MCHA’s Annual Wool Days Spring Festival

SPEND A “SHEARLY DELIGHTFUL” DAY AT THE WOOL DAYS SPRING FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

Holmdel – April, with blooming crocuses and budding trees, has always held the promise of warmer, joy-filled days.  The Monmouth County Historical Association, in partnership with the Monmouth County Park System, will celebrate this new season with the Wool Days Spring Festival; a fun, family-oriented event hearkening back to an earlier era.  Join in the fun at MCHA historic property Holmes-Hendrickson House and the Monmouth County Park System’s Longstreet Farm in HolmdelSaturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 from noon to 3:00 PM.  Wool Days is free and open to the public.

Based on an age-old springtime custom, the Wool Days Spring Festival begins at Longstreet Farm where the resident sheep will be shorn of their winter coats.  After observing the herding skills of clever collies and the technique of veteran shearers, participants can take a wagon ride to the historic Holmes-Hendrickson House.  There, costumed interpreters will be demonstrating spinning and weaving practices from the 18th century while visitors can take a turn at the loom, pitch in and “card” recently cropped wool and learn the art of indigo dyeing, creating a treat to take home.  Docents will conduct tours of the circa 1754 home, a rare surviving example of Georgian and Dutch vernacular architecture that illustrates 18th century everyday farm life in Monmouth County.  Much like the small community markets that brought together neighbors in Colonial times, the MCHA has also invited local artisans to participate in a craft fair on the Holmes Hendrickson grounds featuring a wide variety of items to peruse.

Holmes-Hendrickson House is located at 62 Longstreet Road and Longstreet Farm at 44 Longstreet Road both in Holmdel.  Activities at Holmes-Hendrickson House will take place rain or shine.  Please check with Longstreet Farm for any schedule changes due to inclement weather.

For additional information please visit www.monmouthhistory.org.

Photo caption: Families watch a spinning demonstration at Wool Days Spring Festival

About MCHA

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898. MCHA’s Museum and Library & Archives are located at 70 Court Street in Freehold. Museum hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library & Archives are open Wednesdays through Saturdays.  MCHA maintains five Historic Houses Museums throughout the county which are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30.  For further information, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the website at www.monmouthhistory.org. Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Press Contact: Lisa Maher, lmaher@monmouthhistory.org  732.462.1466 x20

 

 

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