One of the oldest towns in New Jersey, South Amboy’s quaint suburban community sits at the mouth of the Raritan River, eyes set on New York City. Known to the Lenape as “Ompoge”, meaning “level ground” or “standing upright”, South Amboy was settled first by the Dutch as a signaling station to aid in the defense of New Amsterdam; a task it came just shy of succeeding at in 1664 when the British conquered New Netherland. The Dutch were forced to abandon South Amboy, though Scottish settlers would take their places in 1684 with the settlement of Perth Amboy. Still a vital military installation well into the late eighteenth century, South Amboy is mentioned several times by name in the correspondence of General George Washington, the town an enduring consideration as he cautiously monitored British ships on the Raritan. Rural and sparsely populated at the end of the Revolutionary War, South Amboy’s growth was spurred on by the opening of the Camden & Amboy Railroad in 1831. Bolstered by the new flow of trade, South Amboy had established itself as a resort town by the end of the nineteenth century, the old farms and fisheries being joined by beachfront hotels and new rows of houses.
Today, South Amboy is a primarily residential neighborhood, a charming little city, one and a half square miles in size. Explore scenic Cheesequake State Park or relax at Raritan Bay Waterfront Park, overlooking the historic Great Beds Lighthouse. Neighboring Sayreville, only minutes from Keyport, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy and Metuchen and less than an hour drive to New York City, one needn’t venture out far to seemingly endless shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Centrally located and with a comprehensive school district, come home to South Amboy.