About the Miller – Cory House Museum
Built in 1740 and retaining many of its original qualities, the Miller Cory House in Westfield is a hidden Union County treasure that has been standing for centuries. The home has been owned primarily by two families, the Millers, then the Corys, and has been in the possession of the Westfield Historical Society since 1972. It is currently run by volunteers and open Sundays 2-4, for special programming (see Winter 2015 schedule below). It’s a low cost way to spend an afternoon learning about local history!
What You’ll Find at the Miller-Cory House
If your children are interested in the past, or studying colonial times currently, the Miller-Cory House offers a step back into that time. Rooms are set up as they would be when there were 8 children and two parents living there. The ceilings are low, the beds are small and the “kitchen” is a fireplace. Many of the floors are original and an exposed area of the wall shows how the house was constructed. Docents are available in each room to educate guests, describe what life was like, and explain the collections inside. The interior is small enough for younger children to not get overwhelmed or uninterested. The picturesque grounds are more extensive, and have all plantings identified. In the warmer months they offer a great outside activity! Trained artisans in period costumes also offer open-hearth cooking demonstrations beginning in March.
Our Recent Visit to the Miller-Cory House
Earlier this month I took my children and a friend to the museum’s snow globe activity day. We had never been to the Miller-Cory House, but after a visit to Philadelphia and the colonial period attractions there, my 9 year old and her friend had some knowledge about the time period. We were all amazed at how 8 children could sleep in one room! The Milk Room was our favorite, with all the dishware, pottery, spinning wheels and candle-making supplies. Snow globes were displayed in one bedroom, and the second bedroom had a docent reading winter stories. In the main room/kitchen area volunteers offered a snow globe craft and snacks! Both the 4 year old and 9 year olds were happy to have a craft, and as they created they were aware of more items on display. There is a gift shop with unique items, educational and decorative and fun! We spent just under an hour there and look forward to going back for future events to learn more about the colonial era.
Upcoming Miller-Cory House Events:
- FEBRUARY 8 VINTAGE VALENTINES
- FEBRUARY 22 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGE!
- MARCH 15 SYMBOLS IN IRISH KNITTING
- MARCH 22 MAPLE SUGAR SUNDAY
Admission (unless otherwise noted): $3.00 age 13 & older; $2.00 ages 3-12; free under age 3. Miller-Cory House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue , Westfield, New Jersey 07090. 908-232-1776