Old Bridge NJ"A vast, forested expanse veined by creeks and wetland, Old Bridge is a large and outspread Bayshore community, lovingly dotted with its historic neighborhoods and commercial centers. Home originally to the Lenape, those first inhabitants to Old Bridge were known as the Unami, meaning “people down the river.” Like so many today, they would migrate to the Raritan Bay from their hunting grounds up north and make camp in and around Old Bridge for the summer. Few Europeans settled here until 1684 following the British takeover of New Amsterdam, with the first major settlement in Old Bridge being founded in 1737 by John and Susannah Brown. With a grant from the King of England for over one thousand acres of fertile ground, the Browns took to farming, which attracted yet more growers, ranchers, laborers and proprietors. As shops and homesteads began to cluster, this new community was Christened Brownsville in honor of their founders. Brownsville stands today as Browntown is a vital hub in the heart of town. Laurence Harbor, the waterfront community at the head of Old Bridge too saw early development, with industrial goods like paper and gunpowder being produced along the waterfront before being shipped by ferry to industrial centers like New York and Philadelphia.
Today, Old Bridge has sprouted into a cozy yet outspread collection of neighborhoods, a pillar of the Bayshore, its first two towns having created branching neighborhoods and communities. Trek through scenic Cheesequake State Park or take in the beauty of the Stone Museum and art gallery. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Bayshore and New York City from Laurence Harbor Beach and the Old Bridge Waterfront or grab the kids and take a trip through history at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, the site of the legendary Battle of Monmouth of 1778. Less than an hour’s drive to New York City and only minutes from Keyport, Perth Amboy and Manalapan, one needn’t venture out far for even more shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Centrally located and with one of the highest rated school districts in the county, come home to Old Bridge.
Going simply by Old Bridge, the township in Middlesex County is a bedroom suburb of New York City. It was originally incorporated as Madison Township in 1869 from portions of South Amboy Township but later had its name changed to avoid confusion with the borough of Madison in Morris County. The town was initially made up of farms and grew slowly until the 1960s when a building boom paved way for developments. By 2005, it was a contender for one of the best places to live in the United States as by Money magazine and as well in 2007. It is also a hot contender for the safest places to raise a child in the United States making it a proper residence for one with a family or starting one. Despite being one of the fastest-growing municipalities in New Jersey, it has maintained its rural ambiance. The township is crisscrossed by many major roads and highways and this coupled with its own airport and reliable public transport means the place offers the necessary conveniences for movement within and beyond the township. Tourist attractions such as Cheesequake Park and Laurence Harbor Beachfront among other numerous historical and recreational facilities mean family fun that is easily accessible.