Sweetness Abounds at The Miller-Cory House Museum

Valentine's Day celebration at the Miller-Cory House museum in Westfield NJ

Stop by the the Miller-Cory House Museum this winter to learn about old-fashioned valentines and maple sugaring in colonial days. The museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ.

February 12, 2017

Antique Valentines

Love is in the air at the Miller-Cory House Museum. The writing of romantic notes and letters for St. Valentine’s Day was very popular in colonial America. By the mid-1800s, the first mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards were sold, and an industry was born. The program features a display of vintage valentines, many with unique details such as pop-ups, cut-outs, and trinkets. A children’s Valentine’s Day craft and light refreshments are included. Admission is $4.00 for ages 13 and older, $3.00 for ages 3 to 12, and free under age 3.

Maple Sugaring Sunday at Miller Cory House Museum Westfield NJ Mar 5 2017

March 5, 2017

Maple Sugar Sunday

One of the seasonal tasks of farm life in colonial days was sugar making in the maple woods. The program includes a presentation on the technique of maple sugaring — how the maple sap rises and flows, how it is collected using wooden buckets and handmade spiles, and how sugar and syrup are made from the sap. (Please note that no tree will actually be tapped.) Museum tours and open hearth cooking demonstrations are included. Admission is $4/13 and older; $3/3–12; free under age 3.

March 19, 2017, 2–4pm

Busy Fingers — Ladies’ Needlework

One of the major tasks of the colonial housewife’s day was the production of clothing and linens for her family.  Needlework and other hand work were not only essential skills, but also a way to keep busy during rare spare time.  To be called “an industrious woman” was the greatest of compliments! During the museum’s program, visitors can watch a number of “industrious women” demonstrating hand sewing, knitting, weaving on a lap loom, and crewel embroidery. Children may also participate in a simple doll-sewing craft. Included are tours of the fully restored, c1740 farmhouse museum, as well as open-hearth cooking demonstrations featuring period techniques and recipes. Admission is $4 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3-12, and free age 2 and younger.

For additional information on these programs, and more, visit  the museum’s Facebook page each week. Or call the museum at 908.232.1776 or email.