Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park
Ocean Avenue, Long Branch City, Monmouth County, NJ
33 acres


Directions:

Garden State Parkway to exit 105; follow State Highway 36 eastbound (Joline Avenue) 6.5 miles to the park entrance.


History:

1869  --  Long Branch was the nation's first seashore resort to become the "summer capital of the nation" when President U.S. Grant stayed here.  In all, seven U.S. Chief Executives (Grant, Hayes, Wilson, Garfield, Arthur, Harrison and McKinley) all chose to summer here and worship.

1881  --  the St. James Episcopal Chapel was built and consecrated. Constructed in the traditional shape of a cross, its architecture resembles a cottage of the pseudo-Tudor design which was so popular in the 1880's.

Now the home of the Long Branch Historical Museum containing artifacts and memorabilia relating to Long Branch's national historical role, the original altar, transepts, and part of the nave are preserved. The Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the State Register.

1884  --  in this year businessman and civil war veteran Nate Salsbury  joined Buffalo Bill as co-owner of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.  The park was the site of "The Reservation" build by Salsbury for the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.  Among the performers were Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, and Chief Sitting Bull.


Facilities:

Activity Center, Boating, Fishing, Fitness Trail, Food Concession, Open Play Area, Playground, Restrooms, Shelter Building, Swimming.


Natural Area:

There is a protected ecological habitat in the park where the Park System has restored and reconstructed the sand dunes by planting species such as erosion-fighting beach grass.