OUR CURRENT EXHIBIT
Opening on January 17, 2017
How far is the distance from farm to table? Most families in early New Jersey could measure it in inches. These farming families did not make their living “by bread alone.” They relied not only on wheat and corn, but also on bees, cows, apples, and vegetables to support themselves and their communities.
The Garden State: Living off the Land in Early New Jersey explores the odd assortment of tools, from bee smokers to cradle scythes, that farmers in 18th and 19th century New Jersey utilized in order to survive. The exhibit also features a new generation of Garden State farmers who are working to make the distance from farm to table a little bit shorter for today’s families.
Good Earth: Pottery and Terra Cotta Industries in New Jersey follows the world-famous New Jersey clay industry from the earthenware jugs of the colonial kitchen to the terra cotta masterpieces that shaped American skylines in the late 19th century. During this time, artisans and entrepreneurs competed to harvest the rich clay resources of New Jersey’s rivers.