19th century

All Aboard the Victorian Tea Party Bus!: A Fundraiser for HSOG

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Join us Saturday, November 5, 2016 on the

victorian-hatVictorian 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.

Click here to book now!

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.

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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.

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Return Trip. We will return to Fireman’s Park in Ocean Grove at approximately 6:00 PM. We will enjoy dessert on the ride home.

Accessibility. Please note that the Merchant’s House Museum does not have an elevator. The tour involves climbing several sets of stairs.

Ready to Go?

Click here to book now!

$119 ticket includes lunch, dessert, museum tour and round-trip bus transportation between Ocean Grove and New York.

Life’s too short not to have little adventures that make our hearts sing! I hope you’ll join me for history, beauty, fun and friendship on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

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Women’s History Walking Tours are Back for Summer 2016

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Our Women’s History Walking Tour of Ocean Grove is back by popular demand! Led by history professor Dr. Lyndell O’Hara, this tour takes participants to various stops in Ocean Grove where women made history. Costumed performers portray history’s characters, such as physician Margaret Coleman, evangelist Phoebe Palmer, and innkeeper sisters Lydia and Matilda Bull. Tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

This year you have three opportunities to join the tour:

Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Tickets $12, $10 for seniors

Tour meets at the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, 50 Pitman Avenue

To reserve, call 732-774-1869

Just for fun, we made a movie-style trailer for the tour (see below). Looking forward to seeing you in Ocean Grove this summer!

Women’s History Walking Tour of Ocean Grove, NJ

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Are you curious about our Women’s History Walking Tour? We don’t blame you! Last summer it was such a huge success, we’re bringing it back again! Led by historian Dell O’Hara, the tour travels on foot through charming Ocean Grove, New Jersey, stopping at sites connected to remarkable women who lived or visited here in the past. It’s partly a “living history” tour, with volunteer residents dressed in costume, portraying real women from the 19th century — innkeepers, a spiritual leader, a physician and more.

You have three opportunities to catch the tour in 2015:

June 25th – 10:30 AM
July 23rd — 1:00 PM
August 20th — 1:00 PM

Reservations are a MUST. Tour is $10 per person, $8 for seniors. Call 732-774-1869.

Hope you enjoy this video trailer we put together with scenes from last year’s tours:

Video by Mary Solecki
Funding has been provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission.