The Strauss Mansion is open on weekends from 1:00–4:00pm.
Below are some upcoming events. Please check our Events page for an extended calendar. 

MONTHLY MEETING &
AUTHOR’S PRESENTATION

Rick Geffken:
Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore

Thursday, June 15
 7:30pm

Strauss Mansion, free  

Did you know there existed a carousel in Atlantic Highlands? Did you know there was a rollercoaster on Sandy Hook before the turn of the 20th Century? 

Join us as we welcome author Rick Geffken for a presentation on his new book.

The Jersey Shore has always attracted people seeking relief from summer heat and humidity. Long before Europeans came here, the native Lenape clammed, fished, and played games on the beach and in the surf. These original people could scarcely have imagined that, by the end of the 19th century, the 120-mile-long coastline of New Jersey would be dotted with amusement parks featuring gentle kiddie car rides, terrifying roller coasters, merry-go-rounds, and fast-food emporiums. James Bradley in Asbury Park and William Sandlass Jr. in Highland Beach created mass entertainment for hundreds of thousands of people. Their seaside recreation centers, along with those in Long Branch, Bradley Beach, Pleasure Bay, and others, endured for years but are just fond and fading memories today.

Authors Rick Geffken and George Severini bring together rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to document how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States. The remarkable details in these pictures capture a simpler way of life in our country, when families took their children to boardwalks to savor candy apples, popcorn, hotdogs and hamburgers, and, of course, the rides.

 

 

 

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ACHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR

Saturday, June 17, 4:00pm

Strauss Mansion  
$10 suggested donation,
free for current Members

Learn the difference between a Gambrel and a Gable.

Spend 45 minutes on a guided walking tour through this bayside enclave and discover the variety of architectural styles that add character to the 1.25 square mile town.

Queen Anne, Colonial Revival,
Craftsman, Sears, Edwardian, Shingle and Folk Victorian are styles that may be seen. Tour routes vary.
Please check the website for an
updated schedule. 

Rain dates may apply.

 

Funded by a  grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust. Sketch of the Strauss Mansion by Michael Scherfen.

 

 

HISTORIC JERSEY JOURNEYS

Classic Boat Rides Again!

Friday, 23 June, 6:30pm
rain date: June 25, 6–9:00pm

$52
Pier 1, Atlantic Highlands Harbor

On this Sandy Hook Bay cruise / (anchor and relax) aboard the Mariner you'll enjoy the sunset over Sandy Hook bay and live music from Atlantic Highlands own Mike Burke. You'll also learn a little history about Sandy Hook.  Hosted by our good friend Classic Boat Rides.  Proceeds will benefit their efforts to preserve local history.  While we enjoy the music we will anchor right near historic officers row and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.  Mike Burke has a great collection of classic rock songs you're sure to enjoy.  Food will be provided by the Historical Society.  A cash bar will be available with soft drinks and adult beverages for those 21 and over.  Be sure to bring your camera and an appetite for a good time. Great shots of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse are almost guaranteed.  We will relax at anchor for most of the this trip, with just a half hour cruise across the bay.