“Farming in the Millstone Valley: Past and Present“ August 3rd Tomorrow


“Farming in the Millstone Valley: Past and Present“

The Historical Society of Plainfield will host a video documentary entitled, “Farming in the Millstone Valley: Past and Present“ on Saturday, August 3, 2019,

at 11 AM at the Plainfield Public Library, Anne Louise Davis Room, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. The film and discussion will be led by Brad Fay, President of the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition.

“Farming in the Millstone Valley – Past and Present,” is a 35 minute video documentary based on an historic account by Jessie Lynes Havens of Montgomery Township, and made by the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition of Rocky Hill, in association with the Van Harlingen Historical Society of Montgomery.

The Millstone Valley of central New Jersey, settled by Dutch farmers three centuries ago, helped New Jersey earn its nickname, Garden State, the breadbasket of New York City. That story is told in a new documentary film that culminates in today’s farm-to-table movement.

“Area residents will be delighted to learn the stories behind easily recognized local landmarks, farms, and restaurants,” said MVP Coalition President Brad Fay. “We are grateful of the support we received from state, county, and private grants that made this film possible.”

Nancy Piwowar, President of the Historical Society of Plainfield, will provide an introduction about farming in the Plainfield area. “Growing up in Plainfield, I remember some of the orchards, fields, farm houses, and farmers in my neighborhood. Farmers played an important role in the history of Plainfield during the Revolutionary War to the very last farm in Plainfield, Peterson’s farm.”