W Long Branch/Elberon Walk: Gilded Age Mansions, Historic Churches, Jersey Shore
sam. 3 novembre à 17:45
This walk in W Long Branch/Elberon is on a scenic route filled with interesting places. I will occasionally make comments on architecture/history, but you will have plenty of time to socialize with others. Cost: The cost of this event is $4 per person, which is paid at the start of the walk. This is for the organizer's Meetup preparation costs and fees. (Please read the "About Us Section" for more information regarding the $4 per person fee for each event.) This one-way walk is 6 miles,moderate paced on paved sidewalks or streets. There is also an option to walk on the sandy beach for a short distance. Bring Lunch (THERE MIGHT BE LIMITED PLACES TO BUY LUNCH NEAR THE LUNCH SPOT. LUNCH AT ABOUT 2:15 PM), water, walking shoes, EXTRA LAYERS OF CLOTHING, & sun protection. THERE IS NO NEED TO POST WHY YOU CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT. If you are registered for this walk and can't attend, please change your RSVP online from "YES" to "NO". (PLEASE READ THE "ABOUT US SECTION" FOR THE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE NO SHOW POLICY.) No young children, service animals, or pets allowed on walk w/o prior approval of organizer. No smoking, please. If you have a personal matter/questions for me, please contact John, the Event Host, through his private Meetup account. Description: We'll first walk to West Long Branch, which still has some surprisingly large old summer cottages that were once owned by the heads of major corporations. One showy old country home, which is intact on the outside and mostly intact on the inside, is about 90,000 square feet and is one of the largest and most completely equipped summer estates ever built in the U.S. We'll have lunch in West Long Branch. After lunchtime, we'll walk past a couple of serene lakes (one has an old teahouse on a small island?) on our way to Elberon. Once in Elberon, we'll occasionally walk on Ocean Avenue (near the beachfront), which was once lined with magnificent Gilded Age summer cottages with wraparound porches & where some presidents of the U.S. stayed for their summer White House. Ocean Avenue is now mostly lined with newer sprawling mansions that have a lot of lawn space. Some of these mansions are now owned or have been owned by well-known people, including Billy Joel, who built a mansion with the front shaped like the round back of a piano. We'll also walk down a nearby quiet side street with Victorian as well as new houses/mansions. In addition, Elberon is filled with interesting/unusual history and has two beautiful 19th Century historic churches, including the Church of the Presidents. Feature photo above was the Guggenheim summer cottage, built in 1905. Article with many photos from the Gilded Butler website about this lovely summer cottage. https://thegildedbutler.com/2014/03/30/the-guggenheim-mansion-west-long-branch-new-jersey/ From History Long Branch, many old postcards when this area was a resort so that the wealthy could cool off near the breezy oceanfront in the warm weather. Unfortunately, many of these lovely cottages have been torn down, but some marvelous old cottages or country homes still remain. http://www.historiclongbranch.org/elberon.htm Article from onlyinyourstate website about the historic Church of the Presidents in Elberon. http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-jersey/historic-presidents-chapel-nj/ Meeting time and place The meeting time is (before lunch) at 12:45 PM. The meeting place is outside of the entrance to Rite Aid (205 Morris Avenue, Long Branch, NJ). Before the walk, restrooms are located on the platform of the train station OR in Rite Aid (You will need to get the restroom key from the cashiers in the front of the store for the restrooms that are located in the back of the store.) Public Transportation from Manhattan to Long Branch, NJ. At the NJ Transit section of NYC Penn Station, take 11:07 AM NJ Transit train (North Jersey Coast Line) from MANHATTAN to LONG BRANCH. This train arrives in Long Branch at 12.43 PM. Before boarding train at NYC Penn Station, buy ticket at a NJ Transit ticket window or vending machine. Get a one-way ticket from NYC Penn Station to Long Branch on the North Jersey Coastline Line (Regular fare $16.25 one way; children/disabled/senior fare [62 years & up] $7.35 one way); You can buy a second ticket from Elberon (this one-way walk ends in Elberon) back to NYC Penn Station (Regular fare also is $16.25 one way; children/disabled/senior fare [62 years & up] is also $7.35 one way). Purchasing regular fare ticket on the train is more expensive ($5 surcharge). However, children/disabled/seniors citizens [62 years & up] who show the proper ID may purchase a ticket on train w/o paying $5 penalty. Because the lines are sometimes long, allow extra time to buy tickets at NYC Penn Station. North Jersey Coast Line schedule https://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/upcoming/R0080.pdf DRIVING DIRECTIONS This is a one-way walk. I would have preferred to do a circular walk from the Elberon train station, but there would have been logistics problems doing a circular walk, so I had decided to do a one-way walk from Long Branch down to Elberon. Drivers park your car at the Long Branch station parking lot (not in the Rite Aid parking lot). Parking is free at the Long Branch station on the weekend. A link to Park America, the parking operator http://www.parkamerica.net/customers/nj-transit-parking/long-branch/ At the end of the walk, the drivers (along with everyone else) will take train from Elberon back up to Long Branch. The ride from Elberon to Long Branch lasts 7 minutes and is only one station stop. For the drivers going back to their cars in Long Branch, regular fare from Elberon to Long Branch is $2.25 one way; children/disabled/senior fare [62 years & up] is $1.05 one way. https://www.njtransit.com/pdf/rail/R0080.pdf The Finishing Time & Place Walk ends Elberon train station 5:45 PM. The northbound train arrives in Elberon 5:51 PM. (Sunset is 5:49 PM) Rain cancels this walk. Therefore, if it is raining, I will send email about cancellation notice before 8:30 AM on Saturday morning. If I don't send out an email about a cancellation notice, I plan to be at the meeting place.