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Tea Party

March 18, 2017. Come celebrate Caldwell, New Jersey’s own, President Grover Cleveland’s 180th birthday anniversary, by attending an authentic White House Tea Social, hosted by the President and First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland, to be held at the Undercroft of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 271 Roseland Ave., Essex Fells, NJ, on Saturday, March 18, 2 to 4 PM.

Dine on delicious tea cakes, sandwiches, scones, and freshly brewed teas served by hostesses in costume of the period – in style with the traditional Victorian Era and modeled after actual White House receptions. In addition, an informative talk on “Fine Dining in the 19th Century” will be presented by noted historian and professor emeritus of Drew University, Dr. David Cowell.

To enhance your experience, there will also be on display for the very first time the newly acquired, rare wax museum figures of the First Ladies – Rose Elizabeth and Frances Folsom – who served in President Cleveland’s two terms (1885-89 & 1893-97), each outfitted in their inaugural finery. Additionally, specially selected collectible items from the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Museum Shop will be presented and available for purchase.

This special presidential birthday Tea Social event aims to foster the legacy of President Grover Cleveland and raise awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (GCBMA) in our community.

Make your reservations early as seating is limited by notifying Alice Gibson at or calling 973-228-1293. Tickets are just $30 per person, made payable to “GCBMA”, and mailed to 14 Kramer Ave, West Caldwell, NJ, 07006.

White House Book Signing, Presidents’ Day, February 20, 2017

Louis L Picone with his book “Where the Presidents were born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces”.

Grover Cleveland Birthplace Museum Gift shop book signing event on Presidents’ Day, 2/20/17 (Mon.) 1:30pm at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace in the gallery room by Louis L. Picone, the author of “Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces”. $29.99 plus tax.

From George Washington to Barack Obama, this book provides the history of the birthplace of every American president, preservation efforts, visitor information, and personal observations. Almost every birthplace has been preserved in some way or another, from the grand monuments of Abraham Lincoln and James Buchanan, to replicas for George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, or the simple roadside markers for Benjamin Harrison and Zachary Taylor. These places all have unique and often fascinating stories to tell. Discover their owners back to the first settlers. Learn about the disasters, vandalism, and other historically significant events that have occurred on these historic locations. Whether you’re an armchair historian or have intentions to visit every Presidential birthplace, this book will equip you with more information than even your tour guides will know.

Louis L. Picone lives in New Jersey with his wife Francesca and sons Vincent and Leonardo. He has traveled to all fifty states to visit presidential historical sites. This is his first book.

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace State Historic Site is located on 207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006. Normally the museum is closed on Mondays and National Holidays, however, the Birthplace is specially opened on Presidents Day on 2/20/17 (Mon.) from 1pm to 4pm to celebrate Grover Cleveland, our 22nd and 24th President of the United States of America.