The Story of Shrewsbury, Revisited – 1965-2015
The Shrewsbury Historical Society announces the publication of The Story of Shrewsbury Revisited, 1965-2015 (ISBN 978-1-5136-0351-3), by Rick Geffken and Don Burden. Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan praises the book as “Perhaps the final event in the celebration of New Jersey's 350th anniversary. It takes an unprecedented approach of updating the classic 1964 The Story of Shrewsbury by Richard Kraybill, much in demand and long out of print, by including a reprint of that work inside a volume depicting the town's past half-century.”
As co-author Rick Geffken pointed out, “This new book is the fascinating history of the second oldest town in Monmouth County, established in 1665. We’ve included a careful expansion of the subjects Kraybill wrote about, and added new research about the impact of the first European contacts with the Native American Lenape culture. We made a point to write about each of Shrewsbury's historic Four Corners which Gabrielan has referred to as ‘the most historic acre in Monmouth County.’”
When originally founded, Shrewsbury comprised a huge area from the Navesink River, then south to Little Egg Harbor. It included all of what is today’s Ocean County. Readers will be fascinated to learn intriguing, often-ignored historical information such as the primary and very early role of the Shrewsbury Friends, the Quakers, in the abolition of slavery in the United States. The compelling life of the Reverend Samuel Cooke is recounted – he built the famous Christ Church Episcopal at the Four Corners prior to the Revolutionary War; and was later stripped of all his real estate and personal possessions because of his loyalty to the British Crown. The Allen House and the Wardell Estate - the oldest, still extant buildings in town – are recalled for their crucial importance in colonial times.
About Rick Geffken (South Jersey Author)
Authors Rick Geffken and George Severini bring together rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to document how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States. The remarkable details in these pictures capture a simpler way of life in our country, when families took their children to boardwalks to savor candy apples, popcorn, hotdogs and hamburgers, and, of course, the rides.
About Don Burden (Co-Author)