Bad Romance: Psycho Suitors of Early Ocean Grove
a presentation by Kim Brittingham
In the course of her research on early Ocean Grove, New Jersey, Kim Brittingham found herself stumbling upon stories about romances gone tragically awry at the hands of seemingly psychotic boyfriends and husbands. In this presentation, she’ll share three shocking stories from late 19th and early 20th century Ocean Grove that were at odds with the wholesome, squeaky-clean image the town tried hard to maintain.
Friday, February 16, 2018
Paranormal Books & Curiosities
621 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
To book, click here or call (732) 305-8677.
*** Bad Romance will also be simulcast live at ParanormalBooksNJ.com! ***
Guided Holiday Walking Tour
Guests are encouraged to wear Victorian costume.
Let’s make a (19th century) scene!
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Tour Description: Ocean Grove is one of the most uniquely quirky towns in New Jersey – if not the country. On this special edition holiday tour, hear anecdotes from our history and learn about traditions from Christmases past.
Special Event! SOLD OUT
“Dash Away!”: An Old-Fashioned Ocean Grove Holiday History Carriage Tour
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Travel back in time for an old-fashioned Currier & Ives Christmas! Ride in a horse-drawn group carriage with a costumed guide who will share anecdotes of Ocean Grove history while you enjoy views of the ocean and our famous Victorian architecture.
Tour is 45 minutes
Three departures: 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 PM SOLD OUT
Departs in front of the Comfort Zone, 44 1/2 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ
$15 per person
Reservations strongly encouraged!
Purchase tickets HERE, or call us at (732) 305-8677
Ocean Grove, NJ’s annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival is coming up and Tiny Tours will be leading a special edition of our walking tour “A Stroll Down 19th Century Main Avenue” with bonus “sweet stops”! Tour takes place Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Meets in front of Burbelmaier’s, 69 Main Avenue. Reservations required. Tickets $15. Reserve your spot here or call (732) 305-8677.
If you were visiting Ocean Grove in the 19th century, chances are Main Avenue would be the first thing you’d see. What would it look like? On this relaxed walk along Ocean Grove’s main thoroughfare, discover what early travelers noticed and wrote about Ocean Grove, hear stories about some of the town’s early merchants, and learn the surprising reasons why many people came to Ocean Grove in the Victorian era. Along the way, take in beautiful examples of the Victorian architecture of homes, shops and offices. This special edition tour runs approximately 75 minutes.
Tickets $15. Reserve your spot here or call (732) 305-8677.
We’d love to see you on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM for a 6-course high tea at the Lillagaard Hotel in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Kim Brittingham will be doing a presentation on “Christmas Shopping in 19th Century Ocean Grove”. Plus, guests will enjoy a tour of the hotel. The event is part of the Victorian Holiday Festival presented by the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $40. Call the Lillagaard to purchase at (732) 988-1216. Let’s get merry!
Join us November 5, 2016 on the
Victorian Tea Party Bus to the Merchant’s House Museum in NYC!
Do you ever wish you could go back in time to the 19th century? On this bus excursion, you can — at least for a little while.
Here are the details:
The Bus. A luxury bus with restroom facilities will pick up travelers from Fireman’s Park in beautiful Ocean Grove, New Jersey on Saturday, November 5, 2016. (By the way, Ocean Grove has the highest concentration of Victorian architecture in the state! You may want to come early and enjoy a stroll. You can also book a walking tour with me.)
Departure. Bus departs promptly at 12:00 PM.
The Destination. The stunning Merchant’s House Museum in New York City. Considered one of the finest surviving examples of domestic architecture from the period, the 1832 late-Federal and Greek Revival Merchant’s House is a designated landmark on the federal, state, and city level. It is furnished with over 3,000 items comprising the possessions of the Tredwells, the wealthy merchant-class family who lived in the House from 1835 to 1933. Our group will enjoy a guided tour.
Dining. On the bus you will enjoy a 19th century style savory pie lunch catered by Burbelmaier’s of Ocean Grove with your choice of hot or cold tea, or water. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.
On-Board Entertainment. Also on the ride we will view a film that some say was inspired by the 19th century love story of Gertrude Tredwell who lived in the Merchant’s House. [Actually, the film was inspired by the Henry James novel Washington Square which in turn inspired a stage play and then two film versions: The Heiress (1949) and Washington Square (1997).] Which one will we watch? You get to vote when you make your reservation. Majority rules!
Dress Code. Please wear whatever makes you comfortable. However, if you’re like me, you’ll look for any excuse to dress in Victorian vogue. So please — feel free to join me in wearing your favorite 19th century duds! Whether you go all-out or just wear a single vintage or Victorian-inspired piece (a hat, perhaps? gloves? button-up boots?) your participation will make our trip extra special. Plus, the Merchant’s House Museum will allow us extra time after our tour to take photos in the glorious parlor.
Return Trip. We will return to Fireman’s Park in Ocean Grove at approximately 6:00 PM. We will enjoy dessert on the ride home.
Accessibility. Please note that the Merchant’s House Museum does not have an elevator. The tour involves climbing several sets of stairs.
Ready to Go? Click here to reserve your spot. $119 ticket includes lunch, dessert, museum tour and round-trip bus transportation between Ocean Grove and New York.
Life’s too short not to have little adventures that make our hearts sing! I hope you’ll join me for history, beauty, fun and friendship on Saturday, November 5, 2016.
Join us for a free presentation, “A History of Day’s Ice Cream” on Monday, June 27, 2016, 7:00 PM at Francis Asbury Manor in Ocean Grove, NJ. Day’s ice cream will be served to all! No reservations required.