The Monmouth County Historical Association will be celebrating King George III’s birthday this weekend.
Marlpit Hall will hold the celebration this Saturday, June 2 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Within the British Empire, including the American Colonies, celebration of the King’s birthday was one of the social events of the year. The Marlpit Hall will take attendees back in time to see how the event might have been celebrated in the home of Loyalists Edward and John Taylor.
Historical re-enactors will be present at the event and will be dressed as the Taylors to welcome guests. Musical entertainment of the period will be played on the harpsichord and recorder, as presented by “The Practitioners of Musick” with John Burkhalter of Princeton.
The earliest section of Marlpit Hall was built as a one and a half story house in 1686 by James Grover, Jr. John Taylor made substantial additions and alterations between 1740 and 1752. Members of the Grover and Taylor families were among the area’s leading politicians, farmers, and merchants. The structure reflects the varying tastes and lifestyles of its occupants, as well as the early history of the growth of Middletown as an important colonial village in Middletown.
Light refreshments will be served and admission is free. This event is open to local history buffs and anyone else interested in celebrating King George III’s birthday