Historic Havens 6 results
  • Historic Havens: Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury

    By Lori Draz In the spirit of the season, Historic Havens turned its eye on a location that has a history of joyful celebrations. Shrewsbury’s elegant and glorious Shadowbrook Estate was an easy choice, as the property is enjoying a renaissance under the new ownership of partners Jim Kourgelis, Mark Spinelli, George Kourgelis, Mike Kourgelis, Carl Carfello, and Chris Gourmos, who also currently own and operate the Venetian in Garfield and Seasons in Washington Township. These new owners ...
  • Historic Havens: The Monmouth County Archives

    By Lori Draz Many Monmouth County historic hounds are unaware that there is a lair of historic treasures to be found at the Monmouth County Archives in Manalapan. Homeowners, architects, construction professionals, writers, and preservationists will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of collected data. Since 1675, the Monmouth County Clerk – a position held today by Christine Giordano Hanlon – has been the keeper of the records and is responsible for maintaining real property transf...
  • Historic Havens: Sandlass House

    By Lori Draz As any student knows, forgetting a fact or two about history is fairly common, but to forget an entire town – one that created the whole concept of a day trip to the Jersey Shore – seems mind-boggling. Yet, for many, the knowledge of Highland Beach doesn’t even exist. While other seaside resorts like Long Branch and Atlantic City attracted the rich and famous, William Sandlass wanted to create a place for everyman. So he leased 10 building lots from the Highland Beach ...
  • Historic Havens: Ocean Beach Club

    By Lori Draz The drive along Ocean Avenue from Deal through Long Branch is full of head-turning homes and spectacular ocean views. As grand as these homes are, the history of the area is even grander. Built during the economically explosive gilded age, these summer homes, humbly referred to as cottages, attracted presidents, industrialists, government officials, and celebrities, all who came to bask in the Jersey Shore sun. Among them was a private residence that would go on to become the ...
  • Historic Havens: Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club

    By Lori Draz The oldest lawn tennis and cricket club in the nation is located in Rumson. Founded in 1877, Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club has a long, rich history and an active current membership. The club has 16 lawn tennis courts, 15 Har-Tru courts, one hard court, and four platform tennis courts. Lawn tennis was introduced to America in 1875, when a tennis set was imported from England by the Staten Island Cricket & Tennis Club for installation. Months later, the residents ...
  • Historic Havens: Strauss Mansion

    This lavish three-story Victorian home that sits high atop a hill in Atlantic Highlands was used as the summer cottage of merchant Adolph Strauss and his wife Jeanette. Designed by architect Solomon H. Cohen and built in 1893 during the Gilded Age, this opulent mansion has three imposing towers and 21 rooms, with incredible architectural details, including stained glass, crystal chandeliers, a breathtaking mahogany central stair, and inlaid parquet floors. The house offers fantastic views of ...