70 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey
Museum: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
The Following Historic House Museums are Open this Weekend:
Friday, May 26, 1 - 4 pm
Sunday, May 28, 1 - 4 pm
42nd Annual Garden Party
Sunday, June 25th
Join MCHA for our 42nd Annual Garden Party honoring Trustees Alison Riker Friedel and Jennifer Hurtt Mullins for their support of history and historic preservation.
Reservation are required. Tickets start at $135 with sponsorship ticket levels available. Click HERE to purchase tickets or call Deanna at 732-462-1466 x.19
King George III Birthday Celebration
at Marlpit Hall
Saturday, June 3
Hosted on our Middletown Historic Campus at Marlpit Hall and Taylor-Butler House, join MCHA in our annual celebration of King George III. As Marlpit Hall was home to a loyalist family during the American Revolution,we celebrate the King's birthday with period music and children's games to make a perfect family summer afternoon.
This event is free and open to the public.
Current Exhibitions at the Museum
From about 1676 to 1952, eight generations of the Hartshorne family resided on their estate at the Highlands called Portland. At its maximum extent, the Portland tract encompassed more than 2,400 acres between the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay, including Sandy Hook.
This exhibition tells the story of those individuals through original documents, artifacts, paintings, textiles, silver and furniture owned by the Hartshornes over those three centuries Of special interest are one of the most complete sets of mid-18th century American crewelwork bed hangings known to survive, a silver-headed walking stick owned by Richard Hartshorne, the immigrant, and a large collection of ancestral miniature portraits and daguerreotypes still owned by descendants. Also included is much material on the California Gold Rush, and the West Coast career of Benjamin Minturn Hartshorne (1826–1900), whose fortune transformed Portland from a working farm into a country gentleman’s estate.
The exhibition draws on the collections of Monmouth County Historical Association, the Monmouth County Park System, and the privately held treasures of Hartshorne descendants.
This program is made possible in part by funding from a New Jersey Historical Commission Grant and sponsorship from Amboy Bank and Investors Bank.
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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