Thursday, September 23, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 9/25/21 - 9/26/21

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Saturday, September 25 - Mount Tabor, Morris County
Mount Tabor's 27th Annual Tour - A Porch and Garden Tour

The Mount Tabor Historical Society welcomes back visitors for a special, reimagined COVID-safe self-guided Tour taking place on Saturday, rain or shine from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

This walkable tour of the Mount Tabor Historic District allows visitors to experience the unique qualities of this historic community through its exuberant Victorian gingerbread porches and charming cottage gardens. As an added bonus, a limited number of house interiors will be open for viewing. This tour highlights some of Mount Tabor’s most delightful and unique “hidden gardens” and showcases a variety of garden types, plants, and settings. Sit a spell and enjoy the view from select period porches and see how they help define the character of our community. Porches and gardens can be visited in any order at any time during the event window, allowing guests to go at their own pace.

Additional features include a furnished replica Camp Meeting Tent and the Richardson History House, a camp meeting cottage museum. A quilt show will be displayed in the historic Tabernacle. Stop by the gift shop, which is stocked with Mount Tabor souvenirs and vintage items. Box lunches are available for pre-order only. Printed tour booklets with the self-guided map can be picked up, or purchased day-of, at the check-in table located at the Old Firehouse on Simpson Avenue.

Advance Tickets are $25 per person, or $35 with a box lunch, via online order or mailed check. Tickets also can be purchased for $30 on the day of the Tour. For advance tickets, information about the community, photos, and directions, visit or call 973-975-0001.

This event is the largest fundraiser for the Mount Tabor Historical Society. The non-profit organization puts all event proceeds back into the community through beautification, educational, and preservation projects, including the restoration of the Richardson History House.

Parking will be provided at the Mount Tabor School, located on Park Road, Morris Plains, off Route 53 (GPS: use 864 Park Rd. Morris Plains) where a shuttle bus will be available for transport into the heart of Mount Tabor. Mount Tabor is located in Morris County along Route 53 between Denville and Morris Plains. Visitors who prefer mass transit can take the NJ Transit Morris & Essex line to the Mount Tabor stop. 

Saturday, September 25 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Canning Day
Family Friendly Site

They sure make great cocktail glasses, but the Mason jars in your cabinet had a very different – and much more important – use at the turn of the century!

Visit Howell Farm on Saturday to learn canning: the ins, outs, and vacuum seals in between your summer produce and a delicious winter stew. Kim Daly, keeper of Howell Farm’s historic kitchen, will teach you how to “put up” your food – with tomato, bean, and okra canning demonstrations outside the farmhouse throughout the day. The site is 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

Saturday, September 25 - Monroe Township, Middlesex County
Vintage Baseball
Family Friendly Event

Saturday, September 25 - Madison, Morris County
Lenape Lifeways
Family Friendly Event

On Saturday at 2:00 pm, Carla Messinger of Native American Heritage Programs will present Lenape Lifeways at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, exploring the culture of these peaceful, progressive people and contrasting their social customs, history, religion, family life, agriculture, hunting, healing practices, arts and crafts, past and present contributions with those of the Europeans and Colonial Americans of the time. This program is kid friendly and family-oriented with hands-on, interactive exhibits, and is free with regular admission. Pre-registration is recommended.

This program is included with the cost of admission to the Museum. Admission fees can be paid at the Museum or in the Education Annex at 23 Main Street. Admission fees are $5/Adult, $3/Student/Senior/Children 6 and over. Children under 6 are free and a maximum family rate is $15.

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

Saturday, September 25 - Hunterdon County
Path to Preservation

Early autumn’s the perfect time for taking a drive through winding country roads and learning some local history along the way! Get a taste of the past at your own pace with the Path to Preservation self-guided tour, a free and fun activity for all ages. Pick up a passport (
available at all participating sites) and travel to the local destinations, each representing different aspects of historic life  (industry, education, religion, agriculture, home) as well as varying stages of site preservation.

The locations are the Asbury Graphite Mill (industry), the Lebanon Township Museum (education), the Mount Lebanon Church/Grange (both religion and agriculture) and the Solitude House (home). There is no particular order to visit the sites in; however, the suggested and most scenic route would be to go in the order listed above (or in reverse).

Saturday, September 25 - Cape May, Cape May County
Underground Railroad Trolley Tour

On Saturday at 10:00 am, join the Center for Community Arts (CCA) Community History Committee on a trolley tour of the places where escaped slaves sought refuge and help to continue their journeys to freedom. Hear how legendary anti-slavery fighter, Harriet Tubman, walked these streets, as did prominent railroad businessman and former slave, Stephen Smith, whose railroad cars carried hundreds to freedom.  travels through parts of Cape May and West Cape May, with stops along the way, including the Mt. Zion Cemetery. Board the trolley at the Washington Street Mall information booth at Ocean Street for this tour. Admission is $25 per adult and $15 per child (ages 3-12). Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and Center for Community Arts (CCA). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Saturday, September 25 - Paterson, Passaic County
The United State Army Field Band Concert
Family Friendly Event

Saturday - SundaySeptember 25 - 26 - 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 1:45 and 3:00 pm and Sunday at 11:00 am and 1:30 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 - SundaySeptember 25 - 26 - Cape May, Cape May County
Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour

You’ll hear how the rich lived in the early 1900s in the most elegant part of town on this trolley tour that includes the eastern beachfront. You’ll see the broad streets and massive plots on Cape May’s east side – an area marketed as “New Cape May” at the turn of the 20th century. Today, new, beachfront second homeowners have continued the tradition, running the gamut from the mere wealthy to the fabulously rich. This narrated tour travels along Beach Drive through the early 20th century East Cape May Development areas. Guides discuss history and architecture. Begins and ends at the Ocean Street trolley stop.

Adults $20 and children (ages 3-12) $15. Tour on Saturday at 12:15 and 4:30 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 - SundaySeptember 25 - 26 - 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 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, and 3:00 pm 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 - SundaySeptember 25 - 26 - 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

Saturday - SundaySeptember 25 - 26 - 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 - SundaySeptember 25 - 26 - 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

Saturday - SundaySeptember 25 - 26 - 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 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:15 pm and Sunday at 11:45 am, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, and 2:45 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 - SundaySeptember 25 - 26 - 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 - SundaySeptember 25 - 26 - 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 - Sunday, September 25 - 26 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Annual Old Time Barnegat Bay Decoy & Gunning Show

The 39th Annual Old Time Barnegat Bay Decoy & Gunning Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday. This annual event is hosted at Tip Seaman Park and the Tuckerton Seaport. Admission is free and tickets are not required.
What does the Seaport have planned?
Tuckerton Seaport will be hosting a Heritage Tent at the park to showcase traditions of the Barnegat Bay and Pinelands. Stop by to watch demonstrations with Basket Maker Mary May, the Seaport Stitchers Quilt Guild, and the Tuckerton Seaport Youth Carving Club. Jim Allen from Decoy Heritage will be offering free decoy appraisals on Saturday at table #111 at the park.

Stop by our Seafood Booth at the show’s Food Court Row!
The Seaport will also have complimentary admission for on-land touring as well as complimentary on-water boat tours of the Tuckerton Creek. Creek Tours will depart at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm from the Seaport’s Lighthouse Dock. Each 50 minute tour is fully narrated by a Seaport captain and tour guide who look forward to sharing coastal culture and heritage with you. Tickets can be reserved in-person on the day of the event at our Lighthouse welcome desk. The Seaport’s pop-up Gift Shop at the Lighthouse will be open both days from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Stop by the Hunting Shanty to view the Seaport’s interactive video series created to introduce the next generation to the traditions of the Barnegat Bay and Pinelands or the new Jersey Shore Folklife Center building for make-and-take crafts for kids. There will be a free shuttle bus service operating on a loop throughout the day from Tuckerton Seaport to Tip Seaman County Park, and Freedom Fields Parking. Please follow current masking guidelines at the time of the event.

Saturday - Monday, September 25 - 27 - Tuckerton, Ocean County
Outdoor Strolling Admission: Tuckerton Seaport
Family Friendly

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

Saturday, September 26 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Harvest Home Festival
Children Friendly Site & Event

An old-fashioned country fair reminiscent of the 1890s, Harvest Home Festival takes visitors back in time to when neighbors gathered to work, harvest and spend time enjoying each other’s company. It not only calls for the exhibition of the best produce and the best needlework in the community, but also for games, athletic contests and similar features of recreational or educational value. Experience fun as it was a century ago with games, competitions and live entertainment. See craft demonstrations that will inspire you to start a new hobby or career.

This free event runs from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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

Saturday, September 26 - Westfield, Union County
“Crazy for Cranberries”
Children Friendly

Kick off the fall with a visit to Westfield’s treasured Miller-Cory House Museum and learn all about cranberries on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm! Discover the fascinating history of this all-American berry and learn how berries are harvested. Other cranberry-themed activities will include story time, a scavenger hunt, and crafts for the kids. Members of the Cooking Committee will include herbs common to the 18th century in demonstrating open hearth cooking for visitors including the star of the event, the cranberry.

Authentic open hearth cooking is a unique feature of the museum’s programming. Volunteers prepare early American recipes using utensils, techniques, and seasonal ingredients of the time in the Frazee Building, a separate structure on the grounds, which, like the museum, dates to the 18th century. Visitors may also view the kitchen and herb gardens, which include plantings common to colonial days.

Admission is $5.00 ages 13 and older, $3.00 ages 3 to 12, and free under age 3. The Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. For more information, call 908-232-1776 or visit

Sunday, September 26
Women of Chatham Township
Virtual Program

The Historical Society of Chatham Township presents its September program in its 2021 Annual Speakers’ Series on Sunday at 4:00 pm via Zoom. The program, Women of Chatham Township, will be presented by Patricia Wells. Join us and meet the women who lived in Chatham Township from colonial times to modern times. From ordinary to extraordinary, you’ll enjoy spending time with these women.

Meeting ID: 843 0613 8570

Sunday, September 26 - Sparta, Sussex County
"The Creative Spirit: Homespun Arts"

Through October 15, 2021
4 Tales from the Original Peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands
Virtual Program

Isaac Pearson Mansion and Park presents four Tales from the Original Peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands, a limited-time series of pre-recorded and on-demand stories, available through Friday, October 15, 2021, via its website Registration is encouraged. Donations are accepted.

Regional storytellers Rob Aptaker and Denise McCormack share four stories, each individually formatted with running times varying from 6 to 11 minutes. Included are 'The Coming of Stories' and 'The Seven Wise Elders,' adapted and retold by Rob Aptaker, and 'Rainbow Crow' and 'The Invisible One and the Rough-Faced Girl,' adapted and retold by Denise McCormack.

The Isaac Pearson mansion was built in 1773, is on the National and State Register of Historic Places. We are offering online and outdoor programs while the Mansion is being restored.

Isaac Pearson Mansion is operated by volunteers of the Historical Society of Hamilton Township, a 501 ( c) 3 non-profit. Your donations help us to preserve the Isaac Pearson Mansion and present history and culture.

To order FREE tickets and for more information, visit


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


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