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Thursday, August 26, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/28/21-8/29/21

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, August 28 - Princeton, Mercer County
Stony Brook Walking Tour

Before there was a "Princeton," six Quaker families established a community on the fertile ground along Stony Brook. This two-hour hike explores the lives of the early settlers and the community they established, while following a portion of the trail George Washington took from Trenton to the Princeton Battlefield. Stops include the Stony Brook Meeting House and Burial Ground, walking a portion of the "hidden" back road into Princeton, and a view of the Battlefield.

Admission: $10 per person. Tours begin at the Updike Farmstead farmhouse, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ at 11:00 am. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 609-921-6748 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/27/21 - 8/29/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/21/21-8/22/21

 New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, August 21 - Madison, Morris County
Architectural Walking Tour

Explore some of the many architectural gems in downtown Madison including the James Library Building with Museum of Early Trades and Crafts staff on a walking tour that begins at 11:00 am. $15 per person and free for METC Members. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register!

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts is located at 9 Main Street (NJ Route 124 at Green Village Road), Madison, NJ. 

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Saturday, August 21 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Help the Farmer: Fences, Bridges & Fords
Children Friendly Event

The site will be 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: 8/20/21 - 8/22/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/14/21-8/15/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, August 14
Women's Suffrage in Black and White
Virtual Program

Alice Paul famously said that to her, “there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.” However, the history of the woman suffrage movement shows that time and again issues such as race did complicate efforts to win women the vote. From the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 to the streets of Washington D.C. in 1913 to Southern statehouses in 1920, many women of color found themselves excluded from the front lines of the movement and pushed to the background, sometimes quite literally. National Parks Service Ranger Susan Philpott of the Belmont Paul Women’s Equality Monument will tell this story through the words of the women who were there, struggling against the sexism of the society as well as the racism of many in their own ranks.

Join the Alice Paul Institute and Susan Philpott of the National Park Service for a discussion on race and the women's suffrage movement on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Register here!

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/13/21 - 8/15/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 8/7/21-8/8/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

A Weekly Feature on www.thehistorygirl.com
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Saturday, August 7 - 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, August 7 - Upper Freehold, Monmouth County
Edible History Series: Ice Cream
Children Friendly Site & Event

What better way to cool off on a hot summer day? Using recipes from the 19th century, we invite everyone to help us crank ice cream in the shade of the all important ice house, and then consume the results of our labor. Free frosty family fun at Historic Walnford! 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.

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Saturday, August 7 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Smocking Demonstration

View the lost art of smocking, a decorative embroidery or shirring made by gathering cloth in regularly spaced round tucks. Years ago children’s clothing had this decorative embroidery. This free event 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

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Saturday, August 7 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Honey Harvest
Children Friendly Event

With the hives open and the bees on their best behavior, the Howell Farm beekeeper invites visitors to look inside the supers and meet the workers, drones, and the queen herself! Next, you can help uncap and extract this year’s crop of clover honey from the combs, then have a taste and bottle some to take home. The site will be 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.

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Saturday - SundayAugust 7 - 8 - 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 and 3:00 pm and Sunday at 11:15 am and 1:45 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayAugust 7 - 8 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayAugust 7 - 8 - 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 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 - SundayAugust 7 - 8 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayAugust 7 - 8 - 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 9:00 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayAugust 7 - 8 - 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 - SundayAugust 7 - 8 - 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 www.battleshipnewjersey.org.

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Saturday - SundayAugust 7 - 8 - 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, and 2:15 pm and Sunday at 11:45 am, 12;30 pm, 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayAugust 7 - 8 - Brik Township, Ocean County
Civil War Encampment

The Brick Township Historical Society will sponsor a Civil War Encampment by the 61st New York Regiment on Saturday from 10:00 am - 3 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. This event takes place on the Society's Havens Homestead Museum property, 521 Herbertsville Road, Brick, NJ. It will be held rain or shine.

Admission is free. Lunch will be available for purchase, and the Society will be having a homemade bake sale. The Lizzie Herbert Gift Shop will have specials. Parking is in a lot 150 feet east of the museum, accessed by a driveway with a sign that says "Havens Farm." For more information visit www.bricktownshiphistoricalsociety.com or call 732-785-2500.

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Saturday - Monday, August 7 - 9 - 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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Sundays, August 8, 29 and September 1, 22, and 29 - Somerville, Somerset County
Hardenbergh Hikes through History: New Jersey's Artist and Ornithologist

Explore the Jersey Dutch roots of New Jersey's turn-of-the-century artist and ornithologist Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh.

Artist and ornithologist Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh depicted the wildlife and landscapes of the Jersey Shore at the turn of the twentieth century but his own roots in the Garden State stem back to the Jersey Dutch and the American Revolution.

This special historic houses tour goes indoors and outdoors at Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage to explore the Jersey Dutch origins of the Hardenbergh and Rutgers families, the academic tradition of New Jersey's colonial colleges that encouraged Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh's ornithology, and the landscapes preserved in New Jersey State Parks & Forests today that inspired Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh's art.

Complement this tour with visits to "In Nature's Realm: The Art of Gerard Rutgers Hardenbergh" on exhibit at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton now through January 9, 2022 and "Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse" on exhibit at New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.

To register and get FREE tickets, click hereThe Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites is located at 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ. For more information, call 908-725-1015.

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Sunday, August 8 - Sparta, Sussex County
Rita Joyce: Evolution of an Artist


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Sunday, August 8 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Machinery Expo

Take a gander at the best “modern” technology the 1890s has to offer. Our machinery will be out of storage and in full view for one day only! Staff will be on-hand to discuss the mechanics of Longstreet Farm’s horse-drawn implements and household/kitchen equipment. 
This free event run from 10:00 am - 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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Sunday, August 8 - Sparta, Sussex County
Flexible Flyers Play the "Golden Oldies"


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

NJ Weekend Estate Sales: 8/6/21 - 8/8/21

NEW JERSEY WEEKEND ESTATE SALES

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