In Celebration of the Fair’s 10th Anniversary & the State’s 350th, the 63rd Army Band, Sea Girt, NJ - will present a FREE concert immediately following the Fair. Bring the family and enjoy the sounds of this award-winning band.
CALLING ALL STAMP ENTHUSIASTS!
Two custom designed cachet envelopes commemorating the SPIRIT of the JERSEYS 10th Anniversary and the State’s 350th will be for sale in the Visitor Center. A special postmark, available only on the day of the Fair, has been designed. The limited edition envelopes can be purchased with or without the cancellation. The Star Spangled Banner forever stamp will be featured.
GET YOUR GAME ON!
NJ Quest 350: Explore 350 years of New Jersey History while finding game cards located throughout the fairgrounds. Game boards are located at Division of Parks and Forestry tent, at game cards, or may be printed ahead of time here (PDF). Recommended for families and elementary school aged children.
Enjoy Some Civil War era Music!
The Libby Prison Minstrels, who debuted in April 1995 on the stage at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C will bring the songs of the Civil War period to life with guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, voice and percussion. The group has performed at many reenactments, Civil War period balls & other educational events.
The NJ Wheelmen
Ever wonder how a person rode one of these big wheels? Well visit with the Wheelmen, learn about cycling in the 19th century and watch members demonstrate how it’s done.
Shop the MarketPlace
Don’t miss the opportunity to browse our MarketPlace. Buy a book on the history of NJ or some hand-blown Jersey glass. Have your silhouette made. Purchase a piece of decorative ironwork for your home or garden.
Indulge your senses with a variety of organic perfumes.
NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum to Visit the SPIRIT of the JERSEYS
The Mobile Museum offers a dramatic multimedia exhibition created around the theme — “Make a Difference.” Through images, artifacts, film, and interactive elements, visitors can explore the ways that Hall of Fame inductees have changed the state and the world: as innovators, as leaders, and as voices for the voiceless—often against overwhelming odds. Among the inductees are Bruce Springsteen, Carl Lewis, Frank Sinatra, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Susan Sarandon and Bon Jovi.
Get Your Heirloom Appraised!
Ever wonder what that family heirloom is worth? Find out by bringing your item to the Fair & have it appraised by the Associated Antiques Dealers of NJ. 11am – 3pm Appraisals are free. Donations are welcome to support the AADNJ’s scholarship program. No jewelry, fine art, weapons or firearms, or large furniture please.
Roy Justice – Singing Historian
A Little history, a little mystery, and a lot of fun!
Mr. Justice has been exploring American history through music and storytelling for over 30 years! Come and enjoy his performances as he entertains visitors with a unique blend of 19th canal songs and storytelling.
Jane Peters Estes will present a tongue-in-cheek look at death and dying in the Victorian era. Her program delves into the mourning customs of the period, covering everything from the dying words of famous individuals to headstone epitaphs. Although the topic may be “deadly”, many portions of the program are humorous.
Levram the Great
Back for a second year, Levram the Great will delight audiences with his funny antics and sleight of hand. He is a simple-minded Colonial Conjurer who claims to have traveled the world and performed for the heads of state (as well as their feet)!
Don’t miss this opportunity to see America’s pastime played according to 19th century rules. Dressed in period uniforms and using period equipment, the Hoboken Nine will be playing the Elizabeth Resolutes.
19th Century Photography
John Bernaski will demonstrate Civil War era wet plate photography using original and authentic formulas, procedures & equipment. He will outline the general history of the process & answer visitors’ questions.
Susan McLellan Plaisted is the proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Heart to Hearth Cookery will provide two demonstrators interpreting Lenape agricultural practices, foodways, cordage & fishing on the banks of the Delaware River, as well as a hearth cook for the Nelson House.
Petticoats and Powdered Wigs
Join us for a fun and interactive exploration of fashion during the colonial period. See how ladies and gentlemen put themselves together and tried to stay in vogue far from the fashion centers of London and Paris.
Robert Mouland Performs
Robert Mouland is a rare musician - a combination of performer, historian and storyteller who uses period instruments and clothing to educate and entertain in a variety of settings with an unparalleled authenticity. Come and enjoy the music from America’s war for independence & discover that it consists of far more than “Yankee Doodle”. For example, George Washington’s favorite marching tune was actually a dance melody called Jamaica.
David Messineo, Poet
David Messineo, Publisher/Poetry Editor of Sensations Magazine - poet, historian & 2009 New Jersey State Jefferson Award for Public Service recipient - presents his original poetry based on research of American history, from his eighth published poetry collection, Historiopticon. Poems presented will focus primarily on NJ history, including his poems "Announcing New Jersey: 1664" & “American Bicentennial”.