Family Fun

The Parker Homestead-1665 Open House & Old Time Base Ball League

Take a step back in time on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. when The Parker Homestead-1665 will open for tours, and will host a vintage Base Ball game at 12:00 noon. The game, which recreates Base Ball as it was played by mid-19th century rules, will take place next to The Parker Homestead-1665 at the Little Silver Sickles Field. Both are free to the public.

Come take a step back in time just like Kevin Costner did in “Field of Dreams” when The Parker Homestead-1665 hosts the vintage baseball game, which matches New Jersey’s Monmouth Furnace from Allaire, against the New York Mutuals. The teams will be wearing reproduction mid-19th century period uniforms, using old-fashioned equipment and playing by 1864 Beadle’s rules. Preceding the game, players from the vintage leagues will speak to younger players from the Little Silver Recreation Baseball League about baseball history and playing by the Beadle’s 1864 rules.

The 17th century Parker Homestead – which is one of the oldest residences in New Jersey and is on both the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for tours from 10:30 – 4 p.m. On display will be the collection of 1909 Caramel Candy Company baseball cards found in the Parker belongings along with Doug Parker’s 1925 Wilson baseball mitt.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

In 1665 siblings Peter and Joseph Parker and Meribeth Parker Slocum and her husband, lured by the prospect of religious freedom and free land, arrived in our area with the first European settlers to claim property available from the King’s proprietors to all who would help establish British communities. Eight generations and 330 years later, Julia Parker deeded The Parker Homestead to the people of Little Silver. Her intent was that it be preserved forever as a living historic and educational site, especially focused on providing future generations with pride in their history and knowledge of the past through educational programs, cultural events, and museum displays.

The homestead and barn renovations are the result of the combined efforts of the Borough of Little Silver and The Parker Homestead-1665, Inc. (a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that encourages and guides the restoration and use of The Parker Homestead) and the Monmouth County Historical Commission which has given supportive grants to fund restoration projects. The borough and non-profit organization have worked closely together since the property was first deeded to the borough in creating the historic preservation of the site.

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