Weekend in Old Monmouth


The annual “Weekend in Old Monmouth” returns in May, with 49 historic sites throughout Monmouth County opening their doors to visitors interested in local history from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Saturday, May 6 and from noon to 5 P.M. on Sunday, May 7.

“Weekend in Old Monmouth is a wonderful event for anyone interested in our rich history and unique architecture,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County’s Historical Commission, coordinator of the weekend event. “For two days, the entrance fees at these historic gems are waived, providing special access to all those who wish to enjoy all there is to offer in historic Monmouth County”

The three sites added to the 2017 Weekend in Old Monmouth tour are:

  • Crawford House (c.1920) in Tinton Falls is associated with three generations an influential local family, which operated a butcher shop on this site in the heart of the town’s historic district.
  • Spring Lake Historical Society Museum is dedicated to local history and borough’s connection to the surrounding communities.
  • Stephen Crane House (c. 1778) in Asbury Park was home to the famed author who wrote “The Red Badge of Courage.”

The sites on the tour are generally operated independently. In addition to the waived fees, the hours of operation are all the same for the two days. The self-guided tour also has recommended routes that guide history buffs travel by foot, bicycle, or car to the various locations. Start planning your route by previewing the tour sites on the county’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

In mid-April, the 2017 detailed tour book and tour map will be available on the Monmouth County website at www.visitmonmouth.com. On the tour dates, each tour stop will also have maps and booklets available. For more information, email history@co.monmouth.nj.us.

The annual Weekend in Old Monmouth tour is coordinated by the Monmouth County Historical Commission (Historical Commission). The Historical Commission is dedicated to the preservation of the county’s rich historic heritage. As advocates for the preservation of historic properties, sites, and projects, the commission encourages citizens to be involved, as well. The Historical Commission was established by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1988.

In addition to Weekend in Old Monmouth, the Historical Commission provides matching grants for municipal and non-profit historic preservation projects recognizes individuals and groups for efforts to preserve historic sites and resources and offers an essay contest for fifth-grade students.

The complete list of 2017 Weekend in Old Monmouth Sites is as follows:

All Saints Memorial Church, Middletown
Allaire Historic Village, Wall
Allen House, Shrewsbury Borough
Allentown Presbyterian Church, Allentown
Ardena School Museum, Howell
Baird House, Millstone Township
Burrowes Mansion Museum, Matawan
Christ Church, Shrewsbury Borough
Covenhoven House, Freehold Borough
Craig House, Freehold Township
*Crawford House, Tinton Falls
Dr. Cooke’s Medical Office, Holmdel
Eatontown Museum, Eatontown
First Presbyterian Church, Rumson
Friends Meeting House, Shrewsbury Borough
Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, Neptune Township
Holmes-Hendrickson House, Holmdel
InfoAge Science Center (Camp Evans), Wall
Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmonth County, Freehold Township (open on Sunday only)
Keyport Fire Museum, Keyport
Longstreet Farm (Historic), Holmdel
Marlpit Hall, Middletown
Monmouth County Historical Association Museum, Freehold Borough
Montrose Schoolhouse, Colts Neck
Joseph Murray Farmhouse, Middletown
National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt
Oakley Farm House, Freehold
Ocean Grove Historical Museum, Ocean Grove, Neptune Township
Ocean Township Historical Museum
Old First Church, Middletown
Old Tennent Church, Manalapan
Old Wall Historical Society, Wall
Old Yellow Meeting House, Upper Freehold
Parker Homestead, Little Silver
Red Bank Woman’s Club, Red Bank
Roosevelt Borough (Jersey Homestead) Historic District
St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake
St. Peter’s Church, Freehold Borough
Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club, Rumson
Seabrook-Wilson House, Middletown
Shrewsbury Historical Museum, Shrewsbury
*Spring Lake Historical Society Museum, Spring Lake
*Stephen Crane House, Asbury Park
Strauss Mansion Museum, Atlantic Highlands
Taylor-Butler House, Middletown
Village Inn, Englishtown
Walnford (Historic), Upper Freehold
West Freehold School Museum, Freehold Township