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 is an all Volunteer Organization. We are always looking for help with projects, our many events, or just staffing the Museum. Check out our needs and  Get Involved
Visit the Township of Ocean Historical Museum

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 - 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 - 1938 Asbury Park Tourism Film

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

Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Mercer County - Trenton - Camp Trent

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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 - 2016 New Jersey Forum

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Saturday, November 18-19 - Morris County
Friends of New Jersey History:
     The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2016 New Jersey Forum, which will take place November 18th & 19th at the College of Saint Elizabeth in historic Morristown. This year's event will celebrate the National Park Service (NPS) centennial and the state's unique environmental history, in addition to traditional aspects of New Jersey's rich and diverse history.
   The NJHC is also thrilled to have Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times-bestselling author DAN FAGIN  (Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation) as the Forum's keynote!
    Two great tours of Morristown are also being offered on November 18th and will be available on a first come, first serve basis as space is limited!
      Help the NJHC spread the word! And don't forget that early bird registration pricing ends on September 30, 2016!!!
See you in November!!!!

Middlesex County - Perth Amboy - Architectural History Guided Tour

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Saturday, August 20 -- Middlesex County

Salem County - Pittsgrove - 2016 Annual Luncheon

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Sunday, September 18 - Salem County
     The Salem County Historical Society is delighted to invite you to attend the 2016 Annual Luncheon supporting the society. The luncheon will be held Sunday, September 18, 2016 Centerton Country Club Pittsgrove, New Jersey.  Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres are at 1:00 P.M., and the luncheon begins at 1:45 P.M.
     The luncheon program will be presented by the Fort Delaware Cornet Band.
     A raffle and silent auction featuring many items and offerings of local interest will be offered.  We extend a sincere thank you to all donors for their generosity. Raffle drawing and auction results to follow the afternoon's program.  
     Luncheon tickets are $40 per person. Please consider becoming a Patron for the Luncheon for $60 per person (Includes luncheon cost). Luncheon Patrons will be listed in the Annual Luncheon Program and also in our Quarterly Newsletter.
     The Salem County Historical Society Annual Luncheon raffle item this year is a two-night stay in a luxury suite at the Spring Lake Inn (left) in historic Spring Lake, New Jersey. This package also includes a sumptuous breakfast each morning and afternoon tea each day at the Inn as well as two $150 gift certificates for dinner at Whispers Restaurant and at Larimar's Restaurant. Tickets are $2.00 per ticket and are available for purchase at the luncheon, at the Historical Society at 83 Market Street in Salem, NJ, and through our website (http://salemcountyhistoricalsociety.com/).
     A total value of the package is $800.00. You need not be present to win.

Sussex County - Stanhope - Canal Days at Waterloo Village

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

   

Morris County - Morris Twp - The Only Thing He Wouldn't Steal is a Red Hot Stove!!. Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War.

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Sunday, September 11 - Morris County
   North Jersey Civil War Round Table is a co-host of this program with the Morristown & Morris Twp. Library
 2 p.m. at the Morristown and Morris Twp Library, 1 Miller Road, Morristown 
Free
      The Only Thing He Wouldn't Steal is a Red Hot Stove!!. Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War.
    From abject poverty to undisputed political boss of Pennsylvania, Lincoln's secretary of war, senator, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a founder of the Republican Party, Simon Cameron (1799-1889)  was one of the nineteenth century's most prominent political figures. In his wake, however, he left a series of questionable political and business dealings and, at the age of eighty, even a sex scandal.
      Far more than a biography of Cameron, Amiable Scoundrel is also a portrait of an era that allowed-indeed, encouraged-a man such as Cameron to seize political control.
     Dr. Paul Kahan is a well-known and respected authority on the history of American corrections, the history of American diplomacy, American cultural history, the history of American education, and the history of Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Temple University where he worked with William W. Cutler, III. Prior to that, Dr. Kahan earned an M.A. in Modern American History & Literature from Drew University and B.A.s in history and English.  
Since 2008, Dr. Kahan has published five books. 

Morris County - Jefferson Twp - Bookmarks

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Sunday, September 11 - Morris County
     The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlin House, will have an open house on Sunday, September 11, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission is free.         
     The theme for this month's exhibit is Bookmarks.  Bookmarks of all ages, shapes and sizes are displayed in this fun collection of souvenir, handmade, adult, and children's bookmarks.  This whimsical assortment will fit any type of book - from serious to historical, or from a fun summer beach book to a nail biting thriller.  You will even receive a free special bookmark just for coming in. Costumed docents will be available to talk about this Victorian home.  The Museum, located at 315 Dover-Milton Road, was entered into the National and State Registers of Historic Places.  Be sure to visit Miss Elizabeth's Shoppe located in the original kitchen of the Museum.  The Shoppe is packed with new and vintage items for sale, perfect for summer or anytime.
   For further information, refer to the Jefferson Township's Historical Society website at http://www.jthistoricalsociety.org/, or call Christine Williams, Jefferson Township Historical Society President at 973-697-0258. 

Middlesex County - Piscataway - Historic Music Series - Coming Events

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Sundays, September 11 and 18 -- Middlesex County

  

Passaic County - Haledon - Original Artwork by Alphonso Dunn & Students at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark

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Sunday, September 4 - Passaic County
Original Artwork by Alphonso Dunn & Students at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark
     Haledon, New Jersey -- The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark proudly opens the exhibit Original Artwork by Alphonso Dunn and students on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
     The Original Artwork exhibit is a unique display that showcases the visual art projects that resulted from a special art and labor studies program for adults held at the Museum through the Spring of 2016. The purpose of the program is to celebrate the history and contemporary issues of working people and immigrants through the visual arts. Registered students had the opportunity to enjoy art classes held at this beautiful Victorian home, discuss labor history and tap their creative spirits. The classes, which were open to the general public, were conducted by talented New Jersey artist and teacher Alphonso Dunn. This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey Council on the Arts.
     The Original Artwork exhibit, which features pencil and ink drawings and multi-media visual art projects that address labor issues, will be on view through December 31st, 2016.  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
  
   Through the Lens of Liberty exhibit by Durga Tree International at the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark
Haledon, NJ - The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark located in Haledon, New Jersey proudly opens the exhibit Through the Lens of Liberty: Healing in Freedom, Blooming through Expression by Durga Tree International on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
     Through the Lens of Liberty is an exhibit of artwork by survivors of modern slavery. The survivors' artwork was created in therapy programs in Guatemala that are supported by Durga Tree International.
   Durga Tree International is a collaborative nonprofit that supports grassroots organizations that work directly with human trafficking and forced labor victims, many of whom are children. Durga Tree International's mission is to work to end modern slavery through education and economic empowerment.
   The general public is cordially invited to an exhibit reception for Through the Lens of Liberty on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 from 3-7PM. The reception features presentations by art therapist Luis Alberto Torres and photographers Samantha Alleva and Harrison Parette, who led a workshop for modern slavery survivors in March 2016.   
 

Union County - Plainfield - The Rest of the Story with Judy Russell

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Saturday, September 10 - Union County
The Rest of the Story with Judy Russell
  at 10:30 a.m. in the ALD Room of the Plainfield Public Library 
     The goal of genealogy isn't to collect names and dates to fill up a family tree, but to tell the story of a family and the unique role of each individual. Join us for an educational and interesting program with noted genealogist, Judy G. Russell. Go beyond the record to tell the rest of the story: how to find it, when to tell it, and when to keep it to ourselves.
     Parking will be limited; registration is required. Contact the Local History Department at (908) 757-1111 Ext.136 for details. This program is free to the public. Plainfield Public Library is located at 800 Park Avenue in Plainfield, NJ.
 

Burlington County - Fieldsboro - Tie Dye your own White Hill Mansion T-shirt!

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Friday, September 9 - Burlington County
7 - 9 pm.  Tie Dye your own White Hill Mansion T-shirt!  Get a White Hill Mansion t-shirt, tie dying instruction and one boatload of fun.  Children over 13 are welcome.  $20.00 per person. Refreshments available.  The event happens at The White Hill Mansion, 217 4th St., Fieldsboro, NJ 08505, http://www.whitehillmansion.com/, (856) 630-9421.  All proceeds will go to the ongoing restoration of the Historic White Hill Mansion.

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

   

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
The Museum Will Be Closed on Sunday September 4, 2016, in Honor of Labor Day