LITTLE SILVER: UP AT THE OLD PARKER PLACE

Parker_HomesteadPress 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.

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A BARN RAISING, AT PARKER HOMESTEAD

parker1Monmouth County University professor Richard Veit and his archeology students will conduct a “tree-ringing” test on the Parker Homestead-1665 barns this Friday, to determine the age of the structures prior to restoration work.

Press release from Parker Homestead-1665 Inc.

Efforts to preserve one of New Jersey’s oldest homes – the Parker Homestead-1665 in Little Silver – have now extended to the three barns on the historic property, thanks to a generous grant from the Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Fund. The $250,000 grant from the county will help fund the restoration of three barns – a horse barn, a livestock barn and a wagon barn – representing the second phase of restoration efforts at the 1665 property.

The work will be performed by Nickles Contracting of Haddon Heights, which works specifically on restoration projects including some of the state’s most significant historic structures, including Drumthwacket, Absecon Lighthouse, Lucy the Elephant, and the Parsippany home of famed furniture designer Gustav Stickley, and closer to home, the Little Silver Train Station.

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