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SHIPPEN MANOR SUMMER LAWN CONCERTS & MUSEUM EVENTS

Shippen Manor Lawn Concerts (2022)

Yet another nice summer Sunday concert series in sweet & sunny downtown Oxford.

Please note the change in time for concerts from Aug 7 to Sept 4.

Sundays (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Friday, September 2 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.): Pine Leaf Boys (Cajun/Zydeco)

PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY

Shippen Manor has limited on-site accessible parking. There is also off-site parking in town, but please be aware of the parking restrictions on some of the streets. Also, please do not block residential driveways. If driving on Shippen property, please drive slowly and yield to all pedestrians.  

Individuals preferring speech or hearing assistance may call the relay service at 711.

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Austin, Arts Administrator at (908) 453-4381 or by email.

Parking areas with limited to no restriction:

  • Washington Avenue (past the Colonial Methodist Church), municipal lot (off Wall Street), town lot on Kent Street (not on street)

Parking areas with restrictions:

  • Wall Street (in town), some parts of Washington Avenue

No parking:

  • Belvidere Avenue, Washington Avenue at the bottom of our property (both ways), Cinder Street, residential driveways and accesses

Concert Information

The lawn concerts are free to the public.  Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, family and friends to Shippen and enjoy the easy going, relaxing and toe-tapping atmosphere.

This is an alcohol and tobacco-free, family-oriented event. Please come ready to enjoy the music.

Individuals preferring speech or hearing assistance may call the relay service at 711.

Warren County Park Rules

Shippen Manor is one of the museum sites in Warren County and it falls under the Warren County Park Regulations. [Warren County Park Rules, Amended June 14, 2000]

Please stay off of the walls as they are delicate and we do not want anyone to get injured.

All pets must be leashed while on site. 

The Manor is reasonably accessible with limited accessible parking. Port-a-johns will be made available.

Shippen Manor museum will not be open to the public during the concerts. (To see the schedule of events for the museum, please visit Shippen Manor Programming.)

For further information, call Dennis Austin, Arts Administrator (908) 453-4381, x. 224 or email.

The concerts are presented by the Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Land Preservation, the Warren County Board of Commissioners, and funded, in part, by the New Jersey Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted 8/3/2022


Shippen Manor Museum 2022 Season

Interior tours of Shippen Manor (main level only) will be available to the public this season.
The museum will be open the 1st and 2nd Sundays until December (unless otherwise announced).
Masks are not required, but are optional for those who would like to wear them.

 

There are some changes made at Shippen Manor that we want to make you aware of.

PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY:
There is limited accessible parking in our Belvidere Avenue lot (by the boardwalk). Please leave two car spaces closer to the boardwalk for those who need it (there is a blue & white sign that designates those spots for those with HC accessibility tags).

For most regular museum days, the back parking area will be open to the public. Please exercise caution as pedestrians also use the driveway. The driveway is a ONE WAY (except for special occasions). If the lower driveway is open when you exit the back parking, please drive slowly as there will be visitors and staff on the driveway.

For reenactment days or special event days, the back parking area and driveways will be closed to vehicles. On those days, we encourage visitors to park off-site on Washington Ave past the church or in the municipal parking area off Wall Street. Warren Co. Cultural & Heritage Affairs at Shippen Manor is not responsible if a driver receives a ticket for parking in a no parking or limited parking area. Please adhere to all signs. Also, please do not block residents’ driveways.

ENTRANCES: 

There will be two main entrances to the museum (main floor) that are identified with brown and white signs (two brown and white “Museum” signs, one marked for ADA): the “Robeson Study” is the first entrance along the boardwalk from the Belvidere Ave. parking area. “Reception Room” has an ADA accessible entrance (it is the second entrance along the boardwalk from the Belvidere Ave. parking area). If you need any assistance, please speak with one of our volunteers.

EXTERIOR BORDER & DRIVEWAY WALLS: Our walls are delicate and fragile due to age and in order to avoid any potential injuries to you or damage to the site, we ask that visitors (children in particular) not climb, walk or jump off of them. (This also includes the old stone stairs on our neighbors’ property near the Belvidere Ave. parking area.) 


 

AUGUST

Sunday, August 7 (1 to 4 p.m.)

  • Reenactment has been cancelled
  • Museum tours (main floor) from 1 to 4 p.m. Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
    *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area

Please bear in mind that our south wall is being reconstructed and there may be equipment in our Belvidere Ave. parking area. There is accessible parking, but it is limited. The back lot will be open, but space is limited.  Our driveway is ONE WAY only, please drive slowly and yield to pedestrians.

Sunday, August 14 (1 to 4 p.m.)

  • “Shippen Talks” with local historian, Ina Walls (2 to 3:30 p.m., lower level, limited seating)
    • TOPIC: “Black History of Warren County, Leaving a Legacy” 
  • Museum Tours (main floor). Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
    *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area

Ms. Walls was born in Madison, NJ and lived in Warren County for most of her life. Her interest in Black History began in her early teens and continues to this day. Her presentation will relate to some of the people and families that contributed to the growth of the Warren County area.


SEPTEMBER

Sunday, September 4 (1 to 4 p.m.)

  • “Shippen Talks” with local historian and author, Denis Sullivan (2 to 3:30 p.m., lower level, limited seating)
    • TOPIC: “Oxford Tunnel Murders”  
    • Book sales available (cash or check only)
  • Museum tours (main floor). Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
    *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area

Mr. Sullivan is a local historian who has written about a variety of topics that include a book titled, “In Defence of Her Honor”, which was about the murder of Tillie Smith on the Centenary University grounds in 1886 as well as several booklets about various topics pertaining to Warren County history.

Sunday, September 11 (1 to 4 p.m.)

  • “Shippen Talks” with local author, Jeffrey E. Finegan (2 to 3:30 p.m., lower level, limited seating)
    • TOPIC: “Colonel Washington & Me” (This is a story about George Washington and his enslaved servant, William “Billy” Lee, who accompanied him during the course of the Revolutionary War.) This book is a part of a series.
    • Book sales 
  • Museum tours (main floor). Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
    *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area

Mr. Finegan is a graduate of Seton Hall University and a native New Jersian. He is a collector of George Washington manuscripts as well as other important early American documents. He is the creator of the “I Knew George Washington” series and author of three books (“My Dear General– The Extraordinary Relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette” (2016), “Colonel Washington & Me” (2012), “Tis Well… The Life and Death of George Washington” (2014)). His books are geared towards young readers, but adults will also enjoy his topic and information.


OCTOBER

Sunday, October 2 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1 to 4 p.m.)

  • “Celebrate the Furnace”* (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)– we are planning a small celebration to commemorate 281 years of the Furnace.
    *This was delayed due to Covid.
    • Go to our new website regarding parking for this event.
  • Museum tours (1 to 4 p.m., main floor). Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
    *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area

Sunday, October 9 (1 to 4 p.m.) *

  • “Nature Day at the Manor”: State, regional and county groups with a focus on nature and the natural environment will be set up along the lower drive.
    • Activities for kids
  • Museum Tours (main floor). Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
    *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area

*Driveways and rear parking lot closed Sun., 10/9. On-street parking is available (please read disclaimer regarding “Parking & Accessibility” for more information).


NOVEMBER

Sunday, November 6 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) *

  • Civil War Winter Encampment at the Manor” with the 27th NJ Reg’t (Bailey’s Boys)
    • Firing Demonstrations (TBA)
    • Visit with soldiers, officers and medical personnel of the 27th NJ. They will be on site to discuss their roles in the US Army during the Civil War.
  • Museum tours (main floor) will be paused during firing demonstrations. Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
    *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area
  • Activity for kids (weather pending): “Ciphers & the Civil War” (time to be determined)

* Driveways and rear parking lot closed Sun., 11/6/2022. On-street parking is available (please read disclaimer regarding “Parking & Accessibility” for more information).

Sunday, November 13 (1 to 4 p.m.)

  • Museum Tours (main floor). Last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.
    *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area

DECEMBER

Sunday, December 4 (1, 2 and 3 p.m.)

  • “Candlelight Victorian Christmas Tours at the Manor”
    • Pre-register after Nov. 1 for hourly guided tours (call 908-453-4381)
    • Docents to discuss Victorian Christmas traditions during a candlelight tour of the main floor.

            *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area. Please use
             caution, particularly if the boardwalk is icy.

            * In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled 

Sunday, December 11 (1, 2 and 3 p.m.)
Last day of season

  • “Candlelight Victorian Christmas Tours at the Manor”
    • Pre-register after Nov. 1 for hourly guided tours (call 908-453-4381)
    • Docents to discuss Victorian Christmas traditions during a candlelight tour of the main floor.

             *Accessible from wooden boardwalk from Belvidere Ave. parking area. Please use
             caution, particularly if the boardwalk is icy.

            * In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled 

 


This schedule may be altered or events cancelled.
Event information is also posted at Warren200.com and Facebook (ShippenManor)

No admission to the museum. This is a family-friendly historic site. Limited accessible parking available on site. Off-site parking on Washington Avenue (by the Colonial Methodist Church) and municipal lot off Wall Street (Wall to Allen).
Please exercise caution when crossing the street to the Manor.

As per Warren County Parks Regulations, certified service animals are permitted to enter the museum with their handlers. Other pets are not permitted inside of the museum. Thank you for picking up after your pets.

The Shippen Manor and Oxford Furnace historic sites are part of the Warren County Parks System and are an alcohol, drug and tobacco-free site.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Shippen Manor is actively seeking volunteers for tours, events, gardening and more for the 2022 season and beyond. If you are interested, please contact Gina at (908) 453-4381 or via email grosseland@co.warren.nj.us.  

Updated 4/8/2022