From candlesticks to coffeepots, from foot warmers to fish kettles, tin goods in the 18th and 19th centuries were greatly varied and highly demanded. The use of tin in early New Jersey will be featured at the Miller-Cory House Museum on March 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 614 Mountain Ave. in Westfield.
The program, which is ideal for children, includes a discussion of the work of the colonial era tinsmiths, as well as a demonstration of the process of tin piercing. Tin piercing allowed the craftsman the opportunity to create goods that were decorative, as well as practical.
Volunteers dressed in authentic period dress will also be available to guide visitors through the pre-revolutionary farmhouse. In the museum’s Frazee Building, members of the Cooking Committee will demonstrate open hearth cooking techniques and offer tasty treats for visitors to sample. Be sure to visit the museum’s gift shop, which carries a variety of colonial toys, crafts, cookbooks and educational materials.
Admission is $2.50 for adults and $1 for students; children under four are free.