Ocean Grove Historic Walking Tour
The historic walking tour provides visitors with an overview of Ocean Grove from the first Camp Meeting of 1869. As you stroll along the park between the museum you will learn about several historical buildings including: The Bishop James Tabernacle built in 1877, the Young Peoples Temple, Thornley Chapel and Beersheba Well. Also included in the tour is The Great Auditorium designed by Fred Camp of New York and built in 1894. It is a major attraction of Ocean Grove that houses the Hope Jones pipe organ installed on July 2, 1908 at a cost of $27,000 and has over 11,000 pipes making it one of the largest pipe organs.
You’ll also visit and see what it’s like to live in one of the charming 114 remaining tents in the historic tent colony which dates back to the first Camp Meeting in 1869.
Your tour continues to Centennial Cottage which dates to 1884 and has been restored to reflect living in Ocean Grove in the late 1800’s.
Your tour guide will share tidbits and stories of The Great Auditorium and Ocean Grove such as Presidential visits, movies made in Ocean Grove, famous residents and much more as you walk around and visit sites.
This tour takes participants to various places of historical significance around Ocean Grove. Tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
•These tours are offered from mid-June to Labor Day on Wednesdays & Fridays at 1:00 pm and Saturdays at 11:00 am.
•Prices are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens. Call us to make your reservation.
•If you are interested in a group tour with or without lunch, please call us at (732)774-1869.
The walking tour begins at the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, 50 Pitman Avenue
Be sure to stop by the Historical Society Museum where you will find pictures of founders William Osborn and Elwood Stokes, the early tent colony, Teddy Roosevelt addressing the National Education Association in 1905 and early maps and documents of Ocean Grove. Also featured is a collection of souvenir glass from the 1890’s and early 1900’s. The museum also provides a research library with early photos and documents on Ocean Grove.
The museum also features a gift shop where you can purchase an item or souvenir to make your tour memorable!
Ocean Grove Women’s History Walking Tour
Led by history professor Dr. Lyndell O’Hara, this tour takes participants to various stops in Ocean Grove where women made history. Costumed actors represent history’s characters, such as physician Margaret Coleman, evangelist Phoebe Palmer, evangelist Amanda Berry Smith, 1st colored international evangelist, and innkeeper sisters Lydia and Matilda Bull who are as comical as they are enlightening. Tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
This walking tour begins at the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, 50 Pitman Avenue. Tours are offered through the 2019 summer season.
From Tents to Turrets: An Architectural History of Ocean Grove Homes
This walking tour, led by architectural historian Jenny Shaffer, will consider the exteriors of select homes in Ocean Grove, a state and national historic district. Examples will include a camp meeting tent, Victorian cottages, and twentieth century houses. Tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
This walking tour begins at the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, 50 Pitman Avenue. Tours are offered through the 2018 summer season.