“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Long Branch in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues

Corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beth Woolley
1. Corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues Marker
Inscription. Several hotels stood on this west end site, but the grandest were the Stetson House and the West End Hotel. The Stetson was L-shaped and had 300 rooms. Although smaller than other grand hotels, it was socially desirable and had modern conveniences like bathrooms and gas. President Ulysses S. Grant summered there in 1869, attracting huge crowds to Long Branch.

The Stetson was sold in 1870 and renamed the West End Hotel. Seven 15-room cottages were added, with names like Cliff and Storm. It was the first hotel in New Jersey to have elevator service and a telegraph link to the New York Stock Exchange. Guests included Oscar Wilde, Lillian Russell, Horace Greely, and General William Tecumseh Sherman.

In 1906, the West End Hotel was torn down and the six-story Takanassee Hotel was built on the site. It was demolished during the Depression for non-payment of taxes.
Location. 40° 17.084′ N, 73° 58.935′ W. Marker is in Long Branch, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Long Branch NJ 07740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dorothy Parker Birthplace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Norman Mailer/Scarboro Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Steinbach's Cobblestones (approx. one mile away); Mansion House (approx. 1.2 miles away); James A. Garfield (approx. 1˝ miles away); Church of the Presidents (approx. 1.6 miles away); Historic Site of Old Free Church Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Brinley Grist Mill (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Long Branch.
More about this marker. The captions under the upper pictures read,
“Stetson House, 1866-1870”
“West End Hotel – added cottages, 1870-1904”
“Takanassee Hotel, 1906 – c. 1933”

The caption under the lower picture reads, “President Grant at a ball at the Stetson Hotel – 1869.”
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2016, by Beth Woolley of Deal, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 2, 2016, by Beth Woolley of Deal, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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