Thursday, October 14, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/16/21 - 10/17/21

New Jersey Weekend Historical Happenings

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Saturday, October 16 - River Edge, Bergen County
Baronfest
Children Friendly

Come celebrate Major General Baron von Steuben with the Bergen County Historical Society at their annual Baronfest on Saturday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ.

Sample the finest in craft beers from three Bergen County breweries including, Alementary Brewery, Brix City Brewery, and Hackensack Brewery. 

Activities for families to include cornhole games and free pumpkin picking and decorating. 

Grab something to eat from the food trucks of either Viva Margarita or Kim Chi Smoke that will be on site.

Have a chat with members from the Revolutionary War reenactment group Motts Artillery as they demonstrate cannon firing and military life.

Listen to the lively music of the Hudson Woodpile Band. Be on the lookout for Major General Baron von Steuben and stop and take your photo with him.  

All three-18th century Jersey-Dutch Sandstone houses, including the state historic 1752 Steuben House will be open for tours throughout the day.

On display for viewing in the Steuben House will be a new exhibit, "The Urn Finial Chairs of the Hackensack Valley," featuring the society’s collection of Hackensack Valley style chairs with their distinctive urn-finials and rush style seats.

Stop by the Westervelt-Thomas barn and don’t forget to visit the society’s authentic Jersey-Dutch out kitchen to see BCHS interpreters preparing beer bread and ribs. 

Take a peek at the treasures in the gift shop while you enjoy donuts, hot cider, and other fall refreshments which will be available for purchase outside the tavern grounds.

Per the state parks’ guidelines, face masks are required inside all historical buildings. Dogs are permitted on site on a leash but not in the houses. 

Ticket reservations are required: $15 adults, $10 BCHS Members, designated drivers, and 12-20 years old. Under 12 years old is free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Food and beer; additional cost. All proceeds go to support the soon to be built museum at New Bridge Landing. Free parking available on site or take the train to the “New Bridge Landing” station on the Pascack Valley Line.

For ticket reservations and additional information visit www.bergencountyhistory.org, email: info@bergencountyhistory.org, or call 201-343-9492 and leave a message. The event is subject to change.

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Saturday, October 16 - Westfield, Union County
AppleFest
Children Friendly

On Saturday (rain date Sunday, October 17), the Westfield Historical Society will hold the Annual AppleFest on the lawn of the Reeve House, 314 Mountain Ave., Westfield, NJ from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. On the same weekend, the Westfield Historical Society will also host Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House at the Reeve House.

Now in its 13th year, AppleFest is an annual fund-raising event, hosted on the lawn of the Reeve House on Mountain Avenue, and it draws visitors of all ages who participate in activities centered around a “theme” that celebrates a particular historical time, past or present. The theme this year will focus on the Downtown Trolley, operating in the early 1900’s and connecting a few of the local towns (Piscataway, Dunellen, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Roselle, Rahway, and Woodbridge). This AppleFest theme is aimed to align with the Westfield green-team’s focus on alternative transportation, highlighted by a family-friendly bike tour around town and an e-car show. Both of these events are planned for early fall.

As always, younger children visiting AppleFest will enjoy participating in old-fashioned outdoor games, a treasure hunt and pumpkin painting while their parents can enjoy learning about the downtown trolley through a short “Lightning talk” and other visual exhibits. Westfield-native “Save Mary Band” will entertain with favorite tunes from the last four decades. The celebrated Apple CafĂ© will feature new selections by chef Greg Hichok.

Upholding another long-standing tradition, AppleFest 2021 will sponsor an art contest for elementary and middle school students, drawing on the theme of “Alternative Means of Transportation”. The apple pie contest is coming back this year and will be fierce! Westfield does not have a downtown trolley any more but visitors are encouraged to consider coming to the Reeve House on bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, wagons, strollers, roller skates, skateboards, long boards, scooters, a horse-drawn carriage or any other “green” transportation.

Admission is $5 per person and free for veterans and children under 3 years old.  AppleFest is open to all members of the community, but reservations are encouraged. All who are interested in attending should please make reservations with the Westfield Historical Society at 908-654-1794, or by email to westfieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

The Society, acting in good faith, welcomes all eligible vaccinated visitors to attend our outdoor events without masks and would encourage non-vaccinated visitors to wear a mask. Masks are required indoors for tours. Of course, State and federal guidelines will be closely followed and, if needed, plans will be adjusted accordingly. For more information, visit www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

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Saturday, October 16 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Cookstove Demonstration & Accordion Melodies of the 1890s
Children Friendly Site & Event


On Saturday, visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to stop by the out kitchen to see what’s cooking on the wood-fired stove. Discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890sThis free events run from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Stop by 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.

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Saturday, October 16
Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918-1927
Virtual Program

On Saturday at 2:00 pm and in honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, the American Labor Museum cordially invites the general public to a virtual book talk with Jeffrey B. Perry, Ph.D., author of Hubert Harrison: The Struggle for Equality, 1918-1927 (Columbia University Press, 2020). This virtual program will be hosted by the Museum via ZOOM. Individuals interested in joining the program are asked to call the Museum at 973-595-7953 or email labormuseum@gmail.com to request the ZOOM link. Harlem-based Hubert Harrison was an orator, educator and activist who influenced leaders of organized labor and the Civil Rights/Black Liberation Struggle.

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Saturday, October 16 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Basket & Broom Making
Family Friendly Site

Take a close-up look at the craftsmanship that goes into making a basket and a broom when the artisans preserving these trades visit the farm for a day of demonstrations and teaching. There will also be opportunities to try your hand at some of the steps involved! 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 www.howellfarm.org.

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Saturday, October 16 - Union, Union County
Family Fun Day: The Firehouse!

Did you know we have a collection of antique firehouse memorabilia at Liberty Hall? Stewart Kean, one of the last permanent residents of Liberty Hall, began the collection as a child, which grew to include three restored fire engines! Join us for a day exploring our firehouse with games and activities as we celebrate Fire Safety Month! Reservations required.

Program Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Program Fee: $10.00 (1 child+1 adult); $8.00 Liberty Hall Museum Members (1 child+1 adult); $4.00 additional children.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ. Reservations Required; to purchase tickets visit https://libertyhall.kean.edu or call 908-527-0400.

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Saturday, October 16 - 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 Cape May MAC and Center for Community Arts (CCA). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - Cape May, Cape May County
Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate
Family Friendly

Once again, the grounds of the Physick Estate will be transformed for a spooky Halloween, and Scarecrow Alley showcases homemade scarecrows -- from the ghoulishly gruesome to the foolishly funny! 
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE! Visit the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate during hours of operation and cast your vote for your favorite scarecrow.

The Emlem Physick Estate is located at 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 - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - 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 1:30 and 4:45 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - 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 2:45 pm and Sunday at 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - 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 - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - 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 - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - 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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm on Saturday and 8:00 am - 6:00 pm on 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 - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - 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, 2:15 pm, and 3:30 pm and Sunday at 11:00 am, 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 www.capemaymac.org.

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Saturday - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - 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 - SundayOctober 16 - 17 - 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: Adults are $25.00 and children ages 5-11, veterans, and seniors (62+) are $20.00. 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 - Sunday, October 16 - 17 - Sussex County
Four Centuries in a Weekend at Caldwell Parsonage

The Caldwell Parsonage invites visitors to an open house on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. The event is part of Union County's annual Four Centuries in a Weekend. "Rev. James Caldwell," aka Doc Burkhardt, will greet guests on Saturday. Student docents will provide tours of the Parsonage and of the adjacent Tool Museum in the carriage house.

A Crossroads of the American Revolution sign will be unveiled on the lawn at 12:00 noon on Saturday. The placement of the historic marker is part of plans for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of American independence in 2026.

Hannah Caldwell's everyday attire will be on display for the first time. The dress is the creation of Gail Alterman, a historic costume consultant.

Children (of all ages) will be able to:
* create their own tricorn hats and colonial-style bonnets;
* make “church” dolls;
play colonial and Native American games;
collect Hannah Caldwell, James Caldwell, and Battle of Connecticut Farms trading cards;
get Union County Passport booklets and have them stamped--the Parsonage is part of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area and an official cancellation location.

Admission is free. Souvenirs and vintage books will be available for purchase. For more information, call 908-591-4377. Caldwell Parsonage is located at 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, NJ.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 16 - 17 - East Brunswick, Middlesex County
Candlelight Tours of Chestnut Hill Cemetery
Family Friendly Event

The East Brunswick Museum will hold its annual candlelight tours of the historic Chestnut Hill Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, 2021. An annual tradition for 30 years, the tours were conducted virtually in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During each tour, visitors follow candlelit paths through the historic part of the cemetery as costumed re-enactors portray former residents of East Brunswick and the surrounding area. These characters are brought to life with displays and demonstrations. Characters change from year to year and come from all walks of life. They may include artists, writers, preachers, farmers, blacksmiths, stone carvers, suffragettes, soldiers, and even some victims of the Spanish Flu. 

Light refreshments are served at the end of each tour. The candlelight tours are open to the general public, but may not be appropriate for anyone with walking problems or children in strollers due to the hilly terrain. Please bring a flashlight for safety.

The tours will take place at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in East Brunswick, NJ between 5:30 and 8:00 pm. The cemetery is located at 848 Old Bridge Turnpike, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. The cost of the event is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. Free parking is available on site. This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged. For more information, call 732-257-1508 or visit www.eastbrunswickmuseum.org.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 16 - 17 - Across the NJ Shore and Delaware Bay/River
New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge
Children Friendly

New Jersey Lighthouses, museums and life saving stations will host a "Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey" weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited (and challenged) to visit all participating lighthouses over the weekend and help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. 

These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey's history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to step back in time and learn more about our state and nation's maritime history.

The Delaware Bay Lighthouse Keepers and the virtual tour of the Bay lights will be located at the East Point Lighthouse.

Begin the Challenge at any of the ten participating lighthouses, one museum, and three life-saving stations and purchase a souvenir poster ($4). Every lighthouse, museum and life saving station will have a sticker that will go on a corresponding block on the souvenir. Night climbs will be offered at Tuckerton, Cape May, and Tinicum on Saturday. During the weekend, children 11 and under climb free with an adult. General hours both days are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, excluding the night climbs, which will be open until 8:00 pm. Information for every participating lighthouse and museum, addresses, and more can be found at www.lighthousechallengenj.com.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 16 - 17 - Union County
Four Centuries in a Weekend
Children Friendly Sites

Experience Union County's rich heritage! The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, staff, and volunteers at 30 house museums, historic sites, and history organizations join together to invite the public to come  and discover more than 370 years of history during the annual "Four Centuries in a Weekend, A Journey Through Union County's History." The two-day, free event is scheduled for 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

"Four Centuries in a Weekend" began in 1994 when 16 historic sites and the County of Union organized a weekend event to tell the story of how Elizabethtown of 1664 evolved into the 21 municipalities of today's Union County.

A visit to Hillside will bring you to the Woodruff House/Eaton Store, built in 1735; and the historic Evergreen Cemetery, a virtual museum of funerary art. 

When you stop at the Dr. William Robinson Plantation in Clark, you'll discover a post-medieval English-style house where Dr. Robinson practiced healing with plants and herbs.

At the Abraham Clark House, home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence, you'll learn about Early American life and the history of Roselle. In the Roselle Park Museum, housed in the Charles E. Stone Store, you'll be standing in the first electrically-lighted store in the world.

Three authentic 18th century farmhouses are open for touring: the Miller-Cory House in Westfield; the Salt Box Museum in New Providence; and the Nathaniel Drake House in Plainfield, which was used as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

Venturing into the Watchung Mountains, you'll find the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House in Mountainside, home to the Hetfield family for 186 years; stroll through the Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park in the Watchung Reservation, an 1845 town created by businessman David Felt; and explore Summit, with the Carter House, the city's oldest house, built in the 1740s; and the 13.5 acre Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

Union County is also part of the Passport To Your National Parks program where Parks enthusiasts have their passports stamped when they visit historic sites around the county. Union County is one of 14 New Jersey counties that comprise the NPS’ Crossroads of the Revolution National Heritage area, which recognizes the role New Jersey played in the American Revolution.

Children can earn a Time Traveler's Certificate and a Four Centuries Patch by visiting and obtaining a Time Traveler Passport at any of the sites, having it stamped and returning the completed form to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. For free copies of the Four Centuries in a Weekend tour booklet, map, and further information visit http://ucnj.org/parks-recreation/cultural-heritage-affairs/historic-sites-map.

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Saturday - Sunday, October 16 - 17 - Westfield, Union County
Four Centuries in a Weekend at The Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center
Family Friendly Event

The Westfield Historical Society invites visitors to the Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House at the Reeve House on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.

The Reeve House will feature an exhibit of items from the Westfield Historical Society’s Archive collection of photos and information pertaining to the early 20th Century Downtown Westfield Trolley and other forms of transportation throughout Westfield’s history.

Union County trading cards will be available at the Reeve house including the cards for Charles Addams, Dr. Virginia Apgar, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. Passports will also be stamped for those visitors traveling from site to site.

The Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center is located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Mask wearing and social distancing measures, including limiting numbers on tours and inside, will be in place. For more information, visit www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

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Saturday - Monday, October 16 - 18 - 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 https://tuckertonseaport.org.

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Sunday, October 17 - Maplewood, Union County
“The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780”

Come to the Durand-Hedden House to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from Durand-Hedden, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield, and Connecticut Farms (Union). 

Doors will open at 1:00 pm. Visitors can tour the House, stroll in the gardens, and shop at the Country Store. The talk begins at 2:00 pm and historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

The Durand-Hedden House and Garden Association is Maplewood’s historic house museum, dedicated to creating engaging and informative educational programs and materials about the local history of Maplewood and surrounding communities, natural history, and other related topics. The Durand-Hedden House, at 523 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, NJ is open once a month between September and June. For more information, visit www.durandhedden.org.

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Sunday, October 17 - Washington, Burlington County
Batsto County Living Fair
Family Friendly

After a year off due to the pandemic, the Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. is pleased to announce it will hold its Country Living Fair at Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest on Sunday. The event will run from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. There is no cost to attend the fair. Signs along Route 542 will help guide motorists to designated parking areas.

The committee has invited more than 100 exhibitors to participate in this daylong event. Visitors will have an opportunity to see and purchase a variety of Country, Colonial and Victorian crafts. They will also be able to meet talented crafters demonstrating their artistry in a wide assortment of materials. 

Local service organizations will sell a variety of foods and drinks.  

Animal rescue groups will bring various breeds of dogs hoping to be adopted and pony rides will be available for children.

The Batsto Blacksmith shop will have the coals hot and the Carpenters shop will be working on a new project.

The naturalist will be on hand at the Annie M. Carter Interpretive Center to share facts and stories about the New Jersey Pinelands.

The Batsto Mansion; home to the Richards family for nearly 100 years and later owned by Joseph Wharton, will be available for tours beginning at 10:00 am. There is a $3.00 per person charge for the tour. The famous Batsto Post Office; one of only four in the entire United States authorized to cancel mail without a zip code, will be also be open.

Batsto Village is located in the Pinelands of southern Burlington County, approximately 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of the Garden State Parkway. County Route 542 is the main highway leading to Batsto Village from points east and west. More information may be obtained by calling the Batsto Visitor Center at 609-561-0024 or  www.batstovillage.org.

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Sunday, October 17 - Whippany, Morris County
Pumpkin Patch Trains
Children Friendly Event

Join in the Halloween fun at the Whippany Railway Museum onboard "The Pumpkin Patch Train"! The 10-mile, 45-minute round trip from Whippany to Roseland and return is the perfect way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family.

After each ride, children with valid train tickets can go to the Pumpkin Patch and pick out a free kid-sized pumpkin and receive a pumpkin decorating kit while supplies last.

Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes, where they can mingle with our zombies and ghosts, helping to make the train a spooky sight!

Walk through a railroad yard, lost in time, where you'll see the finest collection of restored, historic railroad locomotives and cars in the state of New Jersey - some dating back well over 100 years!  

Trains depart at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00, pm. Don't forget to visit the museum and see the seasonal indoor railroad display. Admission is included in the price of your excursion tickets!

Train Fare: Lackawanna 2454 Club Car: $22.; "Jersey Coast" Club Car: $20.; Cabooses: $15.; Infants (1 year & under): Free. Train Fare includes admission to Museum Building and grounds and pumpkins for the children at the Pumpkin Patch. Pre-order ticket online using a credit card at www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net. The Whippany Railway Museum is located at 1 Railroad Plaza at the intersection of Route 10 West & Whippany Road in Whippany, NJ. For more information, call 973-887-8177 or visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net.

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Through Saturday, October 30 - Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County
Quilt Show

Historically, quilting has been a practical technique to provide warmth and comfort. Decorative elements were also often present and at times quilts were used to memorialize loved ones or make political statements.

Today, many quilts are primarily art pieces; created in a wide variety of sizes and shapes with numerous techniques and materials. Quilting has consistently remained an art form primarily completed by women, frequently collaboratively. From historic quilting bees to modern “telephone challenges,” (not to mention pandemic-era Zoom meetings), quilting continues to serve as both a creative outlet and a community building art form.

The unintended theme in this collection of quilts made by the members of the Courthouse Quilters Guild over the past three years is Perception.

How does one interpret a whispered message or, in this case, a shared theme? How does one find the beauty in tragedy? How does one draw inspiration and make the decision to create something literal, figurative, imaginative or whimsical? When the theme is given invariably--a window--does one create a scene from the inside looking out or the outside looking in?

It all depends on Perception.

This Quilt Show will be on display through October 30 at the Lebanon Township Museum, 57 Musconetcong River Road, Hampton, NJ 08827. For more information, email museum@lebtwp.net or call 908-638-8523 extension 405. Museum hours: Tuesdays 9:00 - 3:30 pm, Thursdays 1:00 - 8:00 pm, and Saturdays 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. Admission is always free.

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

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