Thursday, February 18, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/20/21 - 2/21/21

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, February 20 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band

See Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band Performed by Neill Hartley on Saturday at 6:00 pm (sold out) and 7:30 pm. Neill Hartley is Sherlock Holmes in a thrilling version of the short story by Arthur Conan Doyle. Staged at the Historic Allaire Chapel, see Sherlock Holmes in his study working out the mystery. Then follow him to an old mansion where he must stop a killer from committing another horrible crime!

Neill Hartley is professional actor who has performed his one-man shows for hundreds of groups. He works with many regional theaters and is on the theater faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Tickets are $30 per person. Advance tickets are required. Masks must be work in the chapel. Click here to register.

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park at 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.

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Saturday, February 20 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Stitches in Time 
Ages 8+; under 18 with an adult

On Saturday, join Longstreet Farm staff for an informal session on hand-sewing basics - learn five simple stitches for quick repairs, or bring a project with you to work on as we converse. You can borrow our sundries or bring your own. This is a great chance to try a new hobby or get started on those mending projects that have been lying around! This free events 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, February 20 - Union Township, Union County
Family Fun Day - Chinese New Year!
Children Friendly Event

Participate in our Chinese New Year party at Liberty Hall! The Year of the Ox began on February 12 and we are celebrating by making lots of crafts – from dragon puppets to “porcelain” plates – that emulate traditional Chinese craftsmanship and icons. Americans have adored Chinese imagery since before the Revolution (what people in the past called chinoiserie), but there are many traditional Chinese symbols that have been used in New Years’ festivities for hundreds of years. Come craft & learn, and begin the new year with lots of good fortune and prosperity!

Program Times: 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. Program Fee: $10 for 1 child/1 adult, $8 for museum members, $4 for additional children.

Reservations required; to purchase tickets visit https://libertyhall.kean.edu or call 908-527-0400. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ.

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Saturday, February 20 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Maple Sugaring
Children Friendly Event

Hundreds of sugar maple trees line the banks of Moore's Creek and the nearby woods at the foot of Baldpate Mountain...and in February farmers begin the annual work of sap collection and maple syrup production. Visitors are invited for self-guided tours through the barnyard, woods, and Sugar House, where farmers can answer questions about the maple sugaring process.

Visitors can also learn how to bring the operation into their own backyards, with tree tapping demonstrations at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Dress for the job: the work has sweet rewards, but it can be muddy, icy, and windy in the sugar bush.

Admission to the farm is free, but Tree Tapping Demonstrations are limited to 25 participants to comply with current State COVID-19 requirements. Advance reservations are full, however a limited number of spaces will be available at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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.

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Saturday, February 20 - Cape May, Cape May County
Emlen Physick House 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 and 1:45 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.

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Saturday, February 20 - 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. 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 $12 for adults, $8 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, February 20 - 21 - 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 and college students, $6 for children 4-12, and $5 for Atlantic City residents; active military and children under 4 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 www.abseconlighthouse.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, February 20 - 21 - 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 11:00 am and 3:00 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 - Sunday, February 20 - 21 - 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.

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Saturday - Monday, February 20 - 22 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Outdoor Strolling Admission: Tuckerton Seaport
Family Friendly Event

After much careful consideration and implementing enhanced safety measures, Tuckerton Seaport is open for strolling for long weekends. The Tuckerton Seaport will be open on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Reserved timed tickets will be required for everyone. This helps us limit capacity and maintain social distancing. Masks will be required at all times. Tuckerton Seaport reserves the right to make changes to the schedule or cancel at any time due to circumstances beyond our control at the discretion of the museum. Safety always comes first around here. In the event that we need to cancel any dates, guests who have pre-purchased tickets will receive a full refund.

How do you make reservations? Reservations can be made in two ways: Online or at the Welcome Booth!


Tickets are just $5/person. Seaport Members can use the discount code Member20 for their complimentary tickets. Members will be required to bring their Membership Card with them when visiting or the discount will not be valid. Membership benefits for Seaport Family Members include two adults as well as any accompanying children under 18. Additional guests should reserve their tickets at the regular price online. Everyone needs a ticket for entry with the exception of children under age 5 who are complimentary.

The Tukerton Seaport is located at 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ. For more information, call 609-296-8868 or visit https://tuckertonseaport.org.

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Sunday, February 21
The History of Diners in New Jersey
Virtual Program

Speaker Michael Gabriele, an author, historian and diner aficionado, will share his deep knowledge of Jersey and New Jersey’s major role in the production of the classic diners that appeared across the nation during the first half of the 1900s.

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 847 9912 4859
Passcode: 783540

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

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