The Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation, Inc will celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Pathways of History tour with other historic sites in Morris County on the third weekend of September. The annual tour featuring free admission to participating historic sites throughout the county. [http://pathwaysofhistorynj.net]
The Farm will be open to the public Saturday, September 21st from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, September 22nd from noon to 4 PM.
The farm, on Cooper Road just off Route 10 in Denville, has operated continuously for more than 200 years and is a complete example of a 19th- century agricultural complex. The Ayres farm is listed on the State of New Jersey and Federal Registers of Historic Places.
Visitors will be welcomed inside the farmhouse to view the progress of restoration as well as repairs since a lightning strike and fire stalled the work several years ago. This year, the Foundation will host a display of a unique collection of fire alarm telegraph (call) boxes and some police boxes and emergency phones from the collection of Louis Maffei, a Foundation member, and Denville resident. The boxes date from the 1890’s to the 1970s. In addition, photos from the Foundation collection and from members will be on display to show the “before and after” condition of the house and some past events such as the Annual Holiday Tree and Wreath Sale and past Fall Farm Festivals. Photographers who have used the site as a backdrop for or subject of their work have been invited to display some of their own photos.
Self-guided tours of the historic farmstead are encouraged to see the ten original buildings and blending of the active farming component of the property. The adjacent Union Hill Farms stand operated by a professional farmer will be open with a variety of products.
The Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation is delighted to be hosting a reception including the history community and elected officials celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Pathways of History and honoring the founders and leadership of the unique conglomerate of history groups producing this event.
Ayres/Knuth Farm Foundation can be found on Facebook and the Foundation website is at http://www.ayresknuth.org/.