70 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey
Museum: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Research Library: Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Offices: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Historic House Museums: Generally open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 1pm-4pm. Check here for actual hours each weekend.
The Following Historic House Museums are Open this Weekend:
Friday, Aug 19, 1 - 4 pm Allen House, Covenhoven House
Saturday, Aug 20, 1 - 4 pm Allen House, Holmes-Hendrickson House, Marlpit Hall, Taylor-Butler House
Sunday, Aug 21, 1 - 4 pm Allen House, Covenhoven House, Marlpit Hall, Taylor-Butler House
Please note that the Historic House Museums are not air-conditioned.
Faces From Our Past:
Now Open at Taylor-Butler House
This exhibition features a selection of portraits from the permanent collection of Monmouth County Historical Association that surveys the styles of portraiture available to residents of New Jersey and elsewhere in the nineteenth century. Those on view range from highly polished works by professional artists from New York and Philadelphia to the colorful efforts of local painters whose work today is considered folk art. Examples include portraits of young children, adults, and those who have reached advanced age. Many of the sitters lived in Middletown, Red Bank, Shrewsbury, and Holmdel, in addition to elsewhere in New Jersey and New York.
The demand for likenesses peaked in the nineteenth century. But after the Civil War, photography generally supplanted the work that was formerly the realm of resident and itinerant painters. Artists represented in the exhibition include Micah Williams from New Brunswick, John Bradley of New York, Robert Street of Philadelphia, famous itinerant Ammi Phillips, and others. Of special interest is a large group of portraits by Harvey Jenkins, Middletown’s own resident portrait painter from 1849 to his death in 1908.
The Taylor-Butler House, built about 1853, provides a uniquely suitable setting for displaying portraiture. Its high ceilings, gracious spaces and refined architectural detailing accommodate these works beautifully, many of which are quite large.
That Memorable Sabbath-day:
The Battle of Monmouth in Drawings, Paintings & Prints
At the Museum: 70 Court Street, Freehold
That Memorable Sabbath-Day: The Battle of Monmouth in Drawings, Paintings & Prints explores artistic interpretations of the Battle of Monmouth. The battle was fought on June 28, 1778, a Sunday. During the mid-nineteenth century, as Americans became increasingly interested in their country’s rise to nationhood, depictions of historical events such as the Battle of Monmouth became popular with audiences throughout the eastern United States. Artists––professional and amateur alike––responded by creating drawings, paintings, and prints that brought the battle to life. The Association’s collections include a large number of such works.
This exhibition features a range of interpretations, from grand manner history painting and pictorial records of a documentary nature to scenes of romance, fantasy, drama, and outright caricature––all of which, whether grounded in fact or fiction, helped shape our awareness of what the American historian Benson J. Lossing (1813–91) described as “that memorable Sabbath-day in June, 1778.”
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