Historical Markers in
Monmouth County, New Jersey

100th Anniversary of the Sea Girt Lighthouse 1941-2007 Red Bank Veterans Monument 1945 - 2005 Rumson Veterans Monument 200 Years of Service 29th Regiment New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Civil War Memorial 3-Sided Watchman’s Shanty A Last Tragic Episode of the American Revolution A Late Addition to Officers Row A Salute to the Boy Scouts of America Abraham Lincoln Allaire Village Allentown Station An Inspiring Commander in Chief Army Docks Army Signal Corps World War II Memorial Athletic Field Bachelor Officers’ Quarters Baked Fresh Daily! Barracks Row Barracks, School, Headquarters Battery Granger Battery Potter Battle at the Parsonage Battle of Black Point Battle of Monmouth Monument Battle of the Bulge Monument Battlefield Archaeology Benjamin Harrison Borough of Roosevelt Bradley Beach World War I Monument Breslin War Memorial Brinley Grist Mill British Campsite British Campsite British Campsite British Campsite British Embarkation British Embarkation British Retreat Route British Retreat Route British Retreat Route Capt. Joshua Huddy Captain Joshua Huddy — Prisoner of War Captain Joshua Huddy's Homestead Centennial Time Capsule Century Building Chapel Hill Charcoal Depot: warehouse & staging area Chemical Laboratory Chester A. Arthur Chow Time! Christ Church Church Church of the Presidents Civil War · Spanish War · World War Memorial Colts Neck Inn Colts Neck War Memorial Columbia Triumphant Park and Statue Combs Hill Cannonade Company, Attention! Continental Soldiers Grave Corner of Ocean and Brighton Avenues Corp. James A. Gere Dorothy Parker Birthplace Dunwoody Park D’Annae: A French, Swedish-Style 4-pounder Eatontown Grist Mill Eatontown, New Jersey Fire Department and World War II Memorial Fair Haven Honor Roll Fairview Cemetery Veterans Monument Ferry Landing and Chapel Fill’er Up! Fire House Number 1 Fire House Number 2 Fort Hancock Fort Hancock Officers’ Club Freneau Station Friends of Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial Gate Keepers Booth General von Steuben Geraldine Morgan Thompson (1872-1967) H.M.S. Assistance Tragedy Memorial Handball Court Harriet LaFetra (1823-1906) Hasty Additions in Wartime Henry Hudson Springs Highest Point on the Atlantic Seaboard Highlanders Decline Combat Highlands Doughboy World War I Monument Historic Site of Old Free Church Cemetery Historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Historic Walnford Historic Walnford Park History House Hold the Hedgerow! Home of Moses Laird Honey Suckle Rose Honorable Daniel J. O’Hern Hospital Steward’s Quarters Huddy’s Leap James A. Garfield Jersey Central Power & Light Employees Jumping Point Park Just Like A Small Town Karl Jansky Radio Astronomy Monument Keeping the Light Korean - Vietnam - Persian Gulf Monument Lighting the Way Lights Out! Lock’em Up! Locomotive Engineer’s House Longshore Sediment Movement Malta Shipwreck Manasquan Fire Bell Mansion House Marconi American Wireless Company Tower Marconi at Twin Lights Mary Hays, nicknamed “Molly Pitcher" Mary “Molly” Hays Middletown Township Locust Historic District Middletown Village Middletown Village Millpond Molly Hays McCauley Molly Pitcher Molly Pitcher Monmouth Battle Monument Monmouth Battlefield Monmouth Battlefield State Park Monmouth Court House Site Montrose School House (c. 1812) Mortar Battery Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Mule Barn Myer Park Navesink Navesink Light Station Navigating Sandy Hook Waters New Era Anchor New York Yankees vs. Hometown Sluggers Nike Ajax Explosion Memorial Nike Missile Site NOAA Fisheries Service Norman Mailer/Scarboro Hotel North American Phalanx Officers Row Old St. Gabriel’s Church Old Tennant Church Old Tennent Soldiers and Sailors World War Monument Patriot Isle Patriot Members of the Society of the Cincinnati Perrine Hill Front Line Perrine Hill Spring Philip Morin Freneau Poet’s Grave Post Chapel Post Commissary Post Exchange Post Headquarters Post Theater Powerhouse Presbyterian Church President Wilson’s Asbury Park Executive Offices Protecting American Coasts Proving Ground Foreman’s House PRR Watchman’s Shanty Pvt. Michael Field Quaker Meeting House Quartermaster Storehouse Radio Astronomy Raritan Bay & New York Harbor Red Bank War Memorial Retreat? Revolutionary Ancestors of Monmouth Court House Rodman Gun Roll of Honor Rutherford B. Hayes S.S. Morro Castle Disaster Sandy Hook Sandy Hook Barracks Building #22 Built 1899 Sandy Hook Light Sarah Patterson Johnson Sea Girt Lighthouse Sergeants’ Row Shark River Salt Works Shoal Harbor Site of Master Mechanic’s Quarters Soldiers Park Soldiers’ Monument Songs Of The Season Spermaceti Cove Lifeboat Station Spermaceti Cove Station No. 2 St. Peter’s Church Steinbach's Cobblestones Stone Blocks from the Camden and Amboy Railroad Telegraph and Radar at Twin Lights Tennent Church The Best of Care The British Grenadiers The British Rush the Hedgerow The Dead House The Furnace: heart of the village The Garden State The Great Cannonade The Guns of Sandy Hook The Hartshorne Legacy The Hawkins House The Manasquan Floodplain The Navesink Highlands Light Station The Old Brick Reformed Church The Old Forge The Old North Tower The World War II Years This Is Why It’s Called Sandy Hook! This light stood This steam engine rim This Sycamore Thomas Black 3rd Tribute to Combat Pigeons Twin Lights Mystery Cannon Ulysses S. Grant Union Newsstand Van Kirk Park Village Inn Walnford’s Tenant Houses Wandering Warblers War Memorial Washington Checked Lee’s Retreat Washington Resumes the Offensive Watersheds Wayside War Memorial William McKinley Woodrow Wilson World War II Monument World War II Victory Garden Ye Olde Robbins Burial Place Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House-The Cemetery and Grounds Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House-The Parsonage and Baptist Ministry Young Men’s Christian Association “They Shall be Known by Their Deeds Alone” “Spirit of the American Doughboy”
During the American Revolutionary War, New Jersey was the site of many important battles, including the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, which were crucial victories for the Continental Army.
Monmouth County, located in the state of New Jersey, has a rich and diverse history that stretches back centuries. Originally inhabited by the Lenape Native American tribe, the region saw early European settlement in the 17th century. In 1664, Monmouth County became part of the British colony of New Jersey, and it remained under British control until the American Revolution.

During the Revolutionary War, Monmouth County played a significant role. The county was the site of the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, one of the largest battles of the war. It marked a turning point for the Continental Army and significantly boosted morale for the American side.

In the 19th century, Monmouth County's economy thrived primarily due to agriculture and fishing. The region was known for its fertile soil, and farms and orchards flourished. As the Industrial Revolution took hold, Monmouth County began to see the growth of manufacturing and commerce, particularly along the Raritan Bayshore.

As the 20th century approached, Monmouth County saw suburbanization and the development of beach resorts along the Atlantic coastline, drawing tourists and vacationers. Today, the county remains a popular destination for beachgoers, while also being home to diverse communities, educational institutions, and a thriving arts scene.

In summary, Monmouth County's history is marked by early European settlement, its pivotal role in the American Revolution, agricultural and industrial growth in the 19th century, and the development of popular beach resorts in the 20th century.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

  • 1664 - Monmouth County is established as one of the four original counties of East Jersey
  • 1675 - Monmouth County is named after Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1693 - Township of Middletown is established
  • 1714 - Township of Freehold is established
  • 1731 - Township of Shrewsbury is established
  • 1749 - Township of Upper Freehold is established
  • 1778 - Battle of Monmouth takes place during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1838 - Township of Howell is established
  • 1850 - Township of Marlboro is established
  • 1906 - Borough of Long Branch is incorporated
  • 1917 - Naval Weapons Station Earle is established
  • 1947 - Monmouth University is founded as Monmouth College
  • 1955 - Garden State Parkway is completed, running through Monmouth County
  • 1960 - Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park opens in Jackson Township
  • 2021 - Notable landmarks in Monmouth County include Sandy Hook, Asbury Park, and the Monmouth Battlefield State Park