Thornton W. Burgess Society

Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen

Jam Kitchen

"Tis a wonderful thing to sweeten the world which is in
a jam and  needs preserving."

-Thornton W. Burgess, 1939, to Ida Putnam.


Green Briar is also the home of the Jam Kitchen. Ida Putnam began the Jam Kitchen in 1903 and visitors still come to Green Briar to savor the aromas of fresh fruitscooking on the stove. Today the Jam Kitchen is a "living museum" where visitors have an opportunity to view the cooking process first-hand. The kitchen still operates and runs jam-making classes teaching the "old fashioned way" in the turn-of-the-century kitchen.