Madison, NJ – Kick off the Fall Season On Thursday, September 12 at 7pm with us by celebrating New Jersey’s first adult beverage with Jersey Cider: From George Washington to the Ironbound. Tickets are $30 for METC members and $30 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. Please visit to register. This event is suitable for those 21 and up.

We are partnering with Madison's own Bottle Hill Tavern for snacks to accompany your libations and you will also learn more about the history and rebirth of the Newark Cider from the folks at New Ark Farms and Jersey Cider Works.  This event is in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition, Sweet Treats: Desserts and Delicacies from the Garden State and includes a complimentary tasting of Ironbound Hard Cider, made with Harrison apples from Jersey Cider Works Apple Trees.  Can’t get enough of Ironbound Hard Cider? Full drinks will be available at the event for purchase.

In the 18th century, the Harrison apple stood out for the quality of the hard cider made from its small yellow fruit. George Washington even knew it as the “champagne of ciders.” The lineage of this apple has been traced back to the early 18th century nursery in the area that is now South Orange.

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Once widely cultivated in Essex County, the Harrison began to disappear in the latter half of the 19th century — succumbing to disease, urbanization, and finally, the Temperance Movement. Like hard cider itself, the Harrison failed to regain popularity after Prohibition. Isolated trees remained in the Greater Newark area, including one in Livingston that was rediscovered in 1976. Cuttings taken from that tree eventually yielded enough trees to put the Harrison back on the path to commercial viability.

Jersey Cider: From George Washington to the Ironbound will be an exciting opportunity to learn more about and taste New Jersey’s most beloved cider.

Explore the Museum ‘s exhibits as you enjoy your appetizers and drinks. Our current main gallery exhibit, Sweet Treats: Desserts & Delicacies from the Garden State indulges visitors in the rich culinary traditions that find their roots right here in New Jersey. Our interactive permanent exhibit, Working the Land: Life, Family & Change in Early 1800s New Jersey tells the story of the people who lived in New Jersey during the mid-1800s. Using modern technology, the exhibit encourages the visitors to explore the different tools and strategies that helped the people of the time met the challenges of working the land.


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