Freehold, NJ Area Guide


Freehold Township is a culturally diverse historical borough located in the heart of New Jersey just minutes from Jersey Shore. It currently serves as the county seat of the historically rich Monmouth County and has gained a reputation for its naturalistic beauty. Filled with supreme dining, shopping, and entertainment, the township has become home to an incredible collection of mannerly citizens and has continued to grow as a result of its pristine reputation as a safe and scenic suburban paradise!


The fertile, mineral rich farmlands of Freehold were originally inhabited for centuries by the Lenni Lenape Indians, and although the area was first spotted by a European in 1498, it was not set foot upon until 1609.

It was then that settlers from Holland arrived at Sandy Hook and established the Dutch West Indian Company. This new commercial presence utilized the New Jersey-Hudson River and stretched into the New Netherlands, providing commercial value to the area.

A patent was granted in 1664 by the Duke of York to Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley for the state of New Jersey.

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In 1685 a group of Scottish reformers initiated the area’s tradition of tolerance by fleeing to the nearby settlements in order to escape religious persecution. An official legislature was negotiated in 1693, and the growing Monmouth area began to formally grow in reputation, organization, and prominence.

The Battle of Monmouth, frequently considered by historians to be the turning point of the American War for Independence, was fought on a scorching June day in 1778 between roughly thirty-thousand British and Colonial soldiers.

FreeholdThe township incorporated as a result of an act by the New Jersey State Legislature in 1869, and became an independent township within Monmouth County in 1888. Later, in 1919, Freehold was incorporated further as a borough, meaning its municipal government would function under the authority of an elected mayor.

The small settlement of early Freehold consisted of dusty roads organized around a mill and tavern, but time has transformed the area to a sub-urbanized metropolis due to its proximity to prolific nearby seaports and commercial centers such as New York City and Philadelphia.

Today, Freehold is one of the most scenic and tranquil areas in Monmouth, inundated with incredible familial warmth and bursting festivity. Recognized by the National Arbor Day Organization for twenty-two years of consecutive excellence for its naturalistic splendor, Freehold has quickly become one of the best places to live in the country!


Parks and Recreation

Freehold Township has been providing outstanding recreational opportunities to residents of all ages for more than 35 years.

Michael Tighe Park

Michael J. Tighe Park is located in the residential neighborhood of Georgia Road, less than a mile from Turkey Swamp Park. The park is one of the most impressive athletic complexes in the county. Baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and a hockey rink are a part of the park. Michael J. Tighe Park also has picnic areas, a fitness trail, playgrounds and a stage for performances. This spacious park has plenty of activities for family fun.

65 Georgia Road
Freehold Twp, NJ 07728

Monmouth Battlefield State Park

This historic site was the location of the infamous Battle of Monmouth, the longest battle of the American Revolution now preserved as an 18th Century historic rural archive comprised of open fields and orchards peppered by majestic pine and cedar trees. The grounds contain miles of horse riding trails, walking trails, a restored rural farmhouse, and a supremely well kept visitor’s center.

347 Freehold Road
Manalapan, New Jersey 07726

East Freehold County Park

FreeholdThe eighty-one acres of this serene show-grounds host special events and festivities throughout the year and can accommodate well over one-hundred thousand patrons! East Freehold Park is the home to everything from dog shows to sensational county fairs throughout the year!

1500 Kozloski Rd, Freehold, NJ
Phone: (732) 780-1021
www.monmouthcountyparks.com

Turkey Swamp Park

The gorgeous forested splendor of this public Freehold park contains numerous pavilions, picnic areas, wilderness trails, and open meadows directly on the banks of incredible recreational bodies of water. Perfect for a family outing or relaxing fishing trip, this eleven-hundred acre park rests at the foothills of towering pines and enraptures visitors with its dazzling fall colors!

Georgia Road
Freehold, New Jersey
Phone: (732) 462-7286

Manasquan Reservoir

This magnificent twelve-hundred acre park is surrounded by a scenic five-mile walking trail brimming with striking fauna. The reserve is known as an ideal location for kayaking, canoeing, swimming, or fishing, as well as an ample space for horse-back riding, mountain biking, or hiking!

311 Windeler Road
Howell, New Jersey 07731
Phone: (732) 919-0996

Cheesequake State Park

The fifteen-hundred acre state park known as Cheesequake is a perfect spot for hiking, jogging, mountain-biking, horse-back riding, camping, fishing, swimming, or cross-country skiing!

300 Gordon Rd, Matawan, NJ
Phone: (732) 441-0140


Attractions and Activities

Freehold Raceway Mall

The 1.6 million square feet of upscale shopping housed within Freehold Raceway Mall contain top-end designer boutiques and delectable culinary treats beneath the azure skylights and unreal architecture of New Jersey’s finest shopping center!

3710 Us Highway 9 Ste 2710
Freehold, NJ 07728-4816
Phone: (732) 577-0403
www.freeholdracewaymall.com/

Hankinson-Moreau-Covenhoven House

This historic mansion and museum was constructed in 1752 and today houses endless exhibits and artifacts from across New Jersey history. Originally utilized as the headquarters for British soldiers, it is today curated by the Monmouth County Historic society and immaculately maintained as an heirloom site of inestimable value for future generations.

150 West Main Street
Freehold, New Jersey
Phone: (732) 462-1466

Freehold Raceway

FreeholdThis half-mile racetrack is the longest running horse track in the country and regularly holds exhilarating six-horse races featuring award-winning thoroughbred equestrian athletes.

130 Park Avenue
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 462-3800
www.freeholdraceway.com


Events

http://www.twp.freehold.nj.us/calendar/all_calendars.asp


Sharon Marks
Sharon Marks
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