With lush rolling hills to the west and warm sandy beaches to the east, Neptune Township sits bestriding the Shark River, a large but lowkey town in the heart of the Jersey Shore. For millennia, the Lenape made their home in Neptune Township, fishing and clamming in the Shark River by day and camping along its vast banks by night. Though Neptune would come under possession of the Dutch West India Company in 1623, colonists would not arrive in any impactful numbers until the English began settling the area following their takeover of New Jersey in 1664. By the 1700s, two salt works would be established around the Shark River. Salt being used to preserve food in the days before refrigeration, the salt works were crucially important in the early colonial economy and for New Jersey-based rebels during the Revolutionary War. It was these salt works which attracted British and loyalist forces to Neptune in 1778. Striking without warning, the British were able to torch one of the salt works before being skillfully repelled by our vastly outnumbered militiamen. In 1879, Neptune Township officially came into existence, with Neptune City being reincorporated as a borough in 1881.
A wide and colorful expanse spanning the gentle Shark River to the historic elegance of Ocean Grove, Neptune Township is sure to have a little something for everyone. Tee off at the Shark River Golf Course, stroll around any of Neptune’s many scenic parks or simply sunbath and relax at Ocean Grove Beach. Neighboring Asbury Park and Avon-By-The-Sea, only minutes from Belmar, Deal and Long Branch, one needn’t venture far for seemingly endless shopping, dining and entertainment options. Centrally located and with a highly rated, comprehensive school district, find yourself in Neptune.