Historical Beauty Rivaled Only by the Visual
Freehold is as beautiful in its history as it is picturesque. With a name derived from an English legal term describing fee-simple property ownership, Freehold Borough was incorporated as a town on March 25, 1879. It was reincorporated on April 15, 1919, as a separate municipality from Freehold Township.
The earliest settlers of Freehold were the Lenni Lenape Native Americans and later, Scottish immigrants.
One of many stand out events in the area’s history is the Battle of Monmouth when, in 1778 the Continental Army intercepted the British Army, resulting in one of the largest battles of the Revolutionary War.
The Borough has a land area of 1.9 square miles, and a current population of 11,705 people.
Rich in historical attractions dating back to the Revolutionary War, sights to behold include Victorian style homes sitting on shady tree-lined streets. In 1824, the American Hotel opened on West Main St., where it stands today along with the Freehold Racetrack dating back to 1853.
The addition of brick sidewalks, framing fine restaurants, shops, outdoor concerts, parades and athletic events adds to its fun and festive appeal.