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Jun 07, 2022

MCHA to Host 47th Annual Garden Party

By Lori Draz

On Friday, June 24, the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) will again welcome members, friends and history lovers to the 47th annual Garden Party. The summer evening soiree will take place at the historic Hillandale House in Middletown, home of John Knott and John Fondas.

This year’s elegant, summery affair will honor the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners for their enduring commitment to preserving the history of Monmouth County. The board has supplied crucial funds to MCHA to aid in the preservation and maintenance of its five historic properties, renowned collection and exhibitions such as the 20th anniversary exhibition “9/11, Monmouth County and Its Aftermath” at Taylor-Butler House.

“Throughout many decades, MCHA has greatly appreciated and valued the enthusiastic support of the county commissioners, and we are happy to have this opportunity to thank them,” said MCHA President Linda Bricker. “They have consistently recognized the importance of the association’s mission and provided vital funds and encouragement to assist in preserving and celebrating the history of Monmouth County.”

Director Thomas A. Arnone, Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, and Commissioners Lillian G Burry, Nick DiRocco and Ross F. Licitra are scheduled to attend. All past commissioners are cordially invited as well.

Since its founding in 1898, MCHA has enriched the quality of life in Monmouth County by preserving its heritage for future generations. They are the largest history focused private nonprofit organization in New Jersey, operating a Museum and Library & Archives at its headquarters in Freehold in addition to five historic house museums located throughout the county.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from On Location Catering by Metropolitan Cafe at the beautiful Hillandale grounds. There will also be music and an enticing array of Silent Auction items. All proceeds from the event benefit the ongoing mission of Monmouth County Historical Association.

Hillandale was built in 1931 by J. Wright Brown, one of the founding partners of Brown Brothers Harriman. Designed by renowned architects Polhemus and Coffin, the Georgian Revival estate features murals of local vistas in the grand foyer. The home offers sweeping views of the Navesink River, Huber Woods and Navesink Country Club and MCHA are most grateful to Mr. Knott and Mr. Fondas for hosting this well-loved event in this historic gem.

Tickets for the event start at $175. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available. For tickets and more information, visit