Two Ways Foodies Can Come Out’n Play: How Kitchens Came to Be & Brewing Up History!

February 2020

FEB 13TH – A Newlin Series Special Event: “Hearth to Home: A History of the English Kitchen”

Famous Food Historian Marc Meltonville (pictured here) will give a talk on how the kitchen, as we know it, developed and evolved overtime. This kicks off the 2020 Newlin Series, offering in-depth looks at topics related to the theme of historic foodways. 7 to 8pm – To be held at an off-site location TBA Pre-registration is suggested for the lecture, which is $6 per person for Newlin Grist Mill members and $10 per person for non-members. Call the site at 610-459-2359 or email to reserve a spot.

About Marc Meltonville:

Marc is a food historian and author, who was commissioned to work for England’s Hampton Court in 1991, for the reconstruction of the Tudor Kitchens. He was also project co-ordinator of the Historic Kitchens of Hampton Court Palace, and in 2006, Marc directed an experiment to investigate the three centuries of the occupation of the royal kitchens – and under his leadership, they are now being used to cook Tudor Court food once more. In 2014 Marc worked to open the King’s Chocolate Kitchen, a multi-level interpretation project of Hampton Court.

His television and radio appearances include Tales from the Palaces, Heston Blumenthal’s Perfect Christmas, The Great British Bake Off (BBC2), A Tudor Feast for Christmas (BBC & UKTV Food), The Hidden Palace of Henry VIII (History Channel), If Walls Could Talk (BBC4), When Royals Wed (BBC 1), Sunday Brunch (Channel 4), and Secrets of the Manor House: Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace (PBS Network USA).

FREE – FEB 15th – Newlin Staff Demonstrate Traditional Beer Brewing Techniques

Using reproduction 18th-century-style equipment, the staff will produce authentic English ale that will be fermented and used for special programs onsite. The demonstration will be ongoing throughout the day and is free to the public. 10am to 3pm

Don’t forget – if you love winter walks, there are 8 uniquely different trails. Or take a FREE guided “BIRD TOUR” Saturday, February 29th from 9 to 11am.

This monthly naturalist-led walk through the 160-acre park showcases birds that are ‘year round homies’ as well as exciting migrants, just passing through 😉

  • Learn the basics of bird identification and biology.
  • Families and beginners are welcome.
  • Meets at the NGM Visitor Center.


The Mill has drained the millrace in preparation for both the upcoming waterwheel replacement, as well as a planned archaeological excavation of the spillway over the winter. However the park is open each day, along with regular outdoor tours.

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