FREEHOLD, NJ - Monmouth County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy Open Hearth Open House at the Covenhoven House on Saturday, April 13th between 12 noon and 4:00 pm.  Come and observe eighteenth-century style cooking over the blazing open hearth.  Visitors will see food being made from authentic “receipts” provided by our hearth cook Mr. Glenn May.   This Open Hearth program will feature oyster stew, cabbage and turnip soup, chestnut fritters, molasses baked beans, pound cake, rosemary bread, and pepper relish. 

Guided tours of this preserved landmark house, built in 1752 for William and Elizabeth Covenhoven will be provided.  The Covenhoven House later served as headquarters for British General Sir Henry Clinton before the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778.  As you take a guided tour of the house stories of families living the Colonial Life will be told.    The tour will include a demonstration 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 “Open Hearth Cooking” educational program, sponsored by 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 and ask for Mr. Glenn May.