The Monmouth County Historical Commission has announced the return of “A Weekend in Old Monmouth,” with 49 historic sites throughout Monmouth County, on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on May 1 from noon to 5 p.m.
“We are excited about the return of ‘A Weekend in Old Monmouth’ historic tour after a hiatus due to the (coronavirus) pandemic,” said Monmouth County Commissioner Lillian G. Burry, who serves as the liaison from the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners to the Monmouth County Historical Commission.
“The tour is organized into four segments and will feature local organizations’ museums and historic buildings, which will provide a glimpse of Monmouth County’s extensive history. All fees will be waived at the participating sites during the weekend,” Burry said.
The sites on the tour are generally operated independently. The self-guided tour allows for easy access and various transportation routes between the sites, according to a press release from Monmouth County.
To start planning a route, preview the tour sites on the county’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com
A published tour guide that includes all participating site locations and map, programing and contact information will be available at any historic site on the tour or by downloading the guide at www.visitmonmouth.com
The historical commission is also offering a virtual tour that will present all 49 historic sites in an interactive format which will include information, photos and a map of the tour guide. Each tour site is now a “story point” on an interactive map using state-of-the-art technology, according to the press release.
The annual tour is coordinated by the Monmouth County Historical Commission, which was established in 1988 and is dedicated to the preservation of the county’s historic heritage.
As advocates for the preservation of historic properties, sites and projects, the commission encourages residents to be involved as well, according to the press release.
The complete list of 2022 “A Weekend in Old Monmouth” sites is as follows: All Saints Memorial Church, Middletown; Allaire Historic Village, Wall Township; Allen House, Shrewsbury Borough; Allentown Presbyterian Church, Allentown; Baird Homestead, Millstone Township;
And, Battery Lewis, Hartshorne Park, Highlands; Burrowes Mansion Museum, Matawan; Christ Church, Shrewsbury Borough; Covenhoven House, Freehold Borough; Craig House at Monmouth Battlefield, Freehold Township; Crawford House, Tinton Falls;
Also, Dr. Cooke’s Medical Office, Holmdel; Eatontown Historical Museum, Eatontown; First Presbyterian Church, Rumson; Friends Meeting House, Shrewsbury Borough; Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, Neptune Township; Holmes-Hendrickson House, Holmdel; InfoAge Science Museum (Camp Evans), Wall Township;
And, Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, Freehold Township; Joseph Murray Farmhouse, Middletown; Keyport Fire Museum, Keyport; Keyport Historical Society, Keyport; Longstreet Farm (Historic), Holmdel; Marlpit Hall, Middletown; Monmouth County Historical Association Museum, Freehold Borough;
Also, Montrose Schoolhouse, Colts Neck; National Guard Museum, Sea Girt; Oakely Farm House, Freehold Township; Ocean Grove Historical Museum, Neptune Township; Old Brick Reformed Church, Marlboro; Old First Church, Middletown; Old Tennent Church, Manalapan; Old Wall Historical Society, Wall Township; Old Yellow Meeting House, Upper Freehold Township;
And, Parker Homestead, Little Silver; Red Bank Women’s Club, Red Bank; Roosevelt Borough (Jersey Homesteads) Historic District, Roosevelt; Saint Peter’s Church, Freehold Borough; Shrewsbury Historical Museum, Shrewsbury Borough; Spring Lake Historical Society, Spring Lake; Squan Village Historical Society Museum, Manasquan; Stephen Crane House, Asbury Park;
Also, Strauss Mansion Museum, Atlantic Highlands; Taylor-Butler House, Middletown; Township of Ocean Historical Museum, Ocean Township; T. Thomas Fortune House, Red Bank; Twin Lights Museum, Highlands; Village Inn, Englishtown; and Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold Township.