Welcome to the Matawan Historical Society

Pride in Our Past & Present

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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Shark Tour Volunteer meeting tonight, 6/19, 7 pm at Matawan Borough Hall

Volunteers are needed for Matawan Shark Tours on July 12th!

Back due to popular demand, the Matawan Historical
Society is proud to present our annual 1916 Matawan Shark Attack Tours.

We need local residents to help us run the event as ticket takers,
traffic control, assistant guides and more. Come join us, meet some new neighbors, and have fun while helping our community. Volunteer credit letters are also available.

Please contact us through Facebook messenger or email MatawanKurtis@gmail.com if interested in volunteering.

More event details will be released soon. Please follow our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Matawan Borough Hall
201 Broad Street, Matawan
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Shark Tour Volunteer meeting tonight, 6/19, 7 pm at Matawan Borough Hall

Volunteers are needed for Matawan Shark Tours on July 12th!

Back due to popular demand, the Matawan Historical
Society is proud to present our annual 1916 Matawan Shark Attack Tours.

We need local residents to help us run the event as ticket takers, 
traffic control, assistant guides and more. Come join us, meet some new neighbors, and have fun while helping our community. Volunteer credit letters are also available. 

Please contact us through Facebook messenger or email MatawanKurtis@gmail.com if interested in volunteering.

More event details will be released soon. Please follow our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Matawan Borough Hall
201 Broad Street, Matawan

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My Uncle Joe Dunn was the only survivor of the attacks! My Grandfather saved him that day. Quite a family story. If there is anything I can help with let me know! Here is a blurry picture of Uncle Joe early 1980s! And a pic of the younger Joe on my tshirt!

Sorry Kurtis I am no good in the July heat are we planning for the 300 anniversary yet?

I live in Maryland & would LOVE to attend please send me info. Thank u.

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Happy Flag Day from the Matawan Historical Society!

On this day 247 years ago, Congress created our national flag by commemorating Betsy Ross' creation of the Stars & Stripes.

There have been a total of 27 variations in flag design over the years, as colonies grew into states making the 50 states that are represented on the flag today by the white stars.

According to the National Flag Foundation, there is a star sewn into a blue background representing every state. The star represents justice, perseverance and vigilance. As for the colors, the red stripes are for valor and the white stripes are for purity and innocence.

The National Flag Foundation website has all the information you need from how to properly display a flag, general care, how to dispose of a flag and more. For more information visit, nationalflagfoundation.org.
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Happy Flag Day from the Matawan Historical Society!

On this day 247 years ago, Congress created our national flag by commemorating Betsy Ross creation of the Stars & Stripes.

There have been a total of 27 variations in flag design over the years, as colonies grew into states making the 50 states that are represented on the flag today by the white stars.

According to the National Flag Foundation, there is a star sewn into a blue background representing every state. The star represents justice, perseverance and vigilance. As for the colors, the red stripes are for valor and the white stripes are for purity and innocence.

The National Flag Foundation website has all the information you need from how to properly display a flag, general care, how to dispose of a flag and more. For more information visit, nationalflagfoundation.org.

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Happy Flag Day!

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