Township of Ocean Historical Museum
An Open Door To History
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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
​E-mail us at [email protected]
The Ryan Play House
The Play House, as it was on the Ryan Estate property when the Museum took possession.
The Play House, after restoration, at the Old Oakhurst School.
The Play House as it exists today, next to the Museum.
The Orchards, Wickapecka Drive, Wanamassa.
The Orchards, in the 1970's
Demolition of the Orchards.
The Orchards, was an estate located on Whickapecko Drive in Wanamassa.  It was the home of prominent New York Supreme Court Judge Joseph T. Ryan from 1909 to 1951.

Judge Ryan built a play house for his only daughter, Rosemary.  It had electricity and hot and cold running water.  

In 1985, the property was sold to developers.  At the request of the the Museum, Greco family, owners of the property, allowed the Museum to remove the Play House from the property and it was saved at the the Museum's former location at the Old Oakhurst School.

When it was moved to the Oakhurst School, it was restored as an Eagle Scout Project by Louis P. Nappen, Troop 71, Oakhurst.

When, in 2009, it was again moved to the Museum's new location, it required additional repairs and work.  A second Eagle Scout, George DeCastro, Troop 71, Oakhurst, made the move of the house, and placing it in to park next to the Eden Woolley House his Eagle Scout project. 

Most recently, in 2015, Eagle Chris Kasyjanski, Troop 71, Oakhurst, restoring the Ryan Playhouse by replacing large sections of worn out siding, replacing a large amount of the exterior fencing, and re-glazing, or replacing all of the windows in the structure, as well as repainting the entire playhouse and fence.