The Township of Ocean Historical Museum occupies Eden Woolley House, located at 703 Deal Road, Oakhurst, New Jersey 07755. The Eden Woolley House, circa 1747, is one of the few 18th Century Homes surviving in Ocean Township. It was saved from destruction in 2005 and moved 1,000 feet east to its present location in Joe Palaia Park. It has been historically restored and open to the public to tell the story of Ocean Township and its surrounding communities.
- Winter Speaker Event - "A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore"
RESCHEDULED - Winter Speaker Event - "A
History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore" Tuesday, May 16,
2017, 7:15 pm. Township
of Ocean Board of Education Offices (Old Oakhurst School), Auditorium, 163
Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755
to tell the surprising story of submarine warfare off the Jersey
Jersey Shore is known for many things, but a hotbed of submarine activity during
World Wars I and II?
their book, A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore, co-authors
Joe Bilby and Harry Ziegler document this surprising piece of maritime history.
At 7:15, Tuesday, May 16, at the Board of Education Building, 163 Monmouth Rd.,
Oakhurst, Joe Bilby shares their findings in the next talk of the Museum’s
findings trace the state’s connections to submarine warfare back to 1776, the
year the first (and not very successful) American submarine sank in the Hudson
River off Fort Lee.
connections continue with the story of Paterson resident John Holland
(1841-1914), the self-taught engineer credited with inventing the first truly
viable submarine. He ran his experiments in the Passaic River.
fascinating perhaps are the stories of German U-boats planting mines and sinking
ships off the Jersey coast during the World Wars. On “Black Sunday,” June 2 ,
1918, the German sub U-151 stopped, evacuated, and sank six commercial ships
along our shore. Twenty-four years later, in the early months of our involvement
in World War II, German subs were back, destroying merchant ships traveling
along our coast.
join us May 16 to see the images and hear the full story. Speaker Joe Bilby, a
Newark native, Vietnam veteran, and current Historian for the National Guard
Militia Museum of New Jersey, has written over four hundred articles and
nineteen books on New Jersey and military history. Over the years, he has
generously shared his expertise and personal collection of photographs and
memorabilia with our Museum.
book signing follows the talk. And a very brief general meeting—just long enough
for the election of Museum officers—opens the evening.
speaker event is open to the public, free of charge. Donations are appreciated.
Refreshments are served. (We collect and welcome nonperishable items for the
FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.)
Township of Ocean Historical Museum, founded in 1984, is a member-supported, 501
(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of New
Jersey. Its headquarters, the Eden Woolley House, is one of the few 18th century
structures still in existence in the Township and is open to the public on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), Thursday Evenings (7 p.m.
to 9 p.m. March 15 through December 15) and the first and second Sundays of each
month (1p.m. to 4 p.m.). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum offers exhibits
on the history of coastal Monmouth County and a full calendar of events. The
Museum is also 100% volunteer supported, with no paid staff. The Museum
maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs
of historical and genealogical interest. For more information, please call
732-531-2136 or visit our website at http://www.OceanMuseum.org or our
other web locations listed below.
for the Township of Ocean Historical Museum provided by the New Jersey Cultural
has been made possible in part by an operating support grant from the New Jersey
Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant
funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical
and repair of the Stucile Farms Water Tower has been accomplished with financial
assistance from The 1772 Foundation in cooperation with and administrated by the
New Jersey Historic