New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past

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Freehold
Railroad Stations: Pennsylvania Station, Broad and Throckmorton Sts., for Pennsylvania R.R.; Jersey Central Station, Jackson and Mechanic Sts., for Jersey Central R.R.
Bus Station: Municipal Parking Lot for Lincoln Transit, Asbury Park and New York Transit; 23 W. Main St. for Gray Line; 6 E. Main St. opp. Courthouse for Public Service.
Traffic Regulations: Watch street signs for parking limitations.
Accommodations: One hotel, tourist homes.
Information Service: Municipal Bldg., W. Main St.; Public Library, E. Main St.
Motion Picture Houses: Two.
Trotting Races: Freehold Race Track, Park Ave. and W. Main St.

FREEHOLD (17o alt., 6,894 pop.) seen from the air is a dot among squares and oblongs of contrasting green fields edged with reddish clay. Up to the town's very doorstep spread the fields and woodlands of the gently rolling land of Monmouth County, the second richest agricultural county in the United States.

Without drawing too heavily on its storied past, Freehold has individuality produced by a fusion of rural, urban, and residential life. In an unobtrusive way it seems to embody America's growth from farm to factory. But country atmosphere dominates the town. Main Street is broad and treelined, and many stores in the small business section are in former private dwellings, but rarely is a horse tethered to the hitching posts along the curb.

Surrounding this provincial core is an industrial growth concentrated in a large rug factory that has blended with the community rather than altered it into a factory town.

Although Freehold has a full quota of industrial workers as well as business people and retired farmers, there is nothing that could be called a slum section. The town has an almost uniform degree of prosperous living equaled by few other New Jersey communities. Homes in the residential area range from Colonial through Victorian to contemporary American architecture, with a predominance of white-painted frame structures. There is plenty of room for lawns and trees -- oaks, elms, maples, horse chestnuts, lindens, honey locusts, and copper beeches. Almost every house has a garden bright with such flowers as the oriental poppy, blue bachelor's button, lemon lily, and lavender iris.

Its position as county seat makes Freehold the center for the surrounding farm country. Traffic chokes the business section, especially when big farm trucks carry summer produce to the New York and Philadelphia markets. A steady stream of beach-bound motorists pours through the

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New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Sponsors' Forewords v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xv
  • Maps xxi
  • General Information xxiii
  • Calendar of Events xxix
  • Part I - New Jersey: the General View 1
  • A New Jersey Silhouette 3
  • Natural Setting 7
  • Archeology and Indians 28
  • History 35
  • Government 55
  • Industry and Commerce 69
  • Labor 79
  • Agriculture 89
  • The Press 110
  • Racial and National Groups 118
  • Folklore and Folkways 126
  • Education 134
  • Religion 142
  • The Arts 151
  • Part II - Cities and Towns 187
  • Atlantic City 189
  • Bayonne 201
  • Bordentown 207
  • Burlington 216
  • Camden 225
  • Elizabeth 238
  • Freehold 250
  • Hackensack 256
  • Hoboken 262
  • Jersey City 270
  • Morristown 283
  • Mount Holly 292
  • New Brunswick 298
  • Newark 312
  • The Oranges and Maplewood 339
  • Passaic 345
  • Paterson 349
  • Perth Amboy 361
  • Princeton 370
  • Salem 390
  • Trenton 398
  • Part III - Tours 415
  • Part IV - Appendices 687
  • Bibliography 697
  • Index 705
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