NEW JERSEY WOMEN’S HERITAGE TRAIL
Historic sites tell the collective story of famous
and lesser-known women who contributed to the
history of the state. Ten sites in Monmouth County
are on the trail, including Sandy Hook Lighthouse,
Fort Hancock Barracks #25, Keyport Historical
Society, Historic Walnford, Thompson Park at
Brookdale Farm, and Monmouth Battlefield
State Park. Download the trail guidebook at
ROOSEVELT BOROUGH D9
33 North Rochdale Ave., Roosevelt
Established in 1937 as a utopian cooperative
farming and industrial community. Its flat-roofed
concrete Bauhaus-inspired homes were designed
by Louis Kahn. The elementary school has a
large mural painted by artist and resident, the
late Ben Shahn.
STEPHEN CRANE HOUSE P9
508 Fourth Ave., Asbury Park
Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of
Courage, lived here for several years. Since 1995
it has served as a venue for literary, musical and
other cultural programs.
TOWNSHIP OF OCEAN
HISTORICAL MUSEUM P8
703 Deal Road, Ocean
The museum occupies the 18th-century Greek
Revival style Eden Woolley House, a repository
of 250 years of local historical artifacts. It offers
cultural, historical and academic events as well
as historical exhibits.
T. THOMAS FORTUNE CULTURAL CENTER
94 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank
The former home of social justice crusader T.
Thomas Fortune (1856–1928) and the cultural
center that bears his name opened its doors to
the public in May 2019 to grand fanfare. The current
exhibit on view into summer is “A Love Letter to
Count Basie,” saluting Red Bank’s Native Son, the
legendary jazz trailblazer and orchestra leader,
William “Count” Basie. Open Saturdays
and Sundays, 1–5 pm.
FORT HANCOCK Q1
Gateway National Recreation Area
Route 36 at Sandy Hook, Highlands
Fort Hancock defended New York Harbor from 1898 to 1972, when it
was decommissioned and turned over to the National Park System.
The fort includes gun batteries and over 100 buildings, including the
Sandy Hook Lighthouse and the Spermaceti Cove Visitor Center.
STATE PARK H8
16 Business Route 33, Manalapan
Visitors learn about the 1778 Battle of Monmouth, in which General
Washington forced the British to retreat, through wayside exhibits,
and a reenactment is held annually in late June.
NATIONAL GUARD MILITIA MUSEUM OF NEW JERSEY
National Guard Training Center
Route 71, Sea Girt Ave., Sea Girt
The museum presents the role of the NJ Militia and National Guard,
using original and reproduction uniforms, weapons, photos, artifacts
and art from the colonial period to the present.
NEW JERSEY VIETNAM VETERANS’ MEMORIAL
FOUNDATION AND VIETNAM ERA EDUCATIONAL
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel,
Garden State Pkwy. Exit 116
The memorial honors the sacrifices made by NJ residents who served or
gave their lives serving in Southeast Asia. An open-air pavilion includes
366 engraved black granite panels dedicated to New Jersey service
members killed or missing. The unique museum and educational center
present information about the Vietnam era through videos, artifacts and
letters from the veterans who served between 1959 and 1975.
Photo by Jenifer Rutherford