It’s always one of the most attended events of autumn and this Oct. 15, a sold-out crowd of 275 came together again for the Monmouth County Historical Association’s (MCHA) 10th annual Tavernfest at the 18th century Allen House Tavern Museum in Shrewsbury. This historic site that dates back to Revolutionary times rocked through a 21st century evening of music, food, spirits and merriment.
“The Monmouth County Historical Association was formed to preserve and share the rich history of Monmouth County. This popular evening combines history with modern-day fun at the oldest surviving tavern in the county,” said MCHA Executive Director Shannon Eadon.
Board of Trustees President Linda W. Bricker added, “We could not ask for a better convergence of traditions. This has always been one of the association’s most popular events at one of its most beloved sites.”
Autumn revelers were greeted by costumed performers and enjoyed the Colonial Era music while strolling through and exploring the tavern. Under the main tent, partygoers enjoyed music by the Carl Gentry Band and a buffet dinner by Local Smoke BBQ with local spirits donated by Carton Brewing, Rumson Wine & Spirits and the signature libation from historic Laird’s Distillery enjoyed with apple cider from Battleview Orchards. There was a silent auction with fun and unique items like a live virtual cooking class with Chef David Burke.
“Tavernfest has become a favorite autumn tradition around the entire county,” said event Co-chair and MCHA Trustee Betsy O’Connor.
Fellow Co-chair and Trustee Christie Baltodano added, “Tavernfest also provides the opportunity to showcase one of the five historic houses MCHA owns and or interprets and hopefully increases knowledge and support for the important mission of the Association.”
Proceeds from Tavernfest support that work of MCHA including the restoration of the Allen House. In the planning stages, the project is assured of receiving major funding from the New Jersey Historic Trust. Those funds will need to be matched 1:1 by the association. To learn more, visit MonmouthHistory.org.