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NJ Historic Sites with Kids & Family Activities in New Jersey

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The Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area celebrates New Jersey's rich history and significant contributions to our nation through partnerships with preservation groups, historical societies, governments, schools, libraries and museums. Sign up for the Crossroads Gazette e-newsletter and visit the comprehensive website for information about historic sites and events statewide.

historic house museums
Historic homes in your community may be open monthly or for special events, and are typically supported by volunteer historical societies. Maintenance, improvements and repairs make great projects for scout and other youth groups.

morris county tourism bureau
6 Court St. (across from Morris County Court House), Morris­town, 973-631-5151. Open Mon.-Fri. 9-4; plus Sat. 9-12 June-Aug. Excellent one-stop source of information about ­destinations and events in Morris County. Brochures, maps and ­calendars are available. Hosts themed guided walking tours of historic Morristown spring, summer and fall, school and homeschool programs. Or download the Historic Morristown Walking Tour app.

www.visitnj.org
New Jersey is filled with homes and sites of historical ­interest. Listings below are noted for their ongoing ­programs specifically geared to children and families. For a complete list of ­historic and other sites to visit, consult the State of New Jersey's official website.

Acorn Hall
68 Morris Ave., Morristown, 973-267-3465. Wed. & Thurs. 11-4, Sun. 1-4. Guided tours every half hour. Group tours by appointment. Adults $6, srs. $5, students $3, under 12 free. Italianate Victorian mansion, built in 1853, is the headquarters of the Morris County Historical Society. From the back of the garden, a short trail leads down to the Whippany River and to the site of a Revolutionary War gunpowder mill. On and off-site speakers and educational programs; traveling trunks available for rental. Gardens open dawn to dusk; gift shop. Visit Morris County Historical Society's website for special events.
Oct 1
          
Local Vendors' Fair.

Allaire Village
Allaire State Park, Rt. 524 (exit 98 GSP), Wall Township. Village: 732-919-3500, Park: 732-938-2371. Historic buildings open Memorial Day-Labor Day: Wed.-Sun. 11-4; May and Labor Day-mid-Dec.: Weekends 11-4. Open special weekends Jan.-Mar. Parking fee: Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day.
   Living museums display artifacts from the Howell Iron Works village of 1822-1848. Costumed interpreters explain the history and demonstrate various crafts. The Pine Creek Railroad, a narrow gauge rail line operating both diesel and steam locomotives, makes a 1.5 mile loop in the park and runs 12-4:30pm weekends & holidays April-Dec.; 7 days July and Aug. Tickets are $4 ages 3 and over, free under 3. The Christmas Express operates weekends in late Nov.-Dec. with tickets on sale beginning Oct. 1 (732-938-5524).
   State park features hiking and multi-use trails, camping, nature center (staffed Memorial Day thru Labor Day) with interpretive programs (732-938-6707), picnicking, snack bar, playground, canoeing and fishing on the Manasquan River..
Selected Weekend Events
Sep 16
          Late Summer Flea Market, 8am-3pm.
Sep 23-24
          Historic Soldiers Weekend, historical encampment featuring re-enactors and their equipment from every American conflict, spanning the French and Indian War to WWII. 10am-5pm.
Sep 30
          Fall Harvest Festival, cider pressing, games and dancing. 11am-4pm.
Oct 6-7
          The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, retelling of Washington Irving's famous tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." 7:30-9pm. Tickets $20.
Oct 7
          Fall Craft Show & Art in the Park, 10am-4pm.
Oct 13-14
          An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, a spine-chilling retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's famous tales. 7:30-9pm. Tickets $20.
Oct 14
          Fall Flea Market, 8am-3pm.
Oct 20-21, 27-28
          Haunted Hayrides & Haunted Village, ghosts, ghouls and monsters fill the haunted village. 6-8pm. Adults $15, children under 12 $10.
Oct 29
          19th Century All Hallow's Eve, 11am-4pm.
Nov 3-5
          Allaire Auxiliary Stocking Stuffer Sale,10am-3pm. Nov 5 12-3pm.
Nov 5
          Election Day in the 1830s, 11am-4pm.
Nov 11
          Fall Flea Market, 8am-3pm.
Nov 19
          19th Century Thanksgiving, 11am-3pm.
Dec 1
          A Christmas Carol, a retelling of "A Christmas Carol." 7:30-9pm.
Dec 2, 8-9, 15-16
          Christmas Lantern Tour, 5-8pm. Tickets $15, not recommended for children under 5.
Dec 3, 10, 17
          Christmas at Allaire, hearth cooking, singing, dancing, wagon rides and St. Nicholas. 11am-4pm.
Dec 13
          Sunset Candlelit Service, 4-6pm.

Cooper Gristmill
Black River County Park, County Rt. 513 (old Rt. 24), Chester Twp., 908-879-5463. Open April-late Oct, closed winter. April-June: Sat. 10-5, last tour at 3:30. July & Aug.: Wed.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5, last tour at 3:30. Sept.-late Oct.: Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5, last tour at 3:30. Gristmill closed holidays. Adults $3, srs. $2, children 4-16 $1, under age 4 free.
    Visitors can watch the water-powered millstones grind grain into flour at a turn-of-the-century gristmill on the Black River. Different demonstrations of life in the 1800s on most Sat. and/or Sun. School programs; homeschool programs; group tours, 973-631-5343; summer day camp (see Travels in Time under Camp), 973-829-8419. Black River County Park is open for hiking sunrise to sunset daily.

Crane House Museum
110 Orange Rd., Montclair, 973-744-1796. Open for public tours seasonally on Sun. 1-4pm. Adults $6, students/srs. $5, children $4. Second Sunday Family FunDay $10 per family.
    Owned and operated by the Montclair Historical Society, properties include the Historic YWCA; offices and local history library at Clark House, 108 Orange Rd.; and the 1796 Israel Crane House and Nathaniel Crane House, home to three generations of the Crane family, one of the founding families of Montclair. Furnished period rooms plus temporary exhibits. Adult and family programs on local history; hearth cooking classes; school trips; scout ­programs; homeschool programs are offered. Office and library at Clark House is open Tues.-Fri. 8:30-2.
Second Sunday Family Funday
Tours and activities designed for the family, 1-4pm on second Sunday of the month. Tours at 1, 2 & 3pm. $10 per family.

Crane-Phillips House Museum
124 N. Union Ave., Cranford, 908-276-0082. Open Sun. 2-4pm Sept.-June or by appointment. Small Victorian-style house, built in 1840 as a honeymoon cottage for Josiah Crane Jr., offers a glimpse of what life was like for a modest family during the opulent Victorian era. Antiques, Revolutionary War and Civil War artifacts, old tools and farm equipment are on display inside. School and scout tours; third grade history program; lectures and special events.

Deserted Village of Feltville/Glenside Park
Glenside Ave., Union County Watchung Reservation, Berkeley Heights, 908-527-4900. Grounds open daily dawn to dusk. Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, this site has been a farming community, mill town, deserted village, and summer resort over the course of two centuries. Ten buildings remain and the church/store building and Maskers Barn have been restored. A 1-mile self-guided walking tour begins in the parking lot off Glenside Ave. Pick up a brochure in brown kiosks on site or download online. Guided tours are offered periodically and the church/store and Maskers Barn are open to visitors spring-late fall.

Drake House Museum
602 W. Front St., Plainfield, 908-755-5831. Open Sun. 2-4pm or by appointment. Beautifully restored rooms portray the farm life of the Nathanial Drake family in the 1700s and the Victorian life of New York City banker, John S. Harberger, during the late 1800s. The original 1746 farmhouse served as headquarters for George Washington during the Battle of Short Hills in 1777. Significant American paintings, folk art, period furniture and decorative pieces are on display. Group tours; Traveling Trunk exhibit available for school and community groups.

Drumthwacket
354 Stockton St., Princeton, 609-683-0057. Suggested donation $5. Tours of the official residence of the Governor are given most Wed. throughout the year. Spring, summer and fall tours include the formal Italianate gardens. Reservations required, call or visit website.

Durand-Hedden House Garden
523 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood, 973-763-7712. Sept.-June: Open houses monthly on Sun. 1-4pm. Closed summer. Free, donations welcome. Historic house circa 1790 has been restored to show the continuum of its life from 1790 to 1930. Open houses each month feature tours, ­history programs, children's activities and country store. Jr. docent program; school tours available.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village
Johnson Park, 1050 River Rd. (intersection of River Rd. & Old Hoes Lane), Piscataway, 732-745-3030. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4; Sun. 1-4. Guided public tours: Tues.-Fri. & Sun. 1:30. Group tours by appointment. Podcasts available online.
   A collection of original, replica and reconstructed 18th and 19th century structures depict the farm and merchant communities once found in central New Jersey. Special events are presented periodically.

Edison National Historic Site
211 Main St. & Lakeside Ave. (exit 9 Rt. 280), West Orange,
973-736-0550 x11. Laboratory Complex: Wed.-Sun. 10-4. Glenmont: Fri.-Sun. 11:30-4. Glenmont house tours: 12-3. Extended summer hours July 4-Labor Day weekend. A car pass must be obtained at the Laboratory Visitor Center prior to going to Glenmont. House tour tickets are limited and distributed on a first come-first served basis at the Visitor Center. Entrance fee of $10 is valid for 7 days and includes Laboratory Complex and Glenmont. Ages under 16 free. Standard and family audio tours $5.
   Thomas Edison's original music recording studio, private laboratory and photography studio are open for all to see, hear and experience, displaying many original furnishings and a vast collection of unique artifacts and documents. Glenmont, Edison's home in Llewellyn Park, is open for tours Fri.-Sun. on the hour 12-3pm. A pass must be obtained from the Laboratory Visitor Center in order to enter Llewellyn Park. Download cell phone tours of Glenmont online.
Selected Special Events
late Nov- Jan
     Holidays at Glenmont, Fri., Sat. & Sun. tours focus on family and the holidays.

Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower & Menlo Park Museum
37 Christie St. (GSP exit 131), Edison, 732-549-3299. Thurs.-Sat. 10-4. $5 suggested entrance fee, donations appreciated. Free tours during operating hours. 13-ft. replica light bulb sits atop 131-ft. Memorial Tower where over 400 patented inventions were developed including the phonograph and electric light bulb. Indoor and outdoor galleries house many inventions, interpretive exhibits and educational activities. Museum store open during regular museum hours. School and group tours.

Ford Mansion / Washington’s Headquarters Museum
Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park, 30 Washington Place (exit 36 I-287), Morristown, 973-539-2016 ext. 210. Wed.-Sun. 9:30-5. Jan. 1-Feb. 11: Open Sat. & Sun. only. Ford Mansion shown by guided tour on the hour 10-4 except noon. Adults $7, ages under 16 free.
   Ford Mansion served as the military headquarters of General George Washington during the Continental Army's winter encampment at Jockey Hollow in 1779-1780. A separate 1930s museum includes three exhibit galleries, 30-min. movie about Morristown during the Revolutionary War and bookstore. Visit website for current schedule of ranger-led activities.
Ongoing
        Primary Source Seminar, students have the opportunity to study historical manuscripts firsthand. Classes by appointment only.
        Junior Ranger Booklet, print your own online or pick one up at Washington's Headquarters or Jockey Hollow Visitors Center to complete activities and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Fosterfields
73 Kahdena Rd., off County Rt. 510 (old Rt. 24), Morristown, 973-326-7645. Closed winter except for special events. April-June 28: Tues.-Sat. 10-5. July-Oct. 31: Wed.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Adults $6, srs. $5, children 4-16 $4, ages 2-3 $2, under 2 free. Additional fee for some special events. Memberships available.
   Farmers can usually be found engaged in one of their many daily chores from tending the crops to animal care on an operating farm from 1880-1910 era. Weekends feature different demonstrations of farm chores and early crafts. Guided tours of the Willows, one of New Jersey's finest Gothic Revival restorations, are available afternoons (additional $1). Group & school tours. Travels in Time summer program for ages 10-12 (see History Camps).
Selected Family Events
Feb TBA, 2018
         Annual Winter's Day at the Farm, wagon ride, maple tapping, wood sawing, ice harvesting, farm animals. 12-4pm.


The Hermitage
335 N. Franklin Tnpk. (GSP exit 165 to Rt. 17N), Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-8311. Open for guided tours Wed.-Sun. 1-4, last tour starts at 3:15. Call ahead to verify hours. Tours $7. Stone house, renovated in 1847-48 in Gothic Revival design, was visited during the Revolutionary War by Washington and was the site of the marriage of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost. Living history events are held throughout the year. Lecture series; birthday parties; school and scout programs are offered.

Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9 South, Cape May, 609-898-2300. Late June-Labor Day: Open 10-4:30 Tues.-Sun with special events every weekend. Adults $12, ages 3-12 $10, under 3 free. Combination tickets are available for Cape May Lighthouse, NASW Aviation Museum, Cape May's Trolley/Emlen Physick Estate and other sites. Off-season: Welcome Center and grounds are open for self-guided walking tours Mon.-Fri. 10:30-4:30, free admission.
    Thirty acres of shaded lanes, gardens, working farm and 26 restored historic buildings bring to life the day-to-day activities of villagers living in South Jersey during 1789-1840. Historically-clothed interpreters educate and entertain visitors and children can participate in hands-on crafts and games at the activity area. Download walking tour from website, www.hcsv.org, or pick one up in the Welcome Center or Country Store. School programs; speakers bureau; Junior Apprentice program for ages 11-13.

Historic Speedwell
Rt. 202 (333 Speedwell Ave.) at Cory Rd., Morristown, 973-285-6550. Closed winter. April-June.: Tues.-Sat. 10-5; July-Oct.: Wed.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Adults $5, srs. $4, ­children 4-16 $3, 3 and under free. Restored 19th century mansion and ironworks buildings on 7.5 acres capture the daily life of the Vail family and their contributions to the American Industrial Revolution. The Factory building was the site of the first successful public demonstration of the telegraph in 1838. Group tours; scout programs; home school programs; picnic area; adult and children's craft series; summer history camp.

Howell Living History Farm
101 Hunter Rd., Titusville (off Rt. 29 2 mi. south of Lambertville), 609-737-3299. April-Nov.: Sun. 12-4; late Jan.-Dec.: Sat. 10-4; Feb.-Nov.: Tues.-Fri. 10-4. Free admission.
   A working farm for 200 years is being restored to operate like a typical family farm circa 1900. Saturday programs welcome visitors to help with seasonal farm activities. Picnic tables by Visitor Center; lunch and snacks available for purchase on Sat.; gift shop. Hands-on programs include school and group programs; Farmhands farm experience for ages 6-9 and 10-12 with adult; The Hatchery for ages 3-5 with adult; and summer farm camp for ages 3-15.
   Small craft programs are offered most Saturdays during open season from 11-3. Materials fee varies from $2-5. Groups of 8 or more must preregister.

Industrial Heritage Tours
Morris County Park Commission, 973-285-6534. Historians lead easy to challenging, 2 1⁄2-hour to full-day hikes to mines, dams, canals and other sites of significance to Morris County's industrial heritage.

Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum
River Rd. Park, 3055 River Rd., Bedminster, NJ, 908-396-6053. Open house tours: 1-pm on the 2nd Sun. of each month. Adults $10, 12 and under free.
   The circa 1772 house tells the story of a distinguished Dutch-American family who lent their home to General Henry Knox, George Washington's military commander, and his family during the winter of 1778-79. Visitors can see fully furnished period rooms, exhibits, artifacts, and a video about the Continental Artillery. School and scout groups welcome. Special events from June to Dec.

Jockey Hollow
Morristown National Historical Park

580 Tempe Wick Rd. west to Visitor Center parking, Morris Township, 973-543-4030. Visitor Center: Wed.-Sun. 9:30-5. Wick House: Wed.-Sun. 9:30-12, 1-4. Jan. 1-Feb. 11: Visitor Center will be closed. Park areas, open daily 8am to sunset, encompass the Jockey Hollow Encampment Area; New Jersey Brigade and Cross Estate Gardens Area (61 Jockey Hollow Rd., Bernardsville) and Fort Nonsense Area (16 Chestnut St., Morristown). Free.
    Follow in the footsteps of General George Washington and his continental army during the winter of 1779-80 as you explore the forests and rolling terrain of Jockey Hollow National Park. 1750 Wick House and farm; herb garden; NJ Brigade site; 5 reconstructed soldier huts; 27 miles of hiking trails include Old Camp Road Trail (blue blazes) built by Washington's army, the Aqueduct Trail, and yellow trail to the site of the original soldier huts and actual hearthstones that were placed by Washington's soldiers. Pick up a trail map at the Visitor Center or download online. Visit website for current schedule of ranger-led activities.
Ongoing
        Morristown National Historical Park Junior Ranger Badge, children ages 6-12 can learn about the American Revolution at Washing­ton's Headquarters or Jockey Hollow, complete ­activity booklet and earn a Junior Ranger Badge. Call 973-539-2016 x210 for reservations for school or scout groups.
Thru Sep 4
          Art in the Park: Students Celebrate "Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity," 73 student works of art are on display in the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center as part of the Dream Rocket Project by the International Fiber Collective.
Apr TBA, 2018
         Annual Spring Encampment.

Longstreet Farm
Holmdel Park, 44 Longstreet Rd. (GSP exit 114), Holmdel, 732-946-3758. Daily 10-4. Memorial Day-Labor Day: 9-5. Farmhouse open weekend and holiday afternoons or by reservation. Life on a general farm in the 1890's is recreated by costumed interpreters working in fields and buildings throughout the 9-acre site. Discovery Room at Holmes-Hendrickson House, built in 1754. Free weekend activities give visitors a glimpse into life during the 1890s.
     Park features picnic areas, snack bar, two playgrounds, walking trails and arboretum.
Sat & Sun
      Free Weekend Activities, craft demonstrations, farm activities, music most weekends.
1st Sat
     
Parent/Child Morning Chores, ages 4 and up, 8-9am the first Sat. of the month. $15 parent/child pair, $5 additional participant.

Macculloch Hall
45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, 973-538-2404. Museum: open Wed., Thurs. and Sun. 1-4pm. School and group tours scheduled by appointment Sun.-Fri. Adults $8, srs. and students $6, children $4, members and ages 12 and under free. Gardens: open daily 9-5, free.
     A Federal style mansion built in 1810 by George (1775-1858) and Louisa (1785-1863) Macculloch and lived in by generations of family until 1947, the historic house and decorative arts museum features nine period rooms, two exhibition galleries, a dedicated classroom, a formal garden and includes a display of Thomas Nast memorabilia (the original artist to depict many of America's most popular icons including Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, the Democratic Donkey and Republic Elephant). Children and adult programs, scout programs and homeschool family programs are scheduled throughout the year. Adult/senior tours and rentals, school programs and outreach may be scheduled by appointment.
Sep-Jun
         Homeschool Series, special arrangement programs are available for homeschool groups of 10 or more participants. Programs are interactive and interdisciplinary, covering topics in science, art and history.
        Scout Programs, after-school and Saturdays. Call for schedule, 973-538-2404 ext. 16, or email cwinslow@maccullochhall.org.
Jun-Aug Sat
         Dig It! Plant It! Eat It!, youth garden program. Pre-registration required.
                   Session 2: July 29-Aug 12 (10-11:30am 3 Saturdays). Free.
Jul-Aug Wed
          Lunch with the Librarian, pre-school children and their caregivers bring lunch and enjoy stories under the Museum's beech tree. If inclement weather, program meets indoors in the Museum's Center Hall. Wednesdays at noon. Free, no registration required.
Growing in the Garden Preschool Program
Year-round hands-on art program for ages 3-5 with caregiver includes a story, walk and art project twice a month (except Jan.). Two sessions available, 1:15-2pm and 3:45-4:30pm. Pre-registration requested, ext. 16. $12 per child/adult pair, $8 members.
Aug 1
          
Dragonflies & Fireflies.
Aug 15
          
Water, Water Everywhere.
Sep 5
          
What's the Buzz on Honeybees.
Sep 19
          
Back to Shorter Days, Longer Shadows.
Oct 3
          
Safe Trip Hummingbirds.
Oct 17
          
Why the Trees Lose Their Leaves - A Native American Tale.
Nov 7
          
The ABCs of Apples.
Nov 21
          
Thankful for the Garden State.
Dec 5
          
Watching for Woodpeckers.
Dec 19
          
Who is the Pear Tree?

Wolf, Webelos & Boy Scout Programs
$10 per scout, $5 per adult, unless noted. Pre-registration required.
Oct 10, 14, 24
          Architecture: Past and Present, activities include a walking tour and building challenges which meet requirements for the Architecture Merit Badge. Tues. 4:30-6:30pm; Sat. 9:30-11:30am.
Nov 18
          We the People, scouts discuss what makes a good citizen, learn about political cartoonist Thomas Nast whose home is on the National Register of Historic Places, and examine speeches and government documents in the home of former U.S. Senator Jacob Miller (1800-1862).  Meets requirements for Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. 9:30-12:30pm. $15 per scount, $5 per adult.
Nov 14, 18
          Treasures Assembled, Wolf scouts explore the collection of W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976), founder of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, and learn about his early collecting as a teenager.  Meets requirements 3,4,5,6 of Collections and Hobbies. $7 per scout; $5 per adult. Tues. 4:30-6:30pm, Sat. 2:30-4:30pm.
Nov 28, Dec 12
          Off the Wall, after a tour of Macculloch Hall to see the art of Thomas Nast on exhibit, Webelos create original works of art, including self-portraits and cartoons, and build a portfolio to take home. Meets requirements 1, 2, 3, 4a of Art Explosion. 4:30-6:30pm.
Selected Exhibitions
Jun-Aug
          From Homestead to Historic House: The Architectural History of Macculloch Hall.
Sep0Jan

Millbrook Village
Delaware Water Gap, Old Mine Rd. & Millbrook Rd., Hardwick, 12 mi. N I-80, 908-841-9531. Grounds open dawn to dusk daily. Select buildings open Fri.-Sun. late May-Labor Day and for special events. ­Re-creation of a late 19th century rural community with schoolhouse, general store, woodworking shop, blacksmith shop, carriage shop, weaver's house, church, some homes and barns. Run by Millbrook Village Society with the National Park Service. Self-guided tours, demonstrations of 19th-century folk-life skills weekends in summer.

Miller-Cory House Museum
614 Mountain Ave., Westfield, 908-232-1776. Open Sundays during school year (except holiday weekends) 2-4pm. Closed summer. Ages 13 and older $4, ages 3-12 $3, under 3 free. Costumed docents guide ­visitors through 1740 farmhouse and skilled crafts­people demonstrate crafts and tasks of the 18th century farm family. Open hearth cooking demonstrated most Sundays (except Jan. and Feb.). Museum shop. Weekday tours for groups avail­able. Showcase of 18th Century Skills visits local schools. Visit website link for weekly events.

Morristown National Historical Park
See separate listings under Ford Mansion & Museum/Washington's Headquarters and Jockey Hollow.

Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton St., Princeton, 609-924-8144. Open Wed.-Sun. 10-4. Tours of the first floor are given on the hour 11-2; second floor is self-guided. Adults $10, srs. and students $8, 6 and under free. Former New Jersey Governor's Mansion and 18th century home of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Morven now showcases fine, folk and decorative arts of New Jersey. Museum tours year round (except Dec.); garden tours May-Oct.; school programs; adult art workshops and programs; yoga in the garden. Strollers are not permitted.
Wed
      Tea & Tour, tea served at 1pm in Morven's Garden Room, docent-led tour can be scheduled before or after tea (not available in Dec.). $22, advance reservations required.
Open
         Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey.
May TBA, 2018
         Morven in May: A Celebration of Art, Craft & Garden, juried exhibition and sale of contemporary, American-made fine craft.
Jul 4
         Annual July 4th Jubilee, music, food, Declaration of Independence signing, historical demos and events. Free.
Dec-Jan
      Annual Festival of Trees.


Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
Main St. at Green Village Rd., Madison, 973-377-2982. See complete listing under Museums.

New Jersey State House
West State St., Trenton, 609-633-2709; tour office 609-847-3150. Tours on the hour 10-3 Mon.-Fri. and 12-3 1st and 3rd Sat. of month. Free. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Tours of the nation's second oldest state capitol in continuous use include the restored Senate and Assembly chambers, caucus rooms and the Governor's Reception Room. The Welcome Center, open Mon.-Fri., houses interactive exhibits about the legislative process and State House history.
Ongoing
       Free School & Scout Programs, tours and Make-A-Law program offered for all ages year round.
Mar
       Annual GIrl Scout Civic Leadership Conference, hands-on workshops, tours, female leaders panel, designed for grades 8-12. 609-847-3150.

Old Barracks Museum
101 Barrack St., Trenton, 609-396-1776; weekends 609-777-3599. Mon.-Sat. 10-5, guided tours on the hour. Adults $8, srs. & children 6 and over $6, 5 and under free. A registered State and National Historic Landmark built in 1758, this is the last surviving barracks built for British regulars during the French & Indian War. The barracks was also actively used in the American Revolution as a barracks and army hospital. Interpreters recount life during the American Revolution. Visitors can explore the process of ­historic preservation through hands-on activities in the History Lab. Group programs; youth camp-ins; private tours; summer camp. For outreach ­programs, call Education Dept. at 609-777-4042 or 888-BARRACK.
Dec 31
       
Annual Battles of Trenton Reenactments & Patriots Week, visit Patriots Week website for details.

Proprietary House
149 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, 732-826-5527. Open Wednesdays and last Sun. of the month 1-4pm; other days by appointment. Completed in 1764, Proprietary House has survived 250 years of American history serving as a residence to New Jersey's last Royal Governor, a hotel, private mansion, retirement home, boarding house and now museum. Lectures, tours, teas, re-enactments and special events are held throughout the year.
Wed
         Tours & Tea, every Wednesday 1-4pm. Adults $10, children $5. Guided free tours 1-4pm Wed. and last Sun. of each month.

Red Mill Museum Village
56 Main St. (exit 15 Rt. 78), Clinton, 908-735-4101. Jan.-Mar.: Sat. & Sun. 12-4, weather permitting. April-late Sept. & Nov.-Dec.: Tues.-Fri. 10-4, Sat. & Sun. 12-6. Adults $10, srs. $8, ages 6-12 $6, under 6 free. Winter admission: All visitors ages 6 and up: $5.
    10-acre historic site features 12 structures, including the landmark Red Mill, and a permanent collection of 40,000 regional objects. The village is transformed into a haunted village for three weekends each Oct. Craft workshops; lectures; school programs; scout programs; group tours; many special events in season May-Dec.

Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum
30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, Sussex County, 973-209-7212. See listing under Museums.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
2352 Rt. 10W (at Manor Lane, 3 mi. west of Rt. 287), Parsippany, 973-540-0311. Park grounds open dawn to dusk. Log House Museum open for guided tours Thurs.-Sun. 12-4. Tours hourly 12:15-3:15. Adults $10, students/srs. $7, 12 and under $4.
    Explore the simple life philosophy advocated by furniture manufacturer, architect, and publisher, Gustav Stickley, at his early 20th century country estate. Group tours; special event weekends; architecture and heritage scout programs (call 973-540-0311); museum shop.
Ongoing
     Scout Programs, tours and workshops for Girl Scouts Daisies and older and Boy Scouts.
     Mr. Stickley's Detectives: Time Travel Tour, ages 6-9 with adult, available to groups of 8 or more by reservation.

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum
120 W. Main St. (GSP exit 58), Tuckerton, 609-296-8868. Open daily 10-5. Adults $8; srs. $6; ages 5-12 $5, under 5 free; group rates; student rates.
     Recreated seaport village traces the area's maritime history with docents and artisans bringing the village to life. Buildings include Tucker's Island Lighthouse, a cafe, oyster house, sawmill, boat works, decoy shop, surf museum, yacht club and houseboat. The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve conducts scientific research and hosts interpretive programs and a "Life on the Edge" exhibit exploring the unique ecosystems of the Pinelands, Bay, barrier island and open ocean. Group tours and outreach programs.
Ongoing
      
Folklife Demonstrations & Craft Classes include surfboard shaping, carving, basketmaking, print making, Lunch 'n Learn series and more; Youth Carving Club; Youth Boatbuilding Club; Pickin' on the Porch, monthly jam sessions.
Selected Special Events
Sat Jul-Aug
         Saturday Summer Programs, walk-in program for children and parents included with general admission. 2-4pm.
Aug 12-13
          
TRUCKerton Food Truck & Brew Fest: "Grease" Edition (50's Theme), Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
Sep 23-24
          
Decoy & Gunning Show, two-day event highlights the culture of the Barnegat Bay region. Demonstrations, contests, seminars, crafters, carvers, vendors, food and music. Includes the Dock Dog competition. Two locations: Tip Seaman Park, 120 W. Main St., and Tuckerton Seapart. Free off-site parking and shuttle bus. Free admission.
Sep 30
          Classic & Antique Car & Truck Show, over 100 antique and classic cars and trucks on display, hosted in conjunction with the Vintage Auto Museum of New Jersey. 10am-2pm.
Oct 7
          
TRUCKerton Food Truck & Hard Cider Fall Fest, 11am-6pm. Raindate on Sunday.
Oct 21-22
          
Lighthouse Challenge 2017, climb to the top of the Tucker's Island Lighthosue as one stop during the annual Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey. Visit all of New Jersey's historic lighthouses and related museums and help raise funds for the continued preservation, education and restoration of these historic structures. Visit website for details. 8am-8pm Saturday, 8am-6pm Sunday. $3.
Oct 26-28
          Haunted Seaport, pirates and sea captains long lost at sea stroll the Seaport's boardwalk, hayride through the Haunted Woods, non-scary Pumpkin Patch with crafts, stories, games and fall activities. 6-9pm.
Dec 1-3
          
Christkindlmarkt, a European style holiday market outdoors and under huge heated tents. Craft and gift vendors, food court, kiddie rides, Santa, rolling chair sleigh rides on the boardwalk, horse and wagon rides, demonstrations and entertainment. 4-8pm. $5, under 5 and members free.
Jan 1, 2018
          
Food Trucks & Fireworks 2018. 12-6pm.
Summer Friday Night Concerts
 Free concerts on Friday evenings, 6:30-8pm, in July and August.
Jul 28
          
The Fabulous Silver Wings, a tribute to classic country.
Aug 4
          
The Kootz, rock & roll.
Aug 11
          
Rave-On, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.
Aug 18
          
Big Wave, classic rock.
Aug 25
          
Strictly 60's Band, pop and rock of the 60's.

Washington Crossing State Park
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville,
609-737-0623. Visitor Center Museum: 609-737-9303, open daily 9-4 year round. Interpretive Center: 609-737-0609, open Wed.-Sun. year round. Johnson Ferry House: 609-737-2515, open Wed.-Sat. 10-12 & 1-4; Sun. 1-4. Observatory open Fri. 7-11pm April-Oct, 609-737-2575. Vehicle entrance fee: $5 per car Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day.
     George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River and landed at this site on Dec. 25, 1776, leading to pivotal events in the American Revolution. Living history demonstrations are frequently held on weekends at Johnson Ferry House, an early 18th-century farmhouse and tavern. Outdoor education programs are offered at Interpretive Center. 15 miles of hiking trails; fishing; picnic facilities; playground; group campsites; outdoor air theater in summer; cross country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.
Ongoing
      View Nature's Grapevine online for a current schedule of history and nature programs.
      Friends of Washington Crossing sponsor events including the annual re-enactment of Washington's Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware. For current schedule, visit the Friends website.
May-Oct
      Open Air Theatre, plays, musicals and concerts for adults and children are presented by Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville. Group discounts and discount ticket packages available.
Dec 25
      Annual Re-enactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware, 12-3pm (crossing at 1pm). Free. The public can also attend the dress rehearsal typically scheduled two weekends before.

Waterloo Village Historic Site
Waterloo Village, Allamuchy Mountain State Park, 525 Waterloo Rd., Byram Twp., Stanhope, 973-347-1835. Grounds open daily dawn to dusk. Buildings open for tours every Sat. May-Oct. Adult tours $3, kids $2, parking $5.
        The historic Morris Canal town of Waterloo Village and recreated Lenape Indian Village are open for school trips, scout groups and summer camp field trips and outreach programs by reservation.