Feb 03, 2020

Pledging Love at a Special ‘Something Old’ in Historic Monmouth County

By Lori Draz

The old adage goes, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Couples in search of something old may want to consider choosing one of the many beautiful and expertly appointed and maintained Monmouth County historic sites as their place to pledge their commitment. There are options for groups from 20 to 200, and each is a unique, memorable and distinct choice that will impress your guests.

Having found your Mr. or Mrs. Right, you are no doubt feeling on top of the world, and if you would like a view to match, there is no more dramatic spot than the Twin Lights Lighthouse in Highlands. Next to nearby Mt. Mitchell, the Twin Lights sits atop the highest spot on the Eastern Seaboard. The 360-degree panoramic views are, in a word, breathtaking and include Manhattan, the Verrazzano Bridge, the Sandy Hook inlet and the Jersey shoreline. This is a site for a ceremony only since there is no indoor space. It is a good choice for small groups or vow renewals as the parking is limited. It is extremely affordable, and if you get the perfect weather day, the sites are priceless. Visit TwinLightLighthouse.com for a peek. For specific information, date reservations, restrictions and more, email Maggie M. Mitchell Superintendent Leonardo State Marina, Forked River State Marina & Twin Lights Historic Site at maggie.mitchell@dep.nj.gov.

If a full blown rustic-contemporary wedding and reception in a charming farm setting is your thing, consider Bayonet Farm in Holmdel. The 240-acre publicly owned park within Holmdel Township is a symphony of natural beauty and provides a spectacular backdrop for your special event. Your guests will be enveloped in the peace and tranquility of this historic site. Its renovated buildings, scenic trails, rolling lawns and acres of actively farmed lands are the perfect backdrop for lots of glorious photos. In addition to the green hills and fields is a complex of historic buildings including the Harding House, Swanson House, Red Barn and Gray Barn, all of which are in impeccable condition thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the State’s Green Acres program for the purposes of conserving open space, horticulture, public gardens, bird sanctuaries, arboretums, and nature and equestrian trails.

The farm is operated by the township and is available for rental for weddings, parties and events. Built in the 1930s, the Red Barn retains its original charm with modern conveniences and bathrooms. It can accommodate up to 100 people. The Gray Barn was built in the 1940s. It’s a one-wedding-at-a-time facility, and couples can use their own decorations, catering, entertainment and more. Bayonet Farms is open from spring until early fall. Tables, chairs and a tent for up to 200 people are provided in the rental price. Bayonet Farm is located at 41 Middletown Rd. and is the largest park in Holmdel Township Park. For more information on renting the facility, call 732-946-2820, ext. 1224 or email ddow@holmdeltownship-nj.com. Holmdel residents enjoy special discounts on rentals.

For those with a taste for vintage and a group of up to 150, check out the Taylor-Butler House in Middletown. This Victorian mansion was built in 1853 and is one of five properties owned and operated by the Monmouth County Historical Association.

The property has a sweeping staircase, a large porch, Dutch doors and all the finishing touches. Your party can use the entire home, which includes eight rooms, five downstairs and three upstairs, as well as the beautiful 5-acre grounds and the circular driveway.

It can comfortably hold 100 guests for a sit-down dinner, and 150 for buffet-style service or for a cocktail party. Couples are able to use the decorations, caterer and entertainment of their choice, though some restrictions apply.

The Taylor-Butler House is located at 127 Kings Highway in Middletown. Check it out at MonmouthHistory.org/HostAnEvent. For date information and other questions about hosting an event, contact Beth Gardella Assistant Development Director at 732-462-1466, ext. 13 or email bgardella@monmouthhistory.org.

These are just a few of the incredible places you can say, “I Do,” so congratulations and enjoy adding your memories to these historic treasures!