Annual Weekend in Old Monmouth Tour to Include the Historic Baird House

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The annual two-day event, “Weekend in

Old Monmouth” returns with a list of

historic sites throughout the County

that will be opening their doors to the

public and to people interested in the local history

of the county. The tour dates for this year will be

Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. The

time of the tours will be Saturday 10-5 and Sunday


Freeholder, Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the

County’s Historical Commission, is the coordinator

for the weekend event. “It’s a wonderful event for

anyone interested in our rich history and unique

architecture,” Ms. Burry stated.

All of last year’s tour sites will be on the list

so if you want to get a head start in previewing

the tour sites, go to the County’s website at www. Sometime during mid

April new information and details of the touring

sites will be posted and available on the County’s

website at the above email address. Each stop will

also have maps and booklets available.

The tour includes 46 sites, all of which illustrates

a piece of local history. It also represents several

historic themes. Here are a few of the sites you can

visit on tour.

Shore- The tour includes sites on the north

(Sandy Hook), central (Ocean Grove) and southern

shores (National Guard Militia Museum).

Faith- 18th century Christ church in Shrewsbury,

19th century All Saints Memorial in Middletown,

and a 20th century St. Catharine’s Church in

Spring Lake, Old Tennent Church in Manalapan,

Friends Meeting House in Shrewsbury, and Yellow

Meeting House Church in Upper Freehold.

Revolutionary War- Monmouth Battlefield

in Manalapan, Burrowes Mansion in Matawan,

Marlpit Hall and Murray Farm in Middletown.

Military- Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook, National

Historic Landmark Monmouth Battlefield in

Manalapan, New Jersey National Guard Militia in

Sea Girt, which has museum exhibits and fighter

aircraft and tanks.

Other aspects of the tour include lighthouses,

Victorian homes, agriculture, industry, education

and science.

Sites closer to our area include: The Covenhoven

House in Freehold, The Jewish Heritage Museum

in Freehold Township, The Monmouth County

Historical Association Museum in Freehold,

The Oakley Farmhouse in Freehold Township,

Old Yellow Meeting House in Upper Freehold,

Roosevelt Borough, the Old Tennent Church

in Manalapan, The Village Inn, Englishtown,

Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold, The West

Freehold School Museum in Freehold Township

and newly added, the Historic Thomas Baird

Homestead, which will include a tour of the Baird

home, the barn and blacksmith shop. The Thomas

Baird Home is located at 24 Baird Road, Millstone

Township, NJ.

The Baird family was a prominent family

that can date its roots back to the 1700’s in the

township. The Baird Home was built in the 1830’s

by Thomas Baird. It was built on over a 500-acre

tract of land owned by the family with the original

Baird Homestead a mile or so down the road. The

family can trace its roots back to Scotland to John

Baird. John Baird had a son David, who had a son,

David Baird, who fought in the Revolutionary

War. He was enlisted as Captain of the Militia in

1777. Captain Baird had eighteen children. He

was married three times. His son, Thomas Baird,

built the current Baird House. To read more about

the Baird history go to: The “Friends” of Millstone

Township Historic Registered Properties


Make sure you save some time to visit the

Historic Baird House