CALENDAR OF EVENTS  

Peachfield will recognize women in history during of 2016-17 First Sunday Series. The series will acknowledge determined women who were Colonial Dames or were influential in changing women's lives.  

Admission is $10 per person.  For a Friend of Peachfield, admission to the first five First Sunday programs are free; the May First Sunday is $10 per person for everyone.  

Seating is limited. Programs fill up quickly.  Due to the popularity of our programming, a prepaid reservation is required to guarantee seating.

Step Into History Summer Camp - June 26 - June 30, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

One week summer camp for children ages 6 - 14.  The camp will take place at Peachfield, the 18th century farm property owned by the NSCDA-NJ in Westampton, New Jersey.  The focus of the camp experience will be historical as reflected through everyday life of children in the 18th century.       

Visit once again with our favorite American Revolutionary War Soldier.  Hear how this brave free black man fought side by side with General Washington.  Learn about sheep shearing, visit with chickens and pygmy goats, spin wool on an authentic spinning wheel, and cook over an open pit as Colonials did hundreds of years ago.  Hear folk tales as shared by a Lenape descendant while weaving traditional Lenape baskets.  This year we will explore how the Colonials made paint.  We’ll also be painting a picture with a professional artist.  This is just some of the fun we have planned for our 2nd summer camp.

Our camp is suitable for children from 6 to 14 and is $200 per camper.  A limited number of scholarships of $50 are available.  Snacks will be provided.  Please bring a bag lunch.

For registration forms please call 609/267-6996 or email us at colonialdamesnj@comcast.net.

NSCDA-NJ received a grant from the Ellis Family Foundation to support the Step Into New Jersey History Summer Camp.

 

 


FIRST SUNDAY AT PEACHFIELD - 2:00 TO 4:00 PM

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - No One Owns The Sky -

Most people when asked to name early female aviators can name only one name, Amelia Earhart.  But long before Amelia Earhart’s famous exploits, female flyers had already proved that aviatrices were every bit as brave and daring as their male counterparts. Flying in flimsy wood and canvas aeroplanes, Aida de Acosta, Raymonde de Laroche, Hélène Dutrieu , Marie Marvingt, Harriet Quimby, Katherine Stinson, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman and Elinor Smith awed and thrilled people on the ground — executing audacious acrobatic aerial maneuvers, soloing across the English channel, setting records, barnstorming and buzzing beneath New York’s bridges.  Undaunted by male skepticism, they were determined to show that anything that men could do, they could do too!  Join Carol Simon Levin as she shares the stories of these amazing women.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - Mrs. Woodrow Wilson - 

Ellen Axson Wilson was a professionally trained artist, a volunteer Sunday school teacher of African-American children and the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson.  She was a progressive, free thinking woman who often broke with the tradition of polite society.  Along with being a social activist and First Lady, Ellen was also a member of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. 

Historic Interpreter Alisa Dupuy portrays Mrs. Wilson and relates the life story of this most fascinating woman.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - Spinning and Weaving -

Barb Johns, expert spinner, will demonstrate the use of Peachfield’s great spinning wheel.  Barb, a member of the South Jersey Guild of Spinners and Hand Weavers, will display yarn dyed by natural methods and demonstrate hand carding and wool combs.   Learn how colonials processed wool for spinning and weaving. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - Emily Roebling - 

In celebration of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of New Jersey’s 125th anniversary Carol Simon Levin will share the story of Emily Warren Roebling.  Emily possessed a profound understanding of all elements and phases of bridge construction and successfully completed the construction Brooklyn Bridge after her husband became ill.  In addition to being an intelligent and well-educated woman, Emily Warren Roebling was also a Dame.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Amelia Mott Gummere and Church Silver

Prepaid reservations required to guarantee seating - seating limited.  Please call 609/267-6996, or email at colonialdamesnj@comcast.net.         

 

SHOWCASE SUNDAYS AND BLUE STAR MUSEUM TOURS 

Periodically, on the third Sunday, we will be celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the NSCDA-NJ.  A brief tour will be offered after the presentation.  

SHOWCASE SUNDAY - 1:00 P.M.

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - Famous Dames of the NSCDA

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - Sulgrave Manor - 

In a quiet corner of rural Northamptonshire, England, on the edge of an idyllic hamlet of stone cottages and pastures, sits a comfortable looking manor house. Built in 1539 by Lawrence Washington, it was the home of seven generations of the Washington family.   John Washington, George’s great-grandfather, settled in Virginia and the home was sold in 1673.  This program highlights the history of the Washington family and their ancestral home in England.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - Gunston Hall  -

In celebration of the Colonial Dames’ 125th anniversary,  we are highlighting some of the historic properties maintained by the Dames.  Gunston Hall was the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776.  Our own Bill of Rights closely follows the ideals of Virginia’s Declaration. 

Hear the story of this remarkable statesman and see his beautiful Mansion.

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - Dames Memorabilia

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the NSCDANJ Dames memorabilia will be on display.  Documents, pins and other Dames artifacts will be on display.

We will also be presenting Marie Antoinette Quimby whose charitable work and civic commitment exemplifies the mission of the NSCDA.  Ms. Quimby served as president of the Women’s Branch of the New Jersey Historical Society, a member of the Relief Association, as well as a member of the Crazy Jane Society – an organization devoted to helping indigent women.  

 

Admission: Free will donations are appreciated in support of the Museum. Admission is free to all active duty military personnel.  The program is offered at 1:00 p.m. Please call 609/267-6996 or email us at colonialdamesnj@comcast.net with any questions. 

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 2016 through Labor Day, September 2016. 


The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173‐1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military ‐ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps ‐ and up to five family members. Some special or limited‐time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/national/blue‐star‐museums.

 

OPEN HEARTH COOKING

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Open Hearth Cooking Workshop - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   

Join us at Peachfield to hone your hearth cooking skills with Open Hearth Cook Margaret Quinn. If you are interested in cooking the way our ancestors did, this program is for you.  Margaret will instruct participants in preparing a multi-dish meal.  Learn the fundamentals of open hearth cooking and how to interpret an 18th century receipt. Dishes will include seasonal foods from the colonial period. The cooks will then partake of the food they prepared. No experience is needed - just a desire to learn and to have fun. Copies of the period receipts used in class will be provided to participants.

 A full menu and list of what you should bring that day will be provided upon registration.  Fee:  $45.  Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited.  Minimum number of participants - 6; maximum - 12.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Margaret Quinn will use period receipts and cooking methods  as she illustrates ways food was prepared in Colonial days.  Sampling and light refreshments are included.  Admission:  $15 per person; prepaid reservations are required to guarantee seating; seating is limited.

 

ONCE IN A WHILE WEDNESDAY SERIES - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Timbuctoo presentation by Guy Weston

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - The Still Family presentation by Samuel Still -

Levin and Charity Still escaped slavery and settled in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.  Their son James would become known as “the Doctor of the Pines.”  William Still was an abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Samuel Still of the Dr. Still Historic Office and Educational Center, and descendent of James Still, will present a moving and insightful look at the challenges faced and overcome by the Still family as they fought for their freedom.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Underground Railroad presentation by Louise Calloway - DUE TO THE IMPENDING SNOWSTORM THIS EVENT IS RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 29, 2017 AT 7:00 

Louise Calloway will present the story of Slavery from its beginning to emancipation and how the Underground Railroad helped carry so many to freedom.  Ms. Calloway will have on display artifacts connected with slavery.  Her provocative story tells the horrors of slavery and how people survived.  Her vast knowledge of this less than honorable part of our history makes this presentation a must see. 

Admission is $10 per person; prepaid reservations are recommended as seating is limited.

SPECIAL EVENTS     

The Great Jefferson-Dickinson Debate - Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

On Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., the two great statesmen, John Dickinson and Thomas Jefferson, will debate whether America should declare their independence from Great Britain.  They will present their arguments regarding independence as they did before the Congress in July, 1776.  Thomas Jefferson will be portrayed by Steve Edenbo, and John Dickinson will be played by Doug Thomas, both of the American Historical Theatre.

Tickets are $40.  Wine and hors’doeuvres will be served.  Prepaid reservations are required by September 10, 2016.  For reservations please call 609/267-6996, or email at colonialdamesnj@comcast.net or visit our website at www.colonialdamesnj.org. For those who have already purchased tickets, please contact the office.

This event will take place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ 08060 at 2:00 p.m.

Witch's Tea - Sunday, October 23, 2016 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.    SOLD OUT

Mrs. Blackheart, portrayed by Alicia Dupuy, will share stories and superstitutions about Halloween.  An afternoon buffet seated tea will be served.  Admission:  $20 per person.  Prepaid reservations required; seating limited.

Harvest House Tour, Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tours will be given of Peachfield and West Hill.  These lovely homes, each of a distinctive architectural style will be decorated for the Harvest Season. Learn about each house’s amazing history, while enjoying cookies and hot beverages.  On display at Peachfield will be famous Dames of the NSCDA.

Hearth cooking demonstrations will be ongoing at both houses (food sampling not included).  West Hill Manor will feature a traditional Victorian dinner, including plum pudding and oyster stew.  Peachfield will feature a seasonal beef soup.  Admission is $10 per person to be paid at the door.

Holiday Tea & Tour, Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Peachfield will be decorated for the holidays, tea specialties will be served.  Join us as we gather round the hearth with a warming fire. Admission:  $18 per adult, $9 per child under 15.  Prepaid reservations recommended.  

Mrs. Harker's Tea - Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  

In celebration of Miriam Harker, the benefactor of Peachfield, the New Jersey Colonial Dames will host an afternoon buffet tea with many of the delicacies reminiscent of those served in the 1930s by Mrs. Harker at Peachfield.  Sue Hueskin will present a program on Amelia Mott Gummere, an author and one of the first members of the NSCDA.  Mrs. Mott Gummere wrote about Quaker life and was President of the John Woodman Society.   Admission:  $20 per person.  Prepaid reservations are required.  Seating is limited.

 

The programs takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road Westampton NJ 08060

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NSCDA-NJ received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.   

 

AT THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE  

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -Battle of Iron Works Hill -  THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED BY THE TOWNSHIP OF MOUNT HOLLY

The Old Schoolhouse, Brainerd Street, Mount Holly.  Re-enactment and costumed interpreters and a warm fire will welcome visitors to The Old Schoolhouse.  Free of Charge.