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.
Interested in expanding your knowledge of Ocean Grove? Check out our August offerings.
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 at this time. Prices are $30 prior to August 4 and $35 the day of the tour. Please purchase tickets at the museum or use the PayPal button below for tickets.
August 9 features our annual Teddy Bear Picnic. Children (and their teddy bears) from ages 4-11 are invited to spend two hours in a variety of activities. Story hour, games, a scavenger hunt, and arts and crafts comprise part of their time with us. Lunch is served to all and a sweet treat from Days Ice Cream completes the activities. The Teddy Bear Picnic runs from 11-1 on August 9 and the cost is $25 for 1 child, 1 adult, and of course, a teddy bear! Pre-registration is required.
The Beersheba Awards will be presented on Thursday, August 10 on the porch of Starving Artist at 7:00 PM. These awards recognize homeowners, businesses, and individuals who commit time and effort to restoring their unique properties that maintain the
quality of the historic district of Ocean Grove. The cost is $8. Tickets are available at the door. Come to learn more about the efforts of these homeowners and discover what makes Ocean Grove so special!
Our Women’s Walking Tours will be held on 4 separate occasions this summer. Dr. Lyndell O’Hara leads an intimate tour to various stops in Ocean Grove where women made history. Costumed actors represent Ocean Grove women such as evangelist Phoebe Palmer, Amanda Berry Smith, a former slave who became an inspiration to many, innkeeper sisters Lydia and Matilda Bull, and others. The dates of these tours are Thursday, June 29 at 10:30AM; Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 PM; Thursday, August 24 at 10:30 AM; and Saturday, September 23 at 10:30 AM. Space is limited & you must pre-register, so either call for a reservation at 732-774-1869. Cost is $12; $10 for seniors. The tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The tour begins at the museum at 50 Pitman Avenue.
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”. Dr. Jenny Shaffer, an architectural historian, will consider the exterior of select homes in Ocean Grove, a state and national historic district. Examples will include a camp meeting tent, Victorian cottages, and twentieth-century homes. The date for this tour is Tuesday, July 25 at 10:30 AM. Space is limited and you must pre-register, so either call for a reservation at 732-774-1869 . Cost is $12; $10 for seniors. The tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The tour begins at the museum at 50 Pitman Avenue.
****Due to popular demand, a second tour has been added to our schedule- Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:15 AM. Again, reservations are a must, so please call the museum to save your slot!
Want to develop your crafting skills? We offer classes which will assist in that endeavor. Check our workshops page for our exciting classes- quilting, card-making, paper beads, Entangles, paper lanterns, paper-cutting, 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.