2008 Lydia Wikoff (1927-2017)
For many years, Lydia Wikoff was the Manalapan Township Historian and was actively involved in the preservation of the Old Tennent Church and the Village Inn. She recently retired as a founding member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission, for which she chaired the Education Committee that encouraged thousands of school children to learn about Monmouth County’s history through writing essays. She was also the historian of the R.F.D.Garden Club in Middletown and an officer of the Wyckoff House Association. Wikoff made numerous other significant contributions to history-related programs, such as arranging for the publication of Carl Woodward’s, Horse and Buggy Days, about early agriculture in and around Manalapan.