Once a Lenape trail to the Manasquan River, the rich, wooded enclave of Farmingdale was first settled in 1830 when the construction of a Manasquan River dam led to the discovery of a miles long, triangular deposit of Marl in what was then known as Marsh’s Bog. A natural fertilizer, Marl and more specifically the ever richer New Jersey variety known as “green sand” made Farmingdale farms fruitful immediately. By 1866, the town of Farmingdale was abloom, with the Squankum Railroad and the wildly successful Marl Company centered in what was previously little more than swamp. In 1903, the town was incorporated as its own independent municipality. Then just two stores, two taverns and a handful of houses, Farmingdale has since blossomed into a sizable suburban community with all the modern amenities of home and the charm of a historic farm town.
Boasted as “today’s town with yesterday’s touch,” Farmingdale today is a vibrant residential community in the center of Monmouth County. Explore the stunning Manasquan Reservoir by foot or by sail or enjoy a leisurely tour of Allaire Village, a stunning nineteenth century industrial town brought to life by its dedicated reenactors. Tee off at Howell Park Golf Course for eighteen holes at one of Monmouth County’s largest public golf courses or head to Swingtime mini-golf for fun the whole family can enjoy. Enveloped by Howell Township, only minutes from Wall, Belmar, Asbury Park and Avon-By-The-Sea, one needn’t venture out far for endless dining, shopping and entertainment options. Scenic, historic and centrally located, find your niche in Farmingdale.