Marlboro was formed in 1848 from portions of Freehold. The town is named after marl , which was an early form of fertilizer. Marlboro’s first industry was the export of marl. Marlboro was the scene of a number of skirmishes during the Revolutionary War. Beacon Hill, the second highest point in Monmouth County, served as one of 23 state-wide warning beacons, which were used to signal local militia of a British invasion. A large pyramid of logs was filled with brush and lit, and the fire could be seen throughout the area.
The 2010 Census showed there were 40,191 people living in Marlboro, with over 13,000 housing units. Most are single family homes, with 5 condo complexes and 4 active adult communities. In the northern part of Marlboro, there is a section of Marlboro called Morganville, which has it’s own post office and zip code. Three of the condo complexes are located in Morganville. The Census also showed that the median household income was $130,400, and the per capita income was $50,480.
The Marlboro Township Public School District provides education for K-8 students. There is 1 pre-school, 5 elementary schools and 2 middle schools. High school children 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 through a competitive admission process. The curriculums at the Specialized Learning Centers are:
Manalapan – science and engineering, automotive technology and law enforcement and public safety academies
Marlboro – business administration
Howell – humanities, fine and performing arts academy
Freehold Township – global issues, animal and botanical sciences academy
Freehold – medical sciences, culinary arts/hospitality management academy and a computer science academy
Colts Neck – law and public service, a Navy JROTC character and leadership development academy
SAT scores at all of the high schools consistently exceed state and national averages. More than 87 percent of the district’s students pursue higher education.
Dining and Shopping
Route 9 serves as the major shopping and dining locations. The shopping area continues south on Rt 9 into Manalapan and Freehold, with a major mall in Freehold, another in nearby Eatontown. Smaller shopping areas and restaurants are located in the center of town on Rt 79 near Rt 18. Some very fine Chinese and Italian restaurants are located here.
Marlboro offers free outdoor concerts during the summer, and free monthly indoor concerts at the recreation center. It’s also the home of the Marlboro Players, a private theater group. You can also enjoy live music at the nearby 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. Don’t miss the high school musicals in the spring. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson is a short ride away. Visit the movie theaters in Raceway Mall and on Route 9. 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 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 parks in Marlboro. Two sections of the Henry Hudson Trail are in Marlboro, with plans to connect the two trails, eventually offering a walking / bicycle path from Freehold to Highlands. A few miles away, the Manasquan Reservoir has a 5+ mile nature trail going around the water. Marlboro offers a summer camp program for grade school children.
Monmouth County has 6 public golf courses, plus many private country clubs.
Boating enthusiasts can find marinas nearby, beaches on the Jersey Shore are within a short drive.
Commuters can use bus service along Route 9, NJ Transit offers service to Port Authority, Newark, Jersey City. Academy Bus Line has service to lower Manhattan. or train service from Matawan. Marlboro does not offer a Park and Ride lot.