“A Conversation with Ulysses S. Grant”
Kenneth J. Serfass will portray General Grant. Come meet the General & learn about his life & experiences in NJ.
Shake Hands with NJ Governor Olden
Charles S. Olden was NJ’s 24th governor. Learn first-hand how his tenure as governor was consumed by the American Civil War. Bruce Sirak will portray Olden.
Meet Ben Franklin - Printer, Inventor, Statesman
Jack Sherry will portray Mr. Franklin - one of our most intriguing Founding Fathers. Visitors will learn about Franklin’s scientific experiments & inventions, his printing business, & his diplomatic role in shaping the birth of America.
Meet NJ’s Last Royal Governor
Mr. Everett Howell will portray William Franklin, NJ’s last royal governor. Listen to his account of being governor during the American Revolution and how his loyalty to the Crown caused an irreparable break with his father, patriot Benjamin Franklin.
Stop by the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks State Park table and meet Mr. Hasenclever. Portrayed by Hans Niederstrasser, Hasenclever was the founder of Long Pond Ironworks in 1765.
Come Meet Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, USN!
David Farragut joined the Navy as a Midshipman at the age of 9 in 1810. He fought in the War of 1812 & the American Civil War. Bruce Tucker, a history lecturer at Rutgers University School of Continuing Education, Naval Historian & Living History presenter will portray Farragut.
Meet Mrs. Woolley!
Heather Mac Donald will portray Mrs. Phoebe Woolley (1732 – 1826). Mrs. Woolley will offer visitors a civilian’s perspective of life in Monmouth County during the American Revolution. Come listen as she shares her love of music with songs from the Revolution!
Meet the Founder of the American Red Cross
Pat Jordan will portray Clara Barton - a strong-willed, intelligent individual who knew what she wanted and found ways to accomplish her goals. Learn about her life as a humanitarian, nurse and educator.
Meet Molly Pitcher – Heroine of the Battle of Monmouth
Stacy Flora Roth, of History on the Hoof, will portray Molly Pitcher (Mary Hays McCauley). “Molly” will reminisce about the days when she accompanied her husband through summer battles & winter encampments from Valley Forge to Monmouth to Morristown. Relating her tales of firing a cannon in the heat of battle to trudging "behind the baggage," she provides a glimpse into what it was like to be a "camp follower" in the days when American Independence was a dream rather than a certainty.
Meet the General who led the 1776 Christmas Crossing of the Delaware. David B. Emerson, of History on the Hoof, will once again portray General George Washington. Emerson will present two programs during the day and stroll among visitors throughout the Fair. Emerson was featured as George Washington in New Jersey Network's "Ten Crucial Days."
Walt Whitman, America’s Good Grey Poet
Darrel Blaine Ford, who has been studying Walt Whitman for the past 74 years, will bring him to life as he portrays this iconic figure of American literature. Listen to “Walt” as he recites his poetry. Learn about his life and his experiences during the Civil War. Discover his home in Camden, NJ – the only home he ever owned and where he died in 1892. See why Whitman is often called America’s greatest poet.