Thursday, February 4, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 2/6/21 - 2/7/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, February 6
“In Graves Of Their Own: Reclaiming The Locust Hill Cemetery"
Virtual Program

The Trent House Association presents a virtual illustrated talk, “In Graves of Their Own: Reclaiming the Locust Hill Cemetery,” presented by Algernon Ward, Trenton history enthusiast and re-enactor. The program will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday via Zoom at https://bit.ly/3pseQjl. More details can be found on the William Trent House website at https://www.williamtrenthouse.org/upcoming-events.html.

Algernon Ward, a notable figure in Trenton’s history community and member of the 6th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops Civil War reenactor organization, will highlight the history of the Locust Hill Cemetery from its beginnings in the 18th century as the earliest known burial place of African Americans in Trenton. He will outline current efforts to ensure the cemetery’s preservation and commemorate the people buried there, including several Civil War veterans.

Mr. Ward and the 6th Regiment are leading that project, which includes developing an interpretive center next to the cemetery. The Locust Hill Cemetery joins other sites important to Trenton’s African American history, including the 1856 Higbee School, the first free school for African Americans in Trenton, and the Carver Youth and Family Center, a social and cultural center for Trenton’s Black community. To donate to the Locust Hill Cemetery project, send a check to the 6th Regiment at 685 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Trenton 08618, or by donating through the Trent House Association’s PayPal account at https://www.williamtrenthouse.org/donation.html. All donations will go directly toward the Locust Hill Cemetery project.

The 1719 William Trent House Museum is dedicated to sharing the authentic history of the house, property, and people with our communities, connecting the past with today and tomorrow. The Museum is owned by the City of Trenton, operated by the Trent House Association, and listed in both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. For more information, visit https://williamtrenthouse.org.

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Saturday, February 6 - 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 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 6 - 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 6 - 7 - 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 6 - 7 - 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 12:00 noon 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 6 - 7 - 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 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 6 - 8 - 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 7
Congressman Andy Kim Invited to OCHS Presentation
Virtual Program

We are honored to have a tentative commitment from Congressman Kim, representing residents in most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County, to speak virtually about his public service career under both Democrats and Republicans. He served at USAID, the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House National Security Council, and in Afghanistan as an advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen. We are particularly interested in his past Middle East experiences, with a possible drawdown of US troops about to occur in Iraq and Afghanistan. Make a list of questions you have for Rep. Kim!

As soon as we receive confirmation of Rep. Kim’s new committee assignments and schedule for 2021, we will confirm the planned presentation of February 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm via Zoom. Sign up for this informative program by emailing your name, zip code, email address and Congressman Kim program to oceancounty.history@verizon.net. We will send you the link to Zoom a few days before the event.

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Sunday, February 7
Black Tom Island Historical Panel
Virtual Program

Art House presents a radio play of Martin Casella’s Black Tom Island. A free virtual panel discussion about the actual historical event will take place on Sunday at 3:00 pm on Zoom. Free advance registration is required. 


The panel will feature Dr. Libby O'Connell Chief Historian Emeritus at the History Channel, Janet Akhtarshenas of Liberty State Park, John Beekman from the Jersey City Public Library, and Dr. Timothy R. White of New Jersey City University, along with playwright Martin Casella and director Darren Lee. Attendees are encouraged to listen to the podcast before attending the panel. 

Listen to the podcast  → Black Tom Island Radio Play

Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack. Funded in part through the Hudson County Historical Partnership Grant, Casella’s play was adapted as a radio play and distributed as a podcast directed by Darren Lee. Sound design by Megumi Katayama. Featuring actors Michael Stewart Allen, Damian Buzzerio, Mason Hensley, and Jenna Krasowski. Narrated by Executive Director Meredith Burns. Today, the Black Tom site is part of New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. A historical marker is located in the southeast corner of the park.

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

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