Last weekend I was at the New Jersey shore attending my husband’s family reunion, a gathering of the Italian (Cefola) side of the family. Cefolas came from the west coast and from up and down the east coast. There were about 25 of us altogether. We did a lot of talking and a lot of eating.
On Friday we had some free time and wanted to walk a boardwalk. The nearest one was Asbury Park.
I felt I was transported to a different time! The 1930s or a little earlier.
This casino was an abandoned building, but you could almost imagine it in its heyday.
The casino was at one end of the boardwalk. Shops and Food concessions lined the boardwalk, but most were closed.
The other end of the boardwalk had been revitalized and was filled with shops, a bar, and a theater. It was almost deserted on this Friday morning in October, but I could imagine it filled with summer beach goers.
There was even a bit of history attached to the place. This plaque commemorated the wreck of the ship the S.S. Morro Castle, which caught fire on its way back to New York from Havana. The ship was quickly engulfed in flames and over one hundred lives were lost.
Everything I saw at Asbury Park was unexpected, which made it much more interesting. I love it when I stumble upon history where I least expect it!
When was the last time you unexpectantly stumbled upon something historic?
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