PICTURED – The Seabrook-Wilson House is named after the two prominent families that lived there.
PORT MONMOUTH — Call it the Seabrook-Wilson House, the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center or even the former “Spy House” museum. No matter what name you use, this historic building in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, has been fascinating people for years. Thanks to the Monmouth County Park System, area residents will be able to tour the building from 1-4pm on Sundays, April 28-October 27. During these tours, visitors are invited to explore the house and enjoy displays on the ecology of the bay and local history.
Listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, it is one of the oldest surviving houses in the area and dates back to 1720. Originally a small cabin, the house was expanded and altered over the years. By 1896, the house had grown to its present size and appearance. At different times, it has been a farmhouse, a tavern, an inn, and a museum. Acquired by the Park System in 1998, the building underwent a restoration and is currently used for Park System offices, programs and activities.
Situated on Sandy Hook Bay, Bayshore Waterfront Park hosts nature programs throughout the year. Upcoming spring programs in the Activity Center include the Secret Lives of Osprey, Sunset Wetlands Walk and Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. During the summer, an Evening Beach Walk by Sandy Hook Bay, Aquarium Fish Feeding and Drop-in Seining will be offered.
For more information about the Bayshore Waterfront Park, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call (732) 842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.