With Betty, head back over to Millville to check out Wheaton Art Center. Arrive just in time to get in on their glass-blowing tour (on a day as warm as this, working close to a furnace seems hellish). As a narrator describes, three artisans convert sandy loam into finely turned glassware.
We pop over to its Glass Museum, where we are treated to a personal guided tour which covers New Jersey’s historic role in early glassmaking (“It’s the sand”), and a marvelous collection of historic creations, as well as an introduction to work produced by Wheaton’s training program.
As their café is closed for the season, we traipse into downtown Millville and lunch at Old Oar House Irish Pub. (Hesitate to share, with Betty, my concerns about pub name being a pun). Our tattooed waitress and slatternly bartender concern us, but, for “pub grub”, we are well pleased. Outside, there is a charming ambiance to Millville’s two-block “historic district”, but can imagine a day when there was a thriving middle-class trade.
On our return trip, Batty takes us through tiny Mauriceville, where 18C homes seemed completely unchanged.