows the historic techniques of crochet, bobbin and shuttle work used in the Victorian era. 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.