In honor of Independence Day and New Jersey’s 350th birthday, Morven will host a free family event on July 4th from Noon to 3 pm, celebrating our American heritage at the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The festivities will include Stacy Flora Roth presenting “Over Here Molly Pitcher”, celebrating women of the American Revolution and a discussion with “George Washington” as he shares personal letters. Clarissa Dillon, Ph.D., colonial life researcher, will interpret and show colonial games for children, and offer a hands-on children’s activity of making sugar plates, a dessert of decorative plates and fruits made of pure sugar. There will also be a variety of colonial life demonstrations including bread baking and ice cream making, as well as an opportunity for children of all ages to “sign” the Declaration of Independence!
Cate Crown will speak to the baking process andwith a fire pit, Cate will have bread baking in a bake kettle so that visitors will see the kettle sitting over a bed of coals. There’s nothing like the aroma of baking bread. Her display shows the three ingredients used for both the home-made yeast and the bread. Stoneware bowls and wooden dough bowls hold the bread in different stages of preparation – the yeast, the mixed dough, and the rising dough. Cate uses a mix of white, whole wheat and rye flours in making the bread, so that visitors can sample an approximation of the bread most people in West Jersey would have eaten.
Guests may bring blankets or chairs and relax on Morven’s front lawn as they enjoy music by the Riverside Bluegrass Band and purchase refreshments by Oink & Moo BBQ, New Jersey’s premier BBQ food truck.
Admission is free and no registration is required. More information is available by visiting www.morven.org or calling 609-924-8144, ext. 106.
A National Historic Landmark, Morven Museum & Garden is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events. Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, NJ 08540, www.morven.org, (609) 924-8144.