Ocean Grove Journals

National Historic District-Ocean Grove, New Jersey

An August 2007 trip to Ocean Grove by Sandy Goes

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Quote: Cozy Victorian seaside town unique for its lovely Victorian homes, tent houses and grand auditorium. A one hour drive from the New York City area.

National Historic District-Ocean Grove, New Jersey

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Overview

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Ocean Grove, designated as a National Historic District, is a lovely seaside village with beautifully restored Victorian homes and a unique history of the Methodist Camp Meeting Association founded in 1869.Dr. William Osborn along with twelve Methodist ministers and thirteen laymen founded the Methodist Camp Meeting Association as a permanent Camp Meeting ground and Christian seaside resort. Their mission "to provide opportunities for spiritual birth, growth, and renewal through worship, education, cultural and recreational programs in a Christian seaside setting."Dr. Osborn selected Ocean Grove for its high beach, thick grove of pine, cedar and hickory trees, and the absence o...Read More

Daily Grind Cafe

Restaurant | "The Daily Grind & Savory Cafe"

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Casual spot for light fair all made with good health in mind. Wraps, sandwiches, salads, quiches, soups. They make daily grinders (sandwiches) which are filled fresh-baked Italian bread with the tastiest meats and cheeses, lettuce and tomatoes. Grinders were popular to immigrant workers from Italy working since the early 1900s on the East coast.

Good place for a quick cup of delicious coffee, flavored as well as regular coffee and a nice selection of desserts. Very rich homemade gelato. We asked for a sample and they gave us two huge bowls for free.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 10, 2007

Daily Grind Cafe
48 Main Avenue
Ocean Grove, New Jersey
(732) 775-8500

Raspberry Café

Restaurant | "Raspberry Cafe"

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This cute and tiny bistro was a delight for lunch. Our group of five ladies arrived about 11:30pm to an empty cafe. It quickly filled up by 12pm. Delightful and attentive server pointed out the daily specials, as well as providing a very interesting lunch menu. Sharing two sandwiches with a friend was a good idea. One was a roast turkey breast with strawberry jam, cheddar, bacon, and red onion for $8. The other sandwich was panko crusted tilapia wrap with lemon dill aioli and carrot cucumber slaw for $8. Both were delicious. The fish sandwich was a bit smaller and I could have eaten the entire sandwich. The soup of the day gazpacho was interesting served with large chunks of squash and sw...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

Raspberry Café
60 Main Ave.
Ocean Grove, New Jersey 07756
(732) 988-0071

Historical Society of Ocean Grove

Attraction | "Bishop James Tabernacle"

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The tabernacle, built in 1877, is the oldest building of continuous worship in Ocean Grove. The frame building is used for worship, sometimes weddings, and memorial services. Entry was only optional with the walking tour. The tabernacle was very plainly furnished. The surrounding windows gave it a lovely effect.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

Historical Society of Ocean Grove
50 Pitman Avenue
Ocean Grove, New Jersey 07756
(732) 774-1869

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Attraction | "Centennial Cottage"

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Entry to the cottage is included with the Historical Society walking tour. Circa 1874, the house now a museum is a beautiful example of the carpenters Gothic style typical of the Victorian era. The cottage was donated to the Camp Meeting Association by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Skold in 1969. It was moved to its present location on a lovely landscaped corner lot where visitors are offered a glimpse of life in 19th century Ocean Grove. The cottage was termed a "Swiss Chalet" as it was adapted from the traditional alpine farmhouse. The characteristics of this form were an overhanging front roof and balconies on the upper floors.Furnishings were not the original nor were early photographs ava...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

Historical Society of Ocean Grove
50 Pitman Avenue
Ocean Grove, New Jersey 07756
(732) 774-1869

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Attraction | "Great Auditorium"

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Included in the walking tour is the Great Auditorium where religious services and concert events are held during the summer months.Originally a tent, the present structure is the fourth one on this site and was constructed in 1894 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Ocean Grove. The cost $69,112 was all pledged.The original wooden seating capacity was 10,000 people. The auditorium now seats 6,500 in theater seats. The building, the area of a football field, is not air-conditioned or heated but usually the audience is cool because ocean breezes sweep in the doors and out the main windows. The colored panes of glass are characteristic of the period and can also b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

Historical Society of Ocean Grove
50 Pitman Avenue
Ocean Grove, New Jersey 07756
(732) 774-1869

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Attraction

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Be sure to take advantage of this informative 90' walking tour of the town which will allow entry into its most important buildings. The narration helps you to understand the reason for the town's existence. Ocean Grove has a respect and is supportive of the varied religions and beliefs. Everyone is welcome; so the docent informed us. Tours are given on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 1pm and on Saturdays at 11am at a cost of $6 per person. The tour is interesting and provides you with the history of the Camp Meeting Association from its beginning to present day. Meet them at Historical Society a few minutes before the tour. There is an exhibition downstairs with memorabilia and phot...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

Historical Society of Ocean Grove
50 Pitman Avenue
Ocean Grove, New Jersey 07756
(732) 774-1869

Tents overlooking great lawn around the Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, New Jersey Photo, Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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Tents were the predominant shelter for early visitors to Ocean Grove and tenting is still a treasured way of life here since 1870. Today 114 tent structures can be seen nestled around the Great Auditorium. The tents are leased by the Camp Meeting Association on building lots about 30'x 6' in size. The structure is actually wood frame but the front part is covered by tents. Descendants of the early families continue to carry on this special tradition. The waiting lists to lease tents can be 5-11 years, depending on the turn over. The season from mid-May until mid-September costs approximately $3,800-$4,300, of course, depending on location.As part of the historical walking tour we were lucky en...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

Historical Society of Ocean Grove

Attraction | "Thornley Chapel"

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The first Sunday worship service was held here June 30th, 1869. Joseph H Thornley was a charter member of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. After his death in 1889, his life-long wish for a chapel was granted by the Board of Trustees, and a building was remodeled and converted into the chapel that still bears his name.

The English turn of the century pump organ is still in working order. Today the chapel is mainly used for the youth program held every summer. Often weddings and funerals are held in the chapel which seats about 60 people.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2007

Historical Society of Ocean Grove
50 Pitman Avenue
Ocean Grove, New Jersey 07756
(732) 774-1869