The Parker Homestead, one of the oldest homes in America, will host an Open House on Sunday, October 26. The event is free to the public.
Between the hours of 1 to 4 pm, visitors will be able to enjoy tours of the 17th century home and grounds, learn more about ongoig restoration plans to the house and outlying structures, and meet local artist Mike Quon who recently completed a painting of the Homestead.
At 3 , Professor Richard Veit of Monmouth University will discuss his initial findings from a recent archeological dig on the site. The event will also offer light refreshments.
The charming Homestead was settled by brothers Joseph and Peter Parker in 1665 and remained in family hands for 330 years until 1995, when Julia Parker died and deeded the property to the borough of Little Silver. Julia Parker stipulated that the homestead be preserved as a historic landmark and used for historic educational purposes.
The Homestead is on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. The Parker Homestead is considered one of the oldest dwellings still standing in New Jersey. The Parker Homestead-1665 received its charitable 501 C 3 designation this year.
Renovations and stabilization to the three barns is currently underway, and is being led by the Borough of Little Silver. The construction company, Nickles Contracting of Haddon Heights, specializes in restoration projects including some of the state’s most significant historic structures such as Drumthwacket, Absecon Lighthouse, Lucy the Elephant, and closer to home, the Little Silver Train Station.