Friends Of Fosterfields Celebrates 30th Anniversary

On Sat., April 23, the Friends of Fosterfields held a 30th anniversary celebration honoring past volunteers at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown.

In 1986, the Friends of Fosterfields & Cooper Mill was formed to support the operations and funding of the 213-acre farm donated by Miss Caroline Foster to the Morris County Park Commission in 1979. Foster wanted to preserve her beloved home and open it to visitors. Today at Fosterfields, anyone can experience the rich agricultural history of the farm and cultural programs that recreate life in the late Victorian era.

In partnership with the Morris County Park Commission, the Friends of Fosterfields & Cooper Mill volunteer their time, funds, and experience to preserve and enhance Morris Township’s very own living historical farm. The 30th Anniversary celebration honored all those past volunteers, including Marilyn Franey of Morristown, Terry Kenneweg of Randolph, Kathy Cirelli of New Providence, Betty Spencer, Becky Hoskins of Morristown, Gioia Weber of Morristown and Ralph Iacobelli of Morris Plains.

Speakers at the event gave tribute to the contributions of the Friends over the past 30 years, which include restoration of The Willows mansion and Temple of Abiding Peace, both on the Fosterfields property; restoration of Miss Foster’s Model T Ford; furnishing of the property’s farmhouse; re-planting of the Cottage Garden; purchase and restoration of farm machinery; and the creation of a documentary, “Caroline Foster: A Life and Legacy,” among countless other efforts.

To become a Friend of Fosterfield & Cooper Mill, email or visit the Fosterfields Vistors Center. For more information, go to

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