From The Rockingham Association:

Have you heard of Madame Moose? or Sweetlips? or how about Nelson and Blueskin? What do Shire, Devon and Hog Island have to do with 18th-century farming? What animals did George Washington have a strong hand in introducing to America? Rockingham will be presenting its annual Candlelight Holiday Tours on Sunday, December 9 from 11 am to 4 pm. This year’s theme revolves around the “beasts”-pets, working and wild animals-that were part of Washington’s and his family’s life. Learn about the funny names some of his many dogs had, what wild animals were important to Mount Vernon’s (Washington’s main farm) economy and what various creatures served as pets in the Washington household.

The Live Historians Club of Montgomery Township High School will be presenting the faunal information in period dress as visitors are touring from room to room of the historic house, which will be enhanced in the restrained 18th-century style of holiday decoration. The candlelight tours will also feature period bird-themed music by John Burkhalter of Practitioners of Musick. Partake of holiday goodies and warm drinks in the Children’s Museum and visit our Museum Store to shop for items such as period toys, our own honey, books, our Rockingham DVD, quills and tricorn hats.

Tour space is limited, so advance RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED to guarantee admission and must be made by calling 609-693-7136. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Tours will be offered at least every half-hour with 3:30 being the last tour. This program is made possible by the Montgomery High School Live Historians, Rockingham Association, Stony Brook Garden Club and the NJ Division of Parks & Forestry. We hope you can join us!