On Saturday, April 2, HSP opened the doors of the Updike Farmstead in Princeton Township to the public, and visitors streamed in from all parts of Central New Jersey to explore the beautifully-renovated farmhouse and peaceful six acres of farmland. Children and adults enjoyed nature scavenger hunts, historical arts and craft activities, music performed by PHS a capella group, Cloud Nine, and folk music by Keeley and Jason Bruner, lectures by farmers and gardeners, natural egg-dyeing, and an old-fashioned cakewalk followed by enjoyment of big slices of cake (courtesy of McCaffrey’s) in the backyard!
Join them for their next public day on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, open 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. On view all day is an exhibition of landscape paintings by Brett Weaver, scavenger hunts, lawn games, and arts + crafts for children. Special activities for the day include the following:
10:30 – Storytime for preschoolers, followed by a parent-child craft activity
11:00 – Guided tour of the Farmstead
11:30 – Storytime for preschoolers
1:00 – “Renovating Updike Farmstead” – a conversation with Michael J. Mills of Farewell, Mills, and Gatsch, Architects; and T. Jeffrey Clarke, architect and HSP trustee. Mr. Mills and Mr. Clarke will discuss the renovation and restoration of the newly-opened Updike Farmstead.
3:00 – Guided tour of the Farmstead
Cost: $ 5/person (ages 3 or older)
$ 8/2 people
FREE – HSP Members
Location: Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton New Jersey
For more information about these kinds of programs, please call 609.921.6748 x100 or visit www.princetonhistory.org.
ABOUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PRINCETON – The Historical Society of Princeton, founded in 1938, is a museum and library dedicated to interpreting the history of Princeton, New Jersey. The programs, lectures, exhibitions, and events of the Historical Society of Princeton are presented at our two facilities: Bainbridge House and the Updike Farmstead. The Farmstead includes a recently renovated late 18th/early 19th century farmhouse and 6 acres of land. Visit us at princetonhistory.org.