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Thursday, December 30, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 1/1/22 - 1/2/22

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday - SundayJanuary 1 - 2 - 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 4:00 pm.

Price is $5. 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayJanuary 1 - 2 - 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 $20 and children (ages 3-12) $15. Tours on Saturday 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 www.capemaymac.org.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/25/21 - 12/26/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Sunday, December 26 - Trenton, Mercer County
Hogmanay at the Trent House - A Scottish Celebration of the New Year

The Trent House Association presents a program highlighting William Trent’s Scottish heritage by celebrating Hogmanay on Sunday at 3:00 pm at the 1719 William Trent House. Because indoor space is limited, this free program will be held outside if weather permits. Please pre-register on Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/Hogmanay2021; pre-registrants will be admitted in order of registration if the program will be held indoors. All pre-registrants will be notified the morning of the event of the program venue and, if indoors, their admission status.

Hogmanay is the traditional celebration of the new year in Scotland. The William Trent House Museum commemorates Trent’s Scottish heritage with a Hogmanay program during Trenton’s Patriots Week. This year the program will feature Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson’s memories of the holiday as a child in Scotland and traditional songs played by Stacy Roth and Bob Dupré of History on the Hoof. Bagpiping will begin and end the program and Scottish treats will be provided along with warm cider and chilled eggnog. Visitors will be encouraged to join in signing Auld Lang Syne and burning written wishes for the new year.

Free tours of the historic house will be offered before the program, which runs from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Face coverings are required indoors.

The William Trent House Museum is located at 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ. It is a National Historic Landmark in the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area and on the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail. For more information, visit https://williamtrenthouse.org.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/18/21 - 12/19/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, December 18 - Tewksbury, Hunterdon County
Tewksbury Historical Society Holiday Gift Sales 

The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold its Annual Holiday Gift Sales on Sunday, December 12 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, at the Oldwick Carriage House, 5 James St., Oldwick, NJ and on Saturday, December 18 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Society Headquarters, 60 Water St., Mountainville section of Lebanon, NJ.

New this year is the book Oldtime Days in Mounatainvile and Surrounding Areas by Robert P. Stevenson and Meta Potter at a cost of $30. This book is a much-loved treasure of information that has been out of print for twenty years. Due to the generosity of the Potter family, the Tewksbury Historical Society was given permission to reprint the book exactly as the original book appeared. 

Tewksbury Afghans in cranberry red, hunter green and navy blue, depicting the town's noted landmarks, are special gifts for both new and long-time residents of the area. Tewksbury Church notecards and post cards depicting original historic scenes make great stocking stuffers. The Tewksbury Auto-Tour Book provides a self-guided tour of Tewksbury which could be a fun-to-do winter drive through snow covered hamlets.

Also available are hardcover and paperback editions of Historic Notes on Fairmount, NJ by Freeman Leigh, signed and unsigned prints of "Tewksbury, A River Runs Through It", by Elizabeth "Lib" Ryman and both unmatted and matted (while supplies last) prints depicting scenes in Mountainville, Pottersville and Califon by Linda Jean. Select Mountainville prints are also signed by longtime resident Charles Burrell. Beers reprints of the New Germantown Map and Tewksbury Map can be purchased framed or unframed as singles or in pairs. Framed Post Cards and Tewksbury Historical Society Art Show Tee Shirts are also available.

For more information, visit www.tewksburyhistory.net.

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Saturday - SundayDecember 18 - 19 - Cape May, Cape May County
Physick Family Christmas House Tour
Family Friendly Tour

On the Physick Family Christmas House Tour, you will visit the Physick Estate, decorated in true Victorian style, for a unique living history experience with members of the Physick Family household of the 1890s. Also see the Christmas Traditions exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery, a breathtaking Dickens Village beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree. Physick Estate Tours take approximately 45 minutes. Tours will be on Saturday at 1:45 and 3:00 pm and Sunday at 12:30, 1:45, and 3:00 pm. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 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 www.capemaymac.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/17/21 - 12/19/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/11/21 - 12/12/21

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Saturday, December 11 - Titusville, Mercer County
"The Ten-Day Stand That Defined a Free Country" Documentary "The Christmas Night Crossing" Lecture

Arjun Agarwal & John Weaver, 2021 graduates of Lawrence High School and The Lawrenceville School, respectively, will present their award-winning National History Day (NHD) documentary, “The Ten-Day Stand That Defined a Free Country” on Saturday at 2:00 pm. The 10-minute documentary received recognition from the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Association NJ, the NJ State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table during the 2018 New Jersey History Day competition.

The documentary will be followed by a lecture by Washington Crossing State Park’s Resource Interpretive Specialist Clay Craighead on the significance of the Christmas Night Crossing and the Battle of Trenton.

The Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum will be open from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm0 featuring The Swan Historical Foundation’s Collection of 500+ Colonial and Revolutionary War artifacts.

The Visitor Center Museum can be reached from I-95 by taking the Trenton/Lambertville Exit (this is the first exit in N.J. heading north and the last exit heading south). Head north on Route 29 for 2 ½ miles and turn right at the first traffic light. Park Entrance will be on your left in a ½ mile. Enter the park and follow the signs to the Visitor Center Museum. For more information call 609-737-0623. 

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Saturday, December 11 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Edible History Series: Coffee Cake
Adults

Drop in for a cup of coffee and a piece of coffee cake made from a 19th century recipe. Learn about the history and evolution of America’s favorite “pick-me-up” and the tasty crumb-topped treat that accompanies it. This free event runs from 2:00 - 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.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/10/21 - 12/12/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing

Two Chances to Watch George Washington’s Annual Delaware River Crossing
December 12 and 25, 2021


Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day 1776 river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.


The public has two opportunities to view the reenactment. The first is on Sunday, December 12, 2021 when the park will hold a full dress rehearsal from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (actual crossing at approximately 1:00 pm).

On this day, in addition to the crossing reenactment, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village will provide families with a full day of fun and learning. The cost to attend is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Family rate is $20 for two adults and two children. Proceeds from this reenactment support future programs in the park. There is no fee to watch the crossing itself from the New Jersey side of the river.

The annual Christmas Day crossing will take place from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 25, 2021 (actual crossing at approximately 1:00 pm). The Christmas Day crossing is free, and it is recommended that visitors arrive before 1:00 pm to ensure a good place along the viewing line.

River crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants. However, even if conditions do not allow for crossing, ceremonies, speeches, and commemorative activities still occur.

Drones are not permitted at this event. Washington Crossing Park is located at the intersection of Routes 32 and 532 in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this event should call 215-493-4076. To stay up-to-date on what is happening in Washington Crossing Historic Park, visit www.washingtoncrossingpark.org.


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Thursday, December 2, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 12/4/21 - 12/5/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, December 4 - 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, December 4 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Liberty Tree Lighting
Children Friendly Event

Kick off the holiday season with plenty of patriotic cheer at the Jacobus Vanderveer House Liberty Tree Lighting Celebration!

Join The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House from 4:00 - 7:00 pm (tree lighting at 5:00 pm) on Saturday for our annual Liberty Tree Lighting Celebration! Free to the community!

Festivities will include:
* Photos with Santa
* Live Holiday Music
* Live reading of The Night Before Christmas
Surprise Holiday Pull
Poinsettia Sale (pre-sale only, purchase online at www.jvanderveerhouse.org)
*Decorating your own Gingerbread Man
* Colonial Reenactors
* Fire Pit
* Complimentary hot cocoa and pretzels

The Jacobus Vanderveer House is located at 3055 River Road (in Bedminster’s River Road Park), Bedminster, NJ. For more information, call 908-396-6053 or visit www.jvanderveerhouse.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 12/3/21 - 12/5/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 11/27/21 - 11/28/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, November 27 - Toms River, Ocean County
Ocean County Historical Society’s Victorian Era Holiday Celebration

On Saturday, the Ocean County Historical Society at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, NJ will host a Victorian Era holiday celebration from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Bring your camera to have pictures taken with a Victorian style Santa. Take a tour of our holiday decorated Elizabeth Sculthorp Force Victorian Era house and museum and enjoy a large model train show.

Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Refreshments will be available. Please call 732-341-1880 for reservations.

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Saturday, November 27 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Wreath & Sleighbell Sale
Family Friendly Site

Sleighbells will be sold throughout the day by The Friends of Howell Farm to benefit the Farm's restoration projects. The bells are made by the farm's harness maker, who makes the harnesses and sleigh bells worn by the Farm's workhorses. Brass and nickel plated bells will be sold in straps of six, twelve, and twenty bells. Reproduction cast bells, bell door ringers and bell ornaments will also be available.

Other holiday items featured at the annual fundraiser include fresh evergreen wreaths and door hangings; baskets of the Farm's flour, honey and maple syrup; and beautiful handmade items sewn by the Pleasant Valley Stitchers.

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

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: 11/26/21 - 11/28/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

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

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, November 20 - Paterson, Passaic County
Museum Launches Paterson Poetry Workshop Series

Word Seed, Inc. and the Paterson Museum are teaming up to present a Paterson Poetry Workshop Series. Join us on Saturday for the first of these workshops, Your Voice Matters, which is taking place from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Paterson Museum. This free program, which is open to poets of all ages, presented and led by Paterson’s Poet Laureate Talena Lachelle Queen. Whether you actively write poetry or are just interested in learning more about how to find your own poetic voice, this interactive workshop will help you develop your art.

To kick off the workshop series, the program Saturday will include the special ebook release of Defiance & Desperation, a collection of ten poems by Patersonian Jaquair Gillette. The collection examines the plight, struggles, ideas, and hope of all marginalized peoples. The poems also reflect Gillette’s personal journey, struggling to create in a world full of challenges.

For more information and to register for the workshop, please visit www.wordseedinc.org.

The Paterson Museum, located at 2 Market Street (on the corner of Market and Spruce Streets), is in the heart of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. For more information, visit https://patersonmuseum.com.

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Saturday, November 20 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration & Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Site & Event


On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel and take pleasure in observing the carpenter demonstrating his mastery of woodworking using an assortment of traditional carpentry hand toolsThis free events run from 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm.

Stop by 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: 11/19/21 - 11/21/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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