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An Invitation to Revolutionary Tea
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
In late June of 1778, the Continental Army under General George Washington was making its way east from Hopewell to Kingston, New Jersey. Mrs. Margaret Berrien of Rockingham sent an invitation to the general, inviting him to take tea at her home while the army broke fast nearby. Washington accepted. A few days later, the Continental soldiers would engage the British army near Monmouth Courthouse and show that their winter training had been very effective in shaping them into a disciplined army.
On Saturday, June 9, 2018 between 1 and 4 pm, Rockingham will be celebrating Washington’s brief visit to the home he would later occupy (at the end of the war in 1783) as a lead-in event to the reenactment of the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth, being held Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park near Freehold, NJ, www.friendsofmonmouth.org/schedule18.html.
There will be the opportunity to discuss 18th-century tea and its “furnishings” with Stacy Roth of History-on-the-Hoof in the Dutch barn. She will have a tea table with typical 18th-century accoutrements and teaware, varieties of teas that were available to American colonists prior to the revolution, herbs that were substituted for tea when colonists rejected it in the wake of British taxes and regulatory acts, additional examples of teaware and assorted illustrations relating to pre-revolutionary tea consumption.
In addition, a few of Washington’s soldiers will be in attendance on the grounds, with the chance to interact with them, watch musket firings and learn about their life in the Continental Army. Also, some of the first-floor rooms of the house will be open for viewing, with the formal parlor set up for the 1778 tea with the general (who will be in attendance in the form of our life-size mannequin in uniform) and with docents available for questions.
The event is free, but donations to Rockingham are always welcome! There will be refreshments available and the Museum Store will be open. Rockingham is located on Rte. 603 (Laurel Ave./Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd.), one mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston and one mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. Visit the website, www.rockingham.net for further information.