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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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 - 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.
Funding for the Township of Ocean Historical Museum provided by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.  
The Museum also 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 Rita and Harry Greenberger Foundation, for a 2016 Grant for the Stucile Farms Water Tower.​​

- IBM Corporation for a 2016 Technology Grant

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

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.
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 - Ross-Fenton Farms

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

Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Morris County - Bridgewater - Symposium on Washington's First Middlebrook Encampment

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      $5000 PRIZE TO BE AWARDED FOR THE 
   BEST ORIGINAL SCHOLARLY RESEARCH
   ON THE FIRST MIDDLEBROOK
   ENCAMPMENT, MAY 26-JULY 3, 1777.
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  SUBMIT YOUR RESEARCH BY APRIL 1.
 

Camden County - Haddonfield - Friday Night Open House

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Friday, December 2, 9, 16 -- Camden County 
 


Essex County - Maplewood - Holiday Happenings at Durand-Hedden

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December 11, 17-18 - Essex County
         Holiday Happenings at Durand-Hedden
     Come celebrate the season at the Durand-Hedden House, on December 11 from 1 to 4 p.m.
      The 2016 Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House competition will be on display as well on December 17 and 18 and at the Hilton Library December 19 through January 17. Contestants must enter by December 9.
(Visit https://www.durandhedden.org/ for details and an entry form. Note that a Little Ones category has been added this year.) On the 11th also bring a camera to catch a photo of your children with a live Victorian Santa. The Country Store has special inexpensive gifts for family, friends and teachers, while benefiting the Durand-Hedden House. The historic-themed selection includes such items as early American children's games and toys, facsimile documents, quill pens and ink, historic cookbooks, cookie molds, tin lanterns, reproductive decorative items and ceramics, local honey and Original 1910 Chocolate Fudge Sauce.
     Also available are the original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park, 1887-1965 and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood. For more information call 973-763-7712 or visit https://www.durandhedden.org/.

Morris County - Drakesville - Museums at Drakesville Historic Park

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Sunday, December 11 -- Morris County
The Roxbury Historic Trust
invites you to the
Museums at Drakesville Historic Park
 
Sunday, December 11, 2016
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
at the King House with
popular musician
Claire Reynolds
and her vintage toys
Admission Free to the museum
     Claire Reynolds has been a local musician from Long Valley for nearly 40 years. She has a great voice and sense of fun. Claire plays the guitar and banjo and brings part of her collection of vintage toys for visitors to try (or just remember). On December 11, she will be on hand to banter and play with and for visitors and friends.


Passaic County - Paterson - William Paterson student and pianist William Gorman

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Saturday, December 10 -- Passaic County
     On Saturday December 10th, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Lambert Castle (home of the Passaic County Historical Society) at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ, the Passaic County Historical Society hosts William Paterson student and pianist William Gorman.
Listen to Gorman perform Christmas music as you tour all three floors of the Castle illuminated by candlelight. This event provides you a sneak peek to this year's holiday decorations. The tour is self-guided. Admission: adults $10, seniors $8, children $6.
      The Passaic County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded to cultivate interest among individuals and the community-at-large in the rich history of Passaic County. To this end our museum in Lambert Castle showcases examples of the County's cultural and artistic diversity, as well as examples of the County's natural, civil, military, and ecclesiastical history. The Society also maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest.
      For more information on special events such as this one, visit the Passaic County Historical Society's website at http://lambertcastle.org/ or call 973-247-0085.

Union County - Union - Events at Liberty Hall

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Events at Liberty Hall

Christmas in Toyland tour - Throughout December 
    During the month of December, Liberty Hall will transform the first floor of the museum into a time machine where visitors will enjoy five childhood favorite board games, such as Clue, Candyland, and Monopoly, experienced through Christmas decor! This Christmas tour will be the final extravaganza to our Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun exhibit! A tour not to be missed! Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Call 908-527-0400 or visit http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/ for more information
 Program Time: Regular tour times
Program Admission: Regular tour admission
 
Afternoon Tea - Wednesdays, December 7, 14, 21, 28  
      In the grand tradition of Mary Alice Kean, the last lady of the house, join Liberty Hall for its exquisite Afternoon Tea, served every week in the month of December.  Our tremendously popular tea service, which includes a sumptuous selection of scones, assorted pastries, traditional finger sandwiches, and the freshest of fruit, concludes with an intimate, guided tour of the museum decorated for Christmas.  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $40.00 per person; $35.00 for LHM Members Reservations required; To purchase tickets visit our website or call 908-527-0400. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Call 908-527-0400 or visit http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/ for more information
 
Gingerbread House Workshop - Saturdays, December 10 & 17 
     Candy canes, gumdrops, and peppermint, oh my! Children get to decorate a unique gingerbread house, a perfect treat for the start of the holiday season. We provide the materials including lots of candy & icing, and you go home with a marvelous gingerbread creation to enjoy throughout the season! Two sessions: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each $20.00 reservation admits one child & one adult; all additional adults are $5.00/ Reservations required; To purchase tickets visit our website or call 908-527-0400. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Call 908-527-0400 or visit http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/ for more information
 
Christmas Candlelight Tours - Saturday, December 10 & 17 
      Join us for a special candlelight tour of the first floor decorated for Christmas!   Hot chocolate and donuts will be served following the tour. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors & LHM members, $10.00 for children. Reservations required by December 5; To purchase tickets visit our website or call 908-527-0400. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Call 908-527-0400 or visit http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/ for more information.
 
History Happy Hour: Christmas in Toyland - Thursday, December 22
      Have a drink with your friends at Liberty Hall Museum while you sip, snack and socialize! Experience some of the most popular board games in the form of Christmas decorations! We'll also test your board game knowledge and make you feel like a kid again! Admission includes drinks, snacks & fun! 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $25 per person, $20 for LHM members/Kean Alumni
Reservations required by December 15. To purchase tickets visit our website or call 908-527-0400. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Call 908-527-0400 or visit http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/ for more information.

Cumberland County - Greenwich - 2017 HEARTHSIDE DINNERS AT THE c. 1730 GIBBON HOUSE

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January 28, February 25, March 25 -- Cumberland County

2017 HEARTHSIDE DINNERS AT THE c. 1730 GIBBON HOUSE
Presented by the Cumberland County Historical Society
    Step back in time and experience an authentic hearthside dinner as you sit near the original 9' fireplace in the colonial 1740 kitchen in the Gibbon House.
Dates for the dinners are January 28, 2017, February 25, 2017 and March 25, 2017.
Call 856-455-8580 for additional information and to make your reservations. Space is limited!
960 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich NJ 08323    


Monmouth County - Spring Lake - April 12 Theater Trip

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April 12 Theater Trip
    The Spring Lake Historical Society is hosting a trip to New York City to see "The Great Comet of 1812: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" at the Imperial Theater, 249 West 45th St., NYC on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (2:00 p.m. matinee).     
      The trip  includes luncheon at Sardi's. The bus leaves from the Spring Lake train station at 9:30 a.m. Price $225; call Liz Finnerty at 732-449-2477 for reservations.  Space is limited so act quickly to reserve.
 
 

Burlington County - Browns Mills - Christmas Bird Count at Whitesbog Village

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Tuesday, December 27 -- Burlington County
        Christmas Bird Count at Whitesbog Village. 9:00 a.m.
Come stroll the village, trails and bogs as we seek out the bird species that call Whitesbog home during the cold days of December. The walk will be led by Whitesbog Director, Allison Pierson and will meet in front of the General Store at 9:00 a.m.
https://www.facebook.com/events/704719009682606/

Whitesbog Preservation Trust 120 W. Whites Bogs Rd. #34  Browns Mills, NJ 08015;
Visitors Center: 609-893-4646     
  

Mercer County - Trenton - Patriots Week In Trenton - "The Trouble with Trenton" Children's Puppet Show

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PATRIOTS WEEK IN TRENTON

"The Trouble with Trenton" Children's Puppet Show
       Trenton, NJ- Get the children involved first-hand with Washington's victory in Trenton with the exciting, interactive puppet show "The Trouble with Trenton!" This "mini" historical look at an amazing piece of our history is presented with marionettes and rod puppets - and lots of help from the audience! Watch the battle unfold before your eyes, and see the action as it has never been seen before. Show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of "revolting" action. This event is hosted by the Old Barracks Museum and presented by Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theater.
     The puppet show will take place on Saturday, December 31 at 12 noon and 2 p.m. in between the Battles of Trenton reenactments. This free event takes place at Hanover Street Plaza, on the corner of West Hanover Street and North Warren Street, just a block off of East State Street.
     The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Parking for the event is free, close, and plentiful, available in the small lot next to the museum as well as the lot next to The War Memorial. The puppet shows are free to the public, and entrance onto the museum grounds is $5 per person (children 5 and under are free).
     For more information call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org. This event is hosted by the Old Barracks Museum and is part of Patriots Week, a week-long celebration of Trenton's revolutionary history. Visit www.patriotsweek.com for more information on this and other events

Mercer County - Trenton - Patriots Week In Trenton - Battles of Trenton Reenactment

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    PATRIOTS WEEK IN TRENTON
Saturday, December 31 - Mercer County
Battles of Trenton Reenactment
 
Trenton, NJ-Come experience our annual winter reenactment during Trenton's Patriots Week Celebration! On Saturday, December 31st, be immersed in history as you are surrounded by reenactors portraying the soldiers who fought during the Battles of Trenton, which ultimately shaped the destiny of the Revolutionary War and our nation. Follow the troops through the streets and watch as they relive the events of these fateful battles. Come back to interact with the soldiers, take tours of the oldest free-standing military barracks in North America, and visit The Quartermaster's Store. What better way to celebrate New Jersey's revolutionary history than by celebrating this crucial Trenton victory?
         
The first battle will begin at 11 a.m. at the Trenton Battle Monument and take place on Warren Street. The second battle will begin at 3 p.m. and take place in Mill Hill Park on the Assunpink Creek. The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Parking for the event is free, close, and plentiful, available in the small lot next to the museum as well as the lot next to The War Memorial. There is special reduced pricing for this event. The battles are free to the public, and entrance onto the museum grounds is $5 per person (children 5 and under are free).
    For more information call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org. This event is hosted by the Old Barracks Museum and is part of Patriots Week, a week-long celebration of Trenton's revolutionary history. Visit www.patriotsweek.com for more information on this and other events.

Mercer County - Trenton - Patriots Week In Trenton - Colonial Ball

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                             PATRIOTS WEEK IN TRENTON

Friday, December 30 - Mercer County
Colonial Ball
 
Trenton, NJ- Have you ever watched the ball dancing in Pride and Prejudice and imagined yourself dancing in such a romantic setting? Dance like our founding fathers along with reenactors in Revolutionary War dress, to live music of the time. You needn't know the dances - we'll teach you! Enjoy light refreshments as you mingle with people from the past and the present. This is a one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed!
     The ball will be held the evening of Friday, December 30, at 7 p.m. It will take place at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, located at 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Parking for the event is free, close, and plentiful, available in the lot across from The War Memorial and the small lot next to The Old Barracks Museum.
     Advanced ticket pricing: $17.76-General Public; Free-Registered Participants of The Battles of Trenton reenactment. Tickets available at www.barracks.org or 609-396-1776. Door ticket pricing: $20.
     For more information call 609-396-1776 or visit www.barracks.org. This event is hosted by the Old Barracks Museum and is part of Patriots Week, a week-long celebration of Trenton's revolutionary history. Visit www.patriotsweek.com
for more information on this and other events.  

  

Mercer County - Trenton - Patriots Week In Trenton - Trenton Free Public Library

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PATRIOTS WEEK IN TRENTON

Mercer County - Trenton - Patriots Week In Trenton - Downtown Trenton

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                               PATRIOTS WEEK IN TRENTON

December 26th-31st
      In Trenton, the American Revolution isn't some abstract concept from the dusty past, it is a living breathing part of the city, which has shaped its streets and buildings, and how people live even today. Recognizing this, the Trenton Downtown Association commemorates Trenton's unique and pivotal role in the American Revolution with Patriots Week, its comprehensive celebration of the life and times of Revolutionary War-era Trenton. Patriots Week is held annually during the week between Christmas and New Year's, and attracts thousands of visitors to the city to enjoy art music, literature, battlefield re-enactments, and living history events. For the Schedule of Events, click here.
 
 

Middlesex County - Perth Amboy - Yuletide In Olde Amboy

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Sunday, December 18 -- Middlesex County
 

Bergen County - River Edge - Christmas Concert Reservations are available:

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Saturday-Sunday, December 17-18 -- Bergen County

Christmas Concert Reservations are available: see event page.
      Make your reservation now, don't miss out this year. First two shows - 6:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday are sold out.
        The 33rd Anniversary of the Colonial Christmas Concerts, Dec 17 & 18 at Historic New Bridge Landing.
Concert: $32 per person. BCHS members $25. Mail check to BCHS, Holiday Events,
PO Box 55, River Edge, NJ 07761 with date & time or PayPal or purchase at events at Campbell-Christie House. Specifiy 1st & 2nd choice of time.
Include your email address and/or phone number for confirmation.
  Come before or after your concert for light tavern fare in the Black Horse Tavern, Campbell-Christie House. Seating limited, food is an additional cost. The concerts take place in the Steuben House.
Saturday & Sunday, Tavern Open: 5 to 8 pm, dessert until 9:30 pm.
       The menu has changed slightly: Butternut Squash Soup & Herb Biscuit from the Rolling Pin Cafe in Westwood, Shepard's Pie, Egg & Vegetable Cheese Pie with green salad. Desserts include Dutch Sweets; Speculaas, gingerbread and pie and chocolates.


Burlington County - Browns Mills - Whitesbog Village events

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Sunday-Monday, December 17-18 -- Burlington County 
Whitesbog Village events
Dec 17 - Cold Moon Moonlight Walk: 7:00 p.m.

      The December full moon is called a Cold Moon because winter temperatures plummet. Join us on our final moonlight walk of 2016 as we go into the bogs with an experienced leader on a 3-5 mile hike. All walks are $5/person (children 10 and under are free), we request you make a reservation by calling 609-893-4646.
Whitesbog Preservation Trust 120 W. Whites Bogs Rd. #34  Browns Mills, NJ 08015;
Visitors Center: 609-893-4646    

Dec 18 - Geocache Workshop & Meet Up
: 1:00 p.m.
Whether you are new or experienced at Geocaching, come join us for a mini-workshop on how to get started and then explore Whitesbog and it's many opportunities for caching with an experienced Geocacher!  This event is FREE, pre-registration is requested, but not required. You can register on our website, Whitesbog.org/calendar or by calling 609-893-4646.
https://www.facebook.com/events/182591338866122/ 
 
Visitors Center: 609-893-4646  
 Whitesbog Preservation Trust 120 W. Whites Bogs Rd. #34  Browns Mills, NJ 08015 


Hunterdon County - Lebanon - Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters & Museum OPEN

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Saturday, December 17 - Hunterdon County
Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters & Museum OPEN
60 Water Street (Mountainville) Lebanon, NJ 08833
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
   Come purchase that local Tewksbury gift item for that special person.
We have the following:
  • Tewksbury Afghans in Blue, Cranberry & Red, Tewksbury note cards and post cards
  • Prints of Tewksbury, Oldwick, Pottersville, Mountainville and Califon
  • Beers maps of Tewksbury and New Germantown
  • History books on Fairmount, NJ and New Jersey.
  • Tewksbury T-shirts
Check out all these items and more on our website http://www.tewksburyhistory.net/.

Bucks County PA - Washingtons Crossing - "New Jersey Regiments in the Canadian Campaign, 1775-76"

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Saturday, December 17 - Bucks County

1 to 3 p.m.
"New Jersey Regiments in the Canadian Campaign, 1775-76"
led by Larry Kidder and moderated by Stanley Saperstein. Feinstone Conference Center at the David Library of the American Revolution. 1201 River Road (Rt 33) 1.3 miles north of the Washington Crossing Bridge, Washington Crossing, PA.
 

Essex County - Nutley - Candlelight Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Friday, December 16 - Essex County
Candlelight Reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
7:30 p.m.  
Kingsland Manor, 3 Kingsland Street, Nutley NJ
     Step back into the 19th century as you listen to a classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, read by an actor in the Kingsland Manor ballroom.
A candlelight tour of the manor and holiday refreshments will follow the reading.
Recommended for adults and young adults (ages 12+). A total of 25 tickets will be sold for this event.
Order tickets at Eventbrite:
For additional information, see our website http://kingslandmanor.org/ or Facebook.
 

2016 Quilt Raffle Quilt
"The Road to Gettysburg" - A Civil War Era Quilt 
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Historic Events Around the State
Happy Halloween
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712

The Museum will be closed all day on Thursday, December 1, 2016, to allow us to set up for the 32nd Annual Holiday Weekend, 
December 3 and 4, 2016, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm