Exhibitors confirmed as of May 2019. Check back for continuing updates and additions.
Confirmed as of June 2019. Check back for continuing updates and additions as the fair approaches!
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American Historical Theatre: Keith Henley (Hercules) and Pat Jordan (Amelia Earhart)
Philadelphia-based American Historical Theatre provides over 100 historical characters and a variety of programs that tour all 50 states and Europe. At 2019’s Spirit of the Jerseys, Keith Henley portrays Hercules, a chef enslaved by George Washington who cooked at Mount Vernon and the presidential mansions until his escape to freedom. Pat Jordan presents Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviatrix and advocate for women’s rights.
American Revolution Round Table of South Jersey
The Round Table is dedicated to promoting and supporting interest in the American Revolution in South Jersey. We meet monthly for presentations on topics concerning the Revolutionary era. Our speaker schedule runs from September to June. All meetings are open to the public.
Archaeological Society of New Jersey
The ASNJ is a non-profit, all volunteer state-wide organization aimed at promoting the archaeology of New Jersey, education, and preservation. Our main purpose is to support preservation of important archaeological sites and artifact collections, and to encourage and assist in their study by approved professional methods.
Asbury Park Historical Society
The Asbury Park Historical Society, headquartered in the Stephen Crane House, advances the understanding and appreciation of anything of historical value to Asbury Park, a 148-year-old world-famous shore community. Initiatives include archival collections, landmark restoration and preservation, scholarly research, outreach, programs, exhibits and lectures.
Bordentown Historical Society
Since 1930, the Bordentown Historical Society has worked to preserve and educate people about our area's history. From Joseph Borden, to Francis Hopkinson, to Thomas Paine, to Joseph Bonaparte, to Clara Barton, Bordentown's heritage runs deep with stories to tell. Stop by our table and hear some of those stories.
102nd Cavalry WWII Reenactment Unit
The 102nd Cavalry Group, consisting of the 38th and 102nd Cavalry Squadrons, was assigned to the First Army and attached to V Corps during its three years overseas during World War II. We portray a Living History Unit dedicated to the memory and bravery of the 102nd Cav.
Historian, beer lover & colonial reenactor Rich Wagner researches and demonstrates the process of making beer in the 1700s.
County of Passaic, Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs
The Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs is responsible for creating and maintaining a flourishing cultural landscape by developing, promoting, and implementing an extensive public programs calendar. It also promotes heritage tourism to encourage public awareness and participation in the County’s various historic sites.
Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area
Crossroads of the American Revolution is a non-profit organization focused on education, historic preservation, and heritage tourism in the state of NJ. The mission of Crossroads is to connect the people and places of NJ's rich Revolutionary heritage and to inspire community pride, stewardship, and civic engagement.
Deborah J. Peterson, Culinary Historian
Deborah J. Peterson is a culinary historian specializing in American colonial foodways. She offers interpretive programs on subjects including women, cooking, sugar, hot drinks, and more and has presented at historic sites including Washington Crossing State Park, and Princeton Battlefield State Park.
Deep Search Metal Detecting Club
The Deep Search Metal Detecting Club preserves history and educates the public through the use of recovered artifacts and relics. We work with local, state and national historical groups & museums to identify objects of historical significance, many which are displayed at the sites where they were found.
Donegal Township Rifleman Inc.
The Donegal Township Riflemen Inc is a non-profit organization that educates the public about the life of the American Soldier in the War for Independence.
Double Trouble Village State Historic Site
Guided tours, nature hikes, field trips and programs are available at the former company town of Double Trouble Village. The restored sawmill & packing house are open during tours as static exhibits while the mile and a half nature trail passes three old cranberry bogs.
Elizabeth Public Library
The Elizabeth Public Library is the last remaining active Carnegie Library in Union County. Its Local History and Special Collections Department protects and makes available for research materials covering the history of Elizabeth, Union County, and New Jersey.
Friends of Abraham Staats House
The Abraham Staats House is one of the finest surviving buildings from the Dutch Settlement of the Raritan Valley in the 18th century. Serving as the home of the Staats family for nearly two centuries, the original c. 1740s home was expanded over the decades and now includes a fine late, Federal/Greek Revival two-story addition. During the American Revolution it served as headquarters for General von Steuben during the Middlebrook Cantonment (1779). The Abraham Staats House is owned by the Borough of South Bound Brook and receives the preservation support of the Friends of Abraham Staats House organization. It is listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.
Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum
The Friends of the Indian King Tavern Museum provides funding for programs held at the Indian King Tavern Museum, as well as docent support and advertising. We also supply Town Criers in advance of the events. We hold board meetings and discuss programming plus other ways to help the Museum.
Garretson Forge & Farm
Garretson Forge & Farm is a Dutch Colonial homestead home to six generations of the Garretson family and a rare surviving example of a simple farming life that was prevalent in the 1700s and 1800s. Settled in 1719, the home is celebrating 300 years with special activities planned for October 2019.
Genealogical Society of New Jersey
The Genealogical Society of New Jersey preserves and publishes original information on NJ families. We publish two periodicals and present seminars and workshops throughout NJ. Direct assistance to family history researchers of all ages and ethnic backgrounds is available. Our collections are open to the public. Mail and email requests are accepted.
Heart to Hearth Cookery
Susan McLellan Plaisted is proprietress of Heart to Hearth Cookery, a food history business based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania that provides food history programs from pre-European contact Lenape to the mid-19th century.
Peyton Dixon is an actor-historian who brings John Adams and Theodore Roosevelt to life at historic sites and other venues. In 2019 he portrays Theodore Roosevelt – war hero, Nobel Prizewinner, naturalist and 26th President of the United States. TR is dee-lighted to tell tales of the campaign trail, communing with nature and the joys of New Jersey.
Historical Society of Ocean Grove
Historical Society of Ocean Grove’s mission is to preserve the history of Ocean Grove, founded in 1869. HSOG has been designated a National Historic Site and has a large collection of Victorian structures. Ongoing exhibits depict life in Ocean Grove from 1869 to the present.
History on the Hoof: Stacy Roth (Molly Pitcher) and David Emerson (General George Washington)
Stacy Roth returns to portray Mary Hays McCauley ("Molly Pitcher,") heroine of the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse. She will reminisce about her role in the day's artillery cannonade. We are happy to have David Emerson back again to portray General George Washington. He will recall his adventures across New Jersey - "the Cockpit of the Revolution" - during the War for American Independence.
Hoboken Base Ball Club
The Hoboken Ball Club appeared in Hoboken in 1859 playing competitively on Elysian Fields. The current club plays baseball using the same 19th-century rules as the 1859 club. The club uses 19th-century equipment and plays against other 19th-century clubs across the United States. The club is sponsored by the Hoboken Historical Museum. The club's mission is to promote the history of the game and show how it was played during its formative years. The club calls home the same city where the game itself made a very special beginning.
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead is an agricultural museum that promotes & showcases NJ’s agricultural history. The farmstead features the oldest deeded house (1711) along with a working forge & blacksmith demonstrations.
Howell Living History Farm
Howell Living History Farm is a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission. Visitors are encouraged to experience farm life circa 1890-1910 through hands-on activities. Open every day except Monday. Free parking and admission. For more information visit our website or call (609) 737-3299.
Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission promotes and supports the arts, culture & history by nurturing a sense of place, a culture of creativity, and an enthusiasm to preserve and keep its history relevant.
Hunterdon County Historical Society
The Society's mission is to collect, preserve and share the evolving social and material history of the entire County of Hunterdon, New Jersey. The Society will fulfill its mission through educational programs, research and publications, and maintenance for the public benefit of the growing collections of the Society and the buildings that house them: The HCHS Archives, the Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library and the 1845 Doric House Museum.
Actress Laurie Gaulke presents “From Hell Gate to Golden Gate,” a dramatic presentation of Hackensack’s Alice Ramsay. When Alice Ramsay was 22 years old in 1909, she journeyed by automobile from Hell Gate in New Jersey to Golden Gate in California, becoming the first woman to drive across the United States.
Linda Russell Music
A look at the Great War through the music of the battlefield and the homefront. Ukelele, guitar and hammered dulcimer bring life to marching tunes, love songs and patriotic anthems, interspersed with excerpts from diaries and letters of soldiers.
Madison–Old Bridge Township Township Historical Society
Housing research, archival and genealogical libraries as well as early NJ artifacts, the former one-room Cedar Grove schoolhouse is the centerpiece of our facility dedicated to the historic preservation of Old Bridge Township (formerly Madison Township). The Cedar Grove School is listed as a National Historic Place by the US Department of the Interior. The museum is open Sat. & Sun. from 12pm to 4pm and Mon. – Fri. by appointment only.
Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum
Our Association was founded in 1969 (this is our 50th Ann.). We have a membership of 462 who reside in 15 different states and 49 different cities in N.J. Our Museum is open 4 days each week throughout the year. We offer a variety of programs for all ages.
MidAtlantic Ladies Aside
MidAtlantic Ladies Aside (MALA) is comprised of riders and non-riders all sharing a passion for learning and an appreciation for Sidesaddle traditions. We offer a supportive and engaging environment, which provides an exchange of ideas and experiences that will enrich seasoned competitors as well as support and nurture beginners.
Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition
Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition seeks to preserve history, promote recreation and protect the environment. Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway is a 27-mile loop and from our Visitor Center in the Griggstown Bridgetender’s House we distribute maps and brochures to tourists and maintain a 19th-century kitchen.
Monmouth County Genealogy Society
The Monmouth County Genealogy Society's purpose is to promote the study of family history as well as the study of history, geography, and social customs of our ancestors: to collect preserve, and disseminate significant genealogical materials, particularly those of local origin.
Monmouth County Historical Commission
Monmouth County Historical Commission provides Historic Preservation grants to non-profits and municipalities; in partnership with the NJ Historical Commission administers a History Regrant program to support history organizations and special history projects; conducts a fifth-grade Essay Contest; and awards Historic Preservation Certificates in recognition of successful restoration projects.
Monmouth County Park System
Monmouth County Park System’s Historic Walnford offers an opportunity to explore Western Monmouth County's agricultural, industrial and cultural heritage across 2 centuries, as seen through 5 generations of the Waln family at Walnford. "Learn Something New Engaging With Something Old." We offer interactive historical fun for the whole family.
Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club
This 19th-century base ball club plays according to period rules of the game & uses period uniforms & equipment. Monmouth Furnace joins other vintage baseball clubs in games conducted according to the rules of 1864.
Melissa Ziobro is specialist professor of public history at Monmouth University. She researches and speaks about New Jersey’s Dollar Princesses.
Morris Dog Carriage Display
Before the automobile era, miniature carriages were given to child to be pulled by the family dog. Dog carriages were the 19th-century equivalent of pedal cars. Morris Dog Carriage Display presents a display and demonstration of dog carriages.
National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century
Objects of this Society: Preserving the memory of the Founders of this nation, commemorating historical incidents of the colonial period, collecting and preserving colonial relics and documents, and erecting tablets at places of historic interest relating to that period. These objectives are achieved through patriotic, educational, philanthropic, and historical endeavors.
New Jersey Civil War History Association
The New Jersey Civil War History Association is a family oriented Living History and reenacting group aimed to portray the members of the 14th New Jersey, mustered from the Freehold/Cranbury area during the Civil War. Our group consist of individuals that impersonate both military and civilians of the era.
New Jersey Forest Service
The NJ Heritage Tree Conservation and Heritage Tree Program is a New Jersey Forest Service Program under The NJ Big Tree Conservation Program whereby seed from big heritage trees is collected and grown to year one and then sold to the citizens of New Jersey and "Keeping Their Legacy Alive".
New Jersey Frontier Guard
The New Jersey Frontier Guard is a non-profit educational corps whose mission is the accurate portrayal of life in the Royal Province of New Jersey during the period of the French and Indian War (1756 - 1763). Members discuss both soldiers' experiences and life on the 18th-century NJ frontier.
New Jersey Historical Commission
The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. The NJHC fulfills its mission through various programmatic initiatives, as well as an active history grant program.
New Jersey History Alive
New Jersey History Alive provides engaging programs that bring Colonial life into the present day. Programs focus on significant historical elements including children’s lives, technology, food and clothing in a creative and interconnected manner.
New Jersey Lighthouse Society
To raise awareness of the importance of lighthouses in our history; to encourage people to visit and support them; and to support preservation of these structures.
New Jersey Researchers of Paranormal Evidence
We are a South Jersey based paranormal group which works with historical locations and historical societies to assist with volunteer clean-up days and fund-raising efforts. We have a love of history and the preservation of history. We assist free of charge.
New Jersey State Museum
The New Jersey State Museum (NJSM) inspires innovation and lifelong learning through collections, research, exhibitions and programs in science, history and art. The NJSM engages visitors of all ages and diverse backgrounds in an exploration of New Jersey’s cultural and natural history presented within a global context, fosters state pride, and serves as a cultivator of tomorrow’s leaders.
Ocean County Historical Society
Telling the stories of Ocean County through our museum, changing displays, programs, trips, and research center.
Old Tennent Presbyterian Church
Historic Old Tennent Church, organized in 1692, is home to a congregation 327 years old. The church is historically significant not only for the Presbyterian Church but also for Monmouth County and Monmouth Battlefield.
104th Pa Volunteer Infantry, Co. C
The 104th Pa Volunteer Infantry is a Civil War Reenacting group that welcomes both adults and children to join our ranks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show
You won’t want to miss this hilariously funny & entertaining performance! You will be enthralled by the heart-stopping, death-defying feats of Phydeaux’s famous acrobatic fleas & tremble in awe at the inimitable life-changing scientific wonder of the age, Chief Wahoo Miracle Elixer. The show is a delectable slice of 19th-century Americana.
Piney Hollow Drifters
Piney Hollow Drifters dress in period attire and play music of the Civil War and the 19th Century.
The mission of the Roebling Museum is to document, preserve and exhibit the history of the John A. Roebling's Sons Company, its suspension bridges, engineering innovations, founders and workforce. Our focus is the company's technological achievements and its unique social history. We offer hands-on STEAM/STEM programs for children and families.
Sayreville Historical Society
Sayreville Historical Society educates the public about the history of Sayreville and maintains a Museum at 425 Main Street in Sayreville.
Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center
The Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center presents the stories of relocated Japanese Americans and Japanese Peruvians from United States incarceration camps; wartime refugees from Europe; and migrant laborers from Appalachia, the Deep South and the Caribbean. Seabrook was an authentic “global bootstrap Village” where people of many cultures lived and worked together and still celebrate their heritage. Seabrook Farm was called the “largest vegetable factory on Earth” by Life Magazine in 1955 and its founder Charles F. Seabrook came to be known as the Henry Ford of Agriculture for his industrial approach to farming.
The Sea Dogs are a New Jersey-based band and pirate/privateer re-enactment group. They are available for musical performances of sea shanties and songs of the sea, and for historical re-enactments, encampments, or education.
Seaside Heights Historical Society
Seaside Heights Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the Society’s collections and to discovering and sharing information about the history of Seaside Heights. We are designated by the Borough Council as the official fundraising organization for the Dr. Floyd L. Moreland Carousel.
Vince Turner’s “SPAM TIME” is a fictional U.S. Army radio & live show modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Vietnam War era. SPAM Time provides a full day of prerecorded & live musical entertainment including actual recordings & announcements from various archival sources.
The Heritage Trail Association
The Heritage Trail Association is located at the historic Philip Van Horne House built in 1750. HTA offers monthly speakers, authors, narrated bus tours, interactive tours during October and more keeping the18th century alive and experiential to our guests!
The Ladies of History: Alisa Dupuy (Alice Paul)
The Ladies of History provides first person portrayals of important women in history. Marking the 100th anniversary of Congress’ passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s rights to vote, Alisa Dupuy will portray New Jersey suffragist Alice Paul, one of the many historical figures and literary characters she has studied and presented.
The Meadows Foundation
We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedication to the restoration, preservation and programming of historic homes in Somerset. Our mission is to maintain these sites for the recreation, education and appreciation of current and future generations. Members and volunteers are needed and welcome!
Traditional Earth Skills, LLC
Step back in time to 12,500 years BP, into Ice Age New Jersey. Discover the wild animals that roamed our landscape along with the food, clothing, shelter & tools of the original people that survived alongside, the Lenape.
Tuckerton Historical Society
The Tuckerton Historical Society maintains Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum with historic documents, books, photos, flags, etc. related to the first settlement circa 1699.
The USS Lehigh Navy/Marine re-enacting group interprets the history of this Civil War ship’s crew. Among the historical figures they bring to life are Sister Veronica of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, one of the first Naval Nurses on the first Naval Hospital ship Red Rover from 1862 to 1865, and Marine Corporal Andrew Tomlin, one of two NJ Marines awarded the Medal of Honor.
Walt Whitman’s Body Electric: Darrel Blaine Ford
I have loved the poetry of Walt Whitman, studied his life so assiduously (I first bicycled to his birthplace in West Hills, Long Island, New York when I was nine years old in 1939) and now so closely resemble him as he appeared in his “Good Grey Poet” period, that I may be excused for so completely identifying with our greatest poet.
Washington Association of New Jersey
Washington Association of New Jersey was established in 1874 to purchase and preserve the Ford Mansion used by General Washington during 1779-1780. The Association deeded the property to the U.S. Government in 1933. The Association now raises money to support the property.
Washington Crossing Park Association of New Jersey
The Washington Crossing Park Association of New Jersey (WCPA) works to preserve, enhance and advocate for Washington Crossing State Park and the history it represents. The Association strives to educate citizens and enrich their quality of life through knowledge of and exposure to the park.
1719 William Trent House Museum
We are an historic house celebrating 300 years of history. We are the home of the founder of the city of Trenton. We have both volunteer and internship opportunities available.