FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Historical Association’s newest exhibition, “Farm: Agriculture in Monmouth County 1660 – 2013,” explores and celebrates Monmouth County’s vibrant agricultural past, present and future.
The history of agriculture and farming in the county has long roots deep in the past, as does New Jersey itself, from earliest days of pre-European settlement, when Lennai Lenape Indians harvested corn, squash, and beans to the modern reintroduction of organic agricultural practices.
Planned to coincide with the upcoming celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary in 2014, “Farm” will examine the means by which Monmouth men and women worked with their surroundings to feed themselves, their families, the community and the rest of America as well.
Through artifacts, diaries, letters, maps, paintings, prints and photographs, “Farm” will bring Monmouth’s rich agricultural history alive.
Visitors will appreciate the innovation and diversity of Monmouth farmers, horticulturalists, gardeners and livestock breeders who overcame challenges and secured the county’s reputation as a source of high-quality produce and livestock for more than 200 years.
The “Farm” exhibition is made possible by support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Sickles Market in Little Silver, the Monmouth Conservation Foundation and individual contributors.
The museum is located at 70 Court St.
Regular admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $2.50 for students and seniors. Admission is free for museum members.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Monmouth County Historical Association is a private nonprofit organization that has been working to preserve Monmouth County history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.
Additional information is available by calling 732-462-1466 or visiting the website at www.monmouthhistory.org.