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


(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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7:00 to 9:00 P.M. -
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 2015 Quilt Raffle Ticket Sponsor
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.
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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 - 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

Middlesex County - Piscataway - Second Annual History Day

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Sunday, June 5 - Middlesex County
   The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage will hold its second annual History Day on Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at East Jersey Old Town Village, located in Johnson Park in Piscataway. Last year's event attracted over 500 visitors and we hope this year's event will be an even greater success.
     We will feature a variety of living history demonstrations including blacksmithing, furniture making, chair caning, decorative arts, and more. Additionally, we are inviting all historical societies and museums to register, free of charge. We will have 8' x 2.5' tables available for all registered groups to use for displays and literature. Our goal for this event is to raise public awareness of local history.
     If you would like to register your group or obtain further details, please use my contact information below. If you participated last year, we thank you for making the event a resounding success. We look forward to your response and hope that you will join us.
Sarah K. Filik, Curator of Exhibits and History Programs, 732-745-3030, ext. 304
Email: sarah.filik@co.middlesex.nj.us

Morris County - Chatham - Four Historic Farms & Estates of Chatham Township & the People Who Ran Them

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Sunday, February 21 - Morris County
Come Join the Chatham Township Historical Society for our February Program
* Sunday, Feb 21 at 2 p.m. *
Four Historic Farms & Estates of Chatham Township & the People Who Ran Them
Speaker: Patricia Wells, Co-Pres CTHS
   Learn about four of the largest farms and estates in Chatham Township from 1870 to the mid 1900s. 
     Meet some very smart farmers, some great employers, an early conservationist, an inventor, and one very funny couple.
Location: Chatham TWP Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham, NJ 
 * All Welcome *

Middlesex County - Piscataway - Presidents Day Celebration

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Sunday, February 21 -- Middlesex County

Hunterdon County - Phillipsburg- Pohatcontg History and Heritage Society

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Friday, February 18 -- Hunterdon County
      At this meeting of the Pohatcontg History and Heritage Society,

Bill Dobbins will present a program about metal detecting. He will show what he does and what has been found at the Shimer Mansion property (that is not him). 7:00 p.m. at the Calvary Bible Fellowship Church, Finesville, 191 Route 627, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. 

Hunterdon County - Flemington - "Black Slaves and Soldiers of the American Revolution."

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Tuesday, February 16 - Hunterdon County
    As Hunterdon County continues to celebrate its 300th anniversary, we will share events for this year, the theme of which is the American Revolution.     
Tuesday, February 16 - Hunterdon County
     In honor of Black History Month, Fredric Minus, an African-American historian and reenactor, will give the lecture "Black Slaves and Soldiers of the American Revolution." 
     22 slaves and 12 free men of color aided General George Washington, a Virginia plantation and slave owner, as he crossed the Delaware from Pennsylvania to Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  This lecture will be held at the Main Branch of the Hunterdon County Library, 314 Route 12, Flemington, NJ at 7 p.m.; the talk is free but reservations are required
     Minus, a frequent lecturer, volunteer and reenactor at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, grew up and was educated in Delaware. His interest in the Civil War peaked when he discovered that he had two great-great grandfathers that served in the Civil War. Fred joined the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops, out of Philadelphia PA, one of the regiments started out of Camp William Penn of which his great, great, grandfathers were a part. Fred founded a Civil War re-enactment group in Trenton, the 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops.
Fredric Minus' awards include recognition proclamations by the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly as well as The Mercer County Executives. Certificates of appreciation from Camp Olden, Philadelphia American Revolution and Thomas Middleton Round Tables; Junteenth Hero Award; The NAACP, and the Outstanding Service Award from fellow Camp Mifflin Re-enactors.
   For reservations to the Black History lecture on February 16th  visit the Hunterdon 300th's website at www.hunterdon300th.org or call them at 908-788-2030. 

Somerset County Warren - President Lincoln's Greatcoat

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Thursday, February 18 -- Somerset County
President Lincoln's Greatcoat:
Reignette Chilto
      On April 14, 1865, the date of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, while attending a performance at Ford's Theater, Lincoln was wearing a greatcoat made by Brooks Brothers, given to him as a gift for his second inauguration. After his death, Mrs. Lincoln gave many of his possessions including the greatcoat. What happened to this greatcoat is an odyssey, a mystery and a scandal. (See February 16 listing above for registration at the Warren Library.) 7:00 p.m. 

Somerset County - Warren - PRESIDENT...WHO??!!! * Rich Rosenthal

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Tuesday, February 16 -- Somerset County

PRESIDENT...WHO??!!! * Rich Rosenthal
      For most of us celebrating Presidents' Day, we think of Washington, Lincoln and FDR, the greats, but how about the not so greats? Benjamin Harrison (photo right), John Tyler, Chester A. Arthur, and the ever popular Millard Fillmore are some of the WHO? Presidents discussed.
    Due to limited seating, the event requires pre-registration. Register online www.sclsnj.org - Click on Events/Programs and find the Warren calendar. Or call 908-754-5554 Ext. 64 for registration and information. The Warren Twp. Library, a branch of the Somerset County Library System is located at 42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren.7:00 p.m. 

Somerset County - Hillsborough - Special Event: Project Green

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Saturday, February 13 - Somerset County
(Grades 1-5 and Parents/Caregivers)
   Want to learn more about how you can help the environment?  Hillsborough High School Club Project Green will be visiting the library for a fun, interactive presentation.  There will be games, a recycled craft, group projects and more!
    This Saturday, February 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hillsborough Public Library Program Room A, 379 S Branch Rd, Hillsborough; 908-369-2200
   To register, call the Children's Desk at (908) 369-2200 x 14 

Cumberland County - Port Norris - 2nd Friday at Bayshore Center

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Friday, February 12 - Cumberland County
2nd Friday at Bayshore Center
Cumberland County's only waterfront Friday night option continues ...............
5:30-8:30 p.m. at 2800 High Street, Port Norris, NJ 08349
(Museum Sheds 27-28)
 To the Heart of the Matter 
     This month our presentation will get to the heart of the matter with a discussion and book signing with authors of The Bloody Third:  Mayhem, murder and memories of Millville's Third Ward by Eileen Bennett and Nelson Trout.
     If you're a native of Millville, NJ, you have no doubt heard of the city's notorious "Blood Third Ward."  This book peeks into the history of the scrabble, blue-collar, working class neighborhood and how it earned its nickname.  It touches on John "Bat" Trout, who started a baseball tradition that would catapult the Trout name into the stratosphere.  The neighborhood was the scene of a 1917 murder spree, numerous speakeasies and the source of works by famed poet Carl Sandburg, appalled at the flaunting of child labor laws.  But faithful "Third Warders" proudly point out that there were fond times growing up in the shadows of the glass and cotton factories. This book gets to the heart of the matter.                                              
Mini Museum Talks 
6:15-8:15 p.m.  (Museum Sheds 23-24)
Join museum volunteers for an interesting talk.
(Museum Sheds 25-26)
 Hearts and Flowers (....and Chocolates) 
    This month's exhibit, "Hearts and Flowers (....and Chocolate)"  features the work of Deborah Shaw, the art of paper cutting; Joan Berkey, small paintings of historic townscapes and Merry May, small quilts with flowers.   All three will exhibit work depicting hearts and flowers.  In addition, chocolatier, Sheri Gatier will showcase and sell handmade chocolates.
Exhibit closes Saturday, March 6th
The Bayshore Art Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
MUSIC: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jersey Peaches
plays an eclectic mix of music including rock, country, blues, folk and jazz.  (photo above)  


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     Folks should express support for the Cultural/Historic components in
DELAWARE WATER GAP NATIONAL RECREATION AREA and provide comment, when that period opens, to help us assure that the earliest remnants from the colonial period and representative structures reflecting the settlement of the Delaware River / Minisink valley are retained, and reused as appropriate. This area was considered to be one of the oldest settled river valleys in the country.

     The sites were listed on Preservation NJ's 10 Most Endangered list in 2004.
NPS has now posted its info at: 

Essex County - Montclair - President's Day for Kids

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Monday, February 15 - Essex County
President's Day for Kids
from 10 to 12 noon
Visit the Crane House and Historic YWCA, through hands-on activities and crafts, and discover how our past presidents, their wives, and children lived.
Admission is $10/child, which includes the cost of all supplies and materials.  Call 973-744-1796 to reserve a place by Wednesday, February 10. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Appropriate for children ages 6 to 10. 
108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042; 973-744-1796.

Essex County - Montclair - Second Sunday Family FUNDay

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Sunday, February 14 - Essex County
Second Sunday Family FUNDay
from 1 to 4 p.m.
Take and send Valentine's Day photos of your kids in historic costumes, make Victorian Valentines, go on a scavenger hunt of hidden hearts, and visit the old HEARTh kitchen to see what Carolina Cape? is cooking. Tours for families on the hour, last tour 3 pm.  Admission is $10/family; members free.
    Not a member? Join on Sunday. Special gifts for new members throughout February!
108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042; 973-744-1796.

Essex County - Montclair - Open House for Home Schoolers

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Friday, February 12 - Essex County
Open House for Home Schoolers
from 10 to 12 noon
Homeschool families will be able to take a tour of the museum and see the layout out of our properties for programming, join an information session on programs available this spring for a variety of ages, and learn about volunteer and internship opportunities for children ages 14 and up. Registration suggested, all activities are free. Tours of the museum and information sessions will be at 10 and 11 am. For more information email mail@montclairhistorical.org or call 973-744-1796
108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ 07042; 973-744-1796.

Monmouth County - Asbury Park - 4th of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promise Land

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Friday, February 12 - Monmouth County
7:00 p.m.
     Come see Grammy-nominated author Daniel Wolff talk about his book, 4th of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promise Land
    Asbury's own Gil Caldwell, civil rights leader, speaks about the importance of civil rights and gay rights in Asbury today.                                         
      Come ready for dialogue at the end!
Special Music Guest Asbury's Own Nicky Addeo
Where: Trinity church, 503 Asbury Avenue
What: A fundraiser for Food Justice at Trinity
When: February 12th at 7:00 p.m.
How Much? We are asking for $0-$30 sliding scale donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Bring Cash for the door.
For more info contact: Derek.minno.bloom@gmail.com 

Morris County - Morristown - "YOUNG ALEXANDER HAMILTON"

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Thursday, February 11 -- Morris County

 NORTH JERSEY AMERICAN REVOLUTION ROUND TABLE         www.njhistoryroundtables.org                                                                                                                                              
Time: 7:14 p.m. at Washington's Headquarters Museum Great Hall, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. There is no admission fee - guests are welcome and are encouraged to attend. Teachers and students are especially welcome.
     Hamilton was a man of whom everyone of his time seems to have had a passionate opinion.  Why not?  He came out of nowhere.  He was brilliant.  He had towering ambition.  What was the background of this, the youngest of our Founding Fathers, and how did it help form the man, who helped form our nation?
     Pat Sanftner has a thirty-year career in costuming in show business and taught in the theater department of Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College, Richmond Indiana, and a Master of Fine Arts from NYU School of the Arts, She has been the curator of collections and head docent at Schuyler-Hamilton House for a number of years, finding herself, much to her surprise, an authority on Alexander Hamilton.

Middlesex County - Sayerville - Scarlet Letter Lives

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Thursday, February 11 - Middlesex County
7:00 p.m.
      The Sayreville Historical Society presents Maureen Wlodarczyk discussing her new book, Scarlet Letter Lives.
    Author and genealogist Maureen K. Wlodarczyk weaves a work of historical fiction inspired by the true stories of the owners of three 1850s copies of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter: a Mississippi boy of thirteen who, along with his two brothers, is destined for the battlefields of Virginia during the Civil War;  a New England sea captain's daughter, newly married and living in Alexandria, Virginia when that war breaks out; and a transplanted Virginia man living in New Orleans who must flee the Union occupation there. Their family stories converge over the ensuing decades as their copies of The Scarlet Letter and their lives intersect in one woman who will tell their tales and then the secret that defined her own life.  (Now nominated for a Global EBook Award!)
    Sayreville Senior Center, 423 Main Street, Sayreville.info@sayrevillehistory.org

Morris County - Morristown - John Burkhalter. Practitioners of Musick: A program of period music

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Thursday, February 11 - Morris County
7:14 p.m.
North Jersey American Revolution Round Table meeting. John Burkhalter. Practitioners of Musick: A program of period music. Washington's Headquarters Museum Great Hall, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Free

Somerset County - Far Hills - "More Than a Game"

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Through December 31 - Somerset County
       Visitors to the USGA Museum in Far Hills will be surprised to learn that there is much to discover about the game of golf. Originally installed in February of 2014, the exhibit "More Than a Game" focuses on how the creation of African-American golf clubs positively impacted the community, despite the pervasive prejudice and racism of the Jim Crow era. They founded institutions that celebrated the game, and their culture, setting a new standard for what a free and open society could be.
      Local schools and youth groups are invited to arrange a field trip to the museum to learn about diversity in golf through the exhibit's centerpiece which is the story of William "Bill" Powell and the Clearview Golf Club. Founded in 1946 in East Canton, Ohio, Clearview is the only public golf course in the United States designed, built, owned and operated by an African American. Celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, its existence is a testimonial to the vision, determination and integrity of Powell, who overcame numerous obstacles in the pursuit of his dream. Lesson plans are available upon request for teachers and group leaders prior to or following their onsite experience.
     Powell's Clearview Golf Club was not the only African-American golf institution founded in this era. The exhibit also honors other clubs that made significant contributions to minority golf including Shady Rest Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., home course of John Shippen, the first American and the first African American to play in a U.S. Open Championship in 1896. Also featured are significant trophies from the United Golfers Association and many other various artifacts that celebrate the men and women who made sacrifices in an effort to realize their dream of equality on the greens.
    For more information about the museum, this exhibit and field trip opportunities, please contact Kim Gianetti at 908-326-1948 or by email at kgianetti@usga.org.
         The USGA is one of the world's foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game's history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program. Additionally, the USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
    For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

Mercer County - Pennington - The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

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February 21 - Mercer County
Author Event to Benefit the Washington Crossing Park Association
    On Sunday, February 21, at 1:00 p.m., the Washington Crossing Park Association of New Jersey and The Pennington School will host Fergus M. Bordewich, Author of The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government at the The Pennington School, 112 W Delaware Avenue, Kenneth Tai Yen Building, Pennington, NJ 08534 
     After his book talk, the author will sign copies of his new book, priced at $30.
     This event is free and open to the public.  A portion of the book sale proceeds will be donated to the Washington Crossing Park Association.
     Reserve your copy today! RSVP via email at events@washingtoncrossingparkassociation.com  or call our Events Coordinator at 609-389-5657.

Bergen County - River Edge - A Country Ball upon the 284th Anniversary of the Washington's Birthday

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Sunday, February 21 - Bergen County
Washington's Birthday Celebration: Country Ball on the 284th Anniversary
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A Country Ball upon the 284th Anniversary of the Washington's Birthday
will be held at Historic New Bridge Landing.
   18th-century dancing will be featured in the Steuben House under Denise Piccino's direction with Ridley & Anne Enslow providing musical accompaniment on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Throughout the afternoon, Rodger Yaden will portray General George Washington.
    Hot cider and crullers will be served in the restored 18th-century tavern in the Campbell-Christie House, where the gift shop is also located. Visitors may also see open-hearth cooking demonstrated in the Out-Kitchen, featuring a menu he might have eaten during his stay at New Bridge and recipes from Martha's cookbook. A tiger-stripe maple bedstead that family tradition noted was used in a local home where George Washington also stayed during the 1780 Steenrapie Encampment, currently on display.
    General George Washington made his headquarters in the Zabriskie-Steuben House at New Bridge in September 1780, when 1,400 Continental troops encamped between Van Saun Park in River Edge and Soldier Hill Road in Oradell.
 Historic New Bridge Landing:  
American Revolutionary War Battleground including 3 Jersey-Dutch Sandstone Houses, Exhibits, Tavern, Gift shop & Outkitchen. (Barn closed in cold weather)  
$10 adults, $7 students, BCHS members free. HNBL, 1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Site map below. (Become a member and support our efforts, $20 individual / $30 household) Events updates to follow.
    Check our website for event updates  | www.bergencountyhistory.org | contactBCHS@bergencountyhistory.org | 201.343.9492
 All 3 Jersey-Dutch Houses are connected by a gravel walking path. Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing Train stop.

2015 History Ghost Walk
Historic Site Markers at Joe Palaia Park
Happening Now On the Grounds of the Eden Woolley House - Our Historic Site Markers have been installed.
2016 Membership Renewal

Renew your membership for 2016 (or join) on-line using PayPal, or print out a renewal form and mail or bring it to the Museum.
Congratulations to Eagle Scout Candidate Chris Kasyjanski - Troop 71, Oakhurst for restoring the Ryan Playhouse as his Eagle Scout Project, by replacing large numbers of worn out siding, replacing a large amount of the exterior fencing, and re-glazing, or replacing all of the windows in the structure, as well as repainting the entire playhouse and fence.
New Exhibit - Local Stories of the Civil War
Opening - Sunday, March 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Eden Woolley House, Our Town Gallery, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712