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Join us to learn more about 18th-century kitchen gardens, to explore our garden & see what is growing plus some historical uses of plants.

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18th-century kitchen gardens can be thought of as the supermarkets of their times, but in one’s own backyard. They were filled with plants that provided food for the household (peas and carrots anyone?). But they also provided ingredients for household and personal use, such as for keeping fleas from your bed or cleaning your skin, as well as for medicinal use for ailments and injuries. Join us to learn more about kitchen gardens in colonial times and to explore the Rockingham kitchen garden to see what is growing as well as the uses of various plants.

On sunny days we recommend bringing a hat or sunshade, sunscreen and water. Steady rain and/or lightening will cancel a tour as will extreme heat and/or humidity.

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Rockingham served as General George Washington’s final wartime headquarters in the latter half of 1783 while Congress met nearby in Princeton. Washington wrote his Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States here just before receiving news that the definitive Treaty ending the Revolutionary War was signed. The earliest section of the house was built around 1710 and was added to in the 1760s by John Berrien, a trustee of the College of NJ (present Princeton U.) and colonial NJ assemblyman & Superior Court Justice. Rockingham is a NJ State-owned & -operated Historic Site that maintains a fine collection of 18th-century furnishings and Washington military reproductions, and includes a Colonial kitchen garden and Dutch barn.

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