Fees waived for visitors at 49 historical sites on May 6 and 7 

FREEHOLD, NJ – The annual “Weekend in Old Monmouth” returns with 49 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 (c.1920) 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 is dedicated to local history and borough’s connection to the surrounding communities.
  • Stephen Crane House (c. 1778) 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 www.visitmonmouth.com. 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 www.visitmonmouth.com. On the tour dates, each tour stop will also have maps and booklets available. For more information, email history@co.monmouth.nj.us.

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.

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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.

The complete list of 2017 Weekend in Old Monmouth Sites is as follows:


Tour Site, Municipality

All Saints Memorial Church, Middletown

Allaire Historic Village, Wall

Allen House, Shrewsbury Boro

Allentown Presbyterian Church, Allentown

Ardena School Museum, Howell

Baird House, Millstone Twp.

Burrowes Mansion Museum, Matawan

Christ Church, Shrewsbury Borough

Covenhoven House, Freehold Borough

Craig House, Freehold Twp.

*Crawford House, Tinton Falls 

Dr. Cooke’s Medical Office, Holmdel

Eatontown Museum, Eatontown

First Presbyterian Church, Rumson

Friends Meeting House, Shrewsbury Borough

Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, Neptune Twp.

Holmes-Hendrickson House, Holmdel

InfoAge Science Center (Camp Evans), Wall

Jewish Heritage Museum of Mon. Co., Freehold Twp. (open on Sunday only)

Keyport Fire Museum, Keyport

Longstreet Farm (Historic), Holmdel

Marlpit Hall, Middletown

Monmouth County Historical Assn. Museum, Freehold Borough

Montrose Schoolhouse, Colts Neck

Joseph Murray Farmhouse, Middletown

National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt

Oakley Farm House, Freehold

Ocean Grove Historical Museum, Ocean Grove, Neptune Twp.

Ocean Township Historical Museum

Old First Church, Middletown

Old Tennent Church, Manalapan

Old Wall Historical Society, Wall

Old Yellow Meeting House, Upper Freehold

Parker Homestead, Little Silver

Red Bank Woman’s Club, Red Bank

Roosevelt Borough (Jersey Homestead) Historic District

St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake

St. Peter’s Church, Freehold Borough

Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club, Rumson

Seabrook-Wilson House, Middletown

Shrewsbury Historical Museum, Shrewsbury

*Spring Lake Historical Society Museum, Spring Lake 

*Stephen Crane House, Asbury Park

Strauss Mansion Museum, Atlantic Highlands

Taylor-Butler House, Middletown

Village Inn, Englishtown

Walnford (Historic), Upper Freehold

West Freehold School Museum, Freehold Township