OLD TENNENT CHURCH MONMOUTH BATTLEFIELD - We used to have our 4-H dinners at this historic Presbyterian church, but never attended a church service here. Today, we had breakfast in Farmingdale and then walked the foggy Monmouth Battlefield. We wanted to see the new location of Molly Pitcher's Well, which is supposed to be near the last important campaign of The Battle of Monmouth, near Perrine Hill. We decided to search for the well on another day, but did not want to miss the 11:00 service at this beautiful church. It was built by Scottish Dissenters (Calvinists) in 1697. Its Georgian architecture is simple and beautiful, no lavish interior adornments, so the parishioners could focus on God's word. The family box pews have doors to keep the heat in during the cold winters, as the church is not heated. The church was used as a field hospital during the Revolutionary War, some of the woodwork is still scarred by the battle markings and the blood of Patriots, many of which are buried in the Church's cemetery.
I grew up in Englewood, NJ, graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA with a BFA in Illustration.
Married Fred Briard in 1973,
and worked for Brookdale Community College as an artist in the 1970's. Bought an old farmhouse in Howell (we're still there) and spent the last 30 years restoring it. Had three beautiful, talented daughters and am a grandmother of a ten year old adorable grandson. Spent the 80's freelancing my illustrations, and became a certified art and elementary teacher in 1996. Have spent the last 11 years developing the fine art of silk screen illustration, watercolor, drawing and sewing. Love working in my grape vineyard and canning jelly, but chickens are my very favorite animal. Fred and I both like to work on our genealogy research projects, visiting graveyards, and historical societies. I also love to visit New Orleans, LA where my oldest daughter, Annie lives and works. I also enjoy spending time in Baltimore, MD with my youngest daughter Marie and her husband, Dr. Stelios Vantelas.