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

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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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April to December

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:

- New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State, for a 2016 Operating Grant.

- The New Jersey Cultural Trust, for a 2016 Technology Upgrade Grant.

- The Rita and Harry Greenberger Foundation, for a 2015 Grant for the Stucile Farms Water Tower.​

- The Daughters of the American Revolution, Shrewsbury Towne - Monmouth Chapter for funds for the work on the Stucile Farms Water Tower.​

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

Additional Benefactors
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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.
Fall 2015 Ocean's Heritage
Our 2016 Quilt Raffle Ticket Sponsor
Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House - Local Stories of the American Civil War

New exhibit tells “Local Stories of the Civil War”

The Civil War is the subject of more than an estimated 60,000 books, scores of movies, and a groundbreaking TV documentary. It’s the most documented subject in the American archive. So it’s a legitimate question to ask: What could our local history museum possibly add? The answer: local history. More.
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 - Marie Siciliano

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

Fashion - The History of What We Wear

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Warren County - Hackettstown - THE FIREARMS OF THE WARS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

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Saturday, April 30 - Warren County
In Memory of British rights won and lost and as a tribute to Our Second Amendment,
The Shongum Sportsmen's Association invites the new owners of these weapons to compete in a marksmanship contest using
THE FIREARMS OF THE WARS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Shongum Sportsmen's Association Chapel Hill Range, Janes Chapel Road, Mansfield, NJ
    From Center of Hackettstown, take ROUTE 46 WEST. Turn Left onto RUSSLING RD ( (2 miles from RT 517 by Best's Fruit Farm). At end (1.5 miles), turn LEFT onto BARKER'S MILL RD (.2 miles.) Turn RIGHT onto MT BETHEL RD (1 mile), turn RIGHT onto JANE'S CHAPEL ROAD.   Range approx 1 mile on RIGHT
    SIGHT-IN: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. RIFLES 10-12:00. Muskets 12:30  
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. HANDGUNS 1:30-3:00 p.m.
ENTRY FEES*
Shongum Members,NJACC,Military/Police: $20.00
Guests : $30.00 for Complete Series
Family/significant others: $60 for two benches and up to 6 for lunch.
Fee gives you ten targets. Additional targets $1 each
Full Entry Fee includes Lunch in Club House. Haggis, Heinz beans and hot dogs ($5.00 Lunch
Only)                          Click here for more information


Mercer County - Trenton - The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold a free walking tour along the Delaware & Raritan Canal feeder

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/25/16

Saturday, April 30 -- Mercer County

The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold a free walking tour along the Delaware & Raritan Canal feeder.
    The walk will explore the section of the canal park between Washington Crossing State Park and Cadwalader Park in Trenton, a distance of 6.2 miles. There will also be an opportunity for a shorter walk of 2.4 miles to Scudder's Falls.
     Meet 10 a.m. outside the Ellarslie Mansion, the Trenton City Museum (see photo) in Cadwalader Park, Trenton. The park entrance is near 299 Parkside Ave.
     The tour will pass by Wilburtha and Upper Ferry Road and will include historic canal structures including several stop gates, a spillway, an aqueduct and other historic features.
     The walk will be conducted by Pamela V'Combe. For further information and weather-related updates, contact Ms. V'Combe at pvcombe@gmail.com or 609-635-2783.
The nonprofit D & R Canal Watch helps promote, enhance and preserve the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park.
 

Hunterdon County - Lambertville - Lambertville Historical Society at Shad Fest

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/25/16

Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1 - Hunterdon County
   The Lambertville Historical Society offers two events for Shad Fest this year.
Kids & Families Walking Tour
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 p.m.
Starts at the Marshall House, 60 Bridge Street
An approximately one-hour walk geared toward 5-to-12-year-olds.
Free for LHS members, $5 per family for non-members.
Adult Walking Tour
Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m.
Starts at the Marshall House, 60 Bridge Street
A 60- to 90-minute tour that focuses on architecture and social history.
       Free for LHS members, $5 per person for nonmembers. info@LambertvilleHistoricalSociety.org or call 609-397-0770.

Passaic County - Haledon - Workers' Memorial Day Observance at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark

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Saturday, April 30 - Passaic County
Workers' Memorial Day Observance at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark 
     Haledon, New Jersey -- The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark will observe Workers' Memorial Day, a day set aside by the nation's unions to draw attention to the occupational health and safety of workers in the US, on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the museum's headquarters, the historic Botto House National Landmark.
      In addition to the traditional candlelight vigil, Irwin Nack, Associate Professor of History at William Paterson University (retired) and past president of the American Federation of Teachers Local Union 1796, AFL-CIO, will offer a presentation and lead a discussion on the topic "The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade."
    The first Workers' Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28th was chosen because it is the anniversary of the formation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada. Every year, people in hundreds of communities and at worksites commemorate Workers' Memorial Day as an International Day of Mourning.
   The Botto House National Landmark, home of the American Labor Museum, is located at 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, New Jersey.   It was the meeting place for over 20,000 silk mill workers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The museum offers a free lending library, restored period rooms, changing exhibits, Museum Store, Old World Gardens, educational programs and special events. The museum's hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 1-4PM and by appointment. For further information, please visit the museum's website http://www.labormuseum.net/ or contact the museum at 973-595-7953 or email labormuseum@aol.com.      
 

Mercer County - Princeton - Spring Festival at Updike Farmstead

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/25/16

Saturday, April 30 - Mercer County
Spring Festival at Updike Farmstead
     The Historical Society of Princeton is marking the first spring at its new headquarters, Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road. To celebrate, the community is invited to a free Spring Family Festival on April 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     There will be something for everyone: at 11 a.m., Kids Music Round will present a music and dance class for infants to preschoolers. Ongoing family/children's activities include an American Girl Doll inspired craft, colonial games and interactive tables with touchable artifacts.
     Adults can join a tour of Historic Stony Brook at 12 noon and a talk on women's roles in the Civil War at 2 p.m. There will be a needlework demonstration by members of the Princeton chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America between 12 and 3 p.m.
     "We're very excited for this event as an opportunity for the community to get to know our new location," said Eve Mandel, Director of Programs and Visitor Services. "We're encouraging people to pack a snack or picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful outdoors."  

Middlesex County - South Amboy - 4th Annual Open House

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Saturday, April 30 -- Middlesex County

 

Morris County - Rockaway - A flapjack fundraiser to benefit the Dover Area Historical Society Scholarship Fund

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Saturday, April 30 - Morris County
      A flapjack fundraiser to benefit the Dover Area Historical Society Scholarship Fund will be held on Saturday, April 30, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Applebee's, 435 Route 46 East, Dover/Rockaway.  Tickets cost $10.00 and are valid for the flapjack event only. 
    The meal includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and a beverage (coffee, tea, juice or soda). 
     Two $500.00 scholarships will be given to Dover High School seniors who plan to attend either a four-year or two-year university or college.  For further information and tickets, call Phyllis at 973-366-4276.    

Hunterdon County - Oldwick - TEWKSBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PARTICIPATING IN OLDWICK TAG SALE

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/25/16

Saturday, April 30 - Hunterdon County
TEWKSBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PARTICIPATING IN OLDWICK TAG SALE 
     The Tewksbury Historical Society will participate in the Zion Lutheran Church's Oldwick Tag Sale on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Oldwick Carriage House, located at 5 James Street in Oldwick. The rain date is Saturday, May 7.
     The society has received lots of great donated items to sell including antiques, records, china, furniture and much more. All proceeds from the Society's Tag Sale benefit its building fund.  If you'd like to volunteer a couple of hours to help at the Tag Sale please call 908-832-6734 or email to tewksburyhistory@earthlink.net.  
 
 

Monmouth County - Farmingdale - Allaire BBQ and Brew Fest

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/25/16

Saturday April 30th: Allaire BBQ and Brew Fest
11am to 5pm 
     Join us for a day of hops and hogs in the village! This is our first beer festival in the village. There will be a general admission fee of $5. Beer tickets are available at the door to the beer garden.
    While you enjoy the festival explore the historic buildings, visit craft shops, listen to music and enjoy some good barbecue with family and friends! The Historic Village at Allaire has partnered with Spark Marketing Solutions LLC to give you a great day in spring to get out of the house and have a good time.
Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Avenue,  
Farmingdale New Jersey 07727;732-919-3500 ext 10
 

Essex County - Bloomfield - Join The Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ (HSOB) for a three-mile hike

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/25/16

Saturday, April 30 - Essex County  
      Join The Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ (HSOB) for a three-mile hike conducted by Rich Rockwell and Ron Rice following the path of the Morris Canal through Bloomfield and bus ride to additional sites where the canal is still intact. This hike will include a newly reclaimed section of the canal at Oak Tree Lane, made possible by Eagle Scout candidate Julian Londono and Troup 22.
    Reservations are required. $5.00 donation requested to cover the cost of the bus and 20-page handout with historic photos and color maps. To reserve a space, email MorrisCanal@gmail.com 
Space is limited. Reservations are required.
The excursion will be co-sponsored by HSOB, the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee and the Bloomfield Recreation Dept.  
 
 

Cape May County - Cape May - Spring Festival Crafts & Collectibles at the Physick Estate

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/25/16

Saturday, April 30 - Cape May County
Spring Festival Crafts & Collectibles at the Physick Estate: The Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., becomes an outdoor marketplace as vendors from throughout the Northeast display their wares. Free admission. Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 4 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 http://www.capemaymac.org/.
 
Around Cape Island Cruise: Board the Cape May Whale Watcher for a sightseeing cruise around the island of Cape May. View the majestic Victorian architecture and enjoy tales of local heroes, legends and history Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. $30 for adults, $20 for children (ages 7-12). Purchase tickets in advance at the Washington Street Mall information Booth or at the Hill House office at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and the Cape May Whale Watcher. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 4278 or visit http://www.capemaymac.org/.
 
Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour: This tour features a century of beachfront development, from Victorian cottages of the 1870s through the most up-to-date of today's housing. It includes some of the most magnificent structures ever erected in Cape May. Saturday, April 30 at 12:45 p.m. Tour takes about 45 minutes and admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children (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.
 

Middlesex County - Plainsboro - From Africa to the New World

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Saturday, April 30 - Middlesex County


Somerset County - Franklin Twp - On Saturday, April 30 at 1:30, Matthew Dodd will present "Songs and Stories of the American Revolution."

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Saturday, April 30 - Somerset County
Rockingham and the Rockingham Association are happy to announce the next event to be held in the Dutch barn in April.
      On Saturday, April 30 at 1:30, Matthew Dodd will present "Songs and Stories of the American Revolution." Dressed in Colonial garb, before a set of a Colonial tavern, Matthew takes audiences back in time to the days of the American Colonial settlement and the American Revolution. Using rousing period songs and stories that put the songs into the context of the time, Matthew brings to life the exciting days of 1776. Matthew sings and plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
      Both events are free, although donations are always welcome. Light refreshments will be available. Please note that there will be no 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. tours of the house on that day.
   Rockingham is located at 84 Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd. (Rte. 603) in Franklin Township, 1 mile north of Rte. 27 in Kingston and 1 mile south of Rte. 518 in Rocky Hill. For further information, please call 609-683-7132 or go to http://www.rockingham.net/.

Union County - Kenilworth - Afternoon Tea and Musical Program, 'Tunes for Tea'

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Saturday, April 30 - Union County
Afternoon Tea and Musical Program, 'Tunes for Tea', to Benefit Kenilworth's Historic Oswald J. Nitschke House
       On Saturday, April 30, the Kenilworth Historical Society will present  "Tunes for Tea," an elegant afternoon Tea and musical program featuring a selection of popular, nostalgic 1920s-1940s era tunes sung a cappella, in four-part, barbershop-style harmony.  The enlightening and entertaining program will be presented by the Shore to Please Quartet, a group of female singers from the award-winning Heart of New Jersey Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International.  During their performance, members of the quartet will highlight the fascinating history of barbershop-style music and will demonstrate the composition and balance of four-part barbershop harmony.
    The Tea will begin at noon in the Kenilworth Gospel Chapel hall, 557 Newark Avenue, Kenilworth, where the ambience of a lovely tearoom and charming old-fashioned sweet shop is being created for the event.  In addition to offering an array of assorted teas, tea sandwiches, scones and desserts, the event will include a gift auction and door prizes. Admission is $28.  Advance reservations (by April 22) are required, as seating is limited.  For reservations/tickets, please call 908-709-0434, 908-709-0391 or visit Especially Yours Florist at 13 North 20th Street, Kenilworth. 
    
               For more information, click here. 

Monmouth County - Countywide - 2016 Weekend In Old Monmouth

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Saturday-Sunday, April 30-May 1 - Monmouth County
   Five new sites added
'Weekend in Old Monmouth' tour returns
Fees waived for visitors at historical sites
     The annual "Weekend in Old Monmouth" returns with 43 historic sites throughout Monmouth County opening their doors to visitors interested in local history on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.
 
    "Weekend in Old Monmouth is a wonderful event for anyone interested in our rich history and unique architecture," said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County's Historical Commission, coordinator of the weekend event. "The sites on the tour are generally operated independently of one another, but for two days the entrance fees are waived and the hours of operation are the same at these historic gems."
    The Weekend in Monmouth tour sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, unless otherwise noted.
Five sites have been added to the 2016 Weekend in Old Monmouth tour:
  • Allentown Presbyterian Church (c. 1837) in Allentown is surrounded by a historic cemetery, the final resting place of NJ Governor William A. Newell, founder of the U.S. Life Saving Service. 
  • Baird House (c. 1830) in Millstone Twp. was built and lived in by Thomas Baird who was one of the original founders and first vice-president of the Monmouth County Agricultural Society and was elected as a Monmouth County Chosen Freeholder.
  • Montrose Schoolhouse (c. 1812) in Colts Neck is the last of the township's six one-room schoolhouses and it retains its original architectural profile. 
  • Parker Homestead (c. 1740s) in Little Silver was home to eight generations of Joseph Parker's descendants. Visitors can view a restoration in progress.
  • St. Peter's Church (c. 1770s) in Freehold Borough is the oldest public building in  continuous use in the town and has ties to the Battle of Monmouth.
   The self-guided tour has recommended routes that guide history buffs travel by foot, bicycle or car to the various locations. So, start planning your route by previewing the tour sites on the 
    In mid-April, the 2016 detailed tour book and tour map will be available on the Monmouth County website at www.visitmonmouth.com. On the tour dates, each tour stop will also have maps and booklets available. For more information, email history@co.monmouth.nj.us 


Camden County - Haddon Heights - Pullman service on the Reading Railroad

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Monday, April 25 - Camden County
    At 7:30 p.m. the West Jersey Chapter-National Railway Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting. After a brief business meeting, Carl Rose will give a presentation about the last days of Pullman service on the Reading Railroad. He will cover the lines operated, equipment used, and other railroads that were involved. Carl is an expert in railroad passenger operations and we look forward to hearing what he has to say. All are welcome.
     The meeting is held at the Haddon Heights Municipal building at 625 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights. Directions and a map are available at our website www.westjersey-nrhs.org.  


Middlesex County - Woodbridge - The Battle of the Short Hills, June 1777

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Monday, April 25 - Middlesex County
     Walter Stochel will present "The Battle of the Short Hills, June 1777" in which the British tried to engage the American Army only to be thwarted by 5,000 brave Americans. The British hoped that if they feigned a departure from New Jersey, they would lure the Continental Forces down from the Watchung Mountains, crush them, and finally end the Revolutionary War. The plan didn't go so well, even though Washington's troops of less than 6,000 were vastly outnumbered by a combined British and Hessian force numbering about 12,000.
   Mr. Stochel is an activist with the Metuchen-Edison Historical Association, Edison Township Open Space Committee, Dismal Swamp Commission and Edison Greenways Group. He coordinated the effort by the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society to place the battlefield of the Battle of the Short Hills on the National Register of Historic Places in May, 2014.
 7 p.m. at the Woodbridge Main Library, 1 Frederick Plaza. Sponsored by the Historical Association of Woodbridge Township.


Monmouth County - Farmingdale - 19th Century Beehive Oven Baking

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Sunday April 24th: 19th Century Beehive Oven Baking 
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   Once a year, The Historic Village at Allaire bakes in its Beehive style bake oven.  After hours of preheating and prep work, hot loaves of bread come steaming out of the oven.  The bake oven is the highlight of the day long reenactment that includes house tours and craft demonstrations. This event is free for the public.
Historic Village at Allaire 
4263 Atlantic Avenue 
Farmingdale New Jersey 07727
732-919-3500 ext 10


Sussex County - Sparta - Faux and Fabulous: 100 Years of Vintage Costume Jewelry

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Sunday, April 24 -- Sussex County

   

Mercer County - Pennington - The National Register of Historic Places

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Sunday, April 24 - Mercer County
3:00 p.m. at the Pennington Public Library, 30 N Main St, Pennington, NJ 08534
The National Register of Historic Places
     This program is a collaboration between HVHS and the Pennington Public Library.
Kathleen P. Galop will present a program on the National Register of Historic Places on behalf of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society. Kathleen will discuss the value of placing properties on the National Register in terms of the protections that the National Register provides.  Kathleen will also discuss the Nomination process as Nominations must first be to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and then the State nominates a property to the National Register
    Kathleen has nominated three (3) Olmsted-designed landscapes to the National Register: Branch Brook Park in Newark and Belleville; Anderson Park in Upper Montclair; and, Brian Pond Park in Springfield and Summit.  She has developed an expertise in nominating properties to the National Register.  Kathleen is looking forward to sharing her expertise with the membership of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.
 
 

Our thanks to our 2016 Spring Tea Sponsors:
Weekend In Old Monmouth  
April 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 1, 2016, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Also, thank you to:

Christine Craney Levy


2016 Quilt Raffle Quilt
"The Road to Gettysburg" - A Civil War Era Quilt
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