Long Branch, NJ has a long history as a seaside resort that dates back to the 1700s. This history can be traced back and explored through Long Branch, NJ museums. The Long Branch, NJ historical museum is one of the most well known and popular museums in Long Branch and is certainly worth stopping by while you are in town.
One of the most interesting aspects to Long Branch is the number of presidents who have enjoyed this beautiful shoreline, most of whom were in office during their visits. During their time in Long Branch, many of these presidents worshipped at historical St. James Chapel. In fact, more presidents have worshipped at this chapel than at any church outside of the city of Washington, D.C. Presidents, Ulysses S. Grant, James A. Garfield, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, Woodrow Wilson and Benjamin Harrison all attended services at the church.
The church is now known as the Long Branch Historical Museum as it was deconsecrated in 1953. The Long Branch Historical Museum Association now owns the building. In 1999 the museum was closed but was re-opened once again in 2003 through the use of private funds. The Church of the Presidents is now listed on the State of New Jersey Register of Historic Places as well as the National Register of Historic Places. It is the only structure remaining in Long Branch that is associated with the seven different presidents who spent their leisure time in this charming seaside resort.
Visitors can find the museum at 1260 Ocean Avenue, directly across the street from the site where President James A. Garfield died. It is also down the street from where President Grant's summer cottage was located. During your time in Long Branch, be sure to make a point to visit this historic museum.