A vibrant tapestry of farmland, forest and neighborhoods both new and historic, Monroe Township sits at the border of Middlesex and Monmouth, a modern community within the lush, rolling landscape of the Central New Jersey. Originally home to the Lenape, the indigenous peoples cultivated corn, grain and tobacco on Monroe’s warm, sun baked hills, fishing in the ponds and hunting in the brush. This remained so for the migratory Lenape until settlement by Europeans pushed them west. Though the Dutch claimed this land initially, it was the British who would go on to establish farms and mills in the area. It was these same communities which would supply George Washington’s army as they passed through in preparation for the Battle of Monmouth. Even after the Revolution, Monroe’s fertile grounds were hotly contested, being claimed in part by several municipalities until finally, in 1838, it was reincorporated as a township of its own, named after former President James Monroe. In the 1960s, with the opening and expansion of the New Jersey Turnpike, hundreds of acres of farmland were purchased by developers and made into suburbs. The site of Macfadden’s former camp was among these newly developed neighborhoods, becoming the busy community of Outcalt. Over the last three decades, Monroe has experienced continual growth, with new communities continually being erected throughout the township.
Today, Monroe is a quaint yet active collection of neighborhoods. 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. Bordering Manalapan and East Windsor and only minutes from Princeton and Freehold, one needn’t venture out far from countless shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Picturesque and with top rated schools, make yourself at home in Monroe.