Founders Day 2020

Founders Day BannerFounders Day: A Parade of History

October 24 & 25

Saturday and Sunday. Sessions will run from 10 AM – 12 Noon and 1-3 PM.  Attendance is limited to one session only.

Click here to see the latest edition of the Mayors Forum featuring Jason Hazelton & Tim Hart regarding this event!

The Stafford Township Recreation Department and the Stafford Historical Society welcome you to attend a historical and educational museum open house. We will be paying tribute to the past 55 years of Founders Day and Stafford Township history.


The event will take place in both Manahawkin Lake Park and Heritage Park. You are invited to stroll the grounds of these 2 parks and tour the Old Baptist Church, Old Stone Store and the Manahawkin Train Station of the Tuckerton Railroad. You will be able to tour the buildings as well as view film footage and photos of past Founders Days. We will also have video presentations of archived interviews of some of Stafford’s most revered founding residents. Stafford Township’s official historian Tim Hart will be giving walking tours of old downtown that are sure to be colorful and educational.


As you stroll the winding paths of the two parks we welcome you to stop by the Lake Manahawkin Pavilion to listen to music. There will also be an opportunity to purchase a bite to eat, a cup of fresh brewed coffee, a funnel cake or even lunch on the go. We will have fresh fall flowers and produce for sale.


In order to comply with current crowd size limits, there will be a morning and an afternoon session both Saturday and Sunday. Sessions will run from 10 AM – 12 Noon and 1-3 PM.  Attendance is limited to one session only.

Advanced ticket reservations must be made for all wishing to attend. 

To reserve tickets please call Deb at 609-597-1000 ext. 8583


Tickets must be picked up at the Will Call ticket booth at the Manahawkin Train Station prior to your session beginning.

Tickets must be presented to enter historic museum buildings.

Masks must be worn when inside any of the Stafford Historical Society buildings.

We ask that you observe social distancing guidelines outside your cohort.

If you are not feeling well or exhibiting any flu like symptoms, we ask that you stay home.

The Township of Stafford, Stafford Recreation and the Founders Day Committee will continue closely monitoring the current state of affairs involving the COVID-19 coronavirus. We are committed to the health and safety of our community and will follow the guidelines regarding social distancing and group gatherings. Portions or the entirety of this event are subject to change at any moment at the discretion of the Township of Stafford.