Township of Ocean Historical Museum
An Open Door To History
Street Address - Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, New Jersey 07712
 Mailing Address - P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755  

Phone (732) 531-2136

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Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Address: 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Mailing: P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0516 


(732) 531-2136   
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The Museum has a number of exhibit galleries in the rooms on the first floor of the Eden Woolley House. Two house permanent exhibits (updated regularly). The third features changing exhibits.  They include:

The Richmond Gallery - The Richmond Gallery features regularly changing exhibits.  The current exhibit is 

The Our Town Gallery  - The Our Town Gallery explores the history of Ocean Township.

The Hearth and Home Gallery - The Hearth and Home Gallery explains local life at the Jersey Shore and how it has changed over the years.


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1:00 to 4:00 P.M. - First and Second Sundays of the Month.
Happening Now at the Eden Woolley Hose Fashion The History of What We Wear
Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House - Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore

One hundred years ago this September, 25,000 people gathered on the grounds of what is today Monmouth University—then a private estate called Shadow Lawn—to see Woodrow Wilson officially accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second Presidential run. Wilson was following a popular tradition among American Presidents to retreat to our slice of the Jersey Shore to escape the heat and hubbub of Washington. Our exhibit tells the wide-ranging stories of eleven Presidents who spent time here, at the Monmouth County shore. More.
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum received an operating grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State. 
Eden Woollry House, home of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Thank You to:

- The Rita and Harry Greenberger Foundation, for a 2016 Grant for the Stucile Farms Water Tower.​​

- IBM Corporation for a 2016 Technology Grant

- The 1772 Foundation and the New Jersey Historic Trust for a grant to paint the Stucile Farms Water Tower, which the Museum is now restoring.

- New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State, for a 2016 Operating Grant. 

- The New Jersey Cultural Trust, for a 2016 Technology Upgrade Grant.

- The Daughters of the American Revolution, Shrewsbury Towne - Monmouth Chapter for funds for the work on the Stucile Farms Water Tower.

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You may donate to the Museum, contribute an item, buy a Memorial Brick,  mark a Centennial Home, or donate to Restore the Water Tower.
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Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House - Local Stories of the American Civil War

New exhibit tells “Local Stories of the Civil War”

The Civil War is the subject of more than an estimated 60,000 books, scores of movies, and a groundbreaking TV documentary. It’s the most documented subject in the American archive. So it’s a legitimate question to ask: What could our local history museum possibly add? The answer: local history. More.
Awarded First Place in the 2014 Kevin M. Hale Annual Publication Awards from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
Hometown Histories Robert Landis
Hometown Histories - Bess Peterson

Our video series about local stories and interviewing local people for their memories. 

Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Monmouth County - Ocean - An Evening at Ross-Fenton Farms

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An Evening at Ross-Fenton Farm

Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 4 PM - 9 PM

The English Manor, One English Land, Ocean, NJ 07712

Dinner-dance inspired by legendary nightclub

Mark your calendar for “An Evening at Ross-Fenton Farm,” a dinner-dance at the English Manor, November, 13, inspired by Wanamassa’s storied nightclub. We’re recreating the excitement of the Farm in the Roaring Twenties. A full dinner, swinging music (from the Dorian Parreott band), flapper touches, and an $80 ticket price promise good value and a great time.

Who were Ross and Fenton?

Mabel Fenton and Charles Ross (born Ada Towne and Charles Kelly) were a married couple and perhaps the country’s top vaudeville comedy team of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1898, Mabel and Charlie bought a “roadhouse” on the lake in Wanamassa and a year later, they opened Ross Fenton Farm. Their popularity and show business connections proved a winning combination. The biggest names in vaudeville performed at and frequented their new establishment.

Mabel and Charlie continued to tour and turned the operation of the Farm over to professional managers. But for years, they spent each summer there, hosting the celebrities and power brokers of their day.

Charlie died at Ross Fenton Farm in June 1918, shortly after his 31st wedding anniversary. Mabel returned to Wanamassa for several summers after his death before moving to California, where she died in 1931.

A mecca for thirsty vacationers

When Ross Fenton Farm opened, a NJ law was in effect banning alcohol within one mile of any religious camp—legislation that kept Asbury Park (sitting next to Ocean Grove), dry. Thirsty locals and vacationers flocked to the Farm, situated just beyond the one-mile limit. This beyond-the-limit appeal continued. For its almost 50 years—through Prohibition and beyond—Ross Fenton was famous for its gambling and free-flowing drink. Headlines splashed news of federal agents raiding its gaming tables and seizing illegal stashes of alcohol. Mabel herself was arrested in one raid!

A favorite rendezvous for half a century

Ross Fenton Farm operated on the banks of Deal Lake from 1899 to 1947. At its height, its 14 acres housed 32 structures, including a hotel, guest houses, greenhouses, training facilities, and casinos.

From the stars of burlesque to headliners like Fanny Brice, Danny Kaye, and Jackie Gleason, Ross Fenton Farm offered top-notch entertainment and world-class dance bands. For decades, it was the fashionable watering hole of society and show business elite.

Trains and trolleys carried patrons to the dock in Interlaken, where livery boats ran regularly to the Farm. On summer evenings, Deal Lake was dotted with rented canoes filled with locals enjoying the live music drifting across the water.

The Farm passed through a series of operators and owners. It defied Prohibition and flourished despite the Depression.

The final years

In the early 1940s, Ross Fenton Farm fell on hard times. Ocean Township foreclosed on the property. It was bought, remodeled, and re-opened in 1943 by theater executive Walter Reade who ran it until it closed for good in 1947.

The Farm burned in 1950. The Press put it well, “The brightest of the Shore’s bright spots died early today [Sept. 6, 1950] as it had lived, in a blaze of glory.”

Please join us at The English Manor November 13 for our own version of Ross Fenton fun. Contact the Museum to make your reservation (732-531-2136 or



Morris County - Morristown - Drawing Out the Vote: Thomas Nast and the Contested Election of

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Through November 20 - Morris County
Drawing Out the Vote: Thomas Nast and the Contested Election of 1876
    The Great Presidential Election Controversy of 1876: Rutherford B. Hayes versus Samuel Tilden as described by Thomas Nast (September 22-November 20, 2016). Explore Thomas Nast's commentary and influence over the presidential election between Rutherford Birchard Hayes and Samuel Tilden.
     The 1876 Presidential Election was certainly one for the history books. Hard fought by Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes and Democratic candidate Samuel Tilden, the winner was not decided upon until days before the inauguration in early March of 1877 because of election irregularities in four states. Nast, who supported Hayes, participated wholeheartedly in this particular election controversy. The exhibition presents the controversy and its outcome through the vivid illustrations Nast created to keep the American public informed.
    Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown. 973-538-2404.

Morris County - Jefferson Twp - First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland

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Sunday, November 6 - Morris County
      The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday, November 6, 2016, from 1 to 4 pm.  Admission is free. 
     The exhibit this month will feature First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, who was born in Caldwell, New Jersey. Come discover fascinating facts about the youngest First Lady and the only First Lady to be married in the White House.
     Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home. All merchandise at Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe will be marked down 25% on Sunday, November 6. The Museum gift Shoppe is located in the historic kitchen of the Jefferson Township Museum, 315 Dover-Milton Road, Jefferson, NJ. The Shoppe features jewelry, vintage pieces and collectables. The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale.  Also stop in to view the lovely gardens at the Museum in their Fall colors.The hours are 1-4 p.m.  This will be the last open house before the holiday season. The Jefferson Township Museum will also be open for tours on November 6.
      For further information, refer to the Jefferson Township's Historical Society website at, or call Christine Williams, Jefferson Township Historical Society President at 973-697-0258.

Hudson County - Hoboken - Hoboken WWI Lecture Series - Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken

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Sunday, November 6 -- Hudson County   
Hoboken WWI Lecture Series - Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken
     In the summer of 1914, nationalist fervor drove European nations into war. Although the United States did not engage until the spring of 1917, the conflict later known as World War I had an enormous impact on Hoboken, N.J., a small city with large immigrant communities and a busy port.
     As early as July 1916, the war intruded on Hudson County with the explosion of a munitions depot on Black Tom Island, just off the coast of Jersey City. The explosion obliterated the island, shattering glass for miles around, yet the incident was initially downplayed, to avoid ramping up public support for America's entry into World War I.
     When America formally entered the war on April 6, 1917, Hoboken's waterfront became central to the war effort as the government seized the German ships docked there and commandeered the piers, which became the Army's port of embarkation for American troops. Some 2 million soldiers passed through Hoboken on their way to or from Europe. Near the end of the war, General John Pershing rallied the troops for a swift conclusion to the war with the rallying cry, "Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken."
     The public is invited to learn more about the "war to end all wars" and its legacy a hundred years later through a series of 10 lectures by visiting authors, scholars and professors, mostly on Sundays at 4 pm, through May 7, 2017. Admission is free. See below for the full schedule.
     November 6, 4 pm: "Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: From Hoboken to the Rhine and Back," by Jeffrey Sammons, PhD, Professor of History at NYU and co-author of Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality (University Press of Kansas, 2014)

Morris County - Rockaway Twp - Dover Area Historical Society Celebrates Its Fiftieth Anniversary

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Sunday, November 13 - Morris County
Dover Area Historical Society Celebrates Its Fiftieth Anniversary
     The Dover Area Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. On May 4, 1966, fifteen people attended a meeting at Dover Town Hall to organize a historical society that would fill a gap in the town's rich history.
     Dover Area Historical Society Recording Secretary, Joan Bocchino wrote the following article for the Society's Ye Old Tye News:
     1966? Fifty years ago? Say it's not so! Lyndon Johnson was president, and gas was 32¢ a gallon. The Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, and Beatles were tops in music, but the Vietnam war was raging, and Billboard's song of the year was "The Ballad of the Green Beret" by Barry Sadler. The Dover class of '66 was led by Senior President Ernie Wittenbreder. The Football Queen was Barbara Lake, and their classmates probably danced at their prom to the #2 song, "Cherish" by the Association....or one of the Righteous Brothers s-l-o-w songs. Everyone remembers those!
        "A Man for All Seasons" won the Oscar for Best Picture. The space race was on between the US and USSR for the first man on the moon, and 'Batman' debuted on TV. A new house cost you $14,200, Ed Tunstall was Dover High School principal, and - oh yes - the Dover Area Historical Society was founded.
       Things have sure changed in the last half century. But the DAHS is still very much 'alive' and a vital part of the Dover Area. The society has had its ups and downs - our biggest down had to be the loss - to us as our museum and to the rich history of Dover - of the Bonnieview Mansion. But rebound we did, as a 'homeless' group with monthly meetings held here and there - until 2003 when we secured a lease on the Dr. Arthur Condict house from the First Memorial Presbyterian Church. This is our current home and popular Dover History Museum at 55 W. Blackwell St., appropriately in the Downtown Dover Historic District.
        So CELEBRATE we must! We have survived with the support of our hundreds of faithful members, many of whom have moved on to other states...but remember us every year with their dues, generous donations, and kind words. Please join us for our 50th Anniversary Bash!

  • Dover Area Historical Society 50th Anniversary Dinner
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016
  • 1 PM - 5 PM
  • Germania Park, 56 Conger St., Dover/ Rockaway Township
  • Buffet - cash bar - Special Program!
  • $50 per person (this includes a donation to the DAHS so that we can maintain our museum and continue our mission for the next 50 years)
Invitations were sent out in August. If you need one, please send an email to


Ocean County - Toms River - Third Annual Half-Price Used History Book Sale

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Wednesday-Thursday, November 8-9, 15-16 - Ocean County
                              Third Annual Half-Price Used History Book Sale
     Bring your friends and neighbors to the best book deal in Ocean County on Tuesday and Wednesday November 8th and 9th, and Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15th and 16th. Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River will be hosting their Third Annual Half-Price History Book Sale from 12:00 noon to 3:30 on the above dates. Proceeds from this sale will support our Scholarship Fund for post-high school education.
Peruse hundreds of titles that are marked down from our already low prices. Prices for most books range between $2.00 and $4.00. For additional information, call Jeff at 609-339-9134.

Sussex County - Walpack - Walpack Historical Society Mystery Hike

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Sunday, November 6 - Sussex County
Walpack Historical Society Mystery Hike
11:00 a.m.
      Participants for the mystery hike will gather at the Rosenkrans Museum, Main Street, Walpack Center, Sussex County, NJ within the Delaware Water Gap NRA at 11:00 a.m.
and carpool to the starting location. Remember to set your clocks back the night before.
     Sturdy footwear, insect repellent, drinking water, a hiking staff and lunch or snack are suggested. This event is free and open to the public.
     For further information, call the Walpack Historical Society at 973.948-4903. 

Burlington County - Westampton - Nobody Owns the Sky

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Sunday, November 6 - Burlington County
Nobody Owns the Sky
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Most people when asked to name early female aviators can name only one name, Amelia Earhart.  But long before Amelia Earhart's famous exploits, female flyers had already proved that aviatrices were every bit as brave and daring as their male counterparts.
     Flying in flimsy wood and canvas aeroplanes, Aida  de Acosta, Raymonde de Laroche, Hélène Dutrieu , Marie Marvingt, Harriet Quimby, Katherine Stinson, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman and Elinor Smith awed and thrilled people on the ground - executing audacious acrobatic aerial maneuvers, soloing across the English channe
l, setting records, barnstorming and buzzing beneath New York's bridges.  Undaunted by male skepticism, they were determined to show that anything that men could do, they could do too!
    Join Carol Simon Levin as she shares the stories of these amazing women.
    Admission is $10 per person; Friends of Peachfield admitted free of charge.  Seating is limited; prepaid reservations are required to guarantee seating.  Please call 609/267-6996, or email at         
     This event takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ 08060. 

Union County - Elizabeth - "Gravestone Art and Symbolism"

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Sunday, November 6 - Union County
"Gravestone Art and Symbolism"
      A free program about "Gravestone Art and Symbolism" featuring Lorna and Phil Wooldridge of Wise Owl Workshops will be offered to the public on Sunday November 6th 2016 2 p.m. The program will take place at the Snyder Academy, located at 42 Broad Street in Elizabeth and adjacent to the Union County Courthouse. Parking is available right across the street from the academy lot entrance at the Bollwage Parking Garage. 
   Early New England burial grounds were the first public art galleries in the New World. Even today, many of these tranquil sites display the remarkable artistic, cultural and religious changes of this region. Old gravestones or markers often explained how entire families lived and died.
     This presentation will cover the progression and interpretation of early symbols or icons, from those seen in family burial plots to the more elaborate ones seen in the "rural" and lawn park cemeteries of the Victorian era and, later still, in the memorial parks of the 20th century. Modern examples of memorialization and symbolism will be included, as will the changing techniques and skills required by the early slate and sandstone carvers, contrasting with today's techniques such as laser etching. The program will share stories of people that these stones commemorate, and the presentation will conclude with an opportunity for questions and a photographic tour of Evergreen Cemetery located in Hillside, Union County.
   A tour of the burial ground of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, deemed to be the most historical burial grounds in the state of New Jersey, will follow
this presentation.
   Lorna and Phil Wooldridge run Wise Owl Workshops, which covers subjects as diverse as gravestone art and native gardening. Lorna and Phil both have extensive credentials and experience as educators both in Britain and the U.S. This Gravestone Art & Symbolism presentation is the first in a series of five programs that are made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
For more information about Wise Owl Workshops, please visit
For more information about The Snyder Academy, please visit or call 908-353-2131 to register for this free program.

Morris County - Morristown - Abductions in the American Revolution:Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders

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SUNDAY: November 6, 2016
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: N.P.S. Morristown, Washington's Headquarters Auditorium, 30 Washington Place, Morristown.
    Free and open to the public. No reservations required
SPEAKER and PROGRAM: CHRISTIAN McBURNEY, author of Abductions in the American Revolution:Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders
       The tactic of kidnapping enemy leaders, used in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dates to the American Revolution. George Washington called such efforts "honorable" and supported attempts to kidnap the British commander-in-chief (twice), Benedict Arnold (after he turned traitor) and Prince William Henry (a future king of Great Britain). Washington in turn was targeted at his Morristown winter headquarters by British dragoons who crossed the frozen Hudson River. New Jersey Governor William Livingston performed a patriotic service by going to considerable lengths to avoid being abducted by the Loyalist raider James Moody. (ED. Note: In Parsippany!) Sometimes these operations succeeded, as with the spectacular captures of Major General Charles Lee, Major General Richard Prescott, Brigadier General Gold Selleck Silliman, and North Carolina's governor Thomas Burke. Sometimes they barely failed, as with the violent attempt by British secret service operatives against Major General Philip Schuyler and the mission by British dragoons against Thomas Jefferson. Some of the abducted, such as signer of the Declaration of Independence Richard Stockton and Delaware's governor John McKinly, suffered damage to their reputations. The kidnapper risked all--if caught, he could be hanged. This book covers more than thirty major attempted and successful abductions of military and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783, from Maine to Georgia, and including two in Great Britain.
     Books are available at the Washington's Headquarters Museum Shop and will be inscribed by the author.
     Christian McBurney is an independent historian whose prior books include Kidnapping the Enemy:  The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014), The Rhode Island Campaign:  The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011), and Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014).  He is an attorney in a Washington, D.C. law firm and resides in Kensington, Maryland. McBurney has previously spoken at the NJARRT about his book, Kidnapping the Enemy. McBurney from the prestigious George Washington American Revolution Round Table of Washington, D.C., its meetings are at Mt. Vernon.

Monmouth County - Farmingdale - Election Day in the 1830s

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Sunday, November 6 - Monmouth County
     Sunday November 6th 11am to 3pm: Election Day in the 1830s 
   This year's election mirrors that of the one from 1836 from issues such as immigration and voter fraud to topics of race and taxes.  Join the villagers of the Historic Village at Allaire as they cast their ballots.  Join in the speeches and debates.     
      Maxine Lurie will be giving a talk at 1:00 p.m. in the historic chapel on the history of elections.  
Find out more at


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Saturday, November 5 - Cape May County
      Step back in time for a lovely autumn evening on Saturday, November 5th, when the Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village host the annual Candlelight Walk from 6-8 p.m. Luminaries will line the paths and guide you to several of the Village's restored historic buildings where wine, beer and a variety of light fare will be served. Guests will also enjoy desserts, live musical entertainment and hot beverages at the Village Pavilion. A special holiday sale at the Country Store will feature heritage wares, books and a wide variety of historical toys.
    HCSV Executive Director Anne Salvatore delights in showcasing the Village at this particular event: "Experiencing the fall foliage of the Village, lit at dusk, makes for a truly memorable evening," Salvatore said. Tickets are $30 ($25 for HCSV Members) and must be purchased in advance. Please call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10, or visit to purchase tickets.
     And on October 11th and 25th, join professional paranormal research teams on a ghost investigation in five Village buildings and use digital photography and sound recording equipment to try and capture evidence of the supernatural.  
     Historic Cold Spring Village is a non-profit, open air living history museum that portrays the daily life of a rural South Jersey community of the Early American era. Its mission includes the preservation of 27 historic Cape May County buildings, history education and promoting heritage tourism. The Village is a museum for all seasons. During the summer months, interpreters and artisans in period clothing preserve the trades, crafts and heritage of "the age of homespun." From
October to May, the emphasis is on teaching history through school trips to the Village, classroom visits by the education department and interactive teleconferences with schools throughout the United States. The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern end of the Garden State Parkway. For more information, call (609) 898-2300, ext. 10 or visit the Village website at

Warren County - Harmony Twp - FALL OPEN HOUSE

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November 5 - Warren County
FALL OPEN HOUSE at the Historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Listed in National Register of Historic Places
  • Recognized by The Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Program
Come and Celebrate the Harvest!
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Open Hearth Cooking in the Summer Kitchen
  • War Re-Enactors
  • Guest Speaker sponsored by The Captain Daniel Vliet Chapter, NSDAR: Matthew Backes, who will do two talks on "The Acts Behind the Revolutionary War." He is scheduled to speak at 11AM & 2PM.
Admission is FREE! Plenty of Parking!
Visit us online
Sponsored by: Historic Preservation Commission of Harmony Twp. & Harmony Twp. Historical Society
                             Visit us online at

Passaic County - Paterson - Holiday Boutique

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November 5 through 27 - Passaic County
Holiday Boutique    
From November 5th through November 27th at Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ, the Passaic County Historical Society will present the 29th annual Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the boutique invites you to enjoy shopping for this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles, and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.
Admission to the Boutique is $7 for opening weekend, November 5th-6th and $6 for the duration of the show. All admission fees include two return visits. Children under 12 years are admitted free of charge. No child strollers or carriages are permitted inside the Castle. Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases. The café will return to the third floor serving a variety of soups, sandwiches, as well as hot and cold drinks. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Passaic County Historical Society.
     The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County's cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County's natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest.
   For more information on special events such as this one, visit the Passaic County Historical Society's website at call 973-247-0085.

Passaic County - Paterson - Lambert Castle Offers Holiday Boutique Preview

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November 4 - Passaic County
Lambert Castle Offers Holiday Boutique Preview
   On Friday November 4th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ, the Passaic County Historical Society will present its annual Wine and Cheese Preview of the Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique. Enjoy a sneak peek at this year's assortment of festive holiday gifts, jewelry, seasonal decorations, crafts, collectibles and gourmet food in the historic atmosphere and ambiance of Lambert Castle.
Admission to Preview Night is $15, which includes two return visits. Free wine and snacks provided while supplies last. Children under 12 years are admitted free of charge. No child strollers or carriages are permitted inside the Castle. Visa and Mastercard are accepted for purchases. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Passaic County Historical Society.
   For more information on special events such as this one, visit the Passaic County Historical Society's website at or call 973-247-0085.

Monmouth County - Farmingdale - Allaire Stocking Stuffer

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Friday-Sunday, November 4-6 - Monmouth County
   Friday and Saturday November 4th and 5th 10am to 3pm and Sunday November 6th 12pm to 3pm: Allaire Stocking Stuffer
     Come shop for beautiful handmade crafts at The Historic Village at Allaire's annual stocking stuffer.  These crafts are perfect for small gifts for the holidays.  There is everything from ornaments to scarves and gloves and everything in between. Bake items will also be on sale.  This is also one of the last opportunities to purchase a raffle ticket to win the handmade, queen sized blacksmith quilt made by our auxiliary. Find out more at


Somerset County - Rocky Hill - The History of US Presidential Elections and New Jersey: Brian Armstrong

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Thursday, November 3 - Somerset County
The History of US Presidential Elections and New Jersey: Brian Armstrong 
       Brian Armstrong, the President of the South River Historical & Preservation Society, will provide a presentation entitled "The History of US Presidential Elections and New Jersey." Mr. Armstrong, BA in Political Science and History from the American University, will discuss the history of US Presidential elections and how New Jersey voted. His emphasis will be all elections from 1912 to the present discussing the candidates, the issues, the campaigns, and the results. Armstrong is a collector of US presidential election memorabilia and will bring some of his favorite campaign buttons and other items to the presentation.
7:00 p.m. at the Mary Jacobs Library, 64 Washington St, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

Union County - Elizabeth - "History Paint Night Social"

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Tuesday, November 1 - Union County

Enjoy an Evening of Local History and Painting Instruction
   Union County, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces the first "History Paint Night Social," to be held on Tuesday, November 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, in midtown Elizabeth. The program is sponsored by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage and funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission.
    Participants will be provided with painting materials, a pre-sketched canvas and artistic instruction on a historical scene from the Union County area. Individuals and groups are invited to attend.
    "Our new History Paint Night Social is designed for beginners and practiced artists alike, to enjoy learning about Union County history in a relaxed, creative social setting," said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. "The historic Snyder Academy is a wonderful venue for the blending of history and art education."
     The Snyder Academy is the former parish house of the First Presbyterian Church. Alexander Hamilton received his education there and many other historic figures are associated with the site. It recently underwent a multi-million dollar restoration as a center for the arts, education, history and social and economic development in midtown Elizabeth.
    The instructor for History Paint Night Social will be Rafael Rodriguez, Artist in Residence at the Snyder Academy.
     Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged due to limited space. The fee of $20.00 includes all materials. Participants may bring wine and snacks for their enjoyment.
     To register or receive more information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-436-2912, or email
      For information on all Cultural and Heritage Affairs programs and events, visit online at

Middlesex County - Metuchen - Autumn Wine Tasting at LOLA Restaurant Benefits The Metlar-Bodine House Museum

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Reserve by November 7 - Middlesex County
Autumn Wine Tasting at LOLA Restaurant Benefits
The Metlar-Bodine House Museum
Quality wines - perfect for the upcoming holidays and/or for the sophisticated wine palate - will
be selected and presented by certified sommelier, Brian Maher, whose engaging style assists the novice and/or seasoned oenophile to appreciate wines to their full potential. Hors d'oeuvres and pastas,complimenting the wines, will be served, and The New Brunswick Jazz Project will perform.
The Metlar-Bodine House Museum, located at 1281 River Road, Piscataway, is the official historical museum of Piscataway Township and is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Sites.
Restaurant location: 87 Central Ave., Metuchen
Event Date: November 13th
Time: 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Cost: $50 in advance, $60 at door
Advance reservation deadline: Nov. 7th
Advancereservations: call the museum or visit the museum's website
Phone: 732-463-8363

Morris County - Morristown - Industrial History of Northwest New Jersey

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 10/24/16

Saturday, November 5 - Morris County
Industrial History of Northwest New Jersey
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Washington's Headquarters, Morristown
   The natural environment of northwest New Jersey-think lumber, iron ore, waterways-gave rise to thriving industrial economic engines-mining, transportation, cement-whose built expressions remain today to tell their stories.  Much of our industrial archaeology is crumbling and unrecognized, but still forms a rich background to modern lives.
   A group of speakers will discuss their special interests and experiences in this complex area of historic research: Michael Douglas Henderson, former National Park Service superintendent (of Morristown National Historical Park), preservationist, museologist, and writer; Ian Burrow (pictured, right), Principal Archaeologist, Hunter Research (ret.), principal of Burrow into History, writer, teacher (elementary through graduate levels), history and cultural resource management; and David Peifer, Highlands Project Director, ANJEC, former executive director of the Upper Raritan Watershed Assn., preservation activist and historian.
    The program is sponsored by the Morris County Trust for Historic Preservation, the Morristown & Morris Township Library, and the National Park Service.  Admission is free.  Registration is required, at  A light lunch will be provided for a limited number of attendees.  Carpooling is encouraged. Questions: 973-267-4717.

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