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Our Hours

              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. 


Historic House Museum Schedule this weekend:

Open Friday, May 27, 1pm - 4pm

Covenhoven House

Holmes-Hendrickson House

Open Saturday, May 28, 1pm - 4pm

Allen House

Covenhoven House

Open Sunday, May 29, 1pm - 4pm

Covenhoven House

Marlpit Hall

Taylor-Butler House

Open Monday, Memorial Day, 1pm - 4pm

Holmes-Hendrickson House

King George III Birthday Celebration

Saturday, June 4, 10am-4pm

Marlpit Hall, 137 Kings Highway, Middletown

   Come visit our annual celebration of the birthday of King George III! Loyalist Soldiers will be drilling in the yard beginning at 10:30. Visiting children can join the troops and learn to march with muskets.

   Throughout the day, children also will enjoy hoop-rolling, sack races and other party games.

   At 2:00 musical entertainment of the period will begin. Guests will enjoy the sounds of “The Practitioners of Musick” featuring John Burkhalter of Princeton with harpsichord and recorder.

   Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. Parking is available at the adjacent Middletown Village School.

Please note that Allen House, Covenhoven House and Holmes-Hendrickson House will be  closed on this date. 


41st Annual Garden Party

Sunday, June 26, 5pm-8pm


Honoring Dr. Norman D. Hungerford

Click here for more information on underwriting and sponsorship for Garden Party. To become an underwriter or sponsor, please call 732-462-1466 x.19.


Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking 


Through July 9, 2016

At the Museum: 70 Court Street, Freehold

This exhibition explores the craft of chairmaking in New Jersey from the 1790s to the end of the nineteenth century. This was an era when chairmakers worked actively in virtually every corner of the state, from large cities and towns to small crossroads communities. Many local craftsmen in the New Jersey  area are known today through census records, business directories, account books, and research conducted by furniture students and local historians. Examples of documented New Jersey chairs show the range of seating furniture produced in the area. The chairs selected from the exhibition are accompanied by chairmaking tools and equipment drawn from the collection of William H. MacDonald of Trenton, which was given to the Association in 1958 and later. Other items in the exhibition include portraits, photographs, advertisements, and plates from sales catalogs.

Gallery Workshop

Tuesday, June 7, 10:30am


Joe Hammond, Curator of Museum Collections, will conduct a gallery workshop on the exhibition Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking. The session will begin with a general introduction to the production of chairs throughout the Garden State. Then a comprehensive tour of the exhibitiom in the will focus in detail on the four sections devoted to the Craft of Chairmaking, Windsor Chairs, Common Chairs, and Factory-Made Chairs. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, to examine closely the items on display, and to learn about the varied types of seating furniture produced by craftsmen working in all parts of New Jersey. The workshop affords participants the opportunity to study items not normally available to the public together in one setting. The workshop will last approximately 90 minutes. 

Advance registration reqired. $10 per person.

To make your reservation call 732-462-1466 x11 or email pgithens@monmouthhistory.org.


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Updated 4 APR 2016



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