Jane G. Clayton Award Winner 2013

2013 Cheryl A. Cook

Cheryl Cook

In 2000, Cheryl Cook was appointed to the Freehold Township Historic Preservation Commission and has served twice as Chair, 2003-2007 and 2009. Cook spearheaded efforts to establish the Oakley Farm Museum that opened in 2002. In 2003, she founded the Freehold Township Heritage Society to raise funds for preservation and restoration projects. In 2004, she acquired the entire contents of a village blacksmith shop that is now housed at the farm where demonstrations are held. Cook has been responsible for several notable educational programs and facilities, both at the Oakley Farm and at other historic sites such as the West Freehold School to promote knowledge of local history, including hosting projects for 15 Eagle Scouts, the annual “Colonial Day” for West Freehold School 5thgraders, and an Agricultural Museum with antique farm implements. Among her many other contributions to local history have been her efforts to clean up the Wikoff Hill and Mclaughlin burial grounds. She also led efforts to restore the Georgia Road Schoolhouse from 2004 to its reopening in 2010.