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Monmouth County Historical Association Allen House Tavern Fest 2
Nov 26, 2018

Allen House hosts Annual Event

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Guests arriving for Tavernfest at Allen House

The Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) kicked off a year-long celebration of their 120th anniversary at the Annual Tavernfest at the 18th century Allen House Tavern Museum. More than 250 guests enjoyed an evening of music, food and merriment on the anniversary date.

“We could not have asked for a better convergence of traditions,” said MCHA Board of Trustees President Linda Bricker. “On Oct. 12, 1898, the MCHA was formed to preserve and share the rich history of Monmouth County. Tonight we launch our salute to this vision with a night of celebration at the oldest surviving tavern in the county.”

Guests were greeted by costumed interpreters, and explored the restored tavern while enjoying the Colonial era music of Tom and Maryanne Tucker. Once in the main tent, partygoers enjoyed a buffet dinner by Local Smoke BBQ and craft ale from Carton

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Tom and Maryanne Tucker treat revelers to Colonial era music.

Brewing, wine from Rumson Wine & Spirits, and a signature libation from historic Laird’s Distillery as they danced to the Sam Sims Band.

A silent auction offered a variety of items, including opportunities to host catered private parties in MCHA houses, such as the Covenhoven party with a colonial meal for six cooked over the hearth, and the Taylor-Butler Holiday House Party with the historic Victorian gem decorated for the season.

“Tavernfest has become a favorite autumn tradition not only for Monmouth County residents but friends from the whole tri-state area,” said event co-chair Sandy Mulheren. “We are so excited to start this momentous year for the MCHA at a location that has witnessed so much of the area’s history.”

Since its founding in 1898, the association has enriched the quality of life in Monmouth County by preserving heritage for future

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MCHA Trustees Mike McCarty, Megan Tencza and Tom McManus.

generations. As the largest history-focused, private non-profit organization in New Jersey, MCHA operates a museum, archives, and research library at its headquarters in Freehold, and five historic house museums located throughout the county. To learn more, visit or call 732-462-1466.

This holiday season, plan a visit to the MCHA Museum at 70 Court St. in Freehold, to see the impressive exhibit “Polite and Useful Education: Pictorial Needlework Embroidery.”

Also happening in Freehold:

• PBA Santa Train taking off from the Freehold Borough Bus Station on Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 2 pm

• Carolers on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 pm

• Jolly Trolley on Friday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 8 pm; and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 3 to 8 pm

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Dining under the stars.

• Second Annual Mistletoe celebration on Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Taylor Butler House, 127 Kings Highway, Middletown. Share old-time holiday cheer with friends and neighbors. The historic Taylor Butler House will be decked for the Holidays in vintage Victorian style.

• The historic Four Corners Lantern Tour and the Tavern Museum at Allen House, 400 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury on Friday, Dec. 7, 6 and 8 pm. The Allen House will open its doors to weary travelers and share some holiday cheer, as it would have on a cold winter night in the 18th century.

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Ale in the Tavern.