Monmouth Beach Clubhouse Hotel Images
It is the spot where Monmouth Beach all began.
Eliakim Wardell, who first settled the area, broke ground on a farmhouse at what’s now Beach Road, River Avenue and Club Circle probably in the mid-1600s.
Later on in the late 1800s it would become a hot resort spot and “one of the most popular hotels on the Jersey coast.” The rich and famous who would stay there frequently earned mention in the New York Times society pages.
It may even have been an early “Summer White House” — according to press accounts, at least two American Presidents (Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley) stayed there. Back then the place shinned: “Monmouth Beach is an aristocratic colony of aristocratic cottages inhabited by aristocratic people,” according to a 1878 New York Times report when the hotel was at its peak.
The facility went by several names over the years (the Monmouth Beach Clubhouse Hotel, the Monmouth Beach Country Club, and the Monmouth Beach Inn) while offering the best in fashionable living at the shore (the hotel offered tennis, golf, music, dancing, bowling, swimming, fine dining, sleeping, croquet and horseback riding).
Just as the Roaring 20s were concluding, the facility was mostly consumed in a great fire. Just a small section remains today.
Following are some area images I’ve located — and I’m always looking for more. My e-mail.