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Grover House, 930 West Front Street, Middletown, New Jersey

NMHA's Offices and Planned Grover House Barn for Boat Building

DONATE TO THE GROVER HOUSE RENOVATION for an ADA Bathroom and Galley Kitchen (estimates)

1. First floor electrical: $5,000. Lighting: $1,000

2. Plumbing: $3,300. Fixtures:$1,500

3. Sheetrock & Carpentry: $2,500

4. Flooring: $2,500

Total (estimate): $15,800

All donations, no matter how small, are welcome.

In-kind donations like expert services and building materials (sheet rock, fixtures, etc.) also would be very welcome.  


Progress has been made! Help us get over the finishing line!

About Grover House

1664-1665: Settlement of the Eastern Shore of New Jersey Commences

The "land rush" to settle New Jersey started with the first English Governor of New Amsterdam, Richard Nicolls, who changed the name of New Amsterdam to New York and issued a Proclamation in the fall of 1664 to encourage settlers, both Dutch and English, to sail to New Jersey and buy land from the local Indian chiefs.  More information on early Monmouth County settlements HERE.

Circa 1730: Grover House, An Excellent and Rare Example of an early Monmouth County farmhouse.

On April 8, 1665, James Grover (who had emigrated from England and settled in Gravesend, Brooklyn), became one of the original Monmouth County Patentees in New Jersey when he received lot #16 in Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

His descendant, also James Grover, built the 2-story Grover House in circa 1730. This, the oldest part of the current house, was built using Dutch framing techniques, and was clad in round-butt shingles, an early local building tradition. It was enlarged around 1820-1840 in keeping with the original construction method and style.

The house remained in the Grover family until the death of the last descendant, Anna Lum, in 1983, and is now located on West Front Street, Middletown. Grover House is a significant example of the few remaining early farmhouses left in Monmouth County.

2014: Headquarters and Activity Center for Navesink Maritime Heritage Association

In 2014, Middletown Township, the owners of Grover House, granted a 10-year lease to Navesink Maritime Heritage Association to use as its Headquarters for all of its maritime and historical programs and activities.

The house sits on a new foundation with a deep basement, has a new traditional roof, but requires extensive outside and inside renovation to make it habitable. Since that time, in cooperation with Middletown, NMHA has made gradual improvements to the property.


The first improvements related to exterior stabilization and repair of decaying exterior structure. In 2015 gas, water and sanitary services were installed in the basement and in the winter of 2016 heat to serve the basement and the first floor were installed. Scouts have also helped with Eagle projects that installed signs and porch benches.

The Facility sees regular use with its excellent basement storage and fair weather porch and outdoor meetings and BBQ's. The yard serves as the winter storage yard for our boats. 

The NMHA Renovation Approach

Restoring or renovating a historic home is far from a trivial task. In case the home will also serve as an activity center and organization home base.

NMHA has developed the following approach:

  1. ADA compliance as far as possible
  2. Community input design
  3. Fun volunteer work parties
  4. Absolutely most efficient cost approach

This approach takes time, but slow and steady wins the race. 

New Maritime Activity Center

A new post and beam barn in keeping with the overall character of the farmhouse is planned, and funds will be raised for its construction and fitting out.

Planned activities include adult and youth wooden boatbuilding, Sea Scout activities, and other educational activities. 

Copyright © Navesink Maritime Heritage Association

Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving knowledge and appreciation of Monmouth County's maritime heritage through programs  that responds to its mission: DISCOVER, ENGAGE, SUSTAIN.

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