ALL ABOARD: The Dusty Shelf welcomes guests to what after was the layover station for the Tuckerton Railroad. (Equipped Photo)
In the coronary heart of historic Barnegat lies a local community with an goal to maintain and rejoice the roots and values of early The us. Perusing the community, locals and travelers alike knowledge a culturally assorted historic timeline spanning all the way again to the 1600s.
Amid the quite a few landmarks, antique shops, galleries and eateries is the most noteworthy Barnegat Department Path, a strolling and biking trail next what was the Tuckerton Railroad from 1871 to 1936.
Readers have the prospect to lodge just techniques absent from the path, at the Railhouse, an Airbnb in a pre-Federal dwelling built close to 1865. The creating, operated by hosts Devin Fouch and Alex Bolen, at the time served as a layover station for engineers and conductors who serviced the Blue Comet passenger prepare on the Tuckerton Railroad line.
In addition to aged-school digs is outdated-school shopping even passers-by can appreciate. At the entrance of the residence, positioned at 106 Railroad Ave., lies The Dusty Shelf, a store presenting antiques, regional, hand-crafted house items and even bicycle rentals.
Fouch and Bolen lived storied life before locating each and every other and settling in Barnegat, the place they
LORE OF THE SHORE: The Dusty Shelf celebrates the prosperous cultural background of the Jersey Shore which includes, but not limited to, the notorious Jersey Satan. (Supplied Photo)
go on to develop on historical past. Bolen grew up just just one city north, in the Pebble Beach front section of Waretown. He worked for lots of years as an administrator for Disney Entire world. He eventually returned to Ocean County to operate as a Realtor. He now is effective as a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Residence Relationship Realty in Barnegat.
Fouch was born and raised in the northeast area of the Bronx, New York. “My first job as a youthful teen was for a courier mail company in Manhattan named City Express,” he spelled out. “I worked in just key corporations this kind of as HBO, Sony and Oracle.” When he was 19, he became a union ironworker for Area 46 in NYC, doing the job on this kind of tasks as the Environment Trade Centre, Empire Condition Building and Yankee Stadium, to title a handful of.
RAILHOUSE RIDERS: Between the numerous choices at The Dusty Shelf are bicycle rentals to appreciate on the gorgeous Barnegat Department Path. (Equipped Photograph)
The couple met as a result of a mutual good friend in Red Lender and, in a yr, they moved in alongside one another in Seaside Park. Two yrs afterwards, in 2016, they acquired their property in Barnegat and rapidly grew to become included in their community.
“We are energetic customers of the Barnegat Historic Society,” mentioned Fouch. “We are also founding users of the Barnegat Department Rail Path Alliance, which is a nonprofit group our neighbors Brett (Middaugh) and Christine (Blake) created to protect and preserve the Rail Path.” One of the pair’s 1st contributions to the community was a Minimal Absolutely free Library.
Fouch and Bolen put together their enjoy for history and custom with a enthusiasm for journey and society when they launched the Railhouse— and what improved hub than the aged layover station? “I started out the Airbnb the first yr we moved in, as it was normally a aspiration for me to give hospitality to tourists,” Fouch claimed. “The knowledge has been astounding, meeting individuals and obtaining them make new reminiscences listed here with us.”
So far, the Railhouse has welcome tourists from 11 various international locations, as nicely as those from all across the The usa. Fouch is usually delighted to share what he calls a “hidden gem” right in the heart of Barnegat with newcomers. “People who remain here actually adore the outdated-city allure of Barnegat, no matter whether it’s likely down to the bay docks for crabbing, hitting the astounding parks and seashores and, of course, the 16-mile (round trip) gorgeous, canopied Rail Trail, just measures from our doorway.”
The Dusty Shelf opened its doors to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic, in August.
Free of charge SPIRITED: Proprietor Devin Fouch remaining place on The Dusty Shelf for some of his preferred religious and mystical offerings. (Provided Image).
Despite the fact that it was (and carries on to be) a seeking time for little business enterprise in America, Fouch shared his commitment was to supply a harmless put for individuals to come and enjoy as a letup from the year’s hardships.
“The shop experienced been sitting as a storage room for many years as we were being settling into our new residence,” he defined, “but with lockdown in effect in the course of the total place, I experienced some extra time to do the job on turning that storage place into a absolutely working shop.”
It is not each and every antique store that boasts crystals, incense and aromatic baskets of sage, but, remaining of a spiritual nature, Fouch built guaranteed to put some coronary heart and soul into The Dusty Shelf’s offerings, together with some aptitude from his neighboring local community. All that excellent juju must be good for anything, as “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe discovered his way into the inviting little boutique for a spell.
DUSTY TREASURES: In addition to vintage antiques, The Dusty Shelf offers a large range of attention-grabbing family products. (Provided Image)
Site visitors of The Dusty Shelf can expect to uncover various antiques, glassware, house items, vintage electronics and appliances, vinyl data, clothing and exceptional crafts made by local artists. These types of artists incorporate Maureen Zapf Huber of Twisted Creations, who is acknowledged for her handmade crocheted apparel and components. Also on show are Rachel White’s hand-painted glass fairy jars and other whimsical products. Neighbors Brett Middaugh and Christine Blake also screen lots of of their custom jewellery, candles and a broad range of pleasurable miscellany.
The Dusty Shelf was mostly influenced by Fouch’s deep appreciation for historical past and culture. “Between increasing up in NYC, cross-nation street trips in my early 20s and living in London, England, I’ve encountered folks from all above the earth.” he stated. His hope is to ignite a related enthusiasm in visitors who come into The Dusty Shelf. “I often find out something new when interacting with folks from distinct cultures. It’s a desire arrive genuine to share a piece of that feeling with them when they obtain some thing in our store that they can not find anywhere else,” he stated, smiling.
May WE Existing: Companions Devin Fouch (left) and Alex Bolen (suitable) were happy to welcome “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe (center) to Barnegat. (Equipped Image)
“Sometimes, when you obtain one thing, someplace or someone new, they generally have one thing specific and exclusive you will not come across anyplace else. That’s the experience we want you to have when browsing The Dusty Shelf.”
Fouch elaborated on that sentiment. “We are so grateful to be component of these types of a beautiful neighborhood. We are in an wonderful spot just brimming with historical past, from the Tuckerton Railroad to the Glass Functions and so substantially extra,” he reported, conveying he and Bolen aim to carry more awareness to the cultural enchantment of Barnegat.
“We would appreciate to thank all our group and customers for the aid and appreciate they go on to display,” Fouch affirmed, introducing that he and Bolen seem ahead to conference each individual and every single new customer who comes about on The Dusty Shelf in the months and years to arrive.
— Monique M. Demopoulos