The foundation upon which so much of the great Jersey Shore rests, Ocean Township is a storied and picturesque community set comfortably back from the busy Atlantic coast. Ocean Township was first purchased from the Lenape in 1687 by Gavin Drummond, a Scotsman and surveyor who would go to become one of the richest landowners in the New Jersey Colony. Having misunderstood the terms of the contract, the natives accepted merely “one gun, five match coats, one kettle and two pounds weight of powder” for land incorporating not only Ocean Township but much of today’s Deal, Wanamassa and Asbury Park. Farming, fishing and timber proved to be the most prosperous of those industries which flourished in the area. With so many communities sprouting up in the area, Ocean Township proper was established officially in 1849, then extending all the way from the southern bank of the Shrewsbury River to the very bottom of Monmouth County. With such a vast territory, it was only natural that new towns and boroughs would break off from the town throughout the rest of the nineteenth century, continuing well into the 1920s. By then, Ocean Township had found renewed purpose as the backyard of the Jersey Shore, known for its lush greenery, historic Victorian estates and privates golf courses.
Ocean Township today remains much the same. Enjoy a nonchalant stroll through Joe Palaia Park or venture to Whale Pond Brook Preserve and hunt for fossils. Tee off at the William F. Larkin Golf Course at Colonial Terrace or head to the Hollywood Gold Club for eighteen scenic holes and tennis. Neighboring Long Branch, Deal and Asbury Park, just down the street from Avon-By-The-Sea, Belmar and Red Bank, you’re only minutes away from nearly endless, world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, as well as the Jersey Shore’s most iconic beaches. Centrally located and with some of the most highly rated schools in the state, come home to Ocean Township.