The nonprofit organization governing the ongiong restoration of the historic Parker Homestead (above) has named Monmouth University faculty member and historian Melissa Ziobro (below) to its Board of Trustees.
Press release from Parker Homestead-1665
The Parker Homestead-1665 has named Melissa Ziobro to its Board of Trustees. A Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, Ziobro currently teaches courses in Public History, Oral History, and Museums and Archives Management.
Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program. Earlier this year Ziobro began recording the oral history of Parker Homestead by interviewing Robert Sickles Sr. — nephew of Julia Parker, who deeded the property to Little Silver — about his memories of Julia and life on the Homestead.
On Sunday, October 16, The Parker Homestead, one of the oldest homes in America, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the restoration of the three antique barns on the property.
State, county and local officials are scheduled to be in attendance at the ceremony that commences at 12:30 p.m. The three structures – Horse Barn (1790), Cow Barn (1825), and Wagon Barn (1875) — were in dilapidated condition and were nearly lost. But now, after the completion of a five year restoration project, they are once again a beautiful representation of our rich agrarian past.
The barn restoration is the result of the combined efforts of the Borough of Little Silver, Monmouth County and The Parker Homestead – 1665 Inc. (PH1665) – a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that encourages and guides the restoration and use of The Parker Homestead.
Press release from The Parker Homestead — 1665 Inc.
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 historic Parker Homestead in Little Silver will be the setting for two Community Blackberry Picking events, scheduled for July 19 and 26.
Press release from Parker Homestead 1665
One of New Jersey’s oldest standing dwellings invites local families to put down the smartphones and pick up some blackberries — during a First-Ever Community Blackberry Pick at Little Silver’s Parker Homestead.
Up to 50 families will be able to participate on a first come first come basis, during each of two sessions scheduled for Saturday, July 19 and Saturday, July 26. Picking times are between 8 am and 12 pm each day, and rain dates for both events are scheduled for the following Sundays (July 20 and 27).
Little Silver residents will be provided priority registration, starting now through Saturday, July 12. Space permitting, non-residents may register beginning Sunday, July 13. Parker Homestead trustees and volunteers will provide containers or “pickers” can bring their own. Comfortable working clothes and shoes and a broad brimmed hat are recommended. Ice chilled bottled water and favorite Sickles and Parker family recipes will be available to families.