The Tri-state area is loaded with tons of fun and unique activities; from exciting water parks to dynamic amusement rides and attractions, the Garden State has it all, including the nation’s first and only hatchet house. What is a hatchet house, you ask? Best of NJ visited the Eatontown establishment to find out.

Stumpy’s Hatchet House, created by close friends Mark and Trish Oliphant and Stuart and Kelly Josberger, is a project-turned-business years in the making. The couples became friends after meeting at a party a couple of years ago, where they came up with the idea to open this Eatontown establishment after hanging around, drinking beers and playing some hatchet games at their homes.

Stumpy’s, in turn, invites people for all occasions to come have a blast while eating food, sipping some cold brews and throwing hatchets. The venue – located on Meridian Road – encompasses eight separate throwing pits equipped with targets and hatchets. There are multiple games and competitions for parties to participate in, making each visit engaging and diverse.

While Stumpy’s does have its own concession stand where you can purchase snacks and drinks, as well as original merchandise, guests are encouraged to order-in and even bring their own beer and wine. Stumpy’s will even let you borrow an ice bucket to keep your beverages chilled, for a small fee.

You wouldn’t be crazy for thinking that Hatchet-throwing seems out of the ordinary – it definitely is – and while it’s a hard technique to grasp at first, it becomes insanely addicting; once you get going, the 2-hour session simply flies by. Despite the fact that Stumpy’s has only been open for a few months, it has already become a hit for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties, company team-building exercises and even dates.

Stumpy's Hatchet House

Stumpy’s welcomes walk-ins during business hours, but if you want get a large group together for a party or social gathering, they suggest calling ahead at least a week in advance. The venue even possesses its own banquette room for special gatherings.

Stumpy’s Hatchet House is one of the most unique and dynamic establishments in the area, inviting a wide range of individuals to step out of their comfort zones and have a blast tossing some hatchets. “You’re coming here to do something crazy,” says Trish. “You’re throwing hatchets!”

If you’re looking for something strange and new before you head to the beach or spend the day fishing down the shore, stop by Stumpy’s Hatchet House to indulge in two solid hours of addicting hatchet-throwing. You won’t be sorry.


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