Posted Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

On Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., experience a day in the life of Irish farm workers and servants who worked for the Foster family at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.

Chilren plant seeds in a tilled fieldDuring the 19th century, America became a melting pot of diverse cultures that immigrated to this country. The Irish were among those who came in search of new opportunities and a more prosperous life. Many of them settled in the Morristown area and worked at Fosterfields for Charles Foster and his daughter, Caroline.

“Because of the journals kept by Charles Foster, 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,” said Mark Sutherland, Historic Sites Manager.

Roll up your sleeves, and lend a hand with planting seeds, animal care, weighing eggs, and other daily farm chores. Meet the farmer’s wife, Mrs. Cahill, in the Creamery building, and help her churn cream into butter. Stop by the Carriage House, and assist the coachman with his chores, and learn about his job.

Children church cream into butterEnjoy an open-air wagon ride around the farm, and immerse yourself in Irish culture through dancing, traditional Irish food, and fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Visit where the Fosters lived, The Willows, and help with various spring cleaning duties, such as washing laundry, beating rugs, stacking wood, and polishing silver.

Admission 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.