General Meeting



Dear Members,

A reminder that the Union Landing Historical Society of Brielle will be holding the following events in May and June, and we hope to have you and your family and friends in attendance:   

General Meeting – Sunday May 15th, 2016 at 2 pm

On Sunday, May 15th the Union Landing Historical Society of Brielle will hold its General Meeting at 2 pm at the Curtis House on Union Lane in Brielle.  The guest speaker will be Frances H. Drew, a well-known, local Manasquan resident who is extremely active in the community, including her work as Co-Founder, Algonquin Arts Theater. Fran’s presentation will be on the history right up to present day concerns and questions of the Glimmer Glass Bridge, which was built 122 years ago. 

The Glimmer Glass Drawbridge features technology that originated in 19th Century France and was added to the bridge 75 years ago.  It remains as the only bridge of its type in the world.  This beautiful, historic, fully‑functioning bridge is an object of pride for Manasquan and Brielle, Monmouth County, and the United States.  The Glimmer Glass Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 2008.  The National Register is the Nation’s official list of cultural resources significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture.  In addition, in February 2008 the Glimmer Glass Bridge was placed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. 

Memorial (Decoration) Day Ceremony – Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 2 pm

Every year, the Union Landing Historical Society of Brielle commemorates Memorial Day (Decoration Day) with a ceremony at the Osborn Family Graveyard on Holly Hill Drive off Riverview Drive in Brielle.  This year, the ceremony will begin at 2 pm on Saturday May 28th.

  According to John Belding, Brielle Borough Historian, Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day as it was the day that widows and women of the families of fallen soldiers decorated the soldiers’ graves with flowers and ribbons.  The Osborn Family graveyard is an appropriate location for the ceremony as it contains the remains of two soldiers, Lieutenant Abraham Osborn of the Revolutionary War and his son Colonel James Osborn of the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

  The ceremony will include addresses by Mayor Thomas Nicol, ULHS President Fred Rimmele, and Borough Historian John Belding.  Awards will be presented to the Brielle Elementary School for their essays on the “History of the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Point Pleasant and its importance to the residents and boaters of Brielle”, and a Memorial Day tribute will be given by Chief Warrant Officer Chris Sparkman – U.S. Coast Guard Manasquan Inlet / Shark River.  An Honor Guard from the New Jersey National Guard and the Brielle Boy Scouts of Troop 63 will also participate in the event.

Flag Day Ceremony – Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at 5:00 pm

A Flag Day ceremony will commence at 5:00 pm on Tuesday June 14th at the 9/11 Memorial Park on Riverview Drive in Brielle.  More details to come…