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Centennial Cottage

Centennial Cottage “abuzz with ladders” by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. June 3, 2015. ©  Be careful Patrick—the bucket’s got a hole in it.


Centennial Cottage is maintained as a historical museum by the Historical Society of Ocean Grove. It is at Central Avenue and McClintock Street. Tours are given in-season; just contact the HSOG.

The cottage was built in 1874 and is of the “carpenter’s gothic style.”  It was donated to the OGCMA by the Robert Skold family.

A Victorian garden adjoins the cottage.


Credit:  All the information above is courtesy of Wayne T. Bell of Ocean Grove.  He is the author of Images of America: Ocean Grove, published in 2000.




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Flower delivery for the Beautification Project, Ocean Grove. Photo by Jean Bredin. May 20, 2016 Flower delivery for the Beautification Project, Ocean Grove. Photo by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff.   May 20, 2016

The Beautification Project receives flower funding via donations made by the OG Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce, OG Ladies Auxiliary, and a Neptune Township grant of $500;   but the bulk of the money comes from donors .  The flowers are planted in urns, plots, boardwalk containers, and public gardens.

Many of the  volunteers signed up at the Spring Fling.

Planting begins each year in time for the Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Great Auditorium.



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Ocean Grove. Sept. 4, 2015. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger staff. ©

Ocean Grove Schwinn. Sept. 4, 2015. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger staff. ©   Click to raise the seat.


From Jean Bredin:   “One of my favorite movies is Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.  The plot revolves around Pee-wee’s customized vintage bicycle which was stolen.

His bike had doodads, gizmos, whistles, horns, and could fly! Well, this bike has no doodads or gizmos, but it is beautiful nonetheless…and fits right into Ocean Grove’s charm.”




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Ocean Grove 3/26/21. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger staff. ©


Jean says, “It was windy today. How windy was it?

I went out by the ocean, and the gusts were very strong.

I sat on the pier, and felt it shaking.”







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Jean Bredin. OG. December 22, 2020 © Blogfinger staff photo.


Jean Bredin. Ocean Grove December 22, 2020. © Blogfinger staff.


Jean says, “I went out for a short walk, but found myself winding through many streets in town, following the lights.”


MARCO BELTRAMI:  “Casanova’s Kiss.”  From The Sessions (Original motion picture soundtrack):


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Although chilly tonite, Moongazers were out on the benches watching the moonrise. 3/23/16. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. © OG boards…..Although chilly tonite, moongazers were out on the benches watching the moonrise. 3/23/16. Ocean Grove.  By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©   Click to enlarge the moon.





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Tent Village. Ocean Grove, November 27, 2020. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger.net staff ©


Around town with Jean:  She says, “Tent village is quiet for the holiday season, but some joy lingers on.”


THE KLEZMONAUTS  from their album Oy To The World–A Klezmer Christmas.


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Jean:   August 18, 2020, Main Avenue.

“There’s nothing like live music to draw a crowd.  The Band of Strays was just right for Ocean Grove.

It was nice to see people get up and dance.. Great atmosphere.”




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Ocean Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. © Feb. 16, 2016.

Ocean Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©    Re-post.  Feb. 16, 2016.   Click to enlarge.


“…..and the rain subsided, the cold snap ended, so it was great for taking a walk. The sky was a panorama of dark gray clouds….it was a dramatic sight…as sometimes it is after rainstorms.”



THE STORYVILLE JASSBAND    “I Get the Blues When It Rains.”

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Main Avenue, Ocean Grove by Jean Bredin. August 14, 2020 ©


Jean:     “Old Glory never fails to move me. This large flag proudly waves on Main Avenue in view of the Camp Meeting Association flags.   It is a beautiful sight to behold.”


From an essay on the flag by William O’Malley of the Heritage Foundation:  “The promise of America lives on through those brave heroes who have, over the centuries, fought to fulfill our societal vow that, wherever the American flag flies, there too shall be found life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”


“HYMN TO THE FALLEN”   From the soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan—-score by John Williams.

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