Event Schedule- Fall, 2022

Miller-Cory House Museum 50th ANNIVERSARY 

Fall 2022 Program Schedule

Miller-Cory House: Mott’s Artillery Encampment, Sept. 18th, 1 – 4 pm RAIN OR SHINE:

In conjunction with the Miller-Cory House Museum’s 50th Anniversary, Mott’s Artillery will be setting up camp on the museum’s premises just as they would have in between battles during the Revolutionary War. The encampment will have soldiers and other re-enactors in 18th Century attire who will explain how life was endured during the Revolutionary War and how they kept busy between battles. Included will be canon drills, musket shooting (blanks, of course), as well as demonstrations of various hand skills and life activities. Admission is $5.00 age 13 and older, $4.00 ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3. This program is rain or shine. No reservations necessary.

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic: School Life in Miller-Cory Days, October 2nd, 2 -4 pm: 

Step back in time with the Miller-Cory House docents as they share some of the educational artifacts children in colonial days used to learn to read, write and more. Even try your own hand a writing using ink and quill!  This program is appropriate for families. The grounds will be open for viewing and docents will be offering tours of the fully furnished c1740 farmhouse. Cooks in period costume will be demonstrating authentic colonial-era open hearth cooking using period recipes and techniques. Admission is $5 ages 13 and older; $3 ages 3-12, and free under age 3. No reservations necessary.

Four Centuries in a Weekend: Open Hearth Cooking at the Miller-Cory House,  Oct. 15th – 16th, 12 – 5 pm:

The Miller-Cory House Museum will be showcasing eighteenth-century colonial cuisine with authentic colonial-era open hearth cooking using period recipes and techniques.   The grounds will be open for viewing and docents will be offering tours of the fully furnished c1740 farmhouse. Admission to Four Centuries in a Weekend is a free will donation.

Halloween Hocus Pocus, Oct. 30th, 2 – 4 pm

Visit the Miller-Cory House Museum for some Halloween fun! The program is appropriate for children, ages 3 through elementary school. The museum’s costumed docents will greet visitors in front of the farmhouse. There are numerous activities planned for the afternoon, including decorate your own Halloween cupcake, a scavenger hunt, crafts, and storytelling. Members of the Cooking Committee will also demonstrate early American recipes over the open hearth. Be sure to come in costume! Admission is $5.00 for children; accompanying adults are free. No reservations required.

Miller-Cory House Museum’s 50th Anniversary Authentic Colonial Dinner, November 6th, 4 pm at 16 Prospect by reservation only.

The Miller Cory House Museum and the Westfield Historical Society present a step into the 18th Century with a Colonial Dinner and Drink Sampler as well as a presentation of “Wet Westfield – A Virtual Pub Crawl”. 

Eat, Drink and be Merry (the way George Washington did!) Explore Westfield through “bar glasses” and enjoy Colonial Food & a taste of Colonial Spirit (must be 21) 

Cost per person is $55 per person and the event is a fundraiser for Miller Cory House Museum which will go to renovation of the education center.

For reservations, contact Miller Cory House Museum at 908-232-1776 or reserve on Facebook. Space is limited so please book by Nov 1 at the latest.

A Colonial Thanksgiving at the Miller-Cory House, Nov 20th, 2 – 4 pm

A special day of thanks has been part of the American tradition since 1621. The Miller-Cory House Museum cooks will demonstrate the preparation of an early American Thanksgiving feast over the museum’s open-hearth fire, using colonial recipes and seasonal ingredients. (Please note that this is a demonstration only; dinner is not being served.) Proper colonial dining also requires proper table customs. The program includes a presentation on authentic early American manners, place settings, and other interesting “table top traditions.” Docents will be available to give tours of the fully furnished colonial era farmhouse. Admission is $5 ages 13 and older; $3 ages 3-12, and free age 2 and younger. 

Gingerbread Sunday, Dec 5th, 2021, 1:30 -4pm:

Spicy sweet gingerbread is a special part of the holiday season. Children will make a decorative, non-edible gingerbread house and one additional craft to take home and will hear “gingery” stories. Members of the Cooking Committee will also demonstrate early American recipes using ginger over the open hearth. Suggested age: 3 (with assistance for crafts) through elementary school. $5 per child; accompanying adults free. Reservations are required.  Call the museum at 908-232-1776 or millercorymuseum@gmail.com to place yours.

               Winter 2022 Miller-Cory Winter Programs Blurbs:
The Wonderful World of Snow Globes with Story Time and a Craft, Sunday January 30,
2022, 2 – 4 pm.
Snow globes have delighted people since the 1800’s. Enjoy a display of globes as well as a short
presentation on their history, then snuggle in for a snow-themed story time and craft. The
grounds will be open for viewing and docents will be offering “quick look” tours of the fully fur-
nished c1740 farmhouse. Our charming museum shop will also be open. Admission is $5.00 for
adults and children 13 and older, $3.00 for children ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3.
Vintage Valentines plus Story Time and Craft, Sunday, February 13, 2022, 2 – 4 pm.
Love is in the air as the Miller-Cory House Museum presents “Vintage Valentines” on February
13, 2:00 to 4:00. The writing of romantic notes and letters for St. Valentine’s Day was very pop-
ular 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, some dat-
ing to the 1800s, a children’s Valentine’s Day craft and story time. Our well-curated museum
shop will also be open. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $3.00 for chil-
dren ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3.
The Big Cheese: Cheese-Making in Early America plus Story Time and Craft, Sunday,
March 13, 2022, 2 – 4 pm.
Did you know that in 1801 President Thomas Jefferson was given a giant wheel of cheddar
cheese? Made by town folk from Cheshire, Massachusetts, the cheese weighed 1,235 pounds. It
took a wagon pulled by six horses to deliver it to the White House! Learn more about this his-
toric cheese at a special cheese-y story time with craft, then learn how cheese was made in early
America. Our cooks will also be demonstrating open hearth cooking using period recipes and
techniques. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $3.00 for children ages 3 to
12 and free under age 3.
Maple Sugar Sunday with Story Time and a Craft, March 27, 2022, 2 – 4 pm.
One of the seasonal tasks of farm life in colonial days was sugar making in the maple woods.
Learn about the colonial techniques 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.) Program includes a maple sugar story
time and craft for the children. Our cooks will be showcasing open hearth cooking using period
recipes and techniques. The grounds will be open for viewing and docents will be offering
“quick look” tours of the fully furnished c1740 farmhouse. Admission is $5.00 for adults and
children 13 and older, $3.00 for children ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3.