Hands-On History: Brewing in Early America 5th Anniversary of Cold Spring Brewery
On Saturday and Sunday, July 10 th and 11 th , Historic Cold Spring Village will host Hands-on
History: Brewing in Early America to celebrate the 5 th anniversary of Cold Spring Brewery.
Opened on July 12 th 2016, the craft brewery is located in the c.1804 Stillwell and Elizabeth
Corson Barn. Originally situated in Palermo, Upper Township, Cape May County and used to
store grain, the three-bay heavy timber-framed English style barn was dismantled, brought to the
Village in 2015, reassembled and restored. Located at the Seashore Road entrance, the non-profit
brewery was built to secure the future of the 19 th c. open-air living history museum by providing a
year-round revenue stream. During the weekend, there will be many activities that celebrate
beer: in the 1850’s it was the most-consumed alcoholic beverage in the United States! Events
include the Colonial Troubadours Jan and John Haigis performing at 12 noon beginning at the
Dennisville Inn and continuing throughout the Village; Brewer Brandon McCloskey greeting
visitors at the Friends Pavillion and discussing the chemistry of brewing during the 1800s;
a 1:30 lecture on Drinking in America presented by the museum’s Chief Operating Officer John
Ryan at the Dennisville Inn; Marketing and Advertising Director Sandy Nickel will discuss the
role of the Dennisville Inn as part of Cape May County’s history. At the Spicer Leaming House,
Museum Coordinator Pat Raspa will be talking about discussing the culinary art of cooking and
baking beer bread over an open fire with first-come-first-serve recipes available to guests.
Education/Curator Bill Cloer will be in the Pottery Shed discussing the role of potters in the
production of beer mugs, especially the unique puzzle mug as well as presiding over the game of
skittles. Chief Administrator Clare Juechter has stocked the Country Store with Tavern Games
and Puzzles for your enjoyment. In addition to events that focus on brewing, Village interpreters
will be in the museum demonstrating and discussing blacksmithing, printing, basketry and 19 th c. education.
The Mill Creek Pickers will be playing live at the Friends Pavillion beginning at 2:30!