Host an Event

The Monmouth County Historical Association properties provide a charming and unique backdrop to a wide variety of celebrations and events! From an elegant wedding or joyous anniversary fete to a one of a kind birthday party or corporate gathering, hosting a function at one of the MCHA’s five historic homes or Museum will add an inimitable flair to any occasion and leave a lasting impression with guests.

To receive more information on hosting an event at a MCHA property, please complete this form.

Create memories that will last a lifetime at The Taylor-Butler House, an elegant Victorian Mansion built in 1853 by descendants of one of Monmouth County’s first families. Set on a hill overlooking the quaint Middletown Historic District and surrounded by five acres of verdant lawns and majestic shade trees, the Taylor-Butler House offers the romance and charm of a historic venue, with access to modern amenities.

You are cordially invited to tour the Taylor-Butler House and fall under its romantic spell that has captivated generations. To schedule a visit, please email or call (732) 462-1466.

Smaller ceremonies can also be accommodated in any of the four other MCHA historic houses. Please email or call (732) 462-1466 for more information.

The Taylor-Butler House provides an ideal venue for both exterior and interior engagement and wedding photos. The sun dappled woods, colorful wildflowers, and stone paths make an ideal backdrop for capturing the joy and exuberance of this special time. Inside the home, the grand carved mahogany staircase, and breathtaking second story windows lend themselves to elegant and sophisticated portraits

For more information on using the Taylor-Butler House, or any MCHA properties for photography, please view our Photography Rental Info.

Holiday Parties
Candles glowing in the windows, pine boughs gracing the majestic staircase and carved mantles, infusing each room with the familiar seasonal scent. This is the holiday season at Taylor-Butler house. Treat guests to a warm and welcoming holiday celebration at this landmark home. Looking for a new and exciting venue for your holiday party? Look no further, than the Taylor-Butler House can accommodate parties up to 125 people and is the halls will be decked with lush greens and festive decor, ready to host the merriest of gatherings eloquently decorated during the holiday season. Treat your guests to this historic house and portrait gallery where they will spend the evening socializing and being merry.

Corporate Entertaining
The Victorian charm of Taylor-Butler House provides a refreshing alternative to bland hotel ballrooms for a corporate event. Whether you’re looking to host a cocktail reception or dinner party, the spacious rooms of this historic 19th century mansion provide an ideal setting for socializing with clientele. Hosting your guests at an exclusive portrait gallery will be an experience they won’t soon forget. Guests can enjoy a priceless collection of antique portraits while networking with colleagues. This unique setting is sure to leave attendees with a lasting impression.

Avoid the cramped, stuffy conventional meeting rooms by scheduling a conference or Treating your employees and clients to a business meeting or luncheon at the Taylor-Butler House. With The five spacious rooms downstairs and three more on the second floor supply the space and flexibility to stage a successful professional event. The unique and welcoming atmosphere will keep attendees engaged and impressed.

Guidelines for Renting

Please keep in mind that our venues are historic and should be treated with care to ensure they last.

Arrangements for Use
Use of the building must be arranged with Monmouth County Historical Association, 70 Court Street, Freehold, N.J. 07728, at least one month before the date of use, on a first come, first-served basis. A contract must be completed and signed and payment made before use. The most recent edition of the Rental Agreement and Rental Information shall supercede all prior existing forms.

Capacity and Use
Parties are limited to 125 people.

Unless otherwise stated, renters will be required to provide a liability insurance policy which names the Monmouth County Historical Association as an additional insured for the course of the event in the amount of $1,000,000 for both bodily injury and property damage. This coverage would be available through a blanket policy on a certificate basis, sometimes called a “special events policy.” If you have a tenant’s (renter’s) policy, this would be available as a rider to increase liability coverage. A certificate of insurance must be received thirty (30) days prior to the event or the event may be cancelled.

On-Site Staff
Monmouth County Historical Association provides an event liaison staff person who is on-site during any event and during event preparation hours to oversee activity and troubleshoot any site-related issues that arise.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is not permitted in the house under any circumstances. Smoking may be considered outdoors if at least fifty (50) feet away from house. All cigarette butts must be cleared away.

Open Flame
The fireplaces at Taylor-Butler House are not operable. No open flame is permitted. Battery operated candles only.

For events with more than 60 guests, the renter must use a valet parking service. Additionally, arrangements must be made with the Middletown Police Department for traffic control for any event using valet parking. The Captain may be reached at 732-615-2050.

If the renter is serving food or liquor, s/he must make direct arrangements with her/his own caterer. There is no cooking food in the kitchen oven. The oven may be used for heating foods and the refrigerator may also be used. Kitchen floor must be mopped and premises must be broom clean prior to departure. Trash and recyclables should be placed in garbage bags supplied by you and taken with you. The caterer must contact MCHA at least 30 days prior to party to discuss further details of kitchen use.

Alcoholic Beverages
The Monmouth County Historical Association does not permit the serving of alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21 or to anyone who appears to be intoxicated. Any time alcoholic beverages are to be served, food and non-alcoholic beverages must also be served. Kegs are not permitted at the Taylor-Butler House. Use of illegal drugs or any illegal substance is prohibited at all times. All liquor must be served by professional bartenders.

Trash Removal
All trash must be sorted prior to disposal in bags provided by the renter or caterer. Bottles and cans must be placed in a separate container to be recycled. All remaining trash must be double bagged to avoid spillage. Trash and recyclables must be taken with renter or caterer.

Rest Rooms
Two lavatories are available for use in the house. For parties over 100, it is recommended that porta-johns be rented.

No tacks, staples, tape or glue may be used to attach decorations to walls, woodwork, metalwork or floors. Mantles and windowsills must have a protective covering before decorations or floral arrangements are placed on them. The use of balloons, confetti, rice or birdseed are prohibited inside or outside the building. Balloons may be used for decoration inside the building. All decorations must be removed by the renter immediately following the event, unless other arrangements have been made.

Unless otherwise stated, amplified music is permitted in the Taylor-Butler House only through the existing system which utilizes a Mackie 12-channel line mixer, Model no. 1202-VLZ Pro, and may be operated only by a person designated by Monmouth County Historical Association. A CD player, which accommodates up to 5 CDs, and continuous uninterrupted music channels via satellite are also available at no additional charge.

Property Damage
The renter will pay for any property damage or unusual cleaning fees incurred during use. The individual signing the letter of agreement assumes responsibility for said fees. A refundable security deposit of $1,000 must be paid thirty (30) days before the scheduled use of the building. Following the event, upon inspection by the Monmouth County Historical Association, the security deposit shall be refunded providing there is no damage. If damage is present, MCHA shall use the security deposit to affect repairs. If the security deposit is not sufficient, user shall be responsible for additional cost.

Required Licensing
Proof of proper licensing is the responsibility of the renter and must be furnished and posted during public events. A liquor license is required whenever there is a cash bar or admission is charged. A raffle license is required whenever there is a drawing for a prize worth more than $50. Proof of licensing shall be supplied to MCHA prior to the event.

Established time limits for all functions will be strictly adhered to and will not be extended. Bars must close ½ hour before the end of the function. All events must end by 11:00 p.m.

For the safety of children under 12 attending events or receptions, they must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

No pets or animals, other than seeing-eye dogs, are permitted in the Taylor-Butler House or the grounds.