Farming and Industry

Mad Hatters, Radium Girls and the Asbestos Hotel

October 21, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

As an industrial state, NJ is no stranger to industrial toxins. In recent decades, we have been home to over 140 Superfund cleanup sites administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Historically, three NJ industrial toxins-–-mercury, radium, and asbestos-–-have their own harrowing stories to tell.

From Fleece to Cloth: Shearing, Spinning, Weaving

April 15, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Explore how cloth is made at this fun, interactive event. Spinning—twisting fiber like wool into useable thread or yarn—and weaving with the thread to create cloth—date back 1000’s of years. Its too cold for a visit by sheep to get their warm weather haircut. However, our popular shearer is ready to talk about the skill of shearing complete with fleece. Members of the Essex County Spinners Guild will demonstrate the craft of hand spinning to create yarn and weaving students from Columbia High School’s fiber program will show the basics of how thread is next woven together into cloth.

From Fleece to Cloth: Shearing, Spinning, Weaving

April 30, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Explore how cloth is made at this fun, interactive event. Spinning—twisting fiber like wool into useable thread or yarn—and weaving with the thread to create cloth—date back 1000’s of years. Watch a shearer collect wool by shearing the fleece of two woolly-coated visitors from Kafka Farms. Members of the Essex County Spinners Guild will demonstrate the craft of hand spinning to create yarn and weaving students from Columbia High School’s fiber program will show the basics of how thread is next woven together into cloth.


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What’s the Buzz?: An Update on the Busy Beehives at Durand-Hedden

September 29, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Join Durand-Hedden’s beekeepers in Grasmere Park Sunday, September 29 as they report on theprogress of their two thriving honeybee hives. Bees are vitally important to our world, but many are disappearing due to the mysterious malady of colony-collapse disorder.

Apple Groves and Cider-Making in Old Maplewood

For centuries, apples have been the most commonly grown and consumed fruit in the northern latitudes. A detailed and expansive examination of the local apple industry was researched and developed by Durand-Hedden Trustee Maria Morrison Heningburg and President Susan Newberry with the help of Township Historian John Crowell Bausmith, a descendant of the Crowell Cider Mill’s founders.

Seth Boyden

Seth Boyden, “one of America’s greatest inventors,” according to Thomas Edison, spent the last 15 years of his life in “Middleville”—what is now Hilton.

Amazing Mushrooms

June 9, 2013, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

In warm wet weather mushrooms pop up overnight in our yards in a fascinating array of colors and shapes. What are they, really? A member of the NJ Mycological Association will demystify these amazing living things which are part of the Kingdom of Fungi.

The Jersey Tomato

May 17, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Everyone loves the Jersey Tomato! Through food historian Judith Krall-Russo's lively talk discover where the tomato originated and why it became one of New Jersey's favorite crops.

A Taste of Honey: Bees in Colonial America

April 26, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Many early colonists brought honeybee hives to America to supply honey and beeswax and to provide a means of exchange for trading. Eric Rowe of 200-year-old Douglas Farm in Gladstone will demystify beekeeping practices 'then and now' and will offer tips on how today we as laypeople can help save this threatened insect.

Down in the Valley: The History of the Dunnell Road Area

February 11, 2007, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Long before the police station and fire department were located beside Memorial Park following Maplewood's incorporation, the area had been the site of farms and a variety of mills, including the Phoenix Paper Mill.

Apple Groves and Cider Making in Old Maplewood

October 29, 2006, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Find out the story of Maplewood's renowned apples and cider mills. The Crowell Cider Mill is the most well known. It stood near the current site of Columbia High School and was a popular institution for one hundred years.

Chick Talk (...the backyard variety)

October 23, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Curious about our town’s recent hot “chicken” topic? Come to Durand-Hedden to find out the true facts -both positive and negative -on keeping backyard chickens.

Cheese Making: Jane’s Whey

March 7, 2010, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

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