Historic Places in South Jersey

Historic Places in South Jersey - Places to Go and Things to Do

A discussion of things to do and paces to go, with the purpose of sharing, and encouraging exploration of South Jersey.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Whitall House Flower Show June 22, Sunday 2014

I just returned from doing my two hour shift of tour guiding at the James and Ann Whitall House, Red Bank Battlefield, National Park, NJ.  We had a steady stream of visitors on this exceptionally lovely summer day.  It couldn't have been nicer.  There was a gentle breeze and a mild and friendly sun - no humidity.  It was the flower show in the house and in the gardens, which added immensely to the pleasure and beauty of the day.  

The visitors were interested and polite and it was a sheer delight to offer this small amount of my time to help people enjoy a priceless treasure of American and New Jersey history.

Speaking of history, yesterday at Monmouth Battlefield couldn't have been nicer either.  Same thing, cool breeze, intoxicating summer grass aroma and shade under the trees, colorful costumes that made me green with envy, well stocked suttlers that made me sorry I left my purse in the trunk of the car.  The stirring battle re-enactment  makes me marvel every time I see it how the men of that time suffered and struggled to make us free.  We also enjoyed the well done performance of the Molly Pitcher character interpreter.  She is so believable and interesting.  When I got home, I had to watch a couple of episodes of TURN on AMC - on demand (less commercial interruptions) to continue the Revolutionary theme.

It is my hope that this blog helps others to find fascinating and INEXPENSIVE entertainments right here in our own backyard all year around!  AND, people who have businesses that I hope you will patronize:  my friend harry bought a wonderful costume shirt from
"Knightingales & Gibson Glassblowers, Lisa Lambert & Phil Gibson, Sutlers: contact -  brunswickcastle@hotmail.com
Today I bought pinelands wildflower honey at the Flower show from:  Hudons's Sweeties, Wenonah, NJ 856-468-1367
Happy TRAILS!  Jo Ann

"Back In Your Own Backyard"

The bird with feathers of blue
Is waiting for you
Back in your own backyard
You'll see your castles in Spain
Through your window pane
Back in your own backyard
Oh you can go to the East
Go to the West
But someday you'll come
Weary at heart
Back where you started from
You'll find your happiness lies
Right under your eyes
Back in your own backyard


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