FREEHOLD, NJ - The Monmouth County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at the Covenhoven House on Saturday, November 13 between 12 noon and 4:00 in the afternoon. Come enjoy the sweet smells of 18th century Thanksgiving 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.”  You may also purchase gingerbread cakes for $8 to take home and share, as long as supplies last.

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 Henry Clinton before the Battle of Monmouth in June of 1778.

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.

The Monmouth County 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.  There is a charge for admission; but members are admitted free.  For membership and other information, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit our web site at

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