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We went here once on vacation back to Eatontown. It is one of those little museums that have trivia and artifacts about the town life... in this case, about the steamboat, shipping and oystering in the KeyPort area.
If you are into local history, then spend an hour looking at the pictures and reading the old headlines and browsing the exhibits. When we went there, it was open to all for donations so it was a cheap trip for us (1985). Not sure if they charge now.
The official name is Steamboat Docking Museum.
Updated Mar 13, 2007
Address: north Broad Street (route 4)
The Academy bus line services Keyport and other towns along the Jersey coast.
All the buses marked "36" give access to Keyport and eventually return to Port Authority in New York City (see the website below). Local stops within Keyport area cost $2.50. Keyport to NYC costs $10.
The present schedule is: http://www.academybus.com/Upload/PDFs/route_15.pdf
Updated Apr 4, 2011
The New Jersey Transit Authority runs trains down the Jersey Coast and up into New York City.
The cost and schedules for those trains is given in the website below. The route is called the New Jersey Coast route. Minimum cost from adjacent stops is $4; maximum cost for the whole route is $15. You can pay cash on the train ($20 bills or lower denominations) or get a ticket ahead of time or buy a "frequent traveler" pass at reduced fare.
Written Jul 2, 2007
Keyport is so safe that it barely makes it on the crime risk chart.
They average under 10 crimes recorded per year. (Sounds like "Mayberry")
We were only there during the day but if you believe the statistics (which I do) then you can believe that it is safe at night as well as during the day.
You will have a safe and pleasant time in Keyport (like we did) if you use the same precautions you use at home.
Updated Mar 13, 2007
My aunt married a man named Herbert Burrowes and lived in Keyport. We used to visit them on the way to and from Cape Cod. I never knew much about Uncle Herb's parents but I have found that they were Horace Burrowes and Mary Etta Walling.
Horace was one of five brothers that were born in Keyport, and among other things started the Yacht Club. I have pictures of us going out in a sailboat with my cousins.
Horace's father was Thomas Burrowes, First President of the Peoples' National Bank
"In 1889 it was felt that there was room for another bank in town. The Peoples' National Bank was established with Thomas Burrowes as its first president and William H. Tuthill as cashier. Their original capital stock was also $50,000. The introductory building was just south of the southwest corner of Broad and Front Streets. When they constructed a new building in the middle of the block on the north side of West Front Street, their old building was sold to the Keyport Hebrew Congregation as a synagogue. The Peoples' National Bank has also seen many mergers and changes of name, but continues to serve Keyport from the West Front Street location to this day."
Thomas's son Horace Stoel became a banker here as well as his grandson, Herbert Curtis Burrowes, who served here as cashier and them became a Vice President at Bankers Trust in New York City. I think the Herbert Curtis Burrowes referred to is my Uncle Herb.
Updated Jul 20, 2008