Archive | July 2014

History Alliance Meeting July 29

The next meeting of the Sussex County History Alliance will showcase two of our county’s most important locations – the intriguing Lusscroft Farm in Wantage and the 1858 Horton Mansion in Newton on the SCCC campus, which is on the 2014 list of New Jersey’s 10 most endangered historic sites.

All are welcome to attend this gathering at Lusscroft Farm, which includes a rare tour of the main buildings and restored Turner Mansion.  Lusscroft’s history includes an extinct volcano, artificial insemination, sleigh rides, 4-H, and butter.  Because of its fascinating past and beautiful setting, it has potential for a tremendous future!  Learn more at

Wayne McCabe, the Historian for Sussex County, will also give an update on restoring the Horton Mansion as the showpiece of Sussex County Community College.  This beautiful Rural Gothic building is seated in its place of prominence in the center of the campus – but is slated to be torn down and replaced with a parking lot.  The local preservation community is willing to lead the primary fundraising and has drafted a plan for the mansion’s future.

THE DETAILS: Tuesday, July 29, 7:00 PM, at Lusscroft Farm, 50 Neilson Road, Wantage.  Please visit the website for directions, or call Sue Gerber at 973-222-9651 for more information or directions.

The History Alliance is an association of 39 historical societies and historical interests groups in Sussex County, under the umbrella of the Sussex County Historical Society.  The Alliance was formed eighteen months ago to foster communication and collaboration of activities among the various groups.

This entry was posted on July 22, 2014.

Event and programs beginning July 19th

Next weeks events include; a model railroad demonstration, a talk about and trip to a Limekilm, a senior citizen art exhibit and a Space Farms junior zookeeper event.  We also want to remind you about the History Alliance Meeting and a program offered on Emergency Management for Cultural Institution offered by the State Library.


Model Railroad and Covered Bridges Exhibit

Join the Sussex  County Railroad Club and Bill Coughlin on the porch for many great displays at the Foster Armstrong House

Date: Sunday, July 20 — 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: MARCH Montague Assoc. for Restoration of Community History P.O. Box 1101 Montague, NJ 07827-0101 Location  320 River Road Montague, NJ 07827 Phone Number (973) 293-3106 {You may call the president directly at his home, (972) 293-3949 to leave a message}


Oliver Krawczyk — A talk about lime kiln’s and trip to an area lime kilm

Date: July 20, 2014
Location: Walpack Historical Society General Meeting bring your Lawn Picnic (12:00 pm) follow by speaker and field trip (1:00 pm)


Sussex County Senior Citizen Art Show

Date: July 22,- September 16
Location: Judicial Center Gallery, Newton NJ Sponsored by the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council First place winners go on to compete in the New Jersey State Senior Citizens Art Show in September at the Meadow Lakes.• Phone number for more information: 973 383 0027


Space Farms Junior Zookeeper Day

Date: Saturday July 19, 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Space Farms 218 Route 519 Sussex, NJ 0746. Phone: (973) 875-5800
A special day for children 5-15 to assist Zookeeper Lori with daily care of the animals. Learn about animals through hands-on activities and receive a Junior Zookeeper Certificate at the end of the day. Venue has an admission fee.

Save the date

History Alliance

Date:  Tuesday, July 29th  7:00 pm
Location: Lusscroft Farm

Tour of the farm, and update on the Horton Mansion and Information about the Heritage Tour


Cultural Institutions and Emergency Management: Partners in Emergency Response and; Recovery Conference

Date: June 30, 9:00am-4:00 pm
Location: Monmouth University, Woodrow Wilson Hall, West Long Branch, NJ

Fee: $25.00  Registration Required.

Intended for collections care professionals and volunteers, this conference will address important facets of emergency response, as well as building local networks for collaborative mutual aid. Presenters will include first responders and representatives from organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Jersey Office of  Emergency Management.

For more information, view the conference agenda, and register, visit

Michele P. Stricker | Associate Director Library Support Services | New Jersey State Library PO Box 520 |Trenton, NJ 08625-0520 Voice 609-278-2640 Ext.164 | Fax 609-278-2650

This entry was posted on July 14, 2014.

Events July 11th and 12th

The weekend of July 11th and 12th has a variety of talks and tours available.


Speaker Kevin Wright will discuss the Minisink Indians

Date:Saturday July 12 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Montague Assoc. for Restoration of Community History
Foster Armstrong House 320 River Road Montague, NJ 07827 Phone Number (973) 293-3106 {You may call the president directly at his home, (972) 293-3949 to leave a message}


Open House Foster Armstrong House and NRS Demonstrators: “Christmas in July”: Postcards from the Patte Fratto Collection and Karen Stevenson: Nature Photography and Colonial Music

Date: SundayJuly 13,1:00-4:00
Location: Montague Assoc. for Restoration of Community History Foster Armstrong House 320 River Road Montague, NJ 07827 also at the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse 501 Rt 206 North, Montague.
Phone Number (973) 293-3106 {You may call the president directly at his home, (972) 293-3949 to leave a message}


Celebrate Summers Art Exhibit opening Date: July 12 exhibit opening and Artist Reception Celebrate Summer 4:00 to 6:00

Location:Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council 133 Spring Street, Newton, NJ Phone: 973 383 0027
Description: Join us in an exhibit where you can immerse yourself in one of our favorite times of the year. So how do you savor summer? Is it a time to be one with nature or shelter inside? Are you drawn to leisure, work or play? We look forward to your interpretation of summer, in the media of your choice be it 2 or 3 dimensional images, constructions or sculptures.

Lake Hopatcong History (Talk)

Date: Thursday, July 10th, The Other Famous Folks of Lake Hopatcong,
Location: Jefferson House Restaurant, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 6:00PM

Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum
Historical Museum Location of the museum is PO Box 668 – Landing, NJ 07850For Information please call 973-398-2616 or e-mail us at


Artifact Tour Grey Towers

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:30 am (registration required)

Location GreyTowerNationalHistoricSite, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford, PA 18337
pre-register required at 570-296-9630
Get up close and personal with some of the more popular artifacts in the Grey Towers’ collection, including art work, sculptures, furnishings, books and more! This tour focuses on all those cool things you see in the mansion but don’t have a chance to learn about!
Regular tour fees apply; pre-register at 570-296-9630.

This entry was posted on July 8, 2014.

Meeting Announcement

Save the Date:

History Alliance Meeting

Location: History Alliance Meeting
Date: July 29, 2014 7:00 pm
Lusscroft Farm
50 Neilson Road
Wantage, NJ

This entry was posted on July 1, 2014.

Weekend Events July 4-6


Art Exhibit

Location:  Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council
133 Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860
973 383 0027

Date: Current Exhibit Journey will be on display until July 5
Description: Join us in an exhibit that embraces the concept of adventure!  What is the scale of a journey? How is it measured?  Is it epic? Miniscule? Pleasurable? Reverent? Life-changing? What emotions, sights or experiences are revealed or sought by a change of place or pace? We look forward to this discovery.

Live on the Lawn— Music, History and Fireworks

Location:  Rutherfurd Hall
1686 Rt 517
Allamuchy, NJ

Date: July 3, 2014 from: 4:30-10:00
Bring your own lawn chair, blankets and cooler!

Food and fun vendors onsite!

$20 limited onsite VIP parking; $10 reserved ATS parking

Event is free if you come from remote parking locations with shuttle but please plan ahead

Description: Last year marked the first ever Live on the Lawn Independence Day Celebration at Rutherfurd Hall since opening as a cultural center in 2011. This event was met with remarkable popularity, and the immediate and surrounding communities loved it. Because it is not like other fireworks displays in Warren County! We like to call it the “Kentucky Derby of fireworks.” It is a classy event, with vast lawns in the shadows of the historic mansion and sweeping down to Allamuchy Pond at the edge of Allamuchy Mountain State Park. More like Tanglewood than parking lot Live on the Lawn is an event for you to invite your friends & family, pack a cooler and blankets, and head out for the evening! The fireworks are unique and high end, and the live music, again provided by Uncle Shoehorn and others, will surely get you in the summer spirit. There will be burgers and ice cream as well as water on sale, some activities for the kids, art & history exhibits, and great roaming live entertainment!


Location:  Lake Mohawk County Club
Date: Friday July 4, 2014
Description: The Lake Mohawk Country Club will stage its annual fireworks display on Friday, July 4, 2014 over Lake Mohawk in Sparta. I have been trying to get to their fireworks display for years because I know it will make for stunning photographs. Sparta is one of my favorite places in New Jersey and one of the most beautiful spots in the region. The day begins with a 4th of July parade at 10:00 a.m. sponsored by the Sparta Elks.

This entry was posted on July 1, 2014.