Historic Happenings
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Street Address - Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, New Jersey 07712
 Mailing Address - P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755 

Phone (732) 531-2136

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Township of Ocean Historical Museum


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Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Address: 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Mailing: P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0516


(732) 531-2136
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The Museum has a number of exhibit galleries in the rooms on the first floor of the Eden Woolley House. Two house permanent exhibits (updated regularly). The third features changing exhibits.  They include:

The Richmond Gallery - The Richmond Gallery features regularly changing exhibits.  The current exhibit is 

The Our Town Gallery  - The Our Town Gallery explores the history of Ocean Township.

The Hearth and Home Gallery - The Hearth and Home Gallery explains local life at the Jersey Shore and how it has changed over the years.


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1:00 to 4:00 P.M. - First and Second Sundays of the Month.
Happening Now at the Eden Woolley Hose Fashion The History of What We Wear
Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House - Fashion - The History of What We Wear

Starting with that fig leaf in the Garden of Eden, men and women have gone to imaginative lengths to cover their bodies. The founding fathers wore breeches so tight, they ordered a second pair for occasions that required sitting. Marie Antoinette’s hair on occasion took up one third her height. Victorian corsets displaced internal organs and weakened back muscles. More.
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum received an operating grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State. 
Eden Woollry House, home of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Thank You to:

​- The Renzulli Charitable Trust

- New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State, for a 2015 Operating Grant.

- The William T. and Marie J. Henderson Foundation Inc., for a 2015 Grant.

- The Brunetti Charitable Trust for a 2015 Grant

- The Monmouth County Historical Commission for a 2015 Restoration Grant for the Stucile Farm Water Tower Restoration Project

​- The Raymond James Charitable Trust 2015 Grant
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You may donate to the Museum, contribute an item, buy a Memorial Brick,  mark a Centennial Home, or donate to Restore the Water Tower.
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Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House Ocean Township High School at 50
Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House - Ocean Township High School at 50

Ocean Township High School at 50

Early September, 1965, the doors of Ocean Township High School (OTHS) opened for the first time. It was a momentous day—the culmination of an impassioned campaign and a turning point for both Ocean Township and Asbury Park, the district that up to then had educated most of the township’s teens. More.
The 2015 Quilt is "Field of Poppy's" in Red, White, Black and Green. Tickets are now available from the Museum. More.
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Awarded First Place in the 2014 Kevin M. Hale Annual Publication Awards from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
Hometown Histories Robert Landis
Hometown Histories - Robert Landis

Our video series about local stories and interviewing local people for their memories.

Woolley Family Reunion
Fashion - The History of What We Wear

Historic Happenings

Hunterdon County - East Amwell - East Amwell Holiday House Tour

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Sunday, December 6 - Hunterdon County
Hear ye, Hear ye ... Come and join us on another holiday adventure in East Amwell
The East Amwell Historical Society has gathered five of the cheeriest holiday homes for you to visit!  
   Tour bus departs at 1:00 p.m. from the East Amwell Municipal Building located at the corner of 202 South and Wertsville Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551.  Plenty of parking available. Tour space is very limited so please make your reservations early. This event gets sold out very quickly.  The cost of the tour is $25. For reservations, contact Pauline Seramba at pseramba@hotmail.com or at 908-797-9024.
   We start out by visiting an eighteenth-century restored barn on Wertsville Road. This barn has great openness and attention to detail with lots of original art throughout. The beam structure is amazing and the owner has carefully kept its unique character in full view.
   On the same property is a second building designed by an architect as his own home. The building was designed in the Bauhaus style with walnut floors and lots of wood throughout.
   From there we go to a Victorian home on North Hill Road. The house has high ceilings, elaborate moldings, and the most amazing heirloom furniture. The property has great views and even an indoor pool.
   Next we go to Lindbergh Road where a circa 1780 house has been restored. With all the charm of a period residence, this amazing home has a western touch here and there. Before you leave you get to feed carrots to the horses.
   Finally we go across the township to Boss Road where a mid-century home is finished in a "shabby chic" country style. The house has been warmly decorated for the holidays.
   We end our tour at the Municipal Building, where you may drive yourself around the corner to the historic Harvest Moon Inn.  Here, the historical society will provide cookies and cider. Stronger libations are available for purchase.

Somerset County - Somerset - Sinterklaas celebration

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Sunday, December 6 - Somerset County
      It wouldn't be Christmas without the Meadows Foundation's traditional Sinterklaas celebration, held this year on Sunday, December 6, 1-4 p.m. at Hageman Farm, 209 S. Middlebush Rd. Enjoy our Dutch dancers, holiday crafts and Dutch baked goods, and of course a visit by Sinterklaas himself. Donations gratefully accepted. As an added attraction, the Franklin Madrigal Singers will perform at 2:30 p.m.
   But that's not all! On Sunday, December 13, 1-4 p.m. our Wyckoff-Garretson House, 215 S. Middlebush Rd. will be open for hearthside cooking demonstration; harp music by Meadows favorite Richard Spendio; a showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," AND the grand opening of our renovated carriage house!
www.themeadowsfoundation.org. Questions? Please contact Christine Retz at 732-748-7657 or chrisflp@aol.com.

Union County - Cranford - "Antique Appraisals with Ken Jakupko"

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Sunday, December 6 - Union County
     The Cranford Historical Society will host "Antique Appraisals with Ken Jakupko" on Sunday, December 6 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at The Crane-Phillips House Museum, 124 North  Union Avenue, Cranford NJ. The program will begin at 2:15 p.m.
    The appraisals will be conducted by Ken Jakupko an experienced antique appraiser and owner of Ken's Antiques, New Jersey.
      Visitors are invited to bring up their treasured antiques. Items to be appraised for a fee of $5.00 per item or 3 items for $10. Cash only which will be collected at the sign-in desk. The fees collected will go to support the ongoing maintenance of the Hanson House and the Cranford High School Senior Scholarship.
     Ken Jakupko will give audience members a history overview of the item along with the fair market value of each item within the antique market place. (The appraisals are not legally binding.)  
     Limited seating so RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please call the historical society's office at 908-276-0082 or email us at cranfordhistoricalsociety@verizon.net. You can also visit our website at www.cranfordhistoricalsociety.com.

Burlington County - Westamption - ANNUAL HOLIDAY TEA AT PEACHFIELD

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Sunday, December 6 - Burlington County
2:00--4:00 p.m. 
       Peachfield will again be decorated for the holidays, and the New Jersey Colonial Dames will serve their tea specialties of the season at our annual Holiday Tea.         Join us as we gather around the hearth with a warming fire and sample our favorite repasts. 
      Admission is $18 per person; $9 per child under 15 years. Paid reservations in advance are highly recommended.    
     NSCDA-NJ has received an operating support grant from the New JerseyHistorical Commission, a division of the Department of State. 
     The program takes place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ 08060.  Please call 609/267-6996 or email colonialdamesnj@comcast.net


Sussex County - Walpack = "A Walpack Christmas 2015"

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6; Saturday, December 12 - Sussex County
           Walpack Christmas 2015
   The Walpack Historical Society will hold "A Walpack Christmas 2015" on Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th and Saturday December 12th from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
     The Rosenkrans Museum will be decorated in the old-fashioned style and refreshments will be served.  In addition, the Walpack Methodist Episcopal Church will be open and decorated for the holiday for the first time since it was closed and bought by the Federal Government in 1978 in preparation for the Tocks Island Dam project. The church was built in 1871 and was once the hub of religious and social activities in Walpack Township.  The interior of the church was painted by an unknown artist in 1872 in the tromp-l'oeil or "fool the eye" style.
     The Rosenkrans Museum and the Walpack ME Church are on Main Street in Walpack Center within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Sussex County, NJ. A Walpack Christmas is free and open to the public. For information, please call 973-948-4903. 


Atlantic County - Atlantic City - "Light Up the Holidays"

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Saturday, December 5 - Atlantic County
  Got Plaid? How about an outstandingly Ugly Holiday Sweater? Well, we appreciate that here at Absecon Lighthouse! We will "Light Up the Holidays" on Saturday, December 5th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and to celebrate the season, wearing holiday plaids & ugly holiday sweaters is encouraged! Rock around the tree along with tunes provided by "PJ the DJ" - dance & sing to carols of the season...get some holiday shopping done in our charming gift shop...sip some holiday cheer of wine and beer...and enjoy light refreshments from the award winning restaurant "Tony Boloney's." A night climb to view the spectacular Atlantic City skyline at night is included. Guests will enjoy the official lighting of our Holiday Tree and have a chance to win prizes in our "Ugly Holiday Sweater" contest and "Most Plaid Possible" contest. Tickets are just $20 per person to benefit Absecon Lighthouse, and can be reserved by calling Absecon Lighthouse at 609-449-1360.
 Absecon Lighthouse is a state-owned historic property administered by the non-profit Inlet Public/Private Association. Located at 31 So. Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, it is open to visitors Thursdays through Mondays, 11 am to 4 pm. Funding has been provided in part by the NJ state Council on the Arts, Department of State, administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.
   For more information about Absecon Lighthouse and its programs call (609) 449-1360 or visit us on the web at www.abseconlighthouse.org.


Monmouth County - Farmingdale - Allaire Christmas Lantern Tours

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Saturday December 5th, 12th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th - Monmouth County
Allaire Christmas Lantern Tours 5-8 p.m
   Join us for a romantic evening in our candlelit village. The Historic Village at Allaire is only open a few times a year at night. So this is a perfect time to grab your sweetheart and join us for a candlelit walking tour.  The 90-minute walking tour highlights the joys of Christmas for early Americans. Visitors tour 6 historic buildings and enjoy a special musical program in the chapel.  Throughout their visit, guests learn about the development of our modern Christmas traditions.  
     Tickets are available online at http://allairevillage.org/?post_type=tribe_events or by phone at 732-9191-3500 and are $12.50 per person. Group rates are available for parties over 25 people. 
Sunday December 6th and 13th -- Christmas at Allaire,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
     Join the members of the Howell Iron Works Co as they celebrate the holiday season.  Each historic home will be decorated according to a different Christmas traditions.  As visitors explore the village they will learn how our holiday traditions developed.  There will be story telling in the Enameling Building, Horse and Wagon rides, silhouette cutting demonstrations, music programs in the Historic Chapel, hearth cooking demonstrations, craft demonstrations and much more. St. Nicholas will be wondering the village giving out candy canes to the good boys and girls.  This is a wonderful family friendly activity! Tickets are $7 adults, $5 children under the age of 12 years old.  Group rates are available for parties over 25 people.  Horse and Wagon rides are an additional fee of $7 adults, $5 children under 12 years old.  Tickets are available by phone at 732-919-3500 or online at  http://allairevillage.org/?post_type=tribe_events


Morris County - Madison - Madison Historical Society's Annual Holiday Wreath Sale and Benefit

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Saturday, December 5 - Morris County
           Wreath Sale and Benefit to be Held at Preservation Award-Winning Home
   The Madison Historical Society's Annual Holiday Wreath Sale and Benefit will be held on Saturday, December 5th between 1:00 and 4:00 PM at the preservation award-winning home of Karen Hughes located at 99 Madison Avenue in Madison. The cost for the event, which includes entertainment, light refreshments and a tour of the first floor of the house, is $5 for adults.
     "A large number of lovely wreaths and table and mantle decorations, made through the efforts of members of the Historical Society, the Madison Garden Club, and Madison High School art students will also be available for sale," stated society president Linda Connors. "The admission charges and proceeds from the sale of the wreaths and decorations will go to support future society programs and activities."  
    The American Foursquare house was originally constructed in 1903 on an oversize lot that extends from Madison Avenue in the front to Morris Place in the rear. Located across the street from Drew University, the house was the home of Drew professor Avery Morris from 1945 to 1997. Ms. Hughes and her late husband Timothy purchased the house from her estate in 2000, saving it from a possible teardown and new development - a practice that continues much too often in present-day Madison.
         Celebrating the quality of the restoration and the saving of an important landmark home, the Madison Historical Preservation Commission awarded the Hughes its first Historic Preservation Award on May 8, 2001.
"Although the house faces onto Madison Avenue, we recommend that our visitors enter the grounds from the rear," stated Chairperson Cathie Coultas. "There is available parking on Morris Place and adjoining streets and attendees can walk up on the Morris Avenue facing driveway to the house and sale."
 Caption: The beautifully restored 1903 American Foursquare home of Karen Hughes at 99 Maddison Avenue will be the site of the Madison Historical Society's Annual Holiday Wreath Sale and Benefit to be held on Saturday, December 5th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Attendees will be able to tour the first floor of the house, which was the May 2001 recipient of the first Historic Preservation Award presented by the Madison Historic Preservation Commission.


Morris County - Oak Ridge - Jefferson Township Museum "Christmas in the Village"

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

JEFFERSON  The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will be  open for the "Christmas in the Village" celebration.  Opening hours for the Museum for the weekend are 10 to 4 on Saturday, December 5, and 12 to 4 on Sunday, December 6.
     "Our Ancestors' Christmas Traditions" is the theme of this year's decorations. 
Each room will highlight the following countries' Christmas Traditions:  England, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Ireland, Italy and Poland. The Christmas celebration is the only time the antique harmonium in the parlor is played.  The Museum is decorated by members of the Museum Garden Club and the Jefferson Township Historical Society.  Docents dressed in period costumes will be on hand, and hot mulled cider will be served outside by the pot-bellied stove on the banks of the brook.
  Mrs. Santa Claus will make an appearance.
Admission to the museum is free. The Jefferson Township Museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.  Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum, where collectibles, handmade and handcrafted items, jewelry, and gift items will be offered for sale at reasonable prices for your holiday shopping.



Morris County - Ledgewood - Roxbury Township's First Annual "HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS"

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Saturday, December 5  --  Morris County
       11 AM to 4 PM     "HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS"  
You will not want to miss Roxbury Township's First Annual
The RTHS will participate in an old-fashioned Christmas Market with horse drawn carriage rides, vendors of holiday items and purveyors of food along Succasunna's pre-Revolutionary Main Street and in its historic churches.   Festivities to include a visit from St. Nick capped off by lighting of the Main Street Christmas Tree as daylight wanes at the conclusion of the events. 213 Main Street, Ledgewood NJ, PO Box 18 Succasunna, NJ 07876; 973-584-6931.


Cape May County - Cape May - Holiday Events

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6 -- Cape May County
Dec. 5

Chocolate Lovers' Feast: It's a bountiful feast for chocolate lovers! Enjoy seven plated courses of delicious chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it. A chocolate dipping fountain is also included. This is a limited event so reserve early. The Blue Rose Inn, 653 Washington St. Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. Admission is $35. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Christmas Traditions Lecture: Learn how Prince Albert brought Christmas traditions to England from Germany when he married Queen Victoria, and how these traditions spread to America in this richly illustrated lecture at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Franklin and Washington Streets. Much of what we associate with the celebration of Christmas comes from the Victorian era, including Christmas trees, Christmas cards, Christmas carols and our image of Santa Claus. Admission $10. Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
42nd Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour: This self-guided walking tour, the main attraction of Cape May's festive holiday season, features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Includes admission to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., and An Old-fashioned Christmas exhibit in the Carroll Gallery. Limited shuttle service. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. Adults $28, children $20 (ages 3-12). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Dec. 5-6
Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy a family-friendly breakfast buffet at the Inn of Cape May as children visit with Santa and hear a Christmas story. Bring your Christmas lists! Treats for the kids. Adults: $18; children (3-12): $12. Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.


Passaic County - Paterson - Second annual Gingerbread House Competition

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Enter now - Entries Due December 8-11th - Passaic County
   The Passaic County Historical Society is asking children between the ages of six and sixteen to enter its second annual Gingerbread House Competition. There is no fee to enter! Just deliver your homemade gingerbread house to Lambert Castle, Tuesday December 8th- Friday December 11th between the hours of 9am-3pm. Please call ahead to arrange a delivery time, to 973-247-0085 ext 207.
    The houses will be on display in Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ, as a part of the museum's holiday tours, from December 16th-January 3th. All houses will be accepted, there are no rules against the use of glue, or non-edible components. The winner(s) will receive a free family membership to the Passaic County Historical Society for 2016. 
     For more information on special events such as this one, visit the Passaic County Historical Society's website at lambertcastle.org or call (973)247-0085.



by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Saturday, December 5 - Burlington County
   You are invited to join the Alice Paul Institute for its annual the Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 5 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Paulsdale, a National Historic Landmark at 128 Hooten Road, Mt. Laurel.      
     The home will be decorated in Quaker fashion by the Mount Laurel Garden Club. Take a tour of the house, do your holiday shopping in the gift shop and enjoy refreshments. Admission is free, and registration is not required. For information, contact info@alicepaul.org or 856-231-1885.
   For the month of December, the Alice Paul Institute will serve as a collection spot for Distributing Dignity.  Please consider bringing a donation of new bras (with tags,) packages of pads, tampons and pantliners to support women in need.  Learn more about Distributing Dignity  at www.distributingdignity.org .
   The Alice Paul Institute's mission is to honor the legacy of Alice Paul's work for gender equality through education and leadership development.


Monmouth County - Ocean Twp - Holiday Weekend features tales of Christmas past

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
                         Holiday Weekend features tales of Christmas past
   Christmas season has always been a highlight of the museum calendar. For 25 years, we filled the auditorium of the old Oakhurst School the first weekend in December with exhibits, trains, crafts, and handmade goodies. We continued the tradition in our new home, transforming the Woolley House into a holiday showcase for two days each December.
    On Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, the museum holds its 31st Holiday Weekend. Model trains and Christmas collections fill the Our Town Gallery. On the porch, the Ocean Township Garden Club sells freshly made wreaths. The Hearth and Home Gallery is emptied to make way for an expanded Museum Shop and Bakery stocked full of homemade treats and one-of-a-kind gifts hand-crafted by Museum quilters. Children search the house for hidden nutcrackers in a "Holiday Hunt." Sunday afternoon, the winning quilt raffle ticket is drawn. All this is followed by the lighting of the Township Christmas Tree on the Museum grounds Sunday at 4:30.
 Something special
    This year, there's something special. Our Holiday Weekend pays special tribute to the season we celebrate. Christmas has become an American cultural and economic juggernaut. Our talented "living history" actors explore the historical roots of its traditions. We've conjured up the spirits of Woolley family members from the 18th and 19th centuries to entertain visitors with stories of the holiday customs of their times.
 A peek at Colonial Christmas
    Phoebe Woolley, third wife of Thomas (who built the oldest part of the Woolley House) will describe Colonial Christmas. European settlers brought to the New World the holiday customs (and attitudes) of the Old. The Puritans would have nothing to do with it. In fact, in 1659, they outlawed the celebration of Christmas altogether.
  The Anglicans in the southern colonies were more receptive. They celebrated with festive feasts, music, and gift-giving that foreshadowed today's customs.
    German colonists decorated with Christmas trees, as in their home country. But the custom was not widely adopted by their neighbors, who rejected its pagan roots. The Dutch brought with them "Sinte Klass," but our plump, redsuited American Santa did not take shape until the 19th century.
 The Victorians set the stage
    Mary and Sarah Woolley, Eden's daughters, will be on hand to explain the customs, popularized in the 19th century, that largely define how we celebrate today. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, was an instant best seller. It elevated public interest in the season and helped redefine it as a time of giving.
    About the same time, that Christmas tree the German settlers couldn't get their neighbors to adopt caught on, helped by widely circulated photos of Queen Victoria and her German husband with theirs. In 1856, President Franklin Pierce brought the first tree into the White House.
    On June 26, 1870, Christmas was declared a federal holiday. That same decade, Americans began sending Christmas cards. Santa emerged as a cultural icon. Gifts and gift-wrapping took center stage.
    Join us to learn more, shop local, and start the season in style. Recommended donations: adults, $3; children, free. Those paying their 2016 membership dues at the door are admitted free.
    The museum is open, free of charge, 1 to 4, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, 7 to 9 Thursday Evenings and 1 to 4 the first and second Sundays of each month. Visit ocenmuseum.org for more information.


Bergen County - Wyckoff - Taste of the Holidays of 19th Century Wyckoff

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Saturday, December 5 -- Bergen County

Mercer County - Trenton - Annual Holiday Boutique Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Friday-Sunday, December 4-6 - Mercer County
   The Trenton Museum Society presents its Annual Holiday Boutique
Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ
 December 4 - 6, 2015
Opening Wine & Cheese Reception
Friday, December 4, 6-8 p.m.
Holiday Shopping
Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 12 noon - 4 p.m.
      From December 4 - 6, 2015 the Trenton Museum Society will host a holiday shopping boutique at the Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park. An opening reception will be held Friday, December 4, from 6 - 8 p.m. The reception is free to Trenton Museum Society members and is open to the public for a $10 entrance donation. Boutique entrance is free to all on Saturday and Sunday with plenty of free parking. 
    The weekend event includes unique, high-caliber holiday crafts in the festive atmosphere of the Trenton City Museum where patrons can browse for gifts of hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, original art works, knitted and fabric wearables, ornaments, Trenton memorabilia, and much more. Most of the items on sale are one-of-a-kind articles, hand-crafted by the vendors, suitable for gifting during the holiday season.
     As in the past, the Trenton Museum Society is proud to play host to Woman Space, a Mercer County nonprofit that provides a comprehensive array of services to individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and their families. Luminary kits are available for people who participate in the Womanspace annual Communities of Light event.
    This year, the society is proud to include hand-crafted fabric items created by HomeFront's artisans.  HomeFront is a Mercer County non-profit dedicated to helping families break the cycle of poverty.
    The boutique coincides with Holidays in the Victorian Room featuring period holiday decorations. On display in the galleries are affordable prints from the current exhibit, Impressions: The Art of the Print.  Additional prints are for sale. Alice Revisited, the fanciful tribute to Alice in Wonderland, with Dallas Piotrowski and Friends is on display in the Malloy Gallery.
    The Holiday Boutique has become a premiere event featuring diverse and interesting art and crafts that attract discriminating shoppers. A portion of the proceeds from all sales goes to the Trenton Museum Society to maintain the collection and provide programming for the museum.
See our website for a list of vendors and more information:  www.ellarslie.org or call 609-989-3632. The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie is located in the middle of the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park, with an entrance on Parkside Avenue, in Trenton, New Jersey.  There is abundant free parking in front of the museum.

Somerset County - South Bound Brook - Holiday at the Abraham Staats House

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Friday-Sunday, December 4-6 - Somerset County
                         This year, "Holiday at the Abraham Staats House" features:
* New Candlelight Tours of the Abraham Staats House, on Friday, Dec. 4.  Participants receive a tour of the house, decorated for the season. Tours are led by guides in authentic 18th-century clothing at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The guides will discuss the Staats family home as well as Christmas traditions through history. Light refreshments and music. Admission is $10 per person for those who reserve in advance. Walk-ins: $15. Payment can be made at our site, www.staatshouse.org, via PayPal/Credit Card, or at the door. Reservations: Call 732-469-3198 or email us at: info@staatshouse.org
(include name, address, contact info and number in your party).
 * Holiday Open House
Sat./Sun. Dec. 5&6, from 1:00 -4 p.m.. We'll be open to the public at no charge on Saturday & Sunday. Visitors can enjoy the festively decorated rooms, and seasonal music. Featured throughout the weekend: Our own Tom Harabin on mountain and hammered dulcimer, bow psaltery, mandolin and fiddle.
   On Saturday, December 5, two special performances: 2:00 p.m. sharp: The Franklin Township Madrigal Singers (above). At 3 p.m.: The Somerville HS Jazz Ensemble. Don't miss these wonderful sounds.
* On Sunday evening, Dec. 5, the Abraham Staats House will host the Annual South Bound Brook Tree Lighting Ceremony, under the auspices of the South Bound Brook Recreation Committee, from 6-8 p.m. 


Somerset County - Somerset Hills - Somerset Hills Holiday House Tour

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Sunday, December 13 - Somerset County
Somerset Hills Holiday House Tour -- ticket sales deadline December 4.
12 Noon to 5 p.m.
Advance Tickets $30
    Somerset Hills most celebrated house tour returns this holiday season on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from noon to 5 p.m. For over a quarter of a century, the Somerset Hills Holiday House Tour, sponsored by The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH), has been a tradition enjoyed by thousands.
   This one-of-a-kind, signature event will include six distinct residences showcasing historic preservation, custom interior design, and creative holiday décor. Among those featured is a late 19th-century carriage house designed by the noted architect, Henry Janeway Hardenberg. Hardenburg designed the Plaza Hotel and the Dakota Apartments in New York City, as well as the Olcott Building in the Bernardsville Olcott Avenue Historic District. Also on the tour is a classic farmhouse-style contemporary home built with eco-friendly materials, as well as a charming 1920s Tudor in Basking Ridge, built with puddingstone, wonderful barge board trim and other period details. The Brick Academy, an 1809 historic landmark, will serve as the hospitality center. More information about the homes on the tour can be found on our website www.thssh.org. This event may not be appropriate for children under 12 years of age.
   Ticket cost for this event is $30 per person. The deadline to purchase tickets is December 4, 2015. Tickets are not sold the day of the event. To purchase tickets, a check payable to THSSH should be mailed to: THSSH, P.O. Box 136, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. NOTE: You must include a self-addressed, LEGAL SIZE, stamped envelope with your check. Make certain your check includes your name, address, and a phone number where you can be reached. Tickets will be mailed after November 12, 2015. This event will be held regardless of weather conditions. Tickets are non-refundable. For further information, call 908-221-1770.
   The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, includes the communities of Bedminster Township; Bernards Township; Bernardsville; Far Hills; and Peapack-Gladstone. The funds raised by this event will help THSSH continue to provide a community resource, and deliver engaging interactive programs and exhibits. For more information about THSSH and volunteer opportunities, please visit our website www.thssh.org.

Hunterdon County - Lambertville - The Road Along the Rocks 1758 "The Bungtown Road."

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

      Congratulations to LHS members Barbara & John Hencheck on the recent publication of their new historical research book on the early history of Lambertville, NJ (Coryell's Ferry), titled The Road Along the Rocks 1758 "The Bungtown Road."
    "The history of this road is unparalleled in the service it rendered to the County of Hunterdon. This road was used to transport locally produced distilled spirits to New York, earning it the moniker "The Bungtown Road" for the bung which sealed the product in the barrel.  This trade provided a very high level of wealth to Amwell Township and to Coryell's Ferry in particular.  The high level of maintenance afforded this road made it a major artery for the combatants in the American Revolution:  Charles, Lord of Cornwallis, subaltern James Monroe, and General George Washington marked their places in history in some measure by traveling this road."
     The Henchecks will launch the books for sale on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at the Lambertville Historical Society's 2015 Holiday CD Release concert at Lambertville Hall, 57 Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ.  2-6 p.m.
   Books are also available prior to the November 22, 2015 launch.  You may email the authors at jhencheck@gmail.com or call 609-397-2531.  The cost is $20.00 per copy picked up locally; add $6.00 for mailing through the United States Postal Service.   Cash or check made out to the authors. For further information on the upcoming launch click CD Release Concert.   

Hunterdon County - Lambertville - Season's Greetings from Lambertville 2015

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 11/23/15

Tuesday, December 1 - Hunterdon County

        The Lambertville Historical Society's fourth annual Holiday CD, featuring songs by local musicians, is now available. The special edition CD, "Season's Greetings from Lambertville 2015," is a fundraiser for the society and the James Marshall House Museum.
   This year's compilation offers 17 holiday songs, comprising more than one hour of music, showcasing the quality and spirit of Lambertville's artists. There are well-known carols and standards, as well as original compositions.
      The contributing musical acts are: Barry and Brooks, Barry Peterson and Brad Staudle, Brownwyn Bird and Justin Nawn, Carol Heffler, Jason Bonthron and Jeff Lambe, John Thomas, Kevin Kennedy, Key of She, Laurie Vosburg & 519 South, Old Brew South, Pat Foran, Robert Sands, Santa P and the Elves, Spirit LIVE Jam, The Back Porch Jugband, The Lifters, and The Shackers.                   
   Although the Holiday CD Release Concert took place on November 22, a second concert, sponsored by the Lambertville Library in cooperation with the Lambertville Historical Society, will take place on Tuesday, December 1 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Birdhouse Center for the Arts, 7 N. Main Street, Lambertville. Musicians from the CD will perform their holiday songs and other tunes. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
   The CD is $10 for Lambertville Historical Society members and $15 for non-members. The CD will be sold at many Lambertville venues during the holiday season. Additionally, all the songs can be previewed and the CD can be purchased online at www.lambertvillehistoricalsociety.org. Proceeds benefit the Lambertville Historical Society.
   The Lambertville Historical Society promotes, inspires and encourages the preservation and appreciation of Lambertville's architecture and history through education, community involvement, and preserving and maintaining the James Marshall House Museum.



31st Annual Holiday Weekend
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
31st Annual Holiday Weekend at Eden Woolley House
2015 History Ghost Walk
Celebrating Veteran's Day - Hometown Histories - Robert Landis

Our video series about local stories and interviewing local people for their memories.

Historic Site Markers at Joe Palaia Park
Happening Now On the Grounds of the Eden Woolley House - Our Historic Site Markers have been installed.