Middletown, NJ - Monmouth County Historical Association is pleased to present its design space “Treasures from the China Trade” at this year’s Stately-Homes-by-the-Sea Show House, Holly Hill, in Middletown, New Jersey. The Show house, which opened on May 3, will benefit the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey.

Monmouth County Historical Association President Claire Knopf and her husband, Heywood Knopf tour the Historical Association's room at the Show House.

The Historical Association’s design space features a number of items that were imported from China in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Of particular interest are sections of hand-painted wallpaper made in 1795 and a rosewood gentleman’s dressing table of the same date, both of which were brought back from China by Colts Neck native Charles Haight and displayed in his home.   Also on view is a selection of Chinese export porcelain dating from the 1760s to about 1810, which was donated to the Historical Association in the 1940s from the estate of Helena Woolworth McCann. The space was designed in a collaborative effort between MCHA Trustees Nelson Kuperberg and Courtney Trent and MCHA staff members Bernadette Rogoff and Dr. Lee Ellen Griffith. Generous help and donations of time and materials from 4 Wall Professional Paperhanging, Carpets by Robert, Charles B. Hembling and Son, Frame to Please, Jo Pawlo and Plumline Wallpaper made the installation possible.

“We are delighted to be able to support the efforts of the VNA and pleased to showcase some of the treasures that the Historical Association holds. We hope that visitors to the Show house will enjoy the exhibit.” stated Dr. Griffith.

Holly Hill is open from May 3 to June 12, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $35 and advance tickets are $30. For further information or to purchase tickets, visit www.statelyhomesbythesea.com.

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, Freehold, New Jersey. Museum hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Library is open Wednesday through Saturday. For membership or admission fees and further information, please call 732.462.1466, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our web site at monmouthhistory.org.

Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.