Jun 29, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Homemade Clay

Flour can be used for so much more than eating! Come to the Visitor Center at the Mill to try creating something using clay made from stoneground flour. If you like what you make, you can take it home! $5 per family. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463

Jun 29, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Herbalicious

Gather at the Farmhouse herb garden to discover how herbs enhance the taste of food.Make a sachet to take home!

Jun 29, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants at The Willows

During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores. At the end of the tour assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning stove.

Jul 06, 2019 10:15 AM

Fosterfields

Hitch a Ride!

Join the farm staff for a leisurely narrated open-air wagon ride around the historic farm.

Jul 06, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Gadgets and Gizmos

Did you know the entire four-story Gristmill building is a series of gadgets for grinding grain? Come explore machines with us – both the simple and complex. See an exhibit about Oliver Evans, the man who invented gristmills like ours, and we’ll have recycled materials on hand for you to make an invention of your own!

Jul 07, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Bugs on the Farm

Not all bugs are bad.Don’t believe us?Find out which insects are beneficial to a farm such as Fosterfields, and which ones could cause a farmer to lose his crops.

Jul 13, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Sail, Sail Your Boat

Decorate toy boats and sail them in the Cooper Gristmill tailrace, part of the Black River. Children must be accompanied by an adult and wear close-toed shoes – no bare feet! Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5) or borrowed, or you may bring your own.

Jul 13, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Making Hay

“ Hay” there! Weather permitting; watch the farmers “make hay while the sun shines.”

Jul 13, 2019 01:45 PM

Fosterfields

Caroline’s Special Place: Cottage Garden

Caroline Foster was an avid gardener. Take a walk through the Cottage garden she once tended, and enjoy its colorful flowers. Make a family-friendly craft to take home.

Jul 14, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Advances in Agriculture

Since the founding of our nation agriculture has been at the center of prosperity and innovation. Come visit our Upper barn and see our collection of historic tools and agricultural vehicles. Our farm staff will discuss the collection and the history of equipment such as plows, harvesters, and more.

Jul 17, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Willows Wednesday: Joseph Warren Revere

Join us for a special tour of the Willows focusing on the original owner, General Joseph Warren Revere, and his family who lived here from 1854 until 1872.

Jul 18, 2019 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Blueberry Muffin Baking

Make delicious blueberry muffins using Cooper Gristmill-ground flour. While the muffins are baking, take a tour of the mill! Children must be accompanied by an adult; pre-registration is required. Cost: $10 per half-dozen muffin tray ($5 Friends members). Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Jul 19, 2019 07:00 PM

Fosterfields

Farm Friday Summer Concert: Linda Russell

Enjoy the unique sounds of the past at Fosterfield’s Farm Friday Summer Concerts. Explore the farm and join us in the barnyard to listen to an interactive, kids-friendly performance by Linda Russell inspired by the Irish immigrants who came to Fosterfields in the 1800s. Farm opens at 6:30 for the program, with the music beginning at 7. Sponsored by the Friends of Fosterfields. Cost: Admission, FREE to Friends members with current membership card.

Jul 20, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Nature Art

Use grains and natural items collected around the Gristmill to create artwork. Explore painting, printmaking, rubbings, collage, and other art techniques. This event is in the air-conditioned Visitors Center and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Jul 20, 2019 02:00 PM

Fosterfields

Egg Carton Model Ts

Get ready for Model T Day by designing and constructing your own Model T with egg cartons, buttons and markers.

Parental assistance needed.

Jul 21, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Hook, Line & Sinker

Join staff at the pond for a leisurely day of fishing.Find out how why fishing was important to the Foster family. The catch of the day will be tossed back. All materials provided.

Jul 27, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Sail, Sail Your Boat

Decorate toy boats and sail them in the Cooper Gristmill tailrace, part of the Black River. Children must be accompanied by an adult and wear close-toed shoes – no bare feet! Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5) or borrowed, or you may bring your own.

Jul 27, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants

During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores. At the end of the tour assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove.

Jul 28, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Wash and Wear Sheep

Splash down!Get wet and sudsy while helping the farmer wash lambs that were born this spring!

Aug 01, 2019 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Corn Muffin Baking

Make delicious corn muffins using Cooper Gristmill-ground flour. While the muffins are baking, take a tour of the mill! Children must be accompanied by an adult; pre-registration is required. For more information, call 908.879.5463. $10 per half-dozen muffin tray ($5 Friends members). Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Aug 03, 2019 10:30 AM

Fosterfields

Model T Day

Calling all car enthusiasts! Enjoy an exciting day on the farm featuring restored Model Ts from near and far. Enjoy fascinating lectures, hands-on activities, demonstrations and live music, followed by a special car parade at 2:15 p.m. Special event pricing: $8 per adult, $7 per senior, $6 per child and FREE for children under 3.

Aug 03, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

1880s Music Day at Milltown

Enjoy many of the folktunes and dances that were popular in the 1880s – you may recognize more of them than you expect! Join live musicians in playing with limberjacks and singing along.

Aug 04, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Horseradish: The Root of a Condiment

Discover how this tangy root vegetable is processed and used as a condiment.

Aug 08, 2019 07:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Cooper Gristmill Lecture Series

Join us at Cooper Gristmill’s Visitor Center for the second installment in a bimonthly lecture series on such topics as local mills, Chester history, and the history of technology. For more information, call 908.879.5463.

Aug 10, 2019 10:15 AM

Fosterfields

Hitch a Ride!

Join the farm staff for a leisurely narrated open-air wagon ride around the historic farm.

Aug 11, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Sail, Sail Your Boat

Decorate toy boats and sail them in the Cooper Gristmill tailrace, part of the Black River. Children must be accompanied by an adult and wear close-toed shoes – no bare feet! Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5) or borrowed, or you may bring your own.

Aug 11, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Are You Stronger Than a Steer?

Visit our 3-sided barn to learn about how our animals power our farm equipment. Kids will have the opportunity to see how they compare when they try operating the equipment by hand.

Aug 14, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Willows Wednesday: Women of World War I

Take a special tour of the Willows, focused on the experience of Caroline Foster and other women of Morristown during World War I.

Aug 16, 2019 07:00 PM

Fosterfields

Farm Friday Summer Concert: Regan Ryzuk & Friends

Enjoy the unique sounds of the past at Fosterfield’s Farm Friday Summer Concerts. Regan Ryzuk, an accomplished jazz pianist accompanied by other musicians, will regale us with the sounds of 1920s jazz. Farm opens at 6:30 for the program, with the music beginning at 7. Sponsored by the Friends of Fosterfields

Aug 17, 2019 02:00 PM

Fosterfields

The Baas and the Bees

Bees and sheep are important friends on the farm. Make puffy paint window clings of sheep and bees. While your creations dry, visit the real “buzzes and baas” at the farm! Be sure to pick up your special craft to take home. Parental assistance needed.

Aug 18, 2019 01:45 AM

Fosterfields

Caroline’s Special Place: Cottage Garden

Caroline Foster was an avid gardener. Take a walk through the Cottage garden she once tended, and enjoy its colorful flowers. Make a family-friendly craft to take home.

Aug 22, 2019 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Peach Muffin Baking

Make delicious peach muffins using Cooper Gristmill-ground flour. While the muffins are baking, take a tour of the mill! Children must be accompanied by an adult; pre-registration is required. $10 per half-dozen muffin tray ($5 Friends members). Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Aug 24, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: This Little Piggy

Ages 3-5 with adult.

Get up and close with our pig friends! Help a farmer round up the pigs for weighing before making a oink-tastic craft.

Cost: $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for set of 6 classes, $4 for each additional participating sibling. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5344

Aug 24, 2019 11:00 AM

Cooper Mill

Industrial Crafts Day

The Gristmill will host a festival of crafters from the late 1800s. Come visit a tinsmith, tin piercers, a blacksmith, weavers, spinners, and more! There will be hands-on activities and crafters will have items for sale.

Aug 25, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Dig Spuds!

Dig those potatoes that were planted this spring!At the Farmhouse, discover how potatoes are prepared in the kitchen.

Aug 31, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants at The Willows!

During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores. At the end of the tour, assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove.

Aug 31, 2019 02:00 PM

Fosterfields

Granary & Ensilage Pits

Discover how the Granary building and Ensilage Pits were used on the farm. Help prepare ensilage, a livestock feed made by chopping green corn.

Sep 01, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Hands on Tools!

Peruse and use a variety of hand tools and equipment that were important to the farm technology of yesteryear.

Sep 06, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Art in the Making: Watercolor Masterclass


Ages 12+

Become acquainted with Fosterfields’ watercolor collection, and try your hand at watercolor painting. This special class includes an art tour, instruction, and supplies. Using basic techniques, participants will complete a project to take home.

Cost: $15 per person.* Registration required. To register, email Alli Hartley-Kong at ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net

Sep 07, 2019 10:00 AM

Cooper Mill

National Milling Day

Celebrate Oliver Evans’ 264th birthday with us! A famous 1780s inventor, Evans created the first automatic flour mill and many other machines, including an amphibious barge. See some of Evans’ inventions at work in the Cooper Gristmill, decorate our ‘happy birthday’ poster, and try your hand at some simple machines and puzzles.

Sep 07, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: It’s a Bird’s World

Ages 3-5 with adult.

Birds play an important role in a farm, helping crops grow by transporting seed. Learn about bird’s homes by building your own nest, then sing songs and make a craft to help you birdwatch. To register, email ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5344. $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for set of 6 classes, $4 for each additional participating sibling.

Sep 07, 2019 10:15 AM

Fosterfields

Hitch a Ride!

Join the farm staff for a leisurely narrated open-air wagon ride around the historic farm.

Sep 08, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Who Cut the Wood?

Wood was crucial to Fosterfields long ago!Watch or participate in the cutting of wood for use around the farm then try drill bits to learn the process of working it.

Sep 18, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Willows Wednesdays: Unconventional Woman

Learn about Caroline Foster and her unconventional friends through the lens of women’s history in this special tour of the Willows. Learn about Caroline and Morris County’s relationship to women’s movements of the twentieth century, and learn how she persevered despite limited opportunities for women in the early 1900s.

Sep 21, 2019 10:00 AM

Fosterfields

Little Farm Friends: Engine Power!

See a real-life machine-powered ensilage chopper on the farm, and end your day by learning about a little engine that could. Make your own edible engine to take home!

Time: 10 am-11 am

Location: Fosterfields

Cost: $8 per child-parent pair, $45 for set of 6 classes, $4 for each additional participating sibling. To register, ahartley-kong@morrisparks.net or 973-631-5344

Sep 21, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Gristmill, Cider Mill

Our mill grinds grain, but did you know that other mills grind up apples to make apple cider? Come learn about this historic process, and assist with our hand-powered cider press. Then make some apple-themed crafts to take home!

Sep 21, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Save Those Seeds!

As the growing season ends, help collect seeds from vegetables and flowers in the garden to sow next spring.

Sep 21, 2019 02:00 PM

Fosterfields

A-Maize-ing Corn Painting


Use corn from Fosterfields Farm to create a beautiful work of art. Children will roll cobs of corn covered

in fall paint colors and layer the colors to create a fantastic fall farm painting. This is a family activity where parents assist children in the completion of the project.Join us for a farm-tastic family activity!

Sep 22, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Turn of the Century Fashion

Caroline Foster had a very particular style of dress which she kept with her for over 70 years. Come see her clothes as well as other examples period clothing from the turn of the twentieth century on display on a special tour of the Willows.

Sep 28, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Meet the Servants at The Willows!

During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores. At the end of the tour assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove.

Sep 28, 2019 01:00 PM

Fosterfields

Wool for Kids!

Learn about Fosterfields 100 years ago as you meet our sheep as well as help clean, card, and spin wool.Try your hand at knitting, an important home-front activity that helped the troops during World War I.

Oct 05, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Grains in the Garden II

Whether you joined us for spring planting or not, you are welcome to help us as we harvest grains from our garden! Compare our garden with your own and learn about these heirloom plants. Then help us get our garden ready for winter! $5 per family. Preregistration is required. To register, call 908.879.5463.

Oct 10, 2019 07:00 PM

Cooper Mill

Cooper Gristmill Lecture Series

Join us at Cooper Gristmill’s Visitor Center for the first in a bimonthly lecture series on such topics as local mills, Chester history, and the history of technology. For more information, call 908.879.5463.

Oct 26, 2019 01:00 PM

Cooper Mill

A Miller’s Halloween

Come in costume for a fun-filled afternoon! Enjoy spooky story-telling at 1:30 and 2:30, make cornhusk dolls, create creepy crafts, and play historic games. In the Gristmill, be alert for spooks, spiders, skeletons, and more!