Encircled by pine forests and creeks, seated where the South River pools into Duhernal Lake, Spotswood is a quaint village on the border of Old Bridge, a halfway point between the busy Raritan Bayshore and the farmland of westward Middlesex County. Little is known of the town’s early history. Home originally to the Lenape, the famed Chief Weequehela founded a lumber mill here sometime in the early eighteenth century, hoping to make customers of the incoming settlers. Following his arrest for the murder of a European colonist in 1727, Weequehela’s extensive landholding was subdivided and sold, eventually being purchased by James Johnston, who named the land “Spottiswoode” after his ancestral home in Scotland. It’s around this time, however, that Spotswood’s recorded history stops, there being no known residents until 1905. The area was rediscovered then by famed body builder and author Bernarr Macfadden, looking to build a revolutionary health care facility and gymnasium in the area. Though his unorthodox camp was shaping to be a success, Macfadden was forced to disband after only two years when local authorities deemed his exercise manuals obscene.
Now a cozy and active town, Spotswood is paradise for the working woodsmen of suburban New Jersey. Fish or swim in the shimmering waters of Lake Manalapan, Helmetta Pond, DeVoe Lake and Ireland Brook or trek through scenic Welsh Park, Jamesburg Park and Frost Woods Park, each renowned for their bustling wildlife and lush, virgin landscape. Kids will love splashing around Veterans Park Spray Ground or visiting Thompson Park Zoo. Neighboring Old Bridge and Sayreville, only minutes from Jamesburg and just an hour’s drive from New York City, one needn’t venture out far for endless shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Picturesque and with a comprehensive school system, stake your claim in Spotswood.