SHREWSBURY, NJ - The Monmouth County Historical Association will sponsor an Oktoberfest at its historic property in Shrewsbury, the Allen House. The event will be held on Friday, October 22 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Allen House was known as the “most noted tavern in Shrewsbury” during the late 18th century and today it is furnished to reflect that use. Beer tasting and tavern fare will be featured at this fun event along with 18th century musical entertainment. The cost of tickets is $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.monmouthhistory.org or calling 732-462-1466.
Located at the corner of Broad and Sycamore Streets, the Allen House, built circa 1710, celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. Originally built as a second residence by Richard Stillwell, a prominent New Yorker, the house was home to Richard, his wife Mercy and their eight children. In 1754, the house was purchased by Josiah Halstead who soon thereafter opened it as a tavern. Typically, tavern life was community life. Meetings of Christ Church vestry were held at Halstead’s tavern as well as meetings of the Shrewsbury Library Company. The County Circuit Court met and held trials there and political gatherings were especially numerous in the tavern at the time of the Revolution.
Guests at the Oktoberfest will receive a souvenir beer mug as they enter the tavern tap room to the sound of early tavern songs by “Spiced Punch,” who perform in period costume. Beer is being provided by Shore Point Distributing Company. The public is invited to come raise a glass of ale to celebrate the 300th anniversary of this landmark tavern.
The Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898. The MCHA’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street, Freehold, New Jersey. Museum hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Library is open Wednesday through Saturday. For membership or admission fees and further information, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit our web site at www.monmouthhistory.org.
The Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.