In 1869, President Ulysses Grant placed this particular spot situated by the Jersey Shore as the “summer capital.” It would become a place where other U.S. Presidents would frequent. It would also become the site where businessman Nate Salsbury would build his Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.
Who Were These Seven Presidents?
- Ulysses Grant
- Rutherford B. Hayes
- James A. Garfield
- Chester A. Arthur
- Benjamin Harrison
- William McKinley
- Woodrow Wilson
It is clear why seven presidents and Buffalo Bill himself would frequent this stretch of land, since the landscape is quite soothing. The dunes push back against severe storms; while the 38-acre beach itself is typically for sunny days. For busy times, it can accommodate tourists with its selection of snack bars, eating shelters, volleyball courts, a skateplex, and a playground called Tony\’s Place–dedicated to former Board of Recreation Commissioners Vice-Chairman Dr. Anthony Musella. For slow times, this site is typically for quite walks along those 38 acres.
The dunes and the ocean house endangered species. The birds that can typically be seen are sea ducks, gannets, loons, and gulls; while flight season has razorbills, surfs, black scoters, and long-tailed ducks.
- Barnes, Scott. “Guide to Birding the Northern North Shore.” New Jersey Audubon.
- Lund, Ken. “Atlantic Ocean, Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch, New Jersey.” Flickr. Taken on March 30, 2019. CC BY-SA 2.0.
- “Atlantic Ocean, Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch, New Jersey.” Flickr. Taken on March 30, 2019. CC BY-SA 2.0. Changes include cropping image into New Jersey image frame.
- “Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park.” Monmouth County Park System.