The Magic of Fire - Open Hearth Cooking

January 23, 2011, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

The Durand-Hedden House will welcome guest 18th century cook, Mercy Ingraham, to its kitchen fireplace. Together with Durand-Hedden’s historic chef, Irene Kosinski, Mercy will introduce visitors to fascinating new open hearth cooking techniques and seasonal foodways of the past, including boiled pudding, salted cod, chicken-on-a-string and assorted pickled provisions. Mercy lives in a 1750’s era house with a walk-in fireplace and is a popular teacher of Early American domestic arts.

Children can try their hand at old-fashioned cooking chores like kneading dough and making butter.

The popular exhibit, The Woman’s Club of Maplewood: A Century of Service to Country and Community will be on view.

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Domestic Arts

Next Event

October 17, 2021, 1:00 PM

The Forgotten Victory: The Battle of Springfield of 1780

Come to the Durand-Hedden House on Sunday, Oct. 17 to learn about the critical Revolutionary War battle of 1780 that was fought just down the road from here, in Vauxhall, the Short Hills, Springfield and Connecticut Farms (Union).

Historian John Kieser will bring to life this often-overlooked conflict, in which the New Jersey militia held off the British and prevented them from getting to Washington’s troops in Morristown.

House and Country Store open 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Presentation at 2:00 pm

Proof of vaccination and masks required.


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