Welcome to the Matawan Historical Society

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Settled by a group of Scottish Presbyterians beginning in the 1680’s, Matawan was first called New Aberdeen, and then Mount Pleasant. Today, Matawan’s historic town core retains its appeal as a place to live, work, and shop.

Burrowes Mansion Book Now Available

Mansion Book CoverThe new edition of The Burrowes Mansion of Matawan New Jersey: and Notations on the History of Monmouth County, Second Edition (2023) by Mary Lou Diecker and Barry C. Orr is now available! The Burrowes Mansion, constructed in 1723, celebrated its 300th Birthday in 2023, and this newly expanded edition of the book commemorates that anniversary.  Please visit our “Shop” page to order your copy

Burrowes Mansion 300th Anniversary

Burrowes Mansion Raid 2023On June 3rd and June 4th 2023, the Matawan Historical Society held a historic event honoring the Burrowes Mansion and its 300 years of history.  The festivities included a reenactment of the 1778 Mansion raid by the British (see video here), a self-guided walking tour of the Matawan historic district, tours of the Mansion, and many other activities.  The anniversary was featured in the Asbury Park Press on June 3rd.

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108th Anniversary of the 1916 Matawan Shark Attack Walking Tours today!

Tours will proceed on today, 7/12, rain or shine! All tours are SOLD OUT

Ticket holders: please arrive at Burrowes Mansion 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Parking available on Main Street and the free municipal parking lot located at the corner of Broad and Little Streets. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Tour length: 1.5 miles (est 1.5 hrs long)
Starting address:
Burrowes Mansion
94 Main Street
Matawan, NJ

The Matawan Aberdeen Historical
Society is proud to present “The 108th Anniversary of the 1916 Matawan Shark Attack Walking Tours”

Join us to hear the incredible story of tragedy and heroism that shocked a nation and inspired the movie “Jaws.”

This year’s event will be held one day only, on July 12th, which is the anniversary of the attacks. Join us for a fascinating walking tour of Matawan that will tell the incredible story at various sites of the shark attack. Total distance traveled for each tour will be 1.5 miles and
will last an estimated 1.5 hrs.

All proceeds will go towards supporting our non-profit organization and maintaining Burrowes Mansion Museum.
Tours will be sold as 3 separate tour groups, each limited to 40 people. Children 12 and under are FREE. Free refreshments will also be provided to all guests.

7/12 Tour times:
6:00 pm
7:30 pm
9:00 pm

Do you enjoy our events and content? We are an all-volunteer, charitable organization, and rely on memberships to keep our doors open.
Please consider joining the Matawan Aberdeen Historical Society to show your support. For only $20 year members
receive: pre-sale ticket access for events, our monthly newsletter, monthly historical presentations/speakers, invitations to our members only holiday party, plus the satisfaction of helping keep our local history alive for future generations. No residency or meeting attendance is required. Please click the link below to join.

matawanhistoricalsociety.org/join-or-donate/

Thank you for your support!
-The Matawan Aberdeen Historical Society”
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108th Anniversary of the 1916 Matawan Shark Attack Walking Tours today!

Tours will proceed on today, 7/12, rain or shine! All tours are SOLD OUT

Ticket holders: please arrive at Burrowes Mansion 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Parking available on Main Street and the free municipal parking lot located at the corner of Broad and Little Streets. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Tour length: 1.5 miles (est 1.5 hrs long)
Starting address:
Burrowes Mansion
94 Main Street
Matawan, NJ

The Matawan Aberdeen Historical
Society is proud to present “The 108th Anniversary of the 1916 Matawan Shark Attack Walking Tours”

Join us to hear the incredible story of tragedy and heroism that shocked a nation and inspired the movie “Jaws.”

This year’s event will be held one day only, on July 12th, which is the anniversary of the attacks. Join us for a fascinating walking tour of Matawan that will tell the incredible story at various sites of the shark attack. Total distance traveled for each tour will be 1.5 miles and 
will last an estimated 1.5 hrs. 

All proceeds will go towards supporting our non-profit organization and maintaining Burrowes Mansion Museum. 
Tours will be sold as 3 separate tour groups, each limited to 40 people. Children 12 and under are FREE. Free refreshments will also be provided to all guests. 

7/12 Tour times:
6:00 pm
7:30 pm
9:00 pm

Do you enjoy our events and content? We are an all-volunteer, charitable organization, and rely on memberships to keep our doors open. 
Please consider joining the Matawan Aberdeen Historical Society to show your support. For only $20 year members
 receive: pre-sale ticket access for events, our monthly newsletter, monthly historical presentations/speakers, invitations to our members only holiday party, plus the satisfaction of helping keep our local history alive for future generations.  No residency or meeting attendance is required. Please click the link below to join.

https://matawanhistoricalsociety.org/join-or-donate/

Thank you for your support!
-The Matawan Aberdeen Historical Society”

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Just wondering what happens if there is a lightning storm approaching! 🌩️

If each tour is limited to 40 people, do kids count? We have 2 tickets purchased, but wondering if kids needed some kind of “ticket” in advance?

Such a very very great event

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Where about in Matawan is this ?

Love this. I Pass it all the time. Remember folks, that shark came in the back of that part of the creek in back of our house. Crazy.

1 hundred and 8 years ago.

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