SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair
Saturday May 14, 2016
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Manalapan, NJ 07726
Suggested Parking Donation/$10 per vehicle
Rain or Shine
The SPIRIT of the JERSEYS Returns to Monmouth Battlefield State Park!
Experience five centuries of New Jersey’s history all in one place at the annual SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair - a historical festival for all ages on Saturday, May 14th, Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ.
This free, award-winning event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, is a fun-filled adventure into New Jersey’s past with living history demonstrations, military re-enactors, tours, exhibits, period music and dance, and historical organizations and museums from around the state.
This year’s fair will feature several Civil War themed programs to coincide with an exhibit of President Lincoln’s casket. This replica casket, manufactured by the Batesville Casket Company of Indiana, will be on display in the park’s Visitor Center. A local Civil War reenactment unit, the 14th NJ Volunteers, Co. H, will provide an honor guard for the casket and the Fort Delaware Cornet Band will perform music of the era on period instruments. Darrel Ford, portraying Walt Whitman, will read his poem, “Oh Captain, My Captain”, a tribute to President Lincoln. Kenneth Serfass, who will portray General Ulysses S. Grant, will reflect on his relationship and career with the late Commander in Chief.
Another exciting new program will be a fictional U.S. Army radio and live show, “SPAM Time”, which is modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Viet Nam War era. A full day of pre-recorded and live musical entertainment will be presented.
There are plenty of hands-on activities for kids and adults, from participating in historical games to plowing a furrow or participating in a military drill. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet such historical figures as Admiral David Farragut, Harriet Tubman, Walt Whitman, Clara Barton, Molly Pitcher, Benjamin Franklin, Emily Roebling and George Washington.
One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields and forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a new Visitor Center that opened to the public on Flag Day 2013. The park is easily accessible from Routes 9 and 33.
For more information and a complete list of activities about the Fair, visit www.njhistoryfair.org or call (732) 462-9616.
The Fair is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Historic Sites, Division of Parks and Forestry, and its partners.