Come join us this summer in Ocean Grove. If you’re a first-time visitor, this is your opportunity to learn about the unique history of the area which was settled as a camp meeting in 1869. If you’re familiar with our history, peruse our busy calendar offering a variety of activities to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of Ocean Grove. Love antiques? We’ll begin the season with our annual antiques auction on May 13. Please note the change of venue; the auction will be held at the Women’s Club at 57 Wickepecko Drive in Ocean Township. The preview starts at 9:00 AM and the auction begins at 11:00 AM. Art Kravetz of Kravetz Auctions will be our auctioneer. Some items being auctioned are Ocean Grove memorabilia, depression glass, several dolls, antique furniture, lamps and so much more!
Interested in expanding your knowledge of Ocean Grove? We have a number of tours you might want to investigate. Walking tours showing you the Great Auditorium, 1 or 2 tents, and Centennial Cottage begin June 21 and will be held on Wednesday and Fridays at 1:00 PM and Saturdays at 11:00 AM through September 2. Did you know women were integral to the growth of Ocean Grove? Would you like to meet some of the women who were influential here in the late 1800s and early 1900s? Please sign up for one of our Women’s Walking Tours held on 4 separate occasions this summer. Are you an architectural buff? We’re introducing a new walking tour this summer entitled “From Tents to Turrets: An Architectural History of Ocean Grove Homes”. All tours have a fee and both the Women’s Walking Tour and the architectural tour require pre-registration and a fee.
We’ll be presenting our 49th Annual House Tour on Friday, August 4. Once again, you will have the privilege of touring some of the outstanding homes here in Ocean Grove. The house tour begins at 10:30 AM and runs until 4:30 PM. Tickets are available at the museum beginning in June. Prices are $30 prior to August 4 and $35 the day of the tour.
We’re pleased to announce that due to popular demand, we will once again be presenting a Tent Tour on Tuesday, July 11. The number one question visitors have about Ocean Grove involves life in the 114 tents around the Great Auditorium. Do they have electricity? Are there bathrooms? Is there grass for flooring? If you’ve had questions about life in the tents, mark this date on your calendar as you’re in for a treat. Prices are $30 prior to July 11 and $35 the day of the tour.
Want to develop your crafting skills? We offer classes which will assist in that endeavor. Check our workshops page for our exciting classes- quilting, cardmaking, paper beads, Zentangles, paper lanterns, papercutting, friendship bracelets, and many more. Many of our participants are repeaters as they’ve gained so much from the talented instructors who present these classes each summer.
We’ve packed our calendar with a number of activities which should appeal to everyone. We look forward to seeing you at one or more events during our very brief season. Questions? Feel free to call our museum at 732-774-1869 or to register for workshops, tours, tickets, etc.
2016 has been a great year for the Historical Society of Ocean Grove. Watch this video below to learn about all the wonderful activities that have taken place so far.
Join us Saturday, November 5, 2016 on the
Victorian Tea Party Bus to the Merchant’s House Museum in NYC!
Do you ever wish you could go back in time to the 19th century? On this bus excursion, you can — at least for a little while.
Here are the details:
The Bus. A luxury bus with restroom facilities will pick up travelers from Fireman’s Park in beautiful Ocean Grove, New Jersey on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (By the way, Ocean Grove has the highest concentration of Victorian architecture in the state! You may want to come early and enjoy a stroll. You can also book a walking tour with me.)
Departure. Bus departs promptly at 12:00 PM from Fireman’s Park, Main & Delaware Avenues, Ocean Grove, NJ
The Destination. The stunning Merchant’s House Museum in New York City. Considered one of the finest surviving examples of domestic architecture from the period, the 1832 late-Federal and Greek Revival Merchant’s House is a designated landmark on the federal, state, and city level. It is furnished with over 3,000 items comprising the possessions of the Tredwells, the wealthy merchant-class family who lived in the House from 1835 to 1933. Our group will enjoy a guided tour.
Dining. On the bus you will enjoy a 19th century style savory pie lunch catered by Burbelmaier’s of Ocean Grove with your choice of hot or cold tea, or water. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.
On-Board Entertainment. Also on the ride we will view a film that some say was inspired by the 19th century love story of Gertrude Tredwell who lived in the Merchant’s House. [Actually, the film was inspired by the Henry James novel Washington Square which in turn inspired a stage play and then two film versions: The Heiress (1949) and Washington Square (1997).] Which one will we watch? You get to vote when you make your reservation. Majority rules!
Dress Code. Please wear whatever makes you comfortable. However, if you’re like me, you’ll look for any excuse to dress in Victorian vogue. So please — feel free to join me in wearing your favorite 19th century duds! Whether you go all-out or just wear a single vintage or Victorian-inspired piece (a hat, perhaps? gloves? button-up boots?) your participation will make our trip extra special. Plus, the Merchant’s House Museum will allow us extra time after our tour to take photos in the glorious parlor.