Beach Haven — The LBI Historical Association Museum in Beach Haven has begun work on the interior of the Fisherman’s Cottage, a pet project for the association for more than 10 years
Dating back to 1880, the old home was moved two blocks north in early 2009 to a site on the west side of the museum property. The cottage had been owned by local attorney Julius Robinson, who died at the age of 100 in 2007. His son Jody Robinson, who was the executor of the estate, agreed to donate the house to the museum.
The home has a kitchen, living room, dining room and bathroom on the first floor and two bedrooms on the second floor.
“It is going to serve as a tribute to the fishing community,” said Ron Marr, association president. “It will also give people an idea what life was like living here in the late 1800s and the early 1900s.”
But before it could open, the structure required extensive renovations.
“From the beginning, the association was dependent upon donations of time and money from the community to restore the cottage,” said Marr. The restoration was repeatedly interrupted by lack of time, lack of money and Superstorm Sandy. Sandy caused no damage in the cottage, which had been placed on a new, raised foundation. But it did divert attention and resources to restoring the museum, which suffered more than $120,000 of damage.”
Marr said that by 2018, the exterior of the cottage had been completely restored and landscaped, but the interior hadn’t yet been touched.
“The association has now collected enough money, together with a grant from the Beach Haven Future group, that the interior work can be started in 2020,” said Marr. “They will go as far as the money will allow, but will still need additional donations to complete the interior.”
Marr said the total cost is $250,000, and so far $190,000 has been raised.
“I don’t know if we can finish it on time for this summer season, but we’re going to try our best,” he said.
“Donations for cottage work can be sent to the LBI Historical Association at P.O. Box 1222, Beach Haven, N.J. 08008. Checks should specify that the money is going to the cottage.