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About Freehold Township
Along with Middletown and Shrewsbury, historic Freehold Township 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 indeed, known as a center of patriot activity. In fact, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud from the steps of the Monmouth Courthouse a few days after being signed in Philadelphia. During the Revolutionary War the Battle of Monmouth occurred in Freehold.
In 1852 a railroad station was established, thus contributing to Freehold becoming an important commercial and industrial hub in central New Jersey.
There are over 13,000 homes in Freehold Township, consisting of mostly single family detached homes. In addition, there are 9 condo complexes and 4 active adult communities. Homes can be found that are 100 + years old. New construction is rare because there are few parcels of land available.
The 2010 Census states that there were 36,184 people living in town. The median household income was $94,735, with a per capita income of $40,504
Kindergarten through 8th grade students will attend one of the four elementary schools, and one of two middle schools. Freehold has a full-day kindergarten. 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 a student attends 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 talented and highly motivated students. Any student from the region is eligible to enroll, however there is a competitive admission process.
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
This town 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. The Route 9 shopping area extends north into Manalapan and Marlboro, and south into Howell. The popular warehouse clubs are nearby. This area also has many restaurants to choose from. Try one of the many fine restaurants in the Boro or try 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 the 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. The 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 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
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 by car, otherwise take a bus or catch a train from Matawan. If you prefer, Atlantic City is less than 2 hours drive. In addition, numerous golf courses are available in Monmouth County.
Freehold Township is great for commuters because it 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.