Grand opening Sunday for historic Wheelwright Shop

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The restored Wheelwright Shop in Wall Township. CHRISTIN NICE / THE COAST STAR

WALL TOWNSHIP — All are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Morris-Allgor-Kittell Wheelwright Shop, a project that has been in the works since 2008.

According to De Hearn, president of the Old Wall Historical Society, the building was constructed and owned by Jackson Morris in 1840 and is a symbol represented on the township seal and flag.

The historical society will be hosting a grand opening at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, where visitors can take a step into the past and visit the refurbished building.

“We had the museum across the street and this building is on our township seal and on our flag and when the man was selling it, we found out that there was not enough parking for a commercial building and it wasn’t going to be used as anything — we were very afraid that it would be torn down,” Ms. Hearn said.

“Now the town owns it, and we’re the caretakers,” said Donna Lippincott, Old Wall Historical Society secretary. The building is also featured in the “Allaire, Entertainment, and Miscellaneous” chapter, of Images of America: Wall Township, a 1999 book by Richard Napoliton.

The shop itself is chock-full of historical artifacts, ranging from blacksmith tools to wagon wheels to gravestones. The large doors open to give a full view of the exhibit, but were once used as an entrance for wagons, with horses being brought through the rear of the building.

The grand opening is free to attend, and the building will be available for tours during regular Old Wall Historical Society hours. The buildings cared for by the society are open every second and fourth Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the society can contact Ms. Hearn at 732-681-3806 for an application or visit the museum during regular hours.

 

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