RED BANK, NJ: For those who love history, or want to learn more about our local area’s past, there’s a terrific event coming up.

Rik van Hemmen, President of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association (NMHA), will be giving a public presentation entitled; “Guns Blazing!  The War of 1812 and the New Jersey Shore.”

van Hemmen will walk through the stories behind some of the epic naval battles and changes that took place in Monmouth County during and after the 1812 War.

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The stories are based on the paintings being shown at an excellent exhibit (of the same name), at the Twin Lights Historic Lighthouse in Highlands. 

The naval battles of the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain are beautifully visualized in fifteen large paintings by the renowned Dutch marine painter, Marteen Platje.

The exhibit lasts until November 22nd, and is a collaboration between NMHA, Cavalier Galleries of New York, and Twin Lights Historical Society.

What: FREE presentation on “Guns Blazing! The War of 1812 and the New Jersey Shore”

Where: Bahrs Landing restaurant, Highlands, NJ

When: Tuesday, October 8th

Time: 7:30pm: Coffee & Cookies

8:00pm: Presentation

Q&A: 9:00pm - Close.

This exhibit was made through the generous sponsorship of; Seastreak Ferries, Bahrs Landing restaurant, Jay and Becky Cosgrove, Randive Divers, the Society of Marine Port Engineers, and Martin & Ottaway.

There is a specially produced companion guide for sale at Bahrs Landing and Twin Lights that includes pictures of all the paintings and the exciting stories of the battles depicted in them, and essays on other aspects of the war.

More information HERE.

So, come early, have a delicious dinner or a couple of pops at Bahrs outside tiki bar!