Monmouth County Historical Association Offers Free Admission

Three of Monmouth County Historical Association’s historic house museums together with the museum at 70 Court St., will be open free of charge in celebration of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! on March 12.
   In support of Women’s History Month, Museum Day Live! encourages all people, and particularly women and girls of color, to explore the Association’s Museum, and Covenhoven House in Freehold, Taylor Butler House, and Marlpit Hall in Middletown House free of charge. The day will include special programming and tours of our historic homes and museum, as well as a cooking demonstration on the open hearth at Covenhoven.
   The Open Hearth Cooking program Covenhoven will feature African American slave cooking in the 18th and 19th centuries, with foods such as hoppin’ john, okra and tomatoes, Brunswick stew, and fruit fritters. Our costumed interpreters will also be able to perform bilingual tours at Covenhoven in Spanish. A selection of portraits from the Association’s permanent collection will be on view at the Taylor-Butler House. Four of them by Middletown artist Harvey Jenkins (1822-1908) have just been returned from conservation in a project funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. Marlpit Hall will feature tours and is also a stop on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail in honor of Mary Holmes Taylor who worked to save this house from demolition and Margaret Riker Haskell who restored and furnished the home.
   “This is a special opportunity to spend the day visiting our historic house museums which are normally closed for the season this time of year,” Association Director Evelyn C. Murphy, PhD. “The Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Women’s History Month and share with our guests the importance Monmouth County history.”
   The museum will be open from 10am to 4pm. The historic house museums will be open from 1pm to 4pm.  The open hearth cooking demonstration at Covenhoven will take place from 12pm to 4pm.
   A Museum Day Live! ticket can be downloaded at Smithsonian.com/museum day. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free admission at the museum and the three open historic house museums for March 12.
Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold.  Museum hours are: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.  The Historic Houses are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the web site at www.monmouthhistory.org