Around Town

Snake Hill outside Secaucus, NJ

Exit 15X – Digging Up Snake Hill Secrets

Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D., archaeologist, Middletown Mayor

When the Turnpike Authority began preparing to build a new exit for the Secaucus train station, human remains were discovered. What followed would become the largest disinterment of bodies in U.S. history.

A total of 4,571 bodies and over 100,000 artifacts were recovered at Secaucus Potters Field – the largest disinterment project in United States history. The cemetery, active from 1870 until 1962, was excavated in advance of the construction of NJ Turnpike Exit 15X. The majority of those interred at the site came through various Hudson County facilities that included an asylum, tuberculosis hospital, almshouse and prison, among others. The project sought to identify as many of the remains as possible for return to those descendants who came forward.

Don’t miss Gerry Scharfenberger’s fascinating look at the burials, artifacts and individuals recovered during the  excavation, and what it tells us about life and death in the late19th/early 20th centuries.

Our corporate neighbor and host of the evening’s program, Vonage, is a leading provider of cloud communications for businesses and consumers. Its award-winning campus is situated on 88 acres and is home to the Company’s flagship Network Operations Center (NOC) that operates 24/7/365 managing Vonage’s international network connecting billions of calls each year around the world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit this impressive facility. Group meets at the main Vonage lobby, 23 Main Street, Holmdel, NJ. Pre-registration is required.

Tues, Apr 17, 6:30-8 pm
Fee and Code: $12 per person; $20 for two, XDEST 152

Jon Bon Jovi Soul KitchenJon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen Cooking Demonstration And Lunch

Find out what’s really cooking at the JBJ Soul Kitchen – where unique community building happens. First, learn how to cook two of JBJ Soul Kitchen’s most popular menu items from their expert chefs. Next, enjoy a lunch prepared especially for you featuring these wonderful dishes and learn more about this visionary enterprise. A perfect opportunity to enjoy learning, laughing and lunch! Address: 207 Monmouth Street, Red Bank

Thurs, Jan 11, 11:30 am-1 pm
Fee and Code: $39, XPERS 260

downtown Freehold, New JerseyBring A Friend Walking Tour: Freehold

Daniel Radel, history instructor, journalist

Take a step back in time and enjoy this walking tour of Freehold’s rich history from colonial times to the early 20th century. Stops on the tour include St. Peter’s Church, Monmouth Court House, The American Hotel, and the Carnegie Library. Tour ends at the Monmouth County Historical Association Museum where participants will have the option of taking a tour of the museum on their own. (museum fee is $5) Meet at the steps of the Monmouth County Hall of Records on East Main Street. Rain date May 7. Please note: no refund will be given if rain date is used. Fee is for 2 registrants.

Sat, Apr 28, 1-3 pm
Fee and Code: $39, XDEST 147