Civil War re-enactment at Hermitage

The members of Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, will stage a Civil War encampment on the grounds of the Hermitage National Historic Landmark, 335 N. Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus, on the weekend of May 15-16 from 1-4 p.m. This Civil War re-enactor group is based in Clifton, and regularly hosts re-enactments at the Hermitage [...]

SCOTCH PLAINS PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST NATIONAL EXHIBITION ON ABRAHAM LINCOLN

“Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times,” a national traveling exhibition that examines Abraham Lincoln’s life, accomplishments, and legacy opens at the Scotch Plains Public Library on Saturday, May 2 for three weeks, ending on May 20. The Scotch Plains Public Library is the only location in New Jersey to [...]

Civil War re-enactors bring the history back to life in Wall

Amy Waltz sat near an open-pit campfire, which smoldered or flared, depending on the gusting wind. In front of her was a large black pot filled with vegetable beef soup, made over the open fire.
“We made this from scratch this morning,” said Waltz, 45, who lives in West Nanticoke, Pa., and was dressed in long [...]

Civil War re-enactment to commence in West Milford in April

The Friends of Long Pond Ironworks (FOLPI) invite the public to join the 2010 season-opening weekend, on April 10 and April 11 for the annual Civil War Living History Weekend. This year’s program will provide hourly camp life and military demonstrations by both Union and Confederate re-enactors.
The Civil War Living History Weekend is open to [...]

Civil War coming to Allaire

The Historic Village at Allaire will time travel for its first Civil War encampment. New Jersey Union regiments will camp out in the village’s show fields April 10-11.
Guests will be able to meet Union soldiers, shop at period stores and experience encampment life. This event will be a noncombatant Civil War living history presentation of [...]

From Signal Corps to satellites, fort’s role documented

An important chapter in Monmouth County history will come to an end in 2011 when the gates of Fort Monmouth close.
The Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission decided to close Fort Monmouth and relocate its personnel and technology to facilities in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum sponsored a presentation [...]

Lecture about Pickett’s Charge at The Works

Wayne Motts, director of the Adams County (Pa.) Historical Society, will present a lecture about Pickett’s Charge at The Works at 2 p.m. March 21.
Motts, a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park, will talk about the massive frontal assault by 12,000 Confederate troops against 6,000 Union soldiers that took place during the Battle [...]

Civil War veteran’s home was site of current Waldwick school

The borough has found a Civil War veteran to celebrate – and he lived where Crescent School now stands.
Superintendent Robert Penna, borough Library Director Patricia Boyd and members of the Waldwick American Legion Post 57 have cobbled together proof that Pvt. Benjamin Everson lived in the section of Franklin Township now known as Waldwick when [...]

One-term freshman speaker dies, Feb. 16, 1862

On this day in 1862, William Pennington, a one-term Republican from New Jersey, died in Newark at the age of 65. As Civil War storm clouds gathered, Pennington’s moderate political stance moved him into unlikely contention for the speakership — a post, then as now, rarely occupied by a freshman legislator. In 1859, after two months [...]

Museum thieves may have targeted Newark

During a Jan. 30 lecture about maps at the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society Museum, docent Barbara Meeks heard someone open the back door and went to check it out.
The visitor, a well-dressed man, told her he was inquiring about his lost dog. She told him there was a lecture in progress, and he opted to join [...]