Posted Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
CELEBRATE IRISH CULTURE AND HISTORY IN MORRIS COUNTY
Discover the lives of Irish immigrants who worked at Fosterfields during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn about Irish culture through dance, crafts, folklore, music, and hands-on farm activities.
On Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. visit the Morris County Park Commission’s Fosterfields Living Historic Farm in Morris Township.
Help with hands-on farm chores like churning cream into butter, cracking corn for chicken feed, weighing eggs, and planting seeds in flats. Hop aboard an open-air wagon ride around to tour the farm.
Follow the delicious smells to the kitchen of the Farmhouse,and discover what traditional Irish foods are being prepared in the wood-burning cook stove. Lend a hand with spring cleaning chores at The Willows by doing laundry, beating rugs, stacking wood, and using a feather duster.
Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites, said, “Because of the journals kept by Charles Foster (former owner of Fosterfields) we are fortunate to have detailed information about the Irish immigrants who worked on the farm and in The Willows at Fosterfields in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.”
“At Luck O’ the Farm, visitors will meet re-enactors who are playing the roles of actual Irish immigrants who worked at Fosterfields. ‘Mrs. Cahill,’ the farmer’s wife, and ‘Andrew Gibbons,’ the coachman will be sharing their stories and welcoming questions about their journey to America and employment at the Farm,” Sutherland continued.
Admission to this event is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for children ages 4 – 16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3, FREE for children under age 2. Friends members are half price with a current membership card.
For more information and directions to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, visit, morrisparks.net or call 973.326.7645.
The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy.