Colts Neck Historic Preservation House Tour Blends Then & Now
~Added Attraction: Model Trains!~
Saturday, October 5
For a rare look inside splendid and spell-binding sights of distinction, Colts Neck is the place to be10 a.m. ~ 4 p.m., Saturday, October 5 for the Colts Neck Historic Preservation House Tour. After a hiatus, the tour is back with a flourish ~ blending the awe-inspiring contemporary with Colts Neck historic gems ~ and a special “moving” surprise at Township Hall; one of the tour stops.
Headlining the tour is the magnificent, newly completed Abbey Farm, a grand European-style estate on 30 lush acres, with three ponds and dancing fountains. The interior, exterior and grounds will astound and impress.
A thrilling addition for all ages, an operating model railroad layout will be running in Township Hall on Cedar Drive. Model railroad expert, collector and craftsman Bob Gassaway is building a special layout just for this tour! To encourage youngsters, (who are not allowed on the house tour), to visit and enjoy Bob’s “moving” experience, special pricing to view the trains only is available at Township Hall the day of the event. (No credit cards.) The tour for adults is $30, seniors $25. The general public is welcome to view the trains at Township Hall for $10, under 15 free, accompanied by an adult.
The tour is self-guided. Your ticket is also your passport and guide to tour locations, with a map, parking instructions and a brief description of each site. Docents will be stationed at each locale to welcome you and provide more exclusive fascinating information. Other tour sites include:
Montrose School – Circa 1812
The last of the township’s six one-room school houses, Montrose school was purchased for $1 and restored by the Committee and volunteers over the past decade. Special displays transport visitors back in time.
Once the modest home of the legendary Colts Neck “Honey Man” Harry Barth, this charming residence has been transformed into an architectural gem by the designer-owner. The tour starts at the driveway, where landscaping beckons admiration and draws you in.
Four JG’s Orchards & Vineyards
Nestled in Colts Neck’s idyllic historic farmlands, Four JG’s Orchards & Vineyards is named for the owners, who have farming routes in the county dating back over 60 years. Its barns and houses date to the early 1700’s, including the charming winery store and tasting room. Location opens at 11:00 am.
Hockhockson Farm (Cooke House)
Hockhockson Farm, owned by the same family for 200 years, is one of Colts Neck’s most historic homes. On 45 acres, it includes a pond, barns and lush farmland. The current residence has been on the same foundation since its construction circa 1790. President Dwight D. Eisenhower started his own ranch with stock from Hockhockson Farm.
Colts Neck Township Hall
The 1964 Township Hall was designed to resemble the Court House on Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, Virginia. Inside the main meeting room, decorated in period style, local historic documents and artwork will be on display. The model railroad layout will be located in the main meeting room.
“Settled in the 1600s, Colts Neck Township played a pivotal role in our nation’s earliest history,” said Lillian Burry, chairperson of the Colts Neck Historic Preservation Committee; a former township mayor and current Monmouth County Freeholder. “Many historic structures still dot our roads, while others live on only in memories and history books. This tour allows participants to visit remaining examples of our historic past while experiencing modern marvels of architecture and design.”
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling or visiting Colts Neck Realty, 30 County Highway 537, Colts Neck, 732-462-6888. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at Colts Neck Township Hall, Cedar Drive, and Mulberry Market, Colts Neck Shopping Center, Route 34, Colts Neck.
Proceeds from the event will support the committee’s ongoing activities, including maintenance and repair of the Montrose School and bringing professional historic re-enactors to local schools.