The age of this intriguing tower is unknown, but it was in existence when Florence L. Haupt purchased the property during the great depression in 1931. The picturesque tower structure housed the pumps that provided water for the working Haupt farm. Several generations of the Haupt family lived on the farm, where they raised champion English Setters, entertained their well-to-do friends and carried out philanthropic activities, until ownership of the property was taken over by the township.
Dubbed Stucile Farm after the combined names of the Haupt children, Stuart and Cecile, the property operated as a working farm through 1946 when it became an orchid-raising establishment. Today it is part of Joe Palaia Park, where the Ocean Township Library, The Township of Ocean Historical Museum and the Office of Human Services Buildings are located.
Photographed November 2016.