Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 – 2013 Open to the Public

Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 – 2013 Open to the Public

Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 - 2013 Open to the Public

Monmouth County Historical Association’s newest exhibition, Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600 – 2013 is open to the public at the museum in Freehold and will be on display through December 31, 2014.                                                      

The history of agriculture and farming in Monmouth County has long roots deep in the past, as does New Jersey itself, from earliest days of pre-European settlement, when Lennai Lenape Indians harvested corn, squash, and beans to the modern reintroduction of organic agricultural practices.  Monmouth County Historical Association’s exhibition Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1660 – 2013 explores and celebrates Monmouth County’s vibrant agricultural past, present and future.

Planned to coincide with the upcoming celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary in 2014, Farm will examine the means by which Monmouth men and women worked with their surroundings to feed themselves, their families, the community, and the rest of America as well. Through artifacts, diaries, letters, maps, paintings, prints and photographs, Farm will bring Monmouth’s rich agricultural history alive. Visitors will appreciate the innovation and diversity of Monmouth farmers, horticulturalists, gardeners, and livestock breeders who overcame challenges and secured the County’s reputation as a source of high-quality produce and livestock for more than two hundred years.

The Farm exhibition is made possible by support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Sickles Market, the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, and individual contributors.

The museum is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold NJ, 07728.   Regular admission to the museum is $5, and is $2.50 for students and seniors.  Admission is free for members.  Museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Monmouth County Historical Associationis a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve Monmouth County history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The 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.