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Thursday, March 25, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/27/21 - 3/28/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, March 27 - Wall Township, Monmouth County
"Remembering Poe"

This event is in honor of Poetry month. As an actress and playwright, I have performed as Edgar Poe and Poe’s one-time fiancĂ©e, Helen Whitman since 1999. First “Poe-sessed” in high school when, for an acting class, I memorized “The Raven,” I fell in love with Poe’s poetry. Eventually, I came to love almost everything that Poe has written, so my repertoire expands.

My first appearance as Edgar was at the Ritz Theater of Oaklyn, NJ. Bruce Curless, founder of the Ritz Theater, directed my performance as (Sarah) Helen Whitman in “Remembering Poe”. I had written “Remembering Poe” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Poe’s death.

Mr. Curless offered me the opportunity to play Helen Whitman for act one and, after Intermission, to return as Poe for act two. As an actress, I’d always longed to perform as Poe, but, of course, felt intimidated by the idea of performing as a man. So Bruce’s offer was a dream come true - a dream that I hardly dared to dream! Thank you, Bruce! Women performing as male characters occurs more these days, but it was not so prevalent in 1999. Since then I have performed as Poe on stage, radio and television. It is a joy for me to stretch my acting and writing skills in this way. Each performance is an opportunity to attempt to almost channel the great writer.

Tickets are $28 per person. Advance registration required. This is a fundraiser for the Historic Village at Allaire.

Patrons will be required to adhere to social distancing and must wear masks while within the Historic Allaire Chapel at the performance.

Purchase tickets via EventBrite, print your tickets out and bring them with you on the night of the performance. Park in the Main Parking lot of Allaire State Park and follow the lanterns to the "Check-In" area by the Allaire Chapel.

NO REFUNDS ONCE TICKETS ARE PURCHASED. TICKETS ARE LIMITED!

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 www.allairevillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 3/26/21 - 3/28/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Full moon climbs in 2021 at Cape May Lighthouse

Full moon climbs in 2021 at Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) offers rare opportunities for nighttime climbs up the spiral steps to the Watch Gallery of the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse during select full moon dates each year. A full moon climb up the 199 steps is a special chance on clear nights to see the spectacular full moon in all its glory. 

Lighthouse Full Moon Climbs are offered from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, Wednesday, May 26, Thursday, June 24, Friday, July 23, and Sunday, Aug. 22, with additional dates possible. Visit www.capemaymac.org for updates.

Since it opened to the public in 1988, more than 2.5 million people have climbed the 199 steps to the Watch Gallery at the top of the Cape May Lighthouse during the day. Fewer have seen the grand vista of the evening sky and the full moon from atop this majestic beacon at nighttime.

The lighthouse is in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township (next to Cape May Point Borough Hall at 215 Lighthouse Ave. in Cape May Point), and normally closes at dusk. Admission for these special nighttime climbs is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3-12). The Cape May Lighthouse is open regularly for visiting and climbing during daytime hours. Visit www.capemaymac.org for current schedule.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/20/21 - 3/21/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, March 20 - 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 $5 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, March 21.


- 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 www.allairevillage.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 3/19/21 - 3/21/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/13/21 - 3/14/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, March 13 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Backyard Chickens
Children Friendly Site

It’s all about chickens as we discuss Longstreet’s fine-feathered flock. We’ll cover basic poultry needs such as feed, water, shelter, and routine care, as well as general anatomy and egg production. This is a great source of information if you’re considering getting chickens of your own, or if you just want a little more knowledge about our winged residents. This event run from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm.


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

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Saturday, March 13 - 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 www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 3/12/21 - 3/14/21

 NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 3/6/21 - 3/7/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, March 6 - 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, March 6 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Workhorse Rides
Children Friendly Event

In bygone days, it wasn’t uncommon for a farm boy or girl to hitch a ride on the back of a big draft horse while it was being driven back to the barn after a day working in the fields.

During this program at Howell Living Farm, kids 5 – 12 will learn the differences between draft, saddle, and carriage horses when they climb aboard a fully harnessed workhorse for a ride down the lane…after, that is, they help farmers with barn chores like bedding stalls, filling water troughs, and making feed. This program will be available 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.

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Saturday, March 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 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 - Sunday, March 6 - 7 - 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, March 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, March 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 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Sunday.

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, March 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 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, March 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, March 7
A Great Place to Eat or Drink: Cedar Bridge
Virtual Program

Join Ocean County Historical Society as we follow our virtual lecturer and guide, Sean McHugh, into the Pine Barrens to visit Cedar Bridge Tavern in Barnegat, NJ at 2:00 pm on Sunday. A Senior Archaeologist at a cultural resource consulting firm, adjunct professor at Monmouth University, and co-director of the Archaeological Field School of Monmouth University, Mr. McHugh has over 17 years of experience in archaeology and historic preservation.

The c. 1816 Cedar Bridge Tavern was bought by the Ocean County Parks Department in 2007. The Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission describes it as, “a historic treasure that offers a unique window into the European experience in the N.J. Pinelands.” Mr. McHugh conducted numerous archaeological investigations there in advance of the county’s improvement project.

Sign up for this Zoom presentation by emailing your name, zip code, email address and Cedar Bridge Tavern 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, March 7
Reclaiming our Voice: New Jersey's Central Role in the Fight for Women's Suffrage
Virtual Program


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Sunday, March 7
Remember the Ladies: A History of American Women in Song
Virtual Program

The role of women’s lives in society from the 18th century to the 19th amendment is highlighted in popular song by balladeer Linda Russell on Sunday at 2:00 pm via Zoom. Playing mountain and hammered dulcimers and guitar, Linda Russell sings broadsides, laments, murder ballads, love songs, parlor melodies and suffrage anthems. The songs reflect the changing status of women in society. Interspersed with the music are excerpts from women’s diaries and letters.

Included will be stories of Deborah Samson, who fought as a soldier in Washington’s army, and New Jersey women who led the fight for Women’s Suffrage. Free or make a donation. For more information and to register, visit www.bergencountyhistory.org/events.

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

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 3/5/21 - 3/7/21

 NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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