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Monmouth University Volunteers Seeking Worksites for The Big Event
Monday, 29 September 2014
West Long Branch, N.J. - Monmouth University’s Student Government Association is looking for worksites for The Big Event. Now in its 15th year, the... Read More...
IMAGE County Reminds Drivers that Kozloski Road Speed Limit is 50mph
Monday, 29 September 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ – Today, MonmouthCounty traffic safety crews placed four variable message boards along Kozloski Road (CR 55) between the State Highway... Read More...
IMAGE Iselin Man Shot Once in the Abdomen after Grabbing for Officer’s Weapon
Monday, 29 September 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - An Asbury Park police officer was injured during an altercation with a knife-wielding Middlesex County man who was shot by a... Read More...
IMAGE County Provides VA Access to Veteran Inmates Through Videoconferencing
Monday, 29 September 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - Sheriff Shaun Golden is leading the way when it comes to assisting veterans upon release from the Monmouth County Correctional... Read More...
IMAGE Poetry Reading by Saliba Sarsar at Monmouth University on October 6
Monday, 29 September 2014
West Long Branch, N.J. - Political Science Professor and author Saliba Sarsar will give a poetry reading on October 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE What’s Living in Raritan-Sandy Hook Bays?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 28 September 2014
On Sunday, September 28, volunteers with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, an all-volunteer environmental group dedicated to restoring Raritan... Read More...
IMAGE Wakefield Gets SA Chapters Running
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 27 September 2014
My featured person this week, Margery Wakefield, of Lansing, Michigan, has had lifelong struggles with schizophrenia, a mental health disability. For... Read More...
IMAGE Life in the Tidelines near NY Harbor
by Joe Reynolds
Thursday, 25 September 2014
There’s a nor’easter heading our way, but the other day it was sunny, calm, and lovely out. Trying to take advantage of the pleasant weather... Read More...
IMAGE Climate-change Campaign’s Dark Side
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Global Warming is a “new kind of morality,” said British Channel 4’s 2007 documentary, “The Great Global Warming Swindle.” The dark side of... Read More...
IMAGE Steinbach Tackles Paranoid Schizophrenia
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 21 September 2014
He began hearing voices in his head at age 15. Said Charles Steinbach, of Grand Junction, Colorado, in a telephone interview: “It started with... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Tue Sep 30 @ 7:00AM -
Business Roundtable - MC Freeholders
Wed Oct 01 @ 9:30AM - 10:00AM
Baby Story Time Ages 10 – 24 months
Wed Oct 01 @10:30AM - 10:50AM
Toddler Story Time Ages 2 & 3
Thu Oct 02 @ 3:15PM - 03:45PM
School Age Programs Grades K and up
Thu Oct 02 @ 4:00PM - 04:30PM
Preschool Story Time Ages 3 – 5

40 historic Monmouth County sites to be open for visits May 4 and 5

FREEHOLD, NJ – “Weekend in Old Monmouth” returns for the fourth year with 40 historic sites throughout Monmouth County opening their doors to visitors interested in local history. Hours for most sites are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

“Weekend in Old Monmouth is a wonderful event for anyone interested in history and architecture,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county’s Historical Commission, coordinator of the weekend event. “The sites on the tour are generally operated independently of one another, but this special tour project coordinates the hours of operation at 45 locations so history buffs can travel by foot, bicycle or car to enjoy and take in many of the county’s rich historic places all in one weekend.”

The 2013 tour includes six new locations: Keyport Fire Museum in Keyport, Monmouth Battle Monument at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, Old Yellow Meeting House in Upper Freehold, Red Bank Woman’s Club in Red Bank, the Borough of Roosevelt and Wilson Hall at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

“Despite Superstorm Sandy’s best efforts, all but one of the sites from last year’s tour are back,” said Burry. “We are thrilled that all the sites came through the storm and are enthusiastically getting ready for this year’s Weekend in Old Monmouth.”

“The tour includes 45 sites and each illustrates a piece of local history,” Randall Gabrielan, executive director of the Historical Commission. “The outlined tours help put the pieces together thematically or geographically. Many previous tour visitors have elected to see the places in an order of their own selection. The proposed starting points are just suggestions for those who may be seeking guidance.”

You can start planning your route by previewing the tour sites on the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com. After April 15, a detailed tour book and tour map will be available on the Monmouth County website at www.visitmonmouth.com. On the tour dates, each tour stop will also have maps and booklets available.

The tours also represent several historic themes:

  • Shore: While the tour includes sites on the north, (Sandy Hook), central (Ocean Grove) and southern shores, (National Guard Militia Museum) the drive along the shore is one of the best ways to feel and appreciate Monmouth County’s relationship to the Ocean.
  • Faith: Architectural gems of each of the last three centuries, 18th century Christ Church in Shrewsbury, 19th century All Saints Memorial in Middletown and 20th century St. Catharine’s in Spring Lake. In addition, Old Tennent Church in Manalapan is closely tied to the Battle of Monmouth and the Friends Meeting House in Shrewsbury represents one of the oldest worship traditions in Monmouth County.
  • The Revolutionary War: The Revolution is visited here, not only the major sites in the Monmouth Battlefield area, but in lesser known places such as the Burrowes Mansion in Matawan, Marlpit Hall and the Murray Farm, both in Middletown.
  • Military: There is Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook, the most heavily fortified installation on the East Coast for much of the 20th century, the National Historic Landmark Monmouth Battlefield in Manalapan and one of the more fascinating, but lesser known museums, the New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt with museum exhibits and fighter aircraft and tanks.
  • Preservation: Marlpit Hall in Middletown was the first restored house museum in the region, dating from its 1930s opening.

Other elements on the tour also include lighthouses, Victorian homes, agriculture, industry, education and science. All of the sites contributed to the importance of preservation and history throughout Monmouth County. The county supports the preservation movement annually by awarding preservation grants to historic sites.  Many of the tour locations have received grants in the past. 

A site list and map are available on the county’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

Tour Site, Municipality

All Saints Memorial Church, Middletown

Allaire Historic Village, Wall

Allen House, Shrewsbury

Ardena School Museum, Howell

Burrowes Mansion Museum, Matawan

Centennial Cottage, Ocean Grove, Neptune

Christ Church, Shrewsbury

Covenhoven House, Freehold

Dr Cooke’s Medical Office, Holmdel

Eatontown Museum, Eatontown

Eden Woolley House, Ocean

Old First Church, Middletown

First Presbyterian Church, Rumson

Friends Meeting House, Shrewsbury

Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove

Holmes-Hendrickson House, Holmdel

InfoAge Science Center (Camp Evans), Wall

Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth CountyFreehold Township

Keyport Fire Museum, Keyport

Longstreet Farm, Historic, Holmdel

MacKenzie House, Howell

Marlpit Hall & Taylor-Butler House, Middletown

Monmouth Battlefield Monument at the Monmouth County Courthouse, Freehold

Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan

Monmouth County Historical Association Museum, Freehold

Joseph Murray Farmhouse, Middletown

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt

Oakley Farm House, Freehold Township

Ocean Grove Historical Museum, Ocean Grove

Old Yellow Meeting House, Upper Freehold

Red Bank Woman’s Club, Red Bank

Roosevelt Borough

St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake

Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Middletown

Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club, Rumson

Seabrook-Wilson House, Middletown

Shrewsbury Historical Museum, Shrewsbury

Strauss Mansion Museum, Atlantic Highlands

Old Tennent Church, Manalapan

Twin Lights Lighthouse, Highlands

Village Inn, Englishtown

Old Wall Historical Society, Wall

Walnford, Historic, Upper Freehold

Wilson Hall at Monmouth University, West Long Branch

West Freehold School Museum, Freehold Township