LONG BRANCH: The Elberon Branch of the Long Branch Free Public Library will celebrate its 25th birthday with a historic trolley tour this month.
This event is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27 from noon-5 p.m. and will start at the library located at 168 Lincoln Ave., Long Branch.
The who attend will hop aboard the Long Branch Trolley and take a guided tour of three of Elberon's historic sites.
The first stop will be the Elberon Memorial Church, which was erected in 1886 by Catherine Taylor in memory of her husband, Moses Taylor, a 19th-century New York merchant and banker and one of the wealthiest men of that century.
The Ross Island Hut will also be part of the tour. The 119-year-old stone hut is located on a small island in the middle of the western end of Lake Takanassee. It was originally part of the estate of a local civil engineer P. Sanford Ross, but is now owned by the city and is being preserved by the Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association.
The final stop will be the Church of the Presidents Museum, located at 1260 Ocean Ave., which gets its name from those who once worshipped there, including presidents Chester A. Arthur, James Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford Hayes, William McKinley and Woodrow Wilson.
Admission is free and is limited to the first 60 to RSVP. The Tour will begin at the Elberon Branch Library, and conclude there with a birthday reception!
The tour is co-sponsored by the Long Branch Historical Association and the Long Branch Historical Museum Association.
For more information, please call Lisa Kelly at 732-222-3900, ext. 2350.