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Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Step back in time and celebrate Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in 1918 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township on Sunday, November 10, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. Experience first-hand the lifestyle of Charles Foster and his daughter Caroline, former residents of Fosterfields, as well as their employees, the Woods family, as they celebrated the holiday.

Begin at the Foster’s home, The Willows, by following the enticing aromas to the kitchen where their cook is preparing a Thanksgiving feast over a wood burning stove. In comparison to the Foster mansion, note the differences of holiday meal preparation at the Farmhouse where the farmer and his family resided. In recognition of local clubs that held annual Thanksgiving hunts during the time period, enjoy seeing a unique sidesaddle riding demonstration and meet the ladies wearing lovely period attire on their mounts. Take a fun and picturesque horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm.

While the harvest has been gathered, there is still much to do on the farm. Roll up your sleeves to help husk corn, saw the wood that is needed for winter heating and cooking, and make animal food with the one-cylinder gasoline engine operation. Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites states, “Kids love seeing the farm animals, such as the horses, pigs, cows, and chickens. They engage in farm activities, such as grinding the corn and feeding the chickens, gathering the chicken eggs, watering the garden, and much more. 

The Armistice, or cease fire that officially stopped the carnage of WWI, went into effect in Europe on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Over the years, Armistice Day, later named Veterans Day, has honored the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. On this Veterans Day, gather outside The Willows at 2 p.m. for a special tribute to veterans.

Admission for Thanksgiving-Harvest Home is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a valid membership card. Current military personnel and veterans are admitted FREE for this event. For more information, please call 973.326.7645

Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.