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


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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.


1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
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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 - Theatre in the Park: Summer Showcase 1974 to 1977

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

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Monmouth County - Freehold - Peek Under the Petticoats Tuesday

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Tuesday, May 2 - Monmouth County
Peek Under the Petticoats Tuesday
   Bernadette Rogoff, Curatorial Consultant to the Association, will be changing the mannequin included in our exhibition, Hartshorne: Eight Generations and Their Highlands Estate Called Portland.
     Participants will be able to watch the installation of a summer printed cotton, one-piece day dress with all-over repeat graphic pattern in black and gold on a soft-white ground, with all accessories.
     Space is limited to 15 people and will last for approximately 90 minutes.  The cost of this program is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To make your reservation, please go to our web site at, call 732-462-1466 x 11, or email
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 --10:30 a.m.-12 noon at 70 Court Street, Freehold, NJ 07728.


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Sunday, May 1 - Hunterdon County
New Jersey Colonial Architecture Told in 100 Buildings.
      The Tewksbury Historical Society will host author David Veasey talking about New Jersey's wide variety of 17th and 18th century extant architecture. New Jersey often does not get due credit for its contributions to colonial and early American life, including its rich and diverse architectural heritage.  This diverse architecture reflects its early settlers who were the most varied in all the colonies, except perhaps for New York City, coming from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France, Ireland, Scotland and a number of English regions, with each group bringing their building traditions with them.  The Hunterdon County buildings in Veasey's talk and book are: Zion Lutheran Church, Tewksbury; Vought Farmstead, Jones Tavern, both Clinton Twp.; Old Stone Mill, Franklin Twp; Office Building, Union Iron Works, Iron Masters House, Solitude House, all three High Bridge; and the Eversole-Hall House, Readington Twp.
   Mr. Veasey was raised in Chatham, Morris County, and has spent most of his life in New Jersey. He now lives in Morris Plains. He has a longtime interest in the state's architecture, including its lighthouses, which are shown and discussed in his book Guarding New Jersey's Shore Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations. He also wrote the well-received book, New Jersey Then & Now. He has a BA from Drew University and a MA from New York University. He has worked his entire career as a writer and journalist, publishing articles about New Jersey for The New York Times and on Madison Avenue, the United Nations and finance.

Somerset County - Bedminster - Trip to the Museum of the American Revolution

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May 3
trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia
Check the website of the Jacobus Vanderveer House and scroll down to the trip announcement.

Monmouth County - Countywide - 2017 Weekend in Old Monmouth

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Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7 -- Monmouth County

Three new sites added
"Weekend in Old Monmouth" Tour Returns
Fees waived for visitors at 48 historical sites on May 6 and 7
FREEHOLD, NJ - The annual "Weekend in Old Monmouth" returns with 48 historic sites throughout Monmouth County opening their doors to visitors interested in local history from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.
"Weekend in Old Monmouth is a wonderful event for anyone interested in our rich history and unique architecture," said Freeholder Director Lillian G Burry, liaison to the County's Historical Commission, coordinator of the weekend event. "For two days the entrance fees at these historic gems are waived providing special access to all those who wish to enjoy all there is to offer in Historic Monmouth County"
The three sites added to the 2017 Weekend in Old Monmouth tour are:
  • Crawford House (left) (c. early 1800s) in Tinton Falls is associated with three generations an influential local family which operated a butcher shop on this site in the heart of the town's historic district.


  • Spring Lake Historical Society Museum (right) is dedicated to local history and borough's connection to the surrounding communities.



  • Stephen Crane House (c. 1878) (below) in Asbury Park was home to the famed author who wrote "The Red Badge of Courage."
The sites on the tour are generally operated independently. In addition to the waived fees, the hours of operation are all the same for the two days. The self-guided tour also has recommended routes that guide history buffs travel by foot, bicycle or car to the various locations. So, start planning your route by previewing the tour sites on the County's website at The complete list also appears at the end of this release.
In mid-April, the 2017 detailed tour book and tour map will be available on the Monmouth County website at On the tour dates, each tour stop will also have maps and booklets available. For more information, email
The annual Weekend in Old Monmouth tour is coordinated by the Monmouth County Historical Commission (Historical Commission). The Historical Commission is dedicated to the preservation of the County's rich historic heritage. As advocates for the preservation of historic properties, sites and projects, the Commission encourages citizens to be involved as well.
The Historical Commission was established by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1988.
In addition to Weekend in Old Monmouth, the Historical Commission provides matching grants for municipal and non-profit historic preservation projects recognizes individuals and groups for efforts to preserve historic sites and resources and offers an essay contest for fifth-grade students

Ocean County - Toms River - New Jersey World War I Roadshow

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Essex County - Maplewood - From Fleece to Cloth: A Fun Explaination Of How Cloth Is Made

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Saturday, April 30 -- Essex County    

Passaic County - Paterson - Hobart Trio in concert

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Saturday, April 30 -- Passaic County    
     On Sunday April 30th at 5:00 p.m. in Lambert Castle (at 3 Valley Road, Paterson NJ), the Passaic County Historical Society will host the newly formed Hobart Trio in concert. Enjoy chamber music performed by violinist Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, cellist Joseph Kimura, and pianist Iris Perry.    
   Today the Trio is based locally in the WPUNJ Music Department but its musicians have performed in orchestras across Europe and the United States.
Admission to the concert is $15. Seating is limited, no reservations will be taken. Doors open at 4:15 p.m.
   This performance is a part of the 2017 Lambert Castle Concert Series. Featuring local musicians and a variety of musical genres, all concerts are performed in the beautiful atmosphere that is Lambert Castle. Check our website for a complete listing of performances and dates.
ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Lambert Castle is fully accessible to individuals with mobility limitations. However, no special accommodation currently exists for visitors who are visually-impaired and hearing-impaired.
   For more information on special events such as this one, visit the Passaic County Historical Society's website at or call (973)247-0085.


by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/17/17

Sunday, April 30 - Bergen County
19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
   The Pascack Historical Society (PHS) will recognize the one hundredth anniversary of America's entering World War I on Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m., at its barrier-free museum, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge with - "To Have the World Made Safe for Democracy," a talk by Anthony Troncone, PhD. Admission is free. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend when accompanied by an adult.
   Troncone will discuss the events that led up to our country declaring war against the Central Powers on April 6, 1917, the domestic issues that contoured American involvement in the war, the impact of President Woodrow Wilson's reformist agenda in shaping the Versailles Treaty of 1919, and the continued effects the Treaty has today. America lost 116,517 military people during the war, of the 115,000 New Jerseyans who served, 3,836 were killed.
   "Over There" a display of WW I military uniforms, equipment and ephemera from the society's collection, will be available for viewing at the Pascack Historical Society Museum, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge during regular visiting hours (Wednesdays 10-12, Sundays 1-4) from now through Memorial Day. Free admission.
     A popular speaker at the museum, Dr. Troncone is a professor in the History Department at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York. He also serves as chair of the PHS Historical Advisory Board of Trustees. He earned his B.A. at Kean University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Rutgers University. He founded and supervises the Dominican College/PHS Student Intern Program at the museum. This one-of-a-kind, program provides history students an opportunity to volunteer at the PHS museum, while they learn about the many aspects of museum studies and preservation.  
   A question and answer session will follow the talk. Complimentary coffee and cake served. For further information log onto or call 201-573-0307.

Union County - Union - The Battle of Connecticut Farms

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Sunday, April 30 - Union County
             Rosemary Hilbert, professor of English at Caldwell University, will present "The Battle of Connecticut Farms" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Avenue.  The event will be hosted by the Union Township Historical Society, as part of its commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the settlement of Connecticut Farms-aka the Township of Union.
            Ms. Hilbert's talk will be based on one that she gave last year at Washington's Headquarters in Morristown for the North Jersey American Revolution Roundtable, of which she is a board member.  She will demonstrate-through photos and maps-the routes taken by Patriot forces on June 7, 1780, to prevent the British Army and its Hessian allies from reaching Gen. George Washington and his troops encamped in Morristown.  Anyone familiar with Union's geography will recognize the areas around Galloping Hill Road, Colonial Avenue, Morris Avenue, and Vauxhall Road-to name a few.
     Miss Hilbert, a Union resident, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.  She is the author of a biography of Katharine Gibbs, the founder of the Katharine Gibbs Schools and a partner in the On-Q Court Reporting Agency.  Ms. Hilbert is president of historic Woodland Cemetery in Newark, and a member of the Washington Association of New Jersey.
     Refreshments will follow the presentation.  Admission is free.  For more information, call Barbara La Mort at 908-687-0048.  

Union County - Westfield - Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival

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Sunday, April 30 - Union County
Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival
Miller-Cory House Museum
1:00 to 4:00, rain or shine
     It's spring, and the sheep are due for their haircuts! The Miller-Cory House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, will be holding its annual Sheep to Shawl Festival. The process of sheep shearing will be demonstrated by a master shearer, using hand shears as was done in early America. The process of turning wool into cloth will continue with demonstrations of spinning and weaving.  Visitors may also watch the performance of 18th century farm tasks such as butter churning and making the drink known as switchel. Children can enjoy various games and crafts. An herb sale and a bake sale will be conducted. Free refreshments will be served. Admission is $4 ages 13 and older; $3 ages 3-12 and free age 2 and younger. No reservations are necessary. Call the museum at 908-232-1776 or email for more information.

Morris County - Morristown - Peter Toth Piano Recitals

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/17/17

Sunday, April 30 - Morris County
Peter Toth Piano Recitals
1 pm on Sundays: April 30th and August 27th
     Morristown, NJ - Please join Morristown National Historical Park (NHP) at 1 pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017 as we celebrate the second recital of the year by Hungarian pianist Peter Toth. Mr. Toth, who last year performed six recitals at Morristown NHP, will return to play the park's 1873 Steinway Grand Piano in programs which may include the works of masters such as Schubert, Brahms, Bartok, Liszt.
   Scheduled recitals to date also include at 1 pm on Sunday, August 27th. We hope to later announce additional recital dates. Please stay tuned. Admission to the April programs is included in the $7 entrance fee. In honor of the National Park Service's 101st birthday, the August 27th program will be free.
   All recitals will be held in Morristown NHP's Washington's Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey.
   Hungarian pianist Peter Toth is one of the most recognized artists of his generation. He has concertized in most countries in Europe, South America, and Asia. His first released CD recording won the Grand Prize of the Hungarian Liszt Society (2006). Mr. Toth is a regular guest artist at various piano festivals and has been member of the American Liszt Society since 2011.
    For more information about the park, please call 973-539-2016 ext. 210 or visit our website at You can also check out our Museum Blog at

Essex County - Montclair - Walking Tour of Rosedale Cemetery

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/17/17

Sunday, April 30 - Essex County
      Walking Tour of Rosedale Cemetery from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
    Famous people, gravestone iconography, and history all in one tour.
     Rosedale Cemetery was founded over 150 years ago marking a change in the way American buried its deceased. The five acres of park-like grounds tell us fascinating stories of the people who shaped our history, the evolution of cemeteries and monuments, and the secret langague of grave imagery and decoration. Led by Executive Director Jane Eliasof and Manager of Audience Engagement Angelica Diggs, the tour explores a different section of Rosedale than the area explored in the Fall of 2016 tour. Admission is $10/person.
    Advanced registration is required by sending a note to or calling 973-744-1796. Members may register beginning March 1. Non-member registration begins March 5. Payment required in advance for reservations of 3 or more. Tour begins at the Rosedale Chapel for a brief introduction at 408 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. Carpooling is suggested due to limited parking on site.


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Saturday, April 29 - Sussex County
  The Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History (M.A.R.C.H.) of Montague, NJ, is pleased to invite the public to celebrate with M.A.R.C.H. and the Montague Grange at our annual Spring Fling event.
   In collaboration with the Montague Grange, the historic Foster Armstrong house will be open for house tours and old-fashioned craft demonstrations during the Spring Fling event on Saturday, April 29th from 1-4 pm.
      The Foster-Armstrong House, circa 1790, is a two-story Dutch colonial and is located on SC521/320 River Road, about 1 mile north of the Milford/Montague Bridge. It is listed on the State Historic Register of NJ and is a National Historic Register Site. Ten rooms are set up with local history displays in each room. Join us for free costumed tours, candle making, quilting, spinning, butter churning and children's events to celebrate another beautiful spring season.
     The Montague Grange Hall is located on 280 River Road, a few blocks north of the Foster Armstrong House and will also provide spring celebrations with baby chicks, crafts and more children's games also from 1-4 pm. Both historic buildings are located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
     M.A.R.C.H. is a nonprofit historical society and there is no admission fee for the event or museum, but donations and new memberships are always welcomed.
Visit us on Facebook any time for updates and pictures at


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Saturday, April 29 - Union County

Camden County - Haddonfield - 18th Century Sewing Bee

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Morris County - Morristown - Industrial History of Northwest New Jersey

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Saturday, April 29 -- Morris County
Industrial History of Northwest New Jersey
10:00 - 3:30 pm.
Washington's Headquarters, Morristown
A day-long workshop on the united natural and built environments
Ian Burrow, archaeologist and cultural historian
Michael Henderson, museologist and historic researcher
Mark Hewitt, preservation architect and neuro-philosopher
Dave Peifer, environmental advocate and industrial site assessor
Sessions of lecture and roundtable discussion, with audience involvement. Light lunch for registrants. Registration is requested:; 973-267-4717.
     This program is free. Limited parking - please carpool. Sponsored by the Morris Co. Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and the Joint Free Public Library of Morristown-Morris Township.

Union County - Union - Superhero Day!

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Saturday, April 29 - Union County
Superhero Day!
   Dust off your superhero costume and unite with other caped crusaders at Liberty Hall! Participate in a variety of fun activities to test your superhuman powers, make a craft and snack on super delicious treats!  Don't forget your camera; Captain America & Supergirl will make an appearance!  Recommended for ages 5 - 10.
Program Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
Program Fee: $25.00 per child & one adult; additional adults $5.00; $20.00 for museum members
Reservations required by April 22; To purchase tickets visit our website or call 908-527-0400.
Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083. Visit for more information.

Union County - New Providence - A Genealogy Workshop

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Saturday, April 29 -- Union County

Cape May County - Cape May Court House - Museum Hosts Revolutionary Tea Lecture

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Saturday, April 29 - Cape May County
             Museum Hosts Revolutionary Tea Lecture
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - As part of its year-long 90th anniversary celebration, the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society is hosting "Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience" presented by Stacy Roth on Sat. April 29th at 3 p.m.
      Why was tea so important in the lives of 18th-century people that fashion-conscious families posed for portraits with their tea sets? Did Great Britain lose her American Colonies over "the cup that cheers?" Find out in this unusual costumed presentation of tea lore, history, songs, poetry, living history display and demonstration. Tea and assorted delectables will be served.
     Roth, a native of New Jersey and a lifelong enthusiast of history, explores the rise and downfall of tea in colonial America. She holds a B.A. in History from Kean University, an M.L.S. from Rutgers School of Library and Information Studies and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in American Civilization. "Revolutionary Tea: An 18th Century Tea Experience" is her signature program.
     This delightful, educational program will be held inside The Museum's historic Cresse-Holmes House, 504 Route 9 North. Funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, this event is free and open to the public, however due to limited seating, reservations prior to April 26th are strongly suggested.
For additional information, or to reserve your seat, please contact The Museum at 609-465-3535 or visit our website at

Sussex County - Sussex - 6th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic

by Township of Ocean Historical Museum on 04/17/17

Saturday, April 29 - Sussex County
6th Annual Teddy Bear Picnic
     Families with children ages 2-10, and their favorite teddy bears, are invited to High Point State Park for a spring picnic where they will explore the natural history of the North American Black Bear. Activities will include a bear discovery station, crafts, family story corner, and more. High Point State Park's resident BIG teddy bear will be sitting for portraits - bring your camera!
    Please bring your own picnic lunch and teddy bears! Registration is required for this program. The teddy bear picnic is one of our most popular events. Seating is limited. All registrations must be received by Monday, April 24, so that we may plan accordingly. To register your family for the teddy bear picnic, please email Michelle at
Registration is REQUIRED by April 24  --1:30 pm to 3:30 p.m, rain or shine
HPSP Interpretive Center. FREE, donation of $5 or more per family appreciated

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.
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
Weekend in Old Monmouth
Saturday May 6, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 
Sunday May 7, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712