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Historical Preservation Committee hosts Holiday Event

December 9, 2018
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Historic Montrose School

A Country Christmas will be presented by the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Montrose School. The free holiday festival will feature seasonal refreshments and holiday music performed by the Mike Wells Trio.

Freeholder Lillian Burry, who also chairs the preservation committee, will read “The Night Before Christmas” to children of all ages. Santa Claus will take time out from his busy schedule to pose for free photos. The Christmas tree inside the school will be festooned with decorations appropriate to the period.

The committee will also sell items suitable for holiday gifting, including its popular maps depicting Colts Neck historic sites (suitable for framing, $20 each) and commemorative glassware featuring Montrose School and Bucks Mill, created exclusively for the Historical Preservation Committee by Folio Art Glass of Colts Neck.

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Santa with Lillian Burry

“Our Christmas open house last year was so popular, many have asked us to repeat it,” said Burry, a former Colts Neck mayor. “Everyone on the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee enjoys preparing and opening the Montrose School for special events that highlight our township’s unique role in 19th century America.”

Burry negotiated the purchase of the school, the only publicly-owned one-room schoolhouse in Colts Neck, buying it for $1 from the township’s former Historical Society over a decade ago. The committee raises funds to continue to upgrade and maintain the school, located at the corner of Montrose Road and Cedar Drive.