Archive | June 2014

Weekend Events June 28 & 29

This weekend two historic villages are open to the public Waterloo Village and Millbrook Village will be holding events.  The Sterling Hill Mine will host a mineral gathering and  the Lafayette Preservation Foundation will host a tea and the Miss Lafayette Pagent.
Events  for pub


Waterloo Canal Day

Date: Saturday June 28 2014 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Description: Eight building will be open to the public with demonstrations of early trades and crafts. There will be canal rides and Hoboken 9 Vintage Baseball Club will be play baseball  using the 1845 rules of the game.
Link to NJ Herald article


Old Fashion Independence Day Celebration Millbrook Village

Date: June 28 –  10 AM to 4 PM
Locations:  Millbrook Village is located in the Delaware Water Gap NRA, a vast U.S. National Park Service resource located of on both sides of the Delaware River between Matamoras, PA and Belvidere, NJ. Millbrook is a re-creation of a turn-of-the-century village. Together with the U.S. National Park Service, the Millwork Village Society works to show the way of life of a typical village during the 1850-1900 time
Description: Celebrate the Two Hundred Thirty eighth Anniversary of our independence at the tenth annual Independence Day Celebration at Millbrook Village.Join the townsfolk in the parade down Main Street at one o’clock and gather at the green in front of the general store for a patriotic speech given by one of our local celebrities. Make a hat and a flag, bring your tin whistle or drum, wear you patriotic clothes and enjoy yourself. Got an instrument? Bring it along and help liven things up.Enter the water melon eating contest after the parade for some refreshing fun. Everyone is invited to the frolic; kids of all ages are welcome! There will be lots of things going on throughout the village all day. Old time games for the kids and tours of the village and demonstrations all around town. You’ll find it fun and interesting.Bring a picnic lunch and relax in the shade for a spell. Meet a new friend, learn about our history and take in the experience of a quieter time.The event is presented by the Millbrook Village Society in cooperation with the National Park Service. The event will be held rain or shine. Food is not available at the site, so plan accordingly. Restroom and picnic facilities are available.As usual, everything is free of charge and is family oriented.  Millbrook village society on face book for information, or call 908-537-2544 or 973-875-3461.


Mineral Collecting at Sterling Hill (daytime only)

Time:  Sunday July 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ
Collecting is allowed on the Mine Run dump and in the Passaic pit  and “saddle” areas.  This event is open to the public.  Bring sturdy footwear, a strong hammer (carpenter’s claw hammers not allowed), and eye protection.  A dark room with a shortwave ultraviolet light is provided on-site for inspection of fluorescent minerals. Read details Mineral Collecting.
Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50 per pound for any minerals taken. Fee does NOT include mine tour.
Age Requirements: 7 years & up on the Mine Run dump; 13 & up elsewhere
Contact:   973-209-MINE


“Royal” Tea and Miss Lafayette Contest

Date: Saturday, June 28 from 12-2
Location: At the Historic Ludlum-Mabee House, 115 Rt. 15
Luncheon &Tea 12-1
$15 per ticket in advance
Miss Lafayette Contest 1-2
All are welcome!
To purchase tickets, send in the form below or email
Checks should be made out to Lafayette Preservation Foundation
Mail this form and check to  Joan Smith, 136 Pelletown Rd. Lafayette,
NJ 07848.

This entry was posted on June 24, 2014.

Horton Mansion Meetings

The Board of Trustees of the County Community College will meet

on Monday, June 23rd

Conference Room in the Administration Building. It is anticipated that the

Board will be discussing the results of the bids that will be submitted on

Thursday, June 19th

past practices of the Board, they will most likely award the contract for the

demolition of this historic building as they have been pushing to have the

mansion taken down as soon as possible. Despite the fact that the college

has stated publicly that they are short of funds, they are bent on spending a

large sum of money to wipe the mansion off the face of the map. The cost

estimate prepared by the college’s engineer called for allocating $ 175,000

for the demolition. In a recent newspaper article college President Mazur

said that they anticipated $250,000 to $300,000 to be the figure from the

bids to be submitted. It is apparent that the college is trying to ramp up the

figures in anticipation of high bid numbers.

at 5:00 PM in the second floor Administrative

for the demolition of the Horton Mansion. Based upon

The Newton Town Council will be meeting on Monday, June 23 at 7:00

PM at the Newton Municipal Building – 39 Trinity Street. Early in the

meeting the Council will be holding the second hearing on the ordinance

to deny the Horton Mansion the protection that the local designation

of a site as a historic building would afford it. This effort to derail the

unanimous recommendation of the Town Historic Preservation Commission

to designate the Horton Mansion is being lead by Mayor Joseph Ricciardo,

with the support of two other members of the Council. Deputy Mayor Kevin

Elvidge and Councilwoman Sandy Diglio strongly support the designation

of the mansion.

Your attendance at both meetings is critical to try and prevent the waste

of taxpayers money and the demolition of this significant historic structure.

We cannot permit the College and the Newton Town Council to rob the

public of yet another part of our past – our heritage. Lend a hand and

come out to the meetings and speak up. Let your voice be heard !

This entry was posted on June 19, 2014.

Events June 21 and 22

This weekend you can take a history walk with the Walpack Historical Society, attend a Barn Sale at Lusscroft Farm, participate in Hampton Days, attend an Antique Boat Show at Lake Hopatcong or use you membership at  Sterling Hill to dig for minerals.

More on Pleasant Valley — Walpack Historical Society

Where Location: Walpack M.E. Church, Walpack Center within the Delaware Water Gap
Date Sun. June 22nd 1pm

Description : Walpack Historical Society will present “More on Pleasant Valley” by Myra Snook, historian. Myra’s talk will include information on the Van Horn family, Nicholas Tillman (stonemason), John Dimon, and their activities in the Tillman’s Brook area.
National Recreation Area, Sussex County, NJ.
Free and open to the public.
For more information call (973) 948-4903
Walpack Historical Society ~ PO Box 212, Layton, N.J. 07851

Lusscroft Farm Barn Sale

Where:  Lusscroft  Farm
50 Neilson Rd. Wantage, NJ
Entrance at Rt 519 at mile marker 81
Date: June 20th & 21,  9:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Description:Browse 2 old barns filled with toys, furniture, baskets, decorations, glassware, dishes, home/garden items, used books, and a bake sale. Proceeds go to restorations efforts at Lusscroft Farm.  Presented by non-profit Heritage & Agriculture Assoc. in cooperation with N.J. Dep/Div of Parks & Forestry
Free and open to the public

Contact Kathy Baklarz at

Hampton Day & 150th Anniversary Celebration!

Saturday, June 21st from 3:00pm-Dusk
at Hampton Park
Rain Date Sunday June 22nd, 2014

Come help celebrate Hampton Township’s 150th Anniversary! Many new things this year! 150th Ceremony, Township History & commemorative mugs for sale by the Hampton Township Historical Society, Prince & Princess Competition, Miss Hampton Competition, Talent Show, DJ Music by Kirk Kandel, The Hampton Fire Department will be selling grilled items in the pavilion, other food vendors, Various merchandise vendors, free attractions: trampoline bungee, 24′ rock wall, Wild One Obstacle course, castle bouncer, photo booth & pictures! Pie Eating contest, Egg Toss, Sack Races, Pony Rides, Fireworks and more!

40th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show

Where:Location: Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club in Arlington, NJ  
Date: Saturday June 21, 10:00 AM- 4:00 Pm
Description: this classic boat show sees people who love such classic models come from far and wide. All kinds of boats are on display, including antique and classic wooden boats that are meticulously preserved, and there is an award contest as well to recognize those that have preserved the condition and character of their classic vessels.a
Ken Heaton, VP & Show Chairman
Saturday, June 21st,

Mineral Collecting at Sterling Hill (Nighttime: Museum Members only)

Where: Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ
Time: 6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Night collecting at Sterling Hill is scheduled twice a year for museum members only. Collecting is allowed on the Mine Run dump and in the Passaic pit  and “saddle” areas.  Bring sturdy footwear, a strong hammer (carpenter’s claw hammers not allowed), and eye protection.  A dark room with a shortwave ultraviolet light is provided on-site for inspection of fluorescent minerals. Read details Mineral Collecting.

Fees: $5 admission plus $1.50 per pound for any minerals taken. Fee does NOT include mine tour.
Age Requirements: 7 years & up on the Mine Run dump; 13 & up elsewhere
Contact:   973-209-MINE
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This entry was posted on June 16, 2014.

Events June 14-15th

Several event and openings will occur this weekend,  Newton Day,  Lusscroft  Farms Barn Sale Donation Day,  Friar Mountain Model Train Museums Thomas the Tank Engine Display and Grey Towers , Lace Making  Demonstration

Information for the events:

Newton Day  June 14, 2014

Spring Street, Newton, NJ

The Town of Newton is celebrating its 150th legislature in 1864, the Township of Newton was divided so as to create the Town of Newton and the Townships of Hampton and Andover. At that time, Andover Township also included all of present-day  Andover Borough.

This year, the main celebration festivities for the 150th 14th , as a part of the traditional Newton Day activities, which is hosted annually by the Greater NewtonChamber of Commerce. The main activities will take place on Spring Street between 11:00 AM and 4:30PM, and then move down to Memory Park for the evening program to run until 9:30 PM.

Directly across Main Street from the classic car display, the Sussex County Historical Society will be open to visitors from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Society’s museum is located at 82 Main Street, at the corner of Main and Church Streets.

At 4:30 PM, the activities of the day will be shift from Spring Street down to Memory Park. There, an antique car exhibit will be available to spectators, and a baseball game will take place between the firemen of Newton and Andover Township. There will be more presentations made by the Town Criers about the history of the community. The will also be two bands providing music and many activities for children at that time as well.

The evening will be capped off with an enormous fireworks display. The pyrotechnic display will begin after sunset, around 9:00 PM.


Lusscroft Farm  Barn Sale Donation Day

Saturday June 14th 10:00-2:00

Items must be in sellable condition.  We are unable to accept upholstered items,stuffed animals, shoes, or clothes.

Volunteers to help clean up and prepare for the June Barn Sale welcomed!

Contact Kathy Baklarz at

50 Neilson Rd. Wantage, NJ

Entrance at Rt 519 at mile marker 81



Friar Mountain Model Railroad Thomas the Tank Engine Display

240 Demarest Rd, Sparta, NJ 07871
(973) 579-9833
Thomas the Tank Engine Display has been opened for the summer

Grey Towers National Historic Site Lace Making Demonstration

151 Grey Towers Dr.
Milford PA 18337

Watch as the Lost Art Lacers of North New Jersey practice the art of lacemaking. Learn about the Pinchot lace collection. free and open to the public


This entry was posted on June 11, 2014.