Historic Preservation in Support of Tourism

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 12:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • Best practices in open-space acquisition and historic-restoration activities, as well as continuing maintenance and interpretation

  • Creating and working with nonprofit partners when faced with a shrinking public budget

  • Balancing preservation and restoration with public access

  • Post-disaster recovery, as well as resources to preserve and restore historic structures and sites

Take an engaging tour of local historic sites and learn about interesting local and national history from historic preservation professionals, local park managers, parks superintendents, and local historians. You'll hear about lessons learned from acquisition and restoration activities, the need for continuing maintenance and interpretation, the importance of “friends of” nonprofit partners when faced with shrinking public budgets, balancing preservation and restoration with public access, post-disaster recovery, and the need to find resources to preserve and restore historic structures and sites.

Walk through Monmouth County’s Bayshore Waterfront Park and the historic (early 1700s) Seabrook-Wilson House to learn about efforts to restore this locally important structure, which survived Superstorm Sandy in much better shape than other, more modern buildings. Other tour highlights include the Twin Lights State Historic Site (1828) as well as the Hartshorne Woods Park and the historic (WWII and Cold War) Battery Lewis and Navesink Military Reservation to learn about county preservation efforts and ongoing restoration activities, including the installation of a 16-inch naval gun barrel originally from the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey. Finally, travel to the Gateway National Recreation Area–Sandy Hook and view the historic (1764) Sandy Hook Lighthouse and (1812) Fort Hancock to learn about public-private partnerships for preservation of Officers Row. The tour ends back at the Belford Ferry Terminal and the historic (1800) fishery, where you'll learn about current redevelopment efforts from local planning staff.


Paul Gleitz , AICP , Manasquan , NJ (see bio)
Anthony Mercantante , AICP , Township of Middletown , Middletown , NJ (see bio)
Sanyogita Chavan , AICP , Princeton , NJ
Amy Sarrinikolaou , AICP , Township of Middletown , Middletown , NJ