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About Freehold Township
Historic Freehold Township was formed in 1693. Along with Middletown and Shrewsbury, Freehold was one of the three original towns in Monmouth County, and was designated as the seat of the Monmouth County government.
Freehold’s history has many ties to the American Revolution, and was known as a center of patriot activity. The Battle of Monmouth was fought in what is now Monmouth Battlefield State Park, which is in Freehold Twp and Manalapan.
In 1919 voters decided to separate the downtown area from the surrounding farmland areas, thus creating Freehold Boro, which is totally surrounded by Freehold Township. As a result, Freehold Boro kept the designation of being the county seat.
There are over 13,000 homes in Freehold Township, consisting of mostly single family detached homes. Furthermore, 9 condo complexes and 4 active adult communities are in town. New construction is rare in Freehold Township, there are few parcels of land available but homes can also be found that are 100 + years old.
The 2010 Census states that there were 36,184 people living in town. The median household income was $94,735, also the per capita income of $40,504.
When children in kindergarten through 8th grade students begin school they will attend the Freehold Township School District. In addition to a full-day kindergarten, Freehold Township has four elementary schools and two middle schools. Nearby private schools are St Rose in Freehold Boro,, St John is Matawan, CBA in Middletown, Red Bank Catholic in Red Bank – among others.
When students enter high school they will attend the Freehold Regional High School District.
There are six high schools in the Freehold Regional High School District. The schools are Manalapan, Freehold Township, Colts Neck, Freehold, Howell and Marlboro. Children will attend the high school according to boundaries set by the district. Most, but not all, will attend the school in their town.
There are specialized Learning Centers in each of the six high schools for students who are talented and highly motivated. Any student from the region is eligible to enroll, however, it is a competitive admission process.
SAT scores at all of the high schools consistently exceed state and national averages. Hence, more than 87 percent of the district’s students pursue higher education.
As an option, when students enter high school they may also apply to one of the five high schools in the. Specialized courses are available in fields such as computer science, and biotechnology. Also courses in the medical and science fields are available, among others.
Brookdale Community College has an auxiliary campus in Freehold. Other colleges and universities, such as Kean University and Rutgers University, offer classes and testing at this location.
Dining and Shopping
Freehold Township is home to Freehold Raceway Mall, the second largest mall in New Jersey. Route 9 is the major shopping area, which has, in addition to the mall, many shopping centers and auto dealerships. This area also has many restaurants to choose from. Try one of the many fine restaurants in downtown Freehold Boro or try the historic Moore’s Tavern, which dates to the Revolutionary War.
Enjoy live music at the Freehold Raceway Mall Summer Concert Series, or the weekly free concerts in Freehold Boro. Also concerts are at iPlay America, an indoor Theme Park. Nearby in Red Bank visit the Count Basie Theater for concerts and shows, or plays at the Two River Theater. Freehold Boro has a great Memorial Day Parade, plus other festivals throughout the year. Visit the movie theaters in Raceway Mall and on Route 9. Don’t miss the high school musicals in the spring. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson is a short ride away. Don’t miss the fireworks display at Freehold Raceway, or go to the races which feature live harness racing for trotters and pacers. New York City is less than 2 hours away from Freehold Township by car, take a bus or catch a train from Matawan. If you prefer, Atlantic City is less than 2 hours drive.
Parks and Recreation
There are many public parks in Freehold. The main park is Michael J Tighe Park. At one time, it was called Liberty Oak Park. As for myself, I still find it hard to call it anything but Liberty Oak. This is where the summer recreation programs for kids is located. You’ll find basketball courts, tennis courts, bike and walking trails in addition to numerous playgrounds.
There are other, smaller parks are scattered through town, many with tennis courts and basketball courts. In fact, there’s one park which has nothing but a grass field.
Additionally, there’s a county owned park in Freehold, Turkey Swamp Park. In this park you’ll find walking and biking trails, a lake, camping sites and much more.
Commuting is simple because Freehold Township has two commuter parking lots, with several bus stops along Route 9. NJ Transit offers service to Port Authority, Newark, Jersey City Academy Bus Line has service to lower Manhattan. Train stations are available in nearby Matawan, Red Bank, Belmar and Long Branch.
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