Township of Ocean Historical Museum
An Open Door To History
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 - Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore

One hundred years ago this September, 25,000 people gathered on the grounds of what is today Monmouth University—then a private estate called Shadow Lawn—to see Woodrow Wilson officially accept the nomination of the Democratic Party for a second Presidential run. Wilson was following a popular tradition among American Presidents to retreat to our slice of the Jersey Shore to escape the heat and hubbub of Washington. Our exhibit tells the wide-ranging stories of eleven Presidents who spent time here, at the Monmouth County shore. 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 1772 Foundation and the New Jersey Historic Trust for a grant to paint the Stucile Farms Water Tower, which the Museum is now restoring.

- 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
Donate to the Museum

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 - Deal Test Site/Joe Palaia Park

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

Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Union County - Union - Liberty Live: My Lord, What A Night

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October 13-16 - Union County
Premiere Stages & Liberty Hall Museum present
                           Liberty Live: My Lord, What A Night
By Deborah Brevoort
Directed by Kel Haney
October 13 - 16
Thursday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m. (Student Matinee)
Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m. (Benefit Performance & Candlelight Tour)
Saturday, October 15 at 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
 
The 1882 Carriage House at Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ
    Based on actual events, "My Lord, What a Night" provides a thought-provoking account of the night legendary singer Marian Anderson spent at the home of Albert Einstein. What begins as an event that threatens to divide the Princeton community ends with a lifetime bond between two of New Jersey's most fascinating people of the 20th century.
    Liberty Live is a unique partnership between Premiere Stages (www.kean.edu/premierestages) and Liberty Hall Museum that features a production of a new play that celebrates New Jersey history, tours of the museum, interactive displays, workshops for children and talk-backs with local historians.
   Tickets: $15 Standard/$100 Benefit & Candlelight Tour (October 14 only). Call 908-737-7469 or visit http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/events to purchase.


Morris County - Morristown - Patriots, Tories, Inebriates, and Hussies: Archaeology at the Abraham Staats House, South Bound Brook

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Thursday, September 8, 2016   7:14 p.m.
NPS Washington's Headquarters Auditorium, 30 Washington Place, Morristown
North Jersey American Revolution Round Table
 
Patriots, Tories, Inebriates, and Hussies: Archaeology at the Abraham Staats House, South Bound Brook, New Jersey.
     To modern suburbanites life on a farm may seem hopelessly boring or, alternatively, charming and idyllic. Excavations at the Abraham Staats House in New Jersey's Raritan Valley, just upriver from New Brunswick, provides a glimpse of the lives of the 18th- and 19th-century farmers who were neither boring nor idyllic. The Staats family, part of the early 18th-century Dutch migration to the Raritan Valley saw their lives transformed by the Revolutionary War, the arrival of Turnpike Roads, the construction of the Delaware and Raritan Canal, the emancipation of slaves, and family squabbles of Macbethian proportions.
Richard Veit, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. In 2007 he was the recipient of Monmouth University's distinguished teacher award. Professor Veit is a North American historical archaeologist whose research focuses on the Middle Atlantic Region between the late 17th century and the early 19th century. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and reviews and five books.  

Hunterdon County - Oldwick - 22nd Annual TEWKSBURY Flea Market in OLDWICK!

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Saturday, September 3 - Hunterdon County
      Join us for the 22nd annual TEWKSBURY Flea Market in OLDWICK!
     The Tewksbury Historical Society is hosting its 22nd annual Flea Market, which is one of its main fundraisers, on Saturday, September 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Family/Cedar Lane Farm Field located ½ mile north of the village of Oldwick on County Route 517. The rain date will be Sunday, September 4th.  This is one of the largest flea markets in New Jersey on Labor Day weekend.  There will be 116 vendors in attendance; all vendor spaces were sold out August 6th.  Last year saw over 1,200 people in attendance.  There will be a $1/car suggested donation, collected at the exit.  Vendors will display old and new items of all types including antiques, toys and collectibles, farm fresh produce, household items and more.  The Pottersville Volunteer Fire Company will be serving breakfast and lunch to benefit their operations.  Early birds can gain admission from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at a cost of $ 10 per person.  Early Birds should enter the site via Homestead Road. The Tewksbury Historical Society booth has an eclectic mix of multiple items, all donated by Society members and residents of Tewksbury.  All proceeds benefit the Society's building fund.
    The Tewksbury Flea Market is easily accessible off Exit 24 of the Interstate 78.  Following the signs for Oldwick/County Route 523/517 north or from Route 206 south from Chester.  For more information, contact the Tewksbury Historical Society at 908-832-6734 or visit our website at http://www.tewksburyhistory.net/.

Middlesex County - Piscataway - Historic Music Series In The Park

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Sundays, August 28, September 11 and 18 -- Middlesex County
 

Sussex County - Stanhope - Canal Days at Waterloo Village

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Saturdays August 27, September 17 & 24, October 8 & 22 - Sussex County

   

Passaic County - Paterson - Bio Blitz

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Saturday, August 27 -- Passaic County
Bio Blitz

   

Passaic County - Paterson - Art in the Park

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Friday, August 26 -- Passaic County
Art in the Park

   

Passaic County - Paterson - National Park Service -- Savor Paterson

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Thursday, August 25 -- Passaic County
National Park Service -- Savor Paterson

   

Cape May County - Cape May - 'PARANORMAL PURSUITS' WEEKEND AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE

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Saturday-Sunday, August 20-21 - Cape May County
'PARANORMAL PURSUITS' WEEKEND AT HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE, AUGUST 20-21
     Interested in ghost hunting? Like learning about the supernatural? Visit Historic Cold Spring Village for 'Paranormal Pursuits': Spiritualism in the 1800s on Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st, from 10am to 4:30pm. In addition to experiencing the Village's 27 restored, historic buildings dating from 1691-1912, guests can enjoy various workshops, demonstrations and tours which highlight the study of spiritualism and the paranormal.
     The local paranormal investigation group, Morning Star Paranormal, will share the findings of their investigation at the Village and demonstrate their ghost hunting equipment in the Welcome Center throughout the weekend. In the Dennisville Inn, another local paranormal investigation group, POST (Paranormal Organization Supporting Teens) will conduct an investigation throughout the day, sharing their experiences during past investigations and current findings with guests. Guests can also explore the Village's own paranormal past and present during ghost walks on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3pm. During stops at various buildings throughout the Village visitors will learn about the supernatural experiences reported by staff members as well as the evidence of ghostly presences discovered by visiting mediums and psychics.
     Additional programs include palm readings, tarot card readings and hands-on demonstrations of divining rods. Throughout the weekend Professor William B. Ghan will demonstrate the study of phrenology, a 19th century field of science that believed the bumps on your head explained your character traits. HCSV Deputy Director for Education and Interpretation Jim Stephens will lecture on the lively practice of spiritualism in the 1800s on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Guests can also shop for good luck charms and talismans.
    In addition to "Paranormal Pursuits" weekend, the Village is hosting upcoming after-hours paranormal events on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village. On Tuesdays and Thursdays in August, staff members will lead guests by lantern light through the Village on evening Ghost Walks, stopping along the way at the museum's restored historic buildings to speak of the mysterious spectral happenings reported by our staff and revealed by paranormal investigation teams. Walks begin at 8pm at the Route 9 gatehouse. Tickets are $15 per person. On Saturday, September 3rd, and Saturday, October 1st, join Morning Star Paranormal for a night of hands-on ghost hunting in Historic Cold Spring Village. Beginning at 7 pm, guests will be escorted in groups to each of four buildings and through the Village grounds where researchers will allow guests to assist with the investigations. Tickets are $40 per person for each of the investigations.
      On October 8th the museum is hosting a Channeling Dinner with famed medium, Craig McManus. The event is being held at the Cold Spring Grange Restaurant and begins at 7pm. Tickets are $85 per person. A High Spirited Tea featuring local medium, R. Scott Bitting, will be held on October 22nd at 2pm in the Dennisville Inn. Tickets are $40 per person. Advance ticket purchase is required for these events and space is limited! Call (609) 898-2300 ext. 10 to purchase tickets for these special events.
    The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner's Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. Visit the Country Store, Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor, Brewery and Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. For more information on events, membership, volunteering, or booking private affairs, please call 609-898-2300, ext. 10, or visit the Village website at http://www.hcsv.org/.  
 

Somerset County - Franklin Twp - Fireside Chat: Gravestone History

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Saturday, August 20 -- Somerset County


Morris County - Wharton - Canal Days Music and Craft Festival

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Saturday, August 20 -- Morris County

  

Middlesex County and Cape May County - Two upcoming League workshops: Organization Essentials -- two locations

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Two upcoming League workshops: Organization Essentials -- two locations

 

Union County - Union - Liberty Live: My Lord, What A Night

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 08/12/16

Order tickets now:
October 13-16 - Union County
Premiere Stages & Liberty Hall Museum present
                           Liberty Live: My Lord, What A Night
By Deborah Brevoort
Directed by Kel Haney
October 13 - 16
Thursday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m. (Student Matinee)
Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m. (Benefit Performance & Candlelight Tour)
Saturday, October 15 at 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
 
The 1882 Carriage House at Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ
    Based on actual events, "My Lord, What a Night" provides a thought-provoking account of the night legendary singer Marian Anderson spent at the home of Albert Einstein. What begins as an event that threatens to divide the Princeton community ends with a lifetime bond between two of New Jersey's most fascinating people of the 20th century.
    Liberty Live is a unique partnership between Premiere Stages (www.kean.edu/premierestages) and Liberty Hall Museum that features a production of a new play that celebrates New Jersey history, tours of the museum, interactive displays, workshops for children and talk-backs with local historians.
   Tickets: $15 Standard/$100 Benefit & Candlelight Tour (October 14 only). Call 908-737-7469 or visit http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/events to purchase.


Burlington County - Mount Laurel - BECOME A SPONSOR FOR PAULSDALE UNCORKED!

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 SAVE THE DATE!
BECOME A SPONSOR FOR PAULSDALE  UNCORKED!
Saturday, September 24 - Burlington County
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Reserve your spot to blend with the community and support Paulsdale at our 9th annual Paulsdale Uncorked!
     Enjoy various fine wine and food pairings at our reception celebrating historic Paulsdale. We are proud to host a variety of upscale local food sponsors, which are listed below. Discover the unique and savory samplings of the area's finest personal chefs, and meet the culinary staff at The Capital Grille of Cherry Hill and the Bonefish Grill of Marlton.
 Contact Paige at psalvador@alicepaul.org about raffle donations.  
        Alice Paul Institute,856-231-1885; info@alicepaul.org


Burlington County - Westampton - The Great Jefferson - Dickinson Debate

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Sunday, September 18 - Burlington County
The Great Jefferson - Dickinson Debate
  
     On Sunday, September 18,2016 the NSCDA-NJ is sponsoring a reenactment of the debate between the two great statesmen, John Dickinson and Thomas Jefferson. They will debate whether America should declare their independence from Great Britain. They will present their arguments regarding independence as they did before the Congress in July, 1776. This debate will occur under the tent on the front lawn of the Colonial Farmstead, Peachfield. 
  
Tickets are $50. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served in the garden. Prepaid reservations are required by August 30, 2016. For reservations please call 609/267-6996, or email at colonialdamesnj@comcast.net or visit our website at http://www.colonialdamesnj.org/.
    This event will take place at Peachfield, the Headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of New Jersey, 180 Burrs Road, Westampton, NJ 08060 at 2:00 p.m.
   NSCDA-NJ has received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Union County - Westfield - The American House in History - and in Color

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Wednesday, September 14 - Union County
Westfield Historical Society Lunch & Learn -
The American House in History - and in Color
     The Westfield Historical Society will present the opening program for the Westfield Historical Society's 2016-2017 year on September 14th, 2016 at 12 p.m. at Echo Lake Country Club. Our speaker will be Janet W. Foster, who will present her illustrated lecture entitled "The American House in History - and in Color."
   Historic documentation of old architecture tends to show buildings in black and white drawings or photographs. It is hard to appreciate how these buildings actually looked when they were new. Color played an important role in the appearance of these buildings, just as it does now. Most buildings have been updated to follow color fashions, so their original appearance may be surprising to us now. Join us for a lively, fast-paced review of American architectural styles, and the colors that enriched those styles.
   Janet W. Foster is an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant with over 30 years of experience with New Jersey's buildings. She studied at the Columbia University Historic Preservation Program, and then founded Acroterion, a preservation consulting firm, in 1983. At Acroterion, she had the opportunity to study hundreds of buildings in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania through preparation of National Register nominations, Historic Structures Reports, historic buildings surveys, and other projects.
     All those wishing to attend the luncheon are asked to make a reservation by calling Mary Orlando at 908-233-2930, by noon Monday September 12, 2016. There is a luncheon fee of $30 (WHS members) or $35 (non-members) which includes a three course meal, coffee/tea, and gratuity. The luncheon fee can be paid at the door. Westfield Historical Society memberships will also be available at the door.
   Echo Lake Country Club is at 515 Springfield Ave, Westfield, NJ. For Echo Lake County Club dress code information, visit: http://www.echolakecc.org. For more information on the Westfield Historical Society events, visit http://westfieldhistoricalsociety.org/
 

Sussex County - Sussex - Bait & Boat Festival at High Point State Park

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Sunday, September 11 - Sussex County
Bait & Boat Festival
Join the Friends of High Point State Park as we say goodbye to summer with a fun-filled day of fishing and boating. This is the one day of the year that boats are allowed on Lake Marcia. Activities include kayaking, boat races, fishing contest, sandcastle contest, boat craft, and pond study or paddle with the Park Naturalist. The day will conclude with campfire and s'mores on the beach. 
Schedule of Events
1 p.m. Boating, Fishing Contest, Sandcastle Contest, and Crafts start
2 p.m. Boat Race
3 p.m. Pond Study or Paddle with Park Naturalist
4 p.m. Boat Race 
4 p.m. Crafts end
5 p.m. Boating, Fishing and Sandcastle Contests end
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Campfire with s'mores
 
Participants are welcome to bring their own non-motorized boats. Please stop at the registration table for additional instructions. All boats are required to be rinsed prior to entering the water and must be launched from the Lake Marcia beach. All boaters must wear a PFD while on the water. All fishing contest participants must bring their own fishing tackle and display a valid NJ fishing license if age 16 or older.
September 10, 2016
(Rain date Sunday, September 11, 2016)
1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Lake Marcia Beach HPSP
FREE, donation of $5 or more per boater or family appreciated

Somerset County - Kingston - John Adams at Rockingham

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Saturday, September 10 - Somerset County
     On Saturday, September 10th, Mr. Peyton Dixon, as John Adams, will give a talk in the barn at Rockingham about his life, his relationship with George Washington, and his time as Vice President. The program will start at 1:30.
      John Adams, third President of these United States, was an imperfect, burdened, yet ever-striving man. In him we recognize the desire to be something more, the concerns about what others might see in us, the struggle for balance between our personal opinions and our public persona. Throughout his life, Adams faced many challenging situations, but perhaps what is even more impressive than how he tackled these issues, or his list of accomplishments, is his humanity. While he did not necessarily believe in the innate goodness inside man, he did something remarkable, though sometimes unintentional-he strove for goodness.
     Peyton Dixon, an interpreter with over a decade's experience in interpretation, has been a professional actor for over twenty-five years. He has been seen as John Adams at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Wilmington's Delaware Art Museum, and regularly at Independence Hall. He is a graduate of DuPont Manual/Youth Performing Arts School of Louisville, Kentucky, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Otterbein College of Westerville, Ohio. Peyton has traveled the country, performing in over 40 states (and commonwealths) in the continental United States.
    Office: 609-683-7132; Rockingham Association: rmhistory1783@aol.com
   Directions: From Princeton, follow Route 27 (Nassau Street) north into Kingston. Turn left on to Laurel Avenue (Route 603). Rockingham is one mile north, on the left side of the road. The parking lot is past the house and tree line, also on the left.
   From Route 206, follow Route 518 east through Rocky Hill, across the canal bridge. Turn right onto Route 603 (Kingston-Rocky Hill Rd.). Travel south for approximately one mile. The parking lot is on the right before you come to the house.

Morris County - Parsippany - "The Attic: Antiques, Collectibles and Curios"

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Saturday, September 10 - Morris County
      The Parsippany Historical & Preservation Society will hold our 2nd Annual fundraising sale, "The Attic: Antiques, Collectibles and Curios" on Saturday, Sept.10th from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the restored 1910 Littleton Schoolhouse at the intersection of Routes 10W & 202S.  Our goal is to grow this sale into a regional, premier event over the next few years. 

     Currently, sale items are limited to those made prior to 1980. Anything from 1940s cocktail napkins to 1700s kitchen utensils sold last year. We have a limited number of table spaces available at very reasonable prices and are offering them to our members, supporters and other societies in Morris County on first paid, first served basis. 
      Any questions can be addressed to Barbara or Katie at parhistsociety@gmail.com


Ocean County - Tuckerton - Ye Old Clamtown Antique Flea Market

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Saturday, September 10 - Ocean County


2016 Quilt Raffle Quilt
"The Road to Gettysburg" - A Civil War Era Quilt 
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Historic Events Around the State
Movie Night - The Return of Dracula
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7:15 pm.
Township of Ocean Board of Education Offices (Old Oakhurst School), Auditorium, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Tickets On Sale Now - An Evening at Ross-Fenton Farm
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 4:00 pm
The English Manor, One English Lane, Ocean, NJ 07712