The distance between Alloway and Millville, New Jersey, is not great, so Laetitia began the touring day with a hike in Parvin State Park. The park has a man-made lake built in 1783 that served as a reservoir for a sluiceway that powered a saw mill. Today the 465-acre park features a pine forest and a swamp hardwood forest that afford excellent bird and wildlife watching. During the twentieth century, what is now the park was variously employed as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, a summer camp for children of displaced Japanese-Americans, and a prisoner of war camp for Germans.
As its name indicates, the city of Millville grew up in an area where mills were abundant. Later the city was the home of glass factories and foundries. Laetitia took her group to Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, which features a museum of American glass making. A conversation overheard during happy hour about a woman more adept in the bedroom than the kitchen provided inspiration for Laetitia’s limerick of the day.
A fine lass from the town of Millville
Served her soup that resembled pig swill
To men by the score
Who came back for more
Or, more likely, her love-making skill.