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

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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

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:

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

Saturday, June 5 - Roebling, Burlington County
Roebling Garden Tour

Spend a great day in Roebling, NJ visiting blooming gardens and learning the hidden-gem history of the families who called a company town home.

Roebling Museum announces the return of their beloved annual Garden Tour in 2021! On Saturday, Roebling Museum is hosting a fun opportunity to celebrate the beautiful weather and brightly blooming gardens in a company town famous for building America’s most iconic bridges. The event is outdoors and will observe social-distancing guidelines.

 “When the Roebling steel plant was open and homes in the company town were owned by the company, many of the workers and their families grew gardens with flowers as well as food,” says Lynne Calamia, Roebling Museum Executive Director.” The Roebling Company would sponsor competitions to encourage residents to tend to their gardens and keep their properties looking well-cared-for. “For us, continuing this tradition with our Garden Tour builds pride in our community and gives residents a chance to show off their green thumbs!”

The Garden Tour starts at Roebling Museum to check in and get a map of the locations included on the tour as well as some historic highlights. Walk, drive, bike - whatever you prefer! Choose between a self-guided experience or sign up for a guided tour at 1:00 pm.

Not only will participants enjoy socially-distanced fun, and take away some great photos for Instagram, the Garden Tour will raise funds to support Roebling Museum as they get ready to reopen to the public in the wake of COVID-19.

Garden Tour details:
When: Saturday, June 5, 2021 (Rain or Shine), 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: 100 Second Ave. Roebling, NJ 08554
Price: $15 per person and the proceeds benefit the operation of Roebling Museum.
Registration: Tickets may be purchased at, by calling 609/499-7200, or at Roebling Museum on the day of tour. Choose between a self-guided experience or sign up for a guided tour at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 5 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Old Time Baseball Game
Children Friendly Event

Take to the field with the Bulls or the Hogs and play ball! Howell Farm’s two teams play by 19th-century Town Ball rules, and invite visitors of all ages to step up to the plate as “Striker” and face off against the “Thrower.” But be careful of the Referee, who sits in a chair on the field and charges fines of up to 5 cents for breaking the rules! 

11:00 am - Watch the Flemington Neshanocks face off against the Elizabeth Resolutes in a historic baseball club match

1:30 pm - Join Howell Farm's own Hogs and Bulls for a public game on the farmhouse lawn. 

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

Saturday - SundayJune 5 - 6 - Cape May, Cape May County
Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour

This 45 minute tour is designed for the first-time visitor to Cape May who wants a quick introduction to the many cultural, historical, and natural attractions on the island. From Cape May Harbor to Sunset Beach, tourgoers will learn all they need to know to make the most of their Cape May visit. Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.

Adults $20 and children (ages 3-12) $15. Tour on Saturday at 12:30 pm and Sunday at 12:15 pm. Cape May MAC membership is open to all. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - SundayJune 5 - 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 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

Saturday - SundayJune 5 - 6 - 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 5:00 pm on Saturday and between 9:00 am and 4:00 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

Saturday - SundayJune 5 - 6 - Lower Township, Cape May County
World War II Tower Lookout Museum and Memorial Open
Family Friendly Site

Fire Control Tower No. 23 on Sunset Boulevard is New Jersey's last freestanding World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. After an award-winning restoration in 2009, visitors can climb to the 6th floor spotting gallery while learning about the homeland defense efforts during World War II. The ground floor of the tower, the All Veterans Memorial, and boardwalk interpretive panels are fully accessible. Open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children (ages 3-12) (one child free with paying adult). The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point. Sponsored by Cape May MAC. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - SundayJune 5 - 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 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. 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

Saturday - SundayJune 5 - 6 - 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

Saturday - SundayJune 5 - 6 - Camden, Camden County
Battleship New Jersey Fire Power Tour
Family Friendly

This self guided tour of the overall view of the Battleship New Jersey takes guests five levels up and two decks below. The Main Deck features an Exhibit Museum that encompasses the 48 years in and out of service. Guides are available for questions in the Captain's Quarters and CEC.

Active Military, World War II Veterans, and former Crew Members of BB-62 are asked to stop at the Box Office in the Battleship NJ Visitor's Center. Proudly inform our Ticketing Staff of your service to our Great Nation and receive a complimentary ticket to board the "Big J".

* All guests will be screened in the Visitors Center before entering the Battleship’s Pier, must wear a face covering and practice social distancing.
* Please check your email after purchase for your ticket to either print or save to your mobile device and take with you for check-in in the Visitors Center.

Firepower tour tickets are available to use at any date and time we are open for tours. Admission: Adult are $24.95 and children ages 5-11, veterans, and seniors (62+) are $19.95. Tickets can be purchased online. Battleship New Jersey is located at 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ. For more information, call 856-966-1652 or visit

Saturday - SundayJune 5 - 6 - 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 at 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:00 pm and Sunday at 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:15 pm. Sponsored by the Cape May MAC. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday - Monday, June 5 - 7 - 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

Sunday, June 6 - Union Township, Union County
Commemoration of Hannah Caldwell Day
Children Friendly Event

Rev. James Caldwell, portrayed by Doc Burkhardt, will greet visitors and recall Hannah’s heroism during the Battle of Connecticut Farms on that fateful day--June 7, 1780. Tours will be conducted of the Parsonage and tool-TV-radio museum in the carriage house.

Children (of all ages) can:
* create their own tricorn hats and/or colonial-style bonnets;
make “church” dolls;
play colonial and Native American games;
collect trading cards of Hannah, James, and the Battle of CF;
shop our vintage book sale; 
get Union County Passport booklets and have them stamped--the Parsonage is part of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area (an official cancellation site). 

Admission is free. Souvenirs will be available for purchase. Over the past year, programs had to be canceled. Those would have produced needed revenue for the centuries-old house. Please consider in-person contributions or online donations at

Sunday, June 6 - Eatontown, Monmouth County
Wood Carving Demonstration

Sunday, June 6 - Trenton, Mercer County
Trent House Museum Re-opens with Mahlon Stacy Deed

The Trent House Association in partnership with the City of Trenton announces the re-opening of the 1719 William Trent House Museum on Sunday at 2:00 pm with a special welcome-back program. Visitors will see new exhibits in the museum, Visitor Center, and garden exploring the rich history of the many people whose lives were connected with this historic site. The Trenton Historical Society will join the Association in presenting a deed signed in 1677 by the first English resident of the area, Mahlon Stacy, that was recently purchased by the two organizations. The deed will remain on view at the Trent House through the summer before being donated to the Trenton Free Public Library for its Trentoniana Collection.

Visitors can see how the garden has been redesigned to include plants that New Jersey’s native people would have grown or gathered in the wild and those that enslaved Africans would have cultivated for their own use and for the local market, as well as the herbs and vegetables grown in the gardens of English colonists. Throughout the 300-year-old house are hands-on displays and posters that show what daily life was like in the 1700s for both the wealthy Trent family and for the people held in bondage who worked there. What did these residents of the house eat, how did they dress, where did they sleep, what did they do for fun or relaxation, how were children cared for?

The Visitor Center displays what archaeology on the grounds has revealed about the lives of indigenous people from artifacts left behind and how Trent’s involvement in the slave trade of the 1700s connected him with many other wealthy and prominent colonists. Watch a re-enactment of the dilemma that Mary Trent faced when her husband suddenly died without a will in 1724 and a video illustrating with maps how the neighborhood around the Trent House went from orchards and farms to factories and workers’ houses to the parking lots and highways surrounding it today.

The museum will return to its regular schedule for visitors on Wednesdays through Sundays, from 12:30 - 4:00 pm, on Wednesday, June 9th. All visitors will be required to wear face coverings until further notice. The Trent House Museum is located at 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 6 - Jefferson Township, Morris County
Open House

The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn about the Jefferson Township Historical Society. Our award-winning costumed docents are available to help on your tour. Admission is free. Masks are required for entry.

The featured exhibit will be “Victorian Dress from Head to Toe.” This exhibit is being presented by the Society’s costume department. Vintage pieces from the museum and private collections, along with reproductions of the late Victorian period (1870-1900) and up to 1920, will be displayed throughout the building.

Each room of the museum will feature a different part of dressing the Victorian family. Gowns, outer wear, accessories, undergarments, and lingerie will be displayed throughout the building. Many special pieces are being taken from archival storage for this exhibit. Informational signage will address many of the myths of Victorian clothing. Period dressed docents and guides will be available to help visitors through the exhibit. Miss Elizabeth’s Garden plantings are labeled for self-guided tours

Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth’s Shoppe in the basement, which was the original kitchen of the house. The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale. Also be sure to visit the Museum’s lovely gardens.

The Jefferson Township Museum is located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson Township, NJ. For further information, call 973-697-0258 or visit

Until June 15, 2021
Historical Society of Princeton's Virtual House Tour
Virtual Program

The first ever Virtual House Tour is an immersive, digital reimagining of the Historical Society of Princeton’s beloved annual House Tour event. With a new house released each week, you will get to view four spectacular Princeton homes, plus special bonuses, on-demand for one month. Houses will remain available through June 15 once they are released.

Every house will offer an in-depth portal where you can dive into videos and descriptive details room-by-room, including spotlights on the house’s history, distinctive furnishings and artwork, impressive remodels and restorations, and extraordinary architectural features. Fascinating interviews with designers, architects, and artisans will illuminate the decision-making and painstaking work involved in preserving and updating a historic home.

To register and learn more about this year's featured houses, click here.

Until July 31, 2021
Jockey Hollow: A Closer Look


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


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