Mercer County - Trenton - Life on the Street in 19th Century NJ : 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


Copyright 2017 (C) Township of Ocean Historical Museum   
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 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.


1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
1:00 to 4:00 P.M.

7:00 to 9:00 P.M. -
March 15 to Dec 15

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.  

Funding has been made possible in part by an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission

Painting and repair of the Stucile Farms Water Tower has been accomplished with financial assistance from The 1772 Foundation 
in cooperation with and administrated by the New Jersey Historic Trust 
Eden Woollry House, home of the Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Thank You to:

​​- A 2017 General Operating Support Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission

​- The William T. and Marie J. Henderson Foundation Inc., for a 2016 Grant.

- The Renzulli Charitable Trust, for a 2016 Grant.

- The Jeffries Family Foundation, for a 2016 Grant.

- 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.
Awarded First Place in the 2014 Kevin M. Hale Annual Publication Awards from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
Hometown Histories - Life Along Deal Lake
Hometown Histories - Life Along Deal Lake

Our video series about local stories and interviewing local people for their memories. 
Presidents at the Monmouth County Shore

Mercer County - Trenton - Life on the Street in 19th Century NJ

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 03/17/17

Don't miss this event!

"Life on the Street in 19th Century NJ"
Illustrated presentation by
Kristin O'Brassil-Kulfan

Saturday, March 18

$10 non-members 
$8 members
Complimentary light refreshments
Plenty of free parking
Free tours of the Trent House Museum

Many histories of early America focus on political and military glories, but have little to say about the daily lives of average people. In this lecture, public and early American historian Dr. Kristin O'Brassill-Kulfan will reverse that tendency, discussing the ins and outs of life on the streets in late eighteenth and nineteenth century New Jersey. Focusing on experiences of poverty, crime, incarceration, servitude, and enslavement, this talk considers the conversations you might hear, events you might see, and people you might meet on the street in early New Jersey. These subjects raise questions of precedent and connections to present day issues, and how learning these challenging histories might help us better understand the 21st century.

About the presenter:

Bio PhotoKristin O'Brassill-Kulfan teaches in the Department of History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she serves as Coordinator of Public History. She holds a Ph.D. in US History from the University of Leicester in England and an MA in Modern History from Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland.  She is currently developing a manuscript on vagrancy, poverty, and the law in the early 19th century Mid-Atlantic.

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Trent House Association
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Historic Events Around the State
This has been a year of remembering Ross Fenton Farm, the storied nightclub that flourished on Deal Lake in Wanamassa the first half of the 20th century. We’re adding a mini-exhibit to recent homages.

The new exhibit features photos and artifacts, video of Charlie and Mabel themselves, and an exploration of the music and celebrities featured at the Farm. More.

RESTORATION OF THE STUCILE FARMS WATER TOWER (Continues) - We have most recently completed the repair and re-painting the Water Tower, replacing the Tower windows and replacing the front porch.  More.
Continued - Redeem Your Jewelry (Real or Costume) and Support the Museum
March 24, 2017 - March 30, 2017
Earth Treasures Jewelers, 178 State Highway #Route 35 South, 
Michael's Plaza, Eatontown, NJ 07724

2017 First Ladies Spring Tea
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Seating at 1:30 pm)
West Park Recreation Center, 615 West Park Avenue, Oakhurst, NJ 07755