Thursday, October 7, 2021

NJ Weekend Historical Happenings: 10/9/21 - 10/10/21

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Friday - Saturday, October 8 - 9 - Farmingdale, Monmouth County
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at Allaire Village

Allaire Village, Inc. is hosting a weekend of Halloween Classics at the Historic Village at Allaire. This year, nationally renowned Helen McKenna from the Edgar Allan Poe House, a national historic site in Philadelphia, will perform a dramatization from the haunting tales of Edgar Allan Poe. The performance will take place in the Allaire Village Chapel. A brief biography of this gifted, yet tragic author will give you insight into his life and renowned works.

The presentation will take place on Friday and Saturday at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Advance registration is required as this is a very popular event and sells out in advance EVERY year! Limited Seating Available. No refunds on tickets purchased. Please print out tickets or check in with tickets on your cellular device. This show is a must-see for Halloween devotees and is great for people of all ages. Ticket cost is $29 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Historic Village at Allaire is located in Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ. For more information, contact the Allaire Village office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, at 732-919-3500 or visit

Saturday, October 9
Alice Paul Institute presents “The Songs of the Suffragists”
Virtual Program

From the right to vote to the right to be free from violence, U.S. women have campaigned for equality since the founding of our country. But the women’s movement is more than a mere political fight, it’s a cultural battle for hearts and minds. Laura Engelhardt and Susan Ferris Rights, co-directors of the Songs of the Suffragists Project, will present their short documentary and lead a discussion for the library’s members and guests detailing the closely contested fight for gender equality in this country, the tremendous progress we’ve made towards that goal, and the chance for us to make a difference going forward. Register here.

Saturday, October 9 - Hopewell Township, Mercer County
Barn Auction
Family Friendly Site

During this fun, fundraising auction you can bid on and win items the old-fashioned! All proceeds are used to buy furnishings for the farm's historic houses and school. Items donated to past auctions have included antique tools, books, household items, baked goods, event tickets, and gift certificates. 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, October 9 - 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

Saturday - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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

Saturday - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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

Saturday - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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

Saturday - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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 - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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 - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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 - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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 - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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

Saturday - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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 - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - 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

Saturday - Sunday, October 9 - 10 - Sussex County
Sussex County Heritage Weekend

Saturday - Sunday, October 9 - 10 - Somerset County
Somerset County Weekend Journey Through the Past
Children Friendly Sites

Somerset County's sixteenth annual Weekend Journey through the Past, a collaborative heritage tourism program, will showcase a number of historic sites countywide that will be open to the public free of charge on Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. There will be a wide range of tours and activities to provide an enjoyable free weekend outing for the entire family.

The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission asks that all visitors, and all participating historic sites and their attendant organizations comply with the current State and County health, safety and social distancing protocols during this event.

This year’s event features two newly participating historic sites: the Dirck Gulick House in Belle Mead and the Voorhees-Opie barn in Skillman.

This annual event, initiated and widely promoted by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission in cooperation with the county Board of Freeholders, brings the past to life through the dedicated efforts of the many participating historical societies and organizations, municipal historic commissions and their enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers.

For comprehensive details and participating historic sites featured this year (including two new, first-time participating sites), call 908-231-7110 or visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 9 - 10 - Bedminster, Somerset County
Weekend Journey Through the Past & Fall Harvest Hoedown
Children Friendly Site

The Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House will host their first annual Fall Harvest Hoedown for two days of activities in participation of Somerset County’s Weekend Journey Through the Past on Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm. Free Admission on both days. Programming will take place on the grounds of the Jacobus Vanderveer House located at 3055 River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ.

Weather permitting: The Friends plan to have all activities outside of the Jacobus Vanderveer House except house tours.

Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Featuring a live performance by The Long Hill String Band. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the band’s performance outside!
* The Long Hill String Band will perform two outdoor sets from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1:00 - 2:00 pm
* Live historic demonstrations by weaver Joannah Wilmerding
* Live historic demonstrations by spinner Donna MacKenzie
* Docent led house tours
* Activities also include activities for the whole family including crafts, a scavenger hunt, a raffle and a microbrew pull

Sunday, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Featuring "Middlebrook, The Revolutionary War Campground That Saved America" book signing and presentation by author Robert Mayers. Presentation and book signing will take place outdoors.
* Robert Mayers- "Middlebrook, The Revolutionary War Campground That Saved America" book signing and presentation
* Docent led house tours
* Activities also include activities for the whole family including crafts, a scavenger hunt, a raffle and a microbrew pull

For more information and driving directions, visit

Saturday - Sunday, October 9 - 10 - Somerville, Somerset County
"The Lure and Lore of Liquor: Tavern Beverages of the American Revolution"
Children Friendly Site

Academic instruction at Rutgers began 250 years when Old Dutch Parsonage's Frederick Frelinghuysen offered the first tutorials for Queen's College at the Sign of the Red Lion Tavern in New Brunswick in November 1771.

On Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm, special historic houses tours explore the Dutch roots of the State University of New Jersey at Old Dutch Parsonage and New Jersey's early leadership in American higher education at Wallace House.

On Sunday, visit our "Sign of the Red Lion" Interpretive Center for “The Lure and Lore of Liquor: Tavern Beverages of the American Revolution" with historian and mixologist David Emerson. Many people know that our Revolution was fomented in the famous taverns of Colonial America – City Tavern of Philadelphia, Boston’s Green Dragon, and the Raleigh in Williamsburg. But other than politics, what was fueling the debates between the Sons of Liberty or the Virginia Burgesses? Join historian and mixologist (yes, indeed) David Emerson in a lively exploration of Colonial drinking customs along with a bit of their social and political context. The talk will include discussion of the various types of beverages available to the 18th Century tavern tippler, how they were made, and even some recipes that you can try on your own (if you dare). Discover our forefathers’ alternative to the modern Mohito and Martini, and what Ben Franklin considered “The Proof of God’s Love.”

This event is part of Somerset County\'s Weekend Journey Through the Past and will be held at the Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites at 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ.

Saturday - SundayOctober 9 - 10 - Holmdel, Monmouth County
Corn Harvest
Children Friendly Site & Event

Weather permitting on Saturday and Sunday at Historic Longstreet Farm, we will be harvesting corn this weekend. A visit to the farm will give you an understanding of the process involved in harvesting. This free event runs each day from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm.

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

Saturday - Monday, October 9 - 11 - 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

Sunday, October 10 - Cape May, Cape May County
“Give ’Em Hell, Harry!”

There are fewer than dozens of living direct descendants of U.S. presidents and only one who steps into the role of his presidential ancestor on stage.

Actor Clifton Truman Daniel brings to life his grandfather, President Harry S. Truman, in this fall’s production “Give ’Em Hell, Harry!” at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, on Sunday at 5:00 pm. The performance is a faithful and often humorous portrayal of President Truman’s life and presidency that has garnered awards and accolades since its premiere in 1975. Since October 2017, Daniel has performed the role, marking the first time a U.S. president has been portrayed onstage by a direct descendant. This performance originally scheduled in 2020 is rescheduled to 2021.

Daniel is the oldest grandson of President Harry S. Truman and first lady, Bess Truman. He is the son of author Margaret Truman and former New York Times Managing Editor E. Clifton Daniel, Jr. Daniel is honorary chairman of the board of the Truman Library Institute, Kansas City, Mo., and board secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. He is author of “Growing Up with My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman” and “Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943.” In addition to portraying his famous grandfather on stage, Daniel is a sought-after lecturer on various aspects of the Truman presidency, as well as United States and White House history.

As an actor, Daniel has appeared in more than a dozen productions with Wilmington, N.C.’s Opera House Theatre Company, including Ensign Pulver in “Mr. Roberts,” Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls,” Mortimer Brewster in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Randle P. McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and Antonio Salieri in “Amadeus.” He has also had supporting roles in two episodes of “Matlock” and played Roma Downey’s husband in the never-aired pilot for “Touched by an Angel.” Daniel most recently portrayed the role of President Harry S. Truman, his grandfather, in the award-winning independent film, “Second Samuel,” from Director/Executive Producer/Co-writer J. Wayne Patterson, Jr.

“Give ’Em Hell, Harry!" the life and presidency of Harry S. Truman as portrayed by his grandson Clifton Truman Daniel” is Sunday at 5:00 pm at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ. Tickets are $40 adults, $15 students and teachers. To purchase tickets call 609-884-5404 or visit Tickets are limited. Social distancing will be observed. Masks are encouraged and will be available; hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will also be available. This event is co-sponsored by Cape May MAC and Martel & Associates (Myles & Leslie Martel).

Sunday, October 10 - Sparta, Sussex County
"The Creative Spirit: Homespun Arts"

Sunday, October 10 - Sparta, Sussex County
6th Invitational Antique & Classic Car Show

Sunday, October 10 - Green Brook, Somerset County
"The Miracles during Washington’s Life"

As part of Somerset County Annual Weekend Journey 2021, the Green Brook Cultural, Heritage and Historical Preservation Committee along with the Green Brook Historical Society invites you to join us at Washington Rock State Park in Green Brook to hear a lecture by General George Washington, portrayed by Sam Davis, on "The Miracles during Washington’s Life," including the French & Indian War and the American Revolution” on Sunday at 1:00 pm, rain or shine. After his lecture he will address questions and for presentation purposes he will be in full dress attire. There are no fees or registration, however donations are accepted. All children and adults are welcome to attend.

Sunday, October 10 - 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 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

Sunday, October 10 - Cranford, Union County
Open House at Crane-Phillips House

The Cranford Historical Society will be hosting tours of the Crane-Phillips House Museum, located at 124 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

The Cranford Historical Society was founded in 1927 with a mission to preserve the unique history of Cranford, New Jersey. The Society maintains the Crane-Phillips House Living Museum, an important costume collection, and archives. For more information, call 908-376-0082 or visit

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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