FREEHOLD, NJ - Monmouth County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at the Covenhoven House on Saturday, October 1 between 12 noon and 4:00 in the afternoon. Come and observe eighteenth-century style cooking over the open hearth and experience colonial life as you tour the house. Visitors will be invited to sample tasty treats made from authentic “receipts” provided by our guest hearth cook, Susan Luczu.
In addition, craftsman Jerry Smith will be on site to demonstrate the art of tinsmithing, as practiced in the 18th and 19th centuries. Mr. Smith will be making tin cookie cutters, scoops and cups and explaining the techniques used as he works.
Guests will be able to take guided tours of this landmark house built in 1752 for William and Elizabeth Covenhoven. The Covenhoven House later served as headquarters for British General Sir Henry Clinton before the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778. The tour of the house will include a discussion of how tea was served in the eighteenth century.
Admission is free – Bring the family. Covenhoven House is located at 150 W. Main Street in Freehold near the Rt. 9 overpass. Parking is available at Grace Lutheran Church at the corner of West Main Street and Business Route 33.
Throughout the school year, the “Hearth and Home” educational program, which is sponsored by the PNC Foundation, offers children the opportunity to learn about history through the sights, sounds and smells of an 18th century kitchen. For information about booking a school program for your class, call 732-462-1466.
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 or visit our web site at www.monmouthhistory.org.
Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.