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Stafford Township Historical Society

Stafford Township: 1749 - present

Stafford Township was chartered on March 3, 1749. Up until then, the land had been part of Shrewsbury Township, Monmouth County. Stafford included all land now belonging to Waretown, Barnegat and much of the area south of present day Stafford, including Eagleswood. Also included was a large part of Long Beach Island.


Our regular meetings are held at 7pm at 120 North Main St, Manahawkin at the Old Baptist Church on the 3rd wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted.
These are the meetings for 2015
Jan 21May 20Sept 16
Feb 18Jun 17Oct 21
Mar 18Jul 15Nov 18
Apr 15Aug 19Dec --
(no meeting)

Meeting Happenings

March 18 meeting TBD

Yearly Events

Summer Concert Series will be held every Monday, from July 6, 2015 to Aug 31, 2015, at the Manahawkin Lake Park in front of the new pavilion on the lake in Manahawkin. Parking is available at the park entrance on North Lakeshore Drive next to the Old Baptist Church. Concerts start at 7 PM and go until 9 PM. Concerts are free but a $1.00 donation is encouraged.

Veterans Day - Nov 11, 2015 at 10:30am. Ceremonies will take place at the Historical Baptist Church (Cultural Center) on Rt 9 including guided walking tours of Stafford historic sites and the ringing of the church bell at 11 am.

233rd Anniversary of the Skirmish at Cedar Bridge - Dec 27, 2015 @ 2pm - come see an interpretation of the last battle of the American Revolutionary war
(Dec 27, 1782) on location at Cedar Bridge Tavern in Barnegat.
An account of the events is on Piney Power website.

Cedar Bridge Tavern Location
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Recent Happenings

Products for Sale

Afghan of Stafford Township historic sites.$42.00
"Stafford Chronicles" - a history of Stafford Township in pictures and stories.(hardcover)$36.00
"Fighting to be Heard" - New Jersey's place in the history of the United States - by Thomas P Farner. (hardcover)$26.00
"The Great March Storm 1962" - a 1962 pictorial of the damage wrought by an April Nor'Easter - by Ocean County Sun. (softcover)$12.00
To order yours today, give us your name, address, along with a check or M.O. made out to Stafford Township Historical Society, and mail it to:

Stafford Township Historical Society
Box 1097
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

We welcome questions, comments or suggestions about this sight.
Simply e-mail us.
All constructive, positive ideas are welcome.

The Stafford Township Historical Society received an operating support grant this year (July 2014 to June 2015) from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State, administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

This Site is maintained for the Stafford Historical Society by: TeleCottage, Inc.
55 North Lakeshore Dr, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
phone: 609-978-0617

This Site was slightly Updated: Feb 22,2015
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