Lakehurst, New Jersey From Hindenburg to Hometown Charm

 Seventy-six years ago Lakehurst was the scene of one of the most iconic and  notorious air disasters in history, the explosion of the German zeppelin  Hindenburg. Memories fade throughout the decades, and while most people have  seen the old newsreels of the disaster, few people actually remember where the  disaster took place.  

 Today Lakehurst is a quiet residential community located in South Jersey that  offers residents the best of both worlds, easy access to the bright lights both  New York City and Philadelphia have to offer with the convenience of being  close to all the shorefront resorts and pleasures of New Jersey.  

 From Industrial Production to Summer Resort

 At the turn of the century, Lakehurst was renowned as a posh winter resort town  when the Pine Tree Inn was constructed in 1898. The luxurious Blue Comet train  stopped there to deliver passengers to the stately inn.  

 But Lakehurst's history goes back even further. The area first came into  prominence as an industrial center during and after the Revolutionary War. It  was the site of the Federal Forge, a major producer of iron products, including  the cannon balls that were made for General George Washington's troops. A rope  mill in town was powered by an elaborate water flume ran underground from  nearby Lake Horicon to the factory. The town also had a railroad roundhouse,  turntable, maintenance shops and boiler shops.  

 Known as Manchester until 1921, Lakehurst had its beginnings in 1821, when  Samuel Whittemore gave one square mile of land (640 acres) to his daughter,  Adeline, and her husband, William Torrey. Torrey mapped the tract of land,  while Adeline named most of the streets after trees.  


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  • Lakehurst Historical Society Museum Museums don’t entomb the past they keep the past alive! The Borough of Lakehurst Historical Society maintains a collection of historical artifacts, books, pictures and documents which provide a record of a rich history which will help to educate those who wish to learn about an un know part of local lore. Charred remnants of the dirigible Hindenburg, which burned and then crashed here on May 6th, 1937, and items from the Navy’s rigid airship program are always popular items to see when you visit the Society’s Museum. The Museum is located at 300 Center Street, in the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Ocean County, Old St. John’s Church it was built in 1874 by Irish Railroad workers. Old Church items are on display are beautiful to see. An old cemetery surrounds the Museum. The Museum opened in July, 1993 with nearly 1,000 people in attendance. People from many states and several foreign countries have come to see the items on display. It is managed by all volunteer workers. The Museum also has an old jail cell, Fire Department memorabilia, items and furnishings from the Pine Tree Inn, original paintings and many other items relating to Lakehurst’s past as a winter resort, early industrial community, and as the “Airship Capital of the World”. A small research area and library are also available to help people begin their journey through local history. A beautiful Christmas display of old toys, as well as a number of seasonal and changing displays make the Museum a special place to return to several times a year. There is a Gift Shop for Hindenburg & Lakehurst items. Hats, Shirts, Coffee Mugs & Books things like that available cash only sales. The Museum is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 12:30 until 3 p.m. Special tours and small groups can be accommodated with prior notice. For more Information, call us at L.H.S. 732-575-6904 or e-mail us at Tour is FREE, but donations are gratefully accepted!! The Lakehurst Historical Society Museum will reopen on June 6th,2021. Lakehurst Historical Society Museum!! At 300 Center Street, Lakehurst, New Jersey 08733. The Borough of Lakehurst Historical Society is looking for a few women & men to aid in the operation of our Museum. Our Society meets once a month on the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Lakehurst Community Center, across the street from the Museum. I will be at the Museum every 3rd, Sunday of the month come visit. Thanks Bill!! If you have any Lakehurst related items that you wish to donate for a short time say 3 months we would like to talk with you about using them in our Lakehurst Museum. What kinds of items, ones like are listed in the body of this notice please contact me at 732-575-6904 and thanks Bill!!