MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Monmouth County Historical Association invites you to join us for a celebration of the birthday of King George III on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Marlpit Hall (circa 1756), 137 Kings Highway in Middletown, New Jersey from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon.
Within the British Empire, including the American Colonies, celebration of the King's birthday was one of the social events of the year. Come and see how this day might have been celebrated in the home of Loyalist Edward Taylor. Historical re-enactors dressed as Edward and wife, Mary Ogborne Taylor will welcome guests. Enjoy musical entertainment of the period played on the harpsichord and recorder, as presented by "The Practitioners of Musick" with John Burkhalter of Princeton.
Marlpit Hall, built circa 1756, was home to the prominent loyalist Taylor Family at the time of the Revolution. Many of its members were among the area's leading politicians, farmers, merchants and landowners. Edward Taylor endured house arrest for his political position and the family lost much its fortune and influence. The house was restored, furnished and donated to Monmouth County Historical Association by Margaret Riker Haskell in 1936 when it became the first restored house museum in the region. Mrs. Haskell was one of the most significant collectors of Americana, notably decorative arts, in the United States and a well-respected figure in a historically significant trail of women involved in preservation work. Marlpit Hall is currently furnished to reflect the varying tastes and lifestyles of the 18th century Taylor Family and Mrs. Haskell's 20th century colonial revival plan.
Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. Parking is available at the adjacent Middletown Village School.