President Lincoln’s Casket Exhibit
Come see a replica of Lincoln’s casket, manufactured by the Batesville Casket Company of Indiana. The 14th NJ Volunteers, Co. H, will provide an honor guard for the casket & 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 & career with the late Commander in Chief.
Call to Duty
Discover the NJ’s Civil War training camps. This new documentary, produced by the NJ Civil War Heritage Association, explores the history of these camps, including Camp Vredenbergh which once occupied an area that now comprises Monmouth Battlefield State Park.
It’s Live and It’s on Radio!
Vince Turner presents “SPAM TIME” a fictional U.S. Army radio & live show that is modeled on actual entertainment presented to U.S. military personnel from WWII to the Vietnam War era.
SPAM Time will provide a full day of pre-recorded & live musical entertainment that includes actual recordings & announcements from various archival sources.
Meet a “Colonial” Brewer
Historian, beer lover & colonial reenactor Rich Wagner will make his first appearance at the Fair. Watch as he demonstrates the process of making beer in the 1600s.
Cooking 18th Century Style
Stop by to talk with food historian Deborah Petersen as she demonstrates open air fire pit cooking. Learn about the challenges facing cooks over 200 years ago.
The Good Death, Mourning & The Civil War
The Civil War wrought many changes to traditional 18th & 19th Century mourning customs & values. Sandy Levins will explore how the War challenged America’s concept of “the good death” & the way in which we honor & mourn those that have passed.
The Fort Delaware Cornet Band
Wearing authentic Union uniforms of the Civil War & performing on period instruments, this brass band will entertain visitors throughout the day. Come sit a spell & enjoy the music!
Life on the Canal
Rich Pawling will portray Captain “Cappy” Hummel who will regale visitors about his life on the canal. Hear about his adventures as he interweaves music & stories of the time period.
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 demonstrate & interpret Lenape foodways.
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.
The Flemington Neshanocks, Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club and Bog Iron Boys will play a base ball match according to the rules of the 1860s & 1870s. Period equipment & uniforms will be featured.
Gather ‘Round for a Selection of 18th century Music!
Balladeer Linda Russell explores the past in song with hammered & mountain dulcimers, penny whistle & guitar. She will perform 18th century ballads, marches & dance tunes while engaging the public to discover instruments from the time period.