Friday, August 30, 2019

Morven’s Fall Programs have Something for Everyone!

An exciting collaboration between Morven Museum & Garden and Princeton University’s Cotsen Children’s Library kicks off Morven’s fall programming.

WHERE: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For additional information and associated programming visit or call Debra Lampert-Rudman, 609.924.8144 ext. 106

The Not So Secret Garden

WHEN:  Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Morven’s backyard
ADMISSION: a free public event for kids and adults
“We are celebrating Frances Hodgeson Burnett’s childhood classic The Secret Garden with very imaginative activities, games, and take home crafts that will be of interest to all ages,” Morven’s Executive Director Jill Barry released recently.

Arts, Music and Nature

Morven is participating again in Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day! On September 21st, 2019, admission to the museum will be free with downloaded tickets. This year’s theme is a Year of Music, and Morven is hosting a concert by Generations Baroque Ensemble at 3:30 pm to celebrate. Docent-led tours are throughout the day at 11:00, noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Register for a Victorian pressed flower workshop from 10:00–1:00 p.m. Create beautiful pressed flower art at this program, $25 for non-members and $15 for members.

Morven’s last garden tour for 2019 will be on October 4th at 11:00 a.m. Join us for a final look into the Colonial Revival Garden and Demonstration garden and learn about the history of Morven’s gardens.

A Birthday Walk for Richard Stockton 

On October 2nd at 2:00 p.m., to celebrate Richard Stockton’s October birthday, we are holding a Stockton-specific walking tour designed for Morven by Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours. Come join us on our walk through the Mercer Hill Neighborhood, featuring Stockton family landmarks. Registration is required. Talk is $10, free for friends of Morven. 

Closing Weeks of New Jersey Baseball: From the Cradle to the Major Leagues, 1855–1915

If you haven’t yet seen New Jersey Baseball, now is the time as we enter the closing weeks of the exhibition. On October 10th at 11:00 a.m., John Zinn, co-curator of Morven’s baseball exhibit, will give a lecture on New Jersey Baseball, entitled History, Tragedy, and Comedy: The Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

Morven’s Participation in Commemorating the 400 Year Anniversary of the First Enslaved Africans Arriving in America

Our highly anticipated lecture with Dr. Cheryl Finley of Cornell University will mark the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in America. On October 16th, Finley will be discussing her book Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon at both 2:00 p.m. and a 6:30 p.m. with a lecture and book signing. The evening lecture will include a half hour reception prior to the talk. Additional support of this lecture is provided by the Historical Society of Princeton and registration is required.

Celebrating Morven’s Apple Orchards

Richard “the Duke” Stockton grew apples at Morven and wrote about his cider being “as fine as wine”, and we have two programs to celebrate this heritage. Spend a day with botanical illustrator Robin Jess and create beautiful paintings of apples, on October 24 from 10:00–4:00 p.m.. She will teach the basics of wet on wet and dry brush watercolor techniques, both critical to botanical illustration.

Two days later on Saturday, October 26th, from 1:00–4:00 p.m., Morven will be holding a free Harvest Festival, to celebrate the apple, Richard “the Duke” Stockton’s cider, and Morven’s heritage cooks. Join us for a day highlighting Morven’s apple orchards and the activities popular around harvest time in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including hands on demonstrations from costumed reenactors, 18th century children’s games, live period music, and dances, and take home crafts for all ages.

Morven for Kids 

Morven’s fall programs have plenty to offer for kids as well. In September, come to our baseball legends storytime, where we are featuring We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball and taking a walk through our baseball exhibit to gather inspiration for making a baseball card. September’s storytime is on September 26th at 11:00 a.m.

In October, we are reading The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree and making a tree related craft. Come on October 31st at 11:00 a.m. for the storytime and receive a Halloween treat!

More to Come in November and December

Look out for more fun in the coming months, including a knitting workshop for Veteran’s Day, musical performances, and several programs for the holiday season.


For more than 200 years Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation. Originally part of a 5,500-acre tract purchased from William Penn in 1701 by the Stockton family, it is the home of Richard Stockton, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. As well as serving as a Stockton homestead for several generations into the 20th century, Morven was home to the families of Robert Wood Johnson Jr., and five New Jersey governors.