Peachfield will feature little known Colonial figures during our 2017-2018 First Sunday Series.  The series will spotlight historical figures and life in Colonial times.

Admission is $10 per person.  For a Friend of Peachfield, admission to the first five First Sunday programs are free; the May 6 & June 3 First Sunday are $10 per person for everyone.  

Seating is limited. Programs fill up quickly.  Due to the popularity of our programming, a prepaid reservation is required to guarantee seating.  No refunds.


The New Jersey Dames are collecting non-perishable food and toiletries to help support our community at the Extended Hand Food Pantry in Mount Holly.  Please bring your donation to any of our upcoming events.


Sunday, October 1, 2017 - Life of Margaret Hill Morris

Margaret Hill Morris was a widow, mother, and doctor whose first-hand account of the Revolutionary War in and around Burlington City, gives one of the most detailed and comprehensive accounts of the time. Was she involved with an elaborate spy ring during the war? Hear her story in her own words, through letters and her diary.  Marisa Bozarth of the Burlington County Parks Department will be the presenter for this program.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - Ned Hector - Free Black American Revolutionary Soldier

Edward "Ned" Hector was a free black soldier who fought in the American Revolution. Hector was one of three to five thousand people of color that fought for the American cause. Noah Lewis will portray Ned Hector and relate stories of Ned’s experiences as he fought alongside General George Washington in the fight for independence. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018 - Gilbert Stuart

Bob Gleason portrays Gilbert Stuart, famed Revolutionary War portraitist who would rather be right than popular.  If he didn’t like you, he wouldn’t give you your portrait, even if you paid for it.  So talented was Mr. Stuart that he did not need to work at his art.  Hence he was never fully aware of extraordinary talent.  The most famous person to sit for a Stuart portrait was George Washington.

Sunday,March 4, 2018 - Hercules (chef to George Washington)  

Known for his culinary excellence, Hercules cooked for George Washington at Mt. Vernon, New York and Philadelphia.  Enjoying privileges that most slaves did not, he dressed extravagantly and walked the streets with a gold-handled cane.  One day Hercules walked away, never to be seen or heard from again.  Where he once was the master of his kitchen, he now was master of his own destiny.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - Dorothea Dix  

Pat Jordan’s engaging representation of the remarkable Dorothea Dix is entertaining as well as enlightening.  Dorothea Lynde Dix, American teacher, nurse and activist lobbied for proper care of indigent mentally ill vigorously with state legislatures and the United States Congress. She created the first American mental asylum, insisting the mentally ill be treated with dignity and provided basic comforts. During the Civil War she was appointed Superintendent of Army Nurses.  Join us a Pat relates the life and significant accomplishment of this  amazing woman.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Oney Judge - Runaway Slave of Martha Washington

Oney Judge was a dower slave owned by the estate of Martha Washington’s first husband.  When Oney discovered that she was to be a wedding present for Martha’s granddaughter, she planned her escape.  Hear the tale of Oney’s flight to New Hampshire and freedom as portrayed by Alexandra Ford of the American Historical Theatre.  This program is $10 per person for everyone.

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - John Bartram

Please call 609/267-6996, or email at         



Periodically, on the third Sunday, we will be featuring discussions covering a variety of topics related to Colonial life.  Admission is $10 per person for everyone.  No refunds.


Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Everything Grows at Peachfield - 

Take a leisurely walk through Peachfield’s Colonial Revival gardens and learn their importance in Colonial life.  Visit our herb and butterfly gardens and learn their significance to Colonial living.  Enjoy Mrs. Harker’s beautiful ornamental garden as you stroll along the brick walkway that leads from the terrace to the newly planted vegetable garden. Tours of the property are available at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday,September 17, 2017 - Steven Hopkins -

Stephen Hopkins was a passenger on the Mayflower and one of forty-one signatories of the Mayflower Compact.  He was recruited by the Merchant Adventurers to provide governance for the colony. 

Once again Professor James Judge of Rowen College at Burlington County will join us and present the life and times of this little known personality from the inception of our Country.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Read & React -

A new approach to understanding our history - meet with Marisa Bozarth, Division of Parks, as we explore historical documents.  A document, photo, letter, map, or other short publication will be provided at the time of the program.  Each session, a new item will be discussed.  The group will read and discuss. You will hear about the past, link it to the present, and may even hear a few personal stories or reflections. You never know where the conversation may lead.  Public participation in open discussion is encouraged.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Historic Gardens of Mount Holly 

Admission: $10 per person for everyone.  Prepaid reservations are required to guarantee seating.  Please call 609/267-6996 or email us at with any questions. 


Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 2017 and Labor Day 2018.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173‐1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military ‐ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps ‐ and up to five family members. Some special or limited‐time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit‐star‐museums.



Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Open Hearth Cooking Workshop - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   

Join us at Peachfield to hone your hearth cooking skills with Open Hearth Cook Margaret Quinn. If you are interested in cooking the way our ancestors did, this program is for you.  Margaret will instruct participants in preparing a multi-dish meal.  Learn the fundamentals of open hearth cooking and how to interpret an 18th century receipt. Dishes will include seasonal foods from the colonial period. The cooks will then partake of the food they prepared. No experience is needed - just a desire to learn and to have fun. Copies of the period receipts used in class will be provided to participants.

A full menu and list of what you should bring that day will be provided upon registration.  Fee:  $45.  Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited.  Minimum number of participants - 6; maximum - 12.  No refunds.

Sunday, March 18, 2018- Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Margaret Quinn will use period receipts and cooking methods as she illustrates ways food was prepared in Colonial days.  Sampling and light refreshments are included.  Admission:  $15 per person; prepaid reservations are required to guarantee seating; seating is limited. No refunds.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Read & React  -

A new approach to understanding our history - meet with Marisa Bozarth, Division of Parks, as we explore historical documents.  A document, photo, letter, map, or other short publication will be provided at the time of the program.  Each session, a new item will be discussed.  The group will read and discuss. You will hear about the past, link it to the present, and may even hear a few personal stories or reflections. You never know where the conversation may lead.  Public participation in open discussion is encouraged.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Out of My Great Sorrows - Susan Arpajian Jolley - Author

Out of My Great Sorrows tells the story of how the Armenian Genocide affected subsequent generations of survivors’ families. Susan Arpajian Jolley, who co-authored the book with her brother Allan Arpajian, shares the experience of their aunt, Mary Zakarian.  Though a formidable artist, the experiences of Mary’s parents, survivors of the Armenian Genocide, greatly shaped her life.  Join us as Susan relates the life and experiences of a very talented, but often troubled woman.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Samuel Still - The Still Family  

“My studies together with my practice made my life a busy one.  Often I have felt the keenness and the responsibility of being alone in my profession; on one with whom to hold conference or to cheer or comfort me when depressed with difficult cases.”  Dr. James Still.    

The Still family has long been an important part of Burlington County’s history.  Samuel Still will present the impact the Still family has had on New Jersey’s history in both medicine and as abolitionists.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - "Someone Must Wash the Dishes" presented by Michele LaRue

Many women fought against getting the vote in the early 1900s, but none with more charm, prettier clothes – and less logic than the fictional speaker in this satiric monologue written by pro-suffragist Marie Jenney Howe, back in 1912.  “Women suffrage is the reform against nature,” declares Howe’s unlikely, but irresistibly likeable heroine. 

Reviewers have called this production “wicked” in its wit, and have labeled Michele LaRue’s performance “side-splitting”.  (Written by Marie Jenney Howe and directed by Warren Kliewer.)

Admission is $10 per person; prepaid reservations are recommended as seating is limited.  No refunds.


Witch's Tea - Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.   SOLD OUT

Mrs. Blackheart, portrayed by Alicia Dupuy, will share stories and superstitutions about Halloween.  An afternoon buffet seated tea will be served.  Admission:  $20 per person.  Prepaid reservations required; seating limited.

Holiday Tea, Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Peachfield will be decorated for the holidays, and a buffet tea with specialties of the Dames will be served.  Join us as we gather round the hearth with a warming fire and holiday music provided by members of the RVRHS Chamber Choir.   Admission:  $18 per adult, $9 per child under 15.  Prepaid reservations recommended.  No refunds.  This is not a seated tea.

Holiday House Candlelight Tour, Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  

Colonial Revival Peachfield & Federalist West Hill Manor will be open for tours by candlelight as the houses are decorated for the Holiday season.  Holiday entertainment will be offered.  Admission is $10 per person for both houses.   

Blue Willow Tea, Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.     SOLD OUT                                                   

An afternoon buffet tea will be served using Blue Willow China belonging to Peachfield.  A talk will be given about the history of Blue Willow china.  Admission:  $20 per person. Prepaid reservations required; seating limited.

Mrs. Harker's Tea - Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.     SOLD OUT

In celebration of Miriam Harker, the benefactor of Peachfield, the New Jersey Colonial Dames will host an afternoon buffet tea with many of the delicacies reminiscent of those served in the 1930s by Mrs. Harker at Peachfield.  Our speaker will be James Garrison, author of Stone Houses Traditional Homes of R. Brognard Okie.  Okie was the architect of Peachfield, which is featured in this book.  Admission:  $20 per person.  Prepaid reservations are required.  Seating is limited.  No refunds.


GROWNUP COLONIAL CAMP - March 9-11, 2018 Friday 3/9 Noon to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 3/10 & Sunday 3/11 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 Spend a weekend pretending to be an 18th century kid.   Cook on the hearth, weave baskets, make soap and experience an 18th century blacksmith fashioning iron fixtures in the forge.  Dress in colonial clothing and learn what the colonials drank and how they brewed their favorite beverages (beer and applejack). These are a few of the unique experiences you’ll have at our first ever “grownup” camp.  

Cost:  $200, bring lunch, snacks will be provided.  Registration and payment must be received by 2/28/18.


SUMMER CAMP AT PEACHFIELD- June 25-29, 2018  9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

One week summer camp for children ages 6 - 14.  The camp will take place at Peachfield, the 18th century farm property owned by the NSCDA-NJ in Westampton, New Jersey.  The focus of the camp experience will be historical as reflected through everyday life of children in the 18th century.    

Meet a real Blacksmith at our 3rd annual Colonial Summer Camp.  Shear a sheep, clean and spin the fleece.  Visit with chickens, goats and bunnies, spin wool on an authentic spinning wheel, and cook over an open pit as Colonials did hundreds of years ago.   Learn how to weave baskets and make a quilt.  Dress up like a Colonial and play Colonial games.  Join new friends for lots of fun and adventure.

Our camp is suitable for children from 6 to 14 and is $200 per camper.  A limited number of scholarships of $50 are available.  Snacks will be provided.  Please bring a bag lunch.

For registration forms please call 609/267-6996 or email us at

NSCDA-NJ received a grant from the Ellis Family Foundation to support the Step Into New Jersey History Summer Camp.  NSCDA-NJ was the recipient of the Burlington County History Recognition Program Award for Education in 2017 for their history summer camp.  

The programs takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road Westampton NJ 08060.  



Saturday, January 27, 2018 - The Fire & Ice Festival

Professional and amateur ice carvers demonstrate their talent, while some 40 cooks offer samples of their chili.  The Old Schoolhouse will be open for tours.


Check this page often for updates to our calendar. Friends of Peachfield will receive email notification of our events. Click here to join.

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, Department of State, and the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Department of Resource Conservation, Division of Parks.