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Wet as the Atlantic Ocean: Prohibition in New Jersey - http://ow.ly/s0FP30lpHTy
Opening of Exhibit June 24, 2018
Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
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Former Sections of the Township of Ocean - Allenhurst

The Township of Ocean was formed in 1849, when the Township of Shrewsbury was split and the section along the coast was named Ocean. Many of our neighboring towns were once part of Ocean, but broke off to form their own towns over time (which is why the Township of Ocean today has no oceanfront).

The area that today is Allenhurst, was originally the Allen family farm. A portion of the farm was turned into the Allen House, a guest house and the residence of Judah Allen. The prominent inn can be credited with attracting many prominent visitors to this area of the coast. In 1895, the farm and the Allen House were purchased by Edwin P. Benjamin and James M. Ralston and they formed the Coast Land Improvement Company. Allenhurst broke off from the Township of Ocean in 1897

This is 203 Allen Avenue as it stood in 1900. (From "Those Innocent Years; 1898-1914 - Images of the Jersey Shore from the Pach Photographic Collection", by George H. Moss and Karen L. Schnitzspan)
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What You Missed - New Jersey & The Great War: Local Stories of World War I Exhibit - Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712 - http://ow.ly/nPT930lmfHY
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Kepwel Spring Water Co., 100 Cold Indian Spring Road, Wayside, NJ 07712 - http://ow.ly/aIWq30lgXQI

In the late 1800s, Cold Indian Spring Water, the product of a company that was incorporated in 1872, was delivered by horse and wagon and shipped by rail as far as New York City and Philadelphia. The spring water company in Wayside that operates under the name of Kepwel Spring Water is the oldest continuous water business in New Jersey.

The lake at Cold Indian Spring was run as a private picnic and swimming facility into the 1960s. The lake side setting included picnic tables, barbecue pits, dressing rooms, and a refreshment stand. It was the hub of the Wayside community in the summer.
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*Monmouth County - Walnford - Mill Demonstration @ Historic Walnford
Mill Demonstration Saturday-Monday, September 1-3 from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, September 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 and 29 & 30 from 1-4 p.m.  Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold  See the 19th century gristmill in action. Demonstrations run through Novembe...
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*Monmouth County - Walnford - Fun and Game @ Historic Walnford
Fun and Games Sunday & Monday, September 2 & 3 from 1-4 p.m. Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold End summer by playing some family-friendly historical games.  FREE!   
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Monmouth County - Aberdeen - Awesome Autumn Amble @ Freneau Woods Park
Awesome Autumn Amble Wednesday, September 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen  Explore the trails with a Park System Naturalist and discuss all manners of plant and animal phenomenon. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult.  FREE!    
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*Monmouth County - Imlaystown - Awesome Autumn Amble @ Clayton Park
Awesome Autumn Amble Wednesday, September 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. Clayton Park, Upper Freehold  Explore the trails with a Park System Naturalist and discuss all manners of plant and animal phenomenon. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult.  FREE!    
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Monmouth County - Upper Freehold - The Casual Birder @ Crosswicks Creek Park
The Casual Birder Thursday, September 6 at 9 a.m. Crosswicks Creek Park, Upper Freehold  Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk and meander for about an hour. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy this walk. A lim...
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