Recent deed and map research has revealed important information about this classic homes passage through history. Deed records dated 1859 show a transfer of land to John M. Boude, the son of James Boude, a “well to do farmer” (as stated in a Red Bank Register article) in West Freehold. Census information as well as death records reveal that James Boude was born in 1797 and his family was of English descent, possibly having a presence in New Jersey as early as the mid to late 17th century.
The John M. Boude house stands as an architectural jewel from a time gone by. The Italianate farmhouse (a style that was quite popular in Monmouth County after 1860) features architectural details such as ornamental cornices with modillions, scroll brackets, saw tooth frieze moldings and segmental arch windows with pronounced cornices. The home retains an original four panel double door with a segmental arch transom light. The architectural character and details of this home tell as much of a story as the people that have lived there over the past 150 years.