Since 1898, Monmouth County Historical Association has made it its mission to educate the citizens of Monmouth County about its deep history. Though our educational programs, historic house tours, museum and library, patrons can come and experience history for themselves.
The 250 year old Covenhoven House on Main Street in Freehold is one of those places where history comes alive. Literally! Through our Open Hearth-Open House programs, costumed interpreters give guided tours of the historic property and tell the story of the courageous Elizabeth Covenhoven and her dealings with the British soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth as they used the house as the headquarters for Sir Henry Clinton of the British Army.
According to Elizabeth’s testimony before the Monmouth County Justice of the Peace, General Clinton seized the property “…and promised on his honor that every thing she had should be protected and nothing injured.”
But promises are often not kept; as they say all is fair in love and war. Elizabeth did her best to hide her valuables inside an old wagon only to find, “..almost every thing of value was taken out of the wagon, and only a bible and some books, with a few trifles left, which were scattered on the ground.” “That by the time [the British] went away her house was stripped of her beds, bedding, the clothes of her whole family and every thing of any value. The farm was also left in the same situation.”
As Elizabeth found herself rebuilding after the Battle of Monmouth, so we also find ourselves needing to repair the Covenhoven House once again. But the cost of repairs is high.
The money you generously donate will be used to repair the roof of the Covenhoven House which Elizabeth fought so hard to protect.
Starting May 1st, Covenhoven House will be open to the public for guided tours Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. If you mention this Crowdrise Challenge, your tour will be free!
Join us and Elizabeth in preserving this wonderful gem of Monmouth County history!