COLTS NECK, NJ: In 'charming Colts Neck fashion', the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee brought their annual Colts Neck Country Christmas to Montrose School, (c1812). Seasonal refreshments, and traditional Holiday Music performed by the Mike Wells Trio filled the historic Montrose one-room schoolhouse, from 1 – 4 p.m., Sunday, December 8th. 

An active member of the Historical Preservation Committee, Freeholder Lillian Burry read “The Night Before Christmas” to the children and adults alike. Santa Claus took time out from his busy schedule to pose with families for free photos near a Christmas decorated appropriate to the 19th Century period. 

 “Our Christmas open house the last few years has gained such popularity that we have made it a Colts Neck tradition,” said Committee Chairperson Lillian Burry, a Monmouth County Freeholder and former Colts Neck Mayor. “Everyone on the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee enjoys preparing and opening the Montrose School for special events that highlight our township’s unique role in 19th Century America.  Mrs. Burry negotiated the purchase of the school, the only publicly-owned one-room schoolhouse in Colts Neck. This was accomplished at the cost of $1 from the township’s former Historical Society over a decade ago. The committee raises funds to continue to upgrade and maintain the school. 

The event attracted a steady flow of guests throughout the day, providing them with many refreshment options including everything from Christmas cookies and hot chocolate, to warm apple cider, Frutta Bowls platters, muffins, honey ham, etc. There was something for everyone at the Yuletide celebration!