At northmost tip of Monroe, peering over the forests and farmland, sits the bustling settlement of Jamesburg. Home originally to the Lenape, the first residents knew Jamesburg as “the land of good bread” and would fish and swim in shimmering waters of Lake Manalapan. Though settlers would begin arriving in New Jersey at the start of the seventeenth century, it was not until 1685 when the first Europeans stepped foot in Jamesburg. Then a part of the expansive township of South Amboy, the town began humbly with only a single gristmill. Producing flour and wheat middlings for Jersians and the indigenous peoples who traded with them, the mill would remain in operation for well over a century, even supplying General George Washington’s army when they passed through Jamesburg while preparing for the Battle of Monmouth in 1778. It would not be until the later half of the nineteenth century, however, that Jamesburg would put itself on the map. James Buckelew, the town’s namesake, purchased the then famed mill in 1838, anticipating the arrival of the Camden Amboy Railroad. A renowned agriculturalist, Buckelew used his Jamesburg connection to found his own railroad, the Freehold Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad, and help unify the Garden State’s vitally important rail and carriage networks. Jamesburg would be reincorporated finally as its own borough in 1887 and, after a period of decline beginning with the Great Depression, underwent revitalization beginning in the 1990s, transforming into the active suburban community it is today.
At just under one square mile, the town of Jamesburg is as charming as it is historic. Tee off at Concordia Golf Course or Forsgate Country Club and fish in beautiful Lake Manalapan. Visit Thompson Park Zoo or explore historic Monmouth Battlefield Park and walk in the footsteps of America’s founders. Only minutes from Princeton, Old Bridge, Manalapan and Freehold, one needn’t venture far for even more dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. Picturesque and with some of the most highly rated schools in the county, stake your claim in Jamesburg.