A Monmouth Hills Wedding
The historic Water Witch Clubhouse makes a unique and unforgettable backdrop for your wedding ceremony and/or reception. Situated atop one of the highest points on the eastern seaboard, this venue combines turn-of-the-century charm with sweeping views of Sandy Hook, the Atlantic Ocean, and the New York City skyline, all in a quiet and secluded location. Major roads make Monmouth Hills accessible from North, South, and West, while high-speed ferries transport guests from New York City to terminals at the foot of the hill, just minutes away.
The Water Witch Clubhouse is available for weddings and other private functions from April through October. A long-standing agreement among Monmouth Hills community members limits Clubhouse use to 12 events per year, one event per weekend.
Our wedding clients are unanimous in their appreciation of the fact that they - and they alone - have the venue for the day. Decorations, floral arrangements, catering and other key aspects of setup and breakdown can happen at a sensible pace, with no chance of being confused with "another wedding".
You can choose your own catering. Our unique room to room floor accommodates a number of different serving configurations. There is also a magnificent handmade bar that works as both a walk-up location or workstation. Dine outdoors, on the porch, or in the casino - the Clubhouse offers the kind of space and flexibility that responds beautifully to surprise guests or unpredictable weather.
Because the winding, tree-lined roads that ascend to the Water Witch Clubhouse can be confusing, we require that you contract with a valet parker. Our experience is that our clients like this service very much.
The Water Witch Clubhouse
The Water Witch Clubhouse and Casino has been called one of the most breathtaking locations in New Jersey. Located in the center of historic Monmouth Hills, it is used by residents for meetings and social functions, and offered to the public on a very limited basis during the warm weather months. The Clubhouse is self-sustaining thanks to revenue from these events, and is maintained by Hill members.
The Water Witch Clubhouse Casino is a Shingle Style building with elements of the Colonial Revival Style, as well as an American Craftsman Style interior. This building, on the National Register of Historic Places, represents a unique American building style that flourished between 1876 and 1910. Casinos served as gathering places for games and entertainment for the wealthy leisure class. (It had nothing to do with today's gambling casinos.) Few, if any, examples of this turn of the century resort architecture remain.
The Casino was built in 1905 following a design contest won by New York architect Frederick P. Hill. Hill spent 17 years of his illustrious career as the right-hand man to Charles Follen McKim, of the renowned firm Mead, McKim and White. It was McKim who introduced Hill to the most respected artists and artisans of the period, both in the U.S. and in the world. Some examples of Hill's work during this period were Pennsylvania Station in New York City, the Boston Public Library, the Library at Columbia and the Rhode Island Capital Building in Providence. Hill built his own cottage on the Hill in 1901 and summered here until 1919. He designed several other cottages in the neighborhood as well.
The Water Witch Club's Casino is the sole surviving casino in private hands that still serves its original purpose. A long porch across the front overlooks a lawn with sweeping water views of Staten Island across New York City to the Far Rockaways. Almost the entirety of Sandy Hook Gateway National Park is in full view. The interior consists of a large 1.5 story assembly hall, with exposed wooden beams, large peanut stone fireplace with inglenook and a stage. The rustic wooden building lends itself to any style of party decoration.
The Clubhouse also has a dining room, billiard room and lounge. An addition was made to the building in 1911 by the New York architect Lyman Ford. He summered here for 45 years, building his own cottage and several others. From 1893 to 1907, Ford was affiliated with the important New York firm of Carrere and Hastings as their head draughtsman. Among the projects he worked on were the New York Public Library and the House and Senate Buildings in Washington, D.C. With the exceptions of the prep kitchens, little has been done to alter the original charm of this exceptional building.
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To learn about the history of Monmouth Hills go to: https://www.middletownnj.org/245/Monmouth-Hills
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