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Exploring Middletown's Rich History

Many Middletown residents are familiar with the magnificent historic buildings that are scattered throughout the township, but few may realize the enormity of our rich historic legacy.

Many Middletown residents are familiar with the magnificent historic buildings that are scattered throughout the township, but few may realize the enormity of our rich historic legacy. As one of the four original towns in New Jersey, Middletown has been a presence throughout every major historical event that unfolded in our country. 

Having first been settled in 1664, the same year that the Dutch surrendered control of New Jersey to England, the township is gearing up to celebrate its 350th anniversary in 2014. 

To bring attention to this incredible milestone, the Middletown Patch Editor has graciously asked me to write a series of columns highlighting the numerous historic sites located within Middletown Township. 

These will include dwellings, churches, commercial structures, roadways, cemeteries and military sites. This will not only remind long time residents of their deep historic roots, but also introduce to folks who are new to the township, the rich bounty of historical buildings and sites that give Middletown its special charm and character. 

This series also coincides with the newly formed Middletown Historic Preservation Committee, whose mission is to, “foster awareness and appreciation of our community’s history, advance the public knowledge through outreach programs and education, and encourage the growth of heritage tourism in the township.”

Together, I hope to encourage residents to visit and appreciate these unique historic assets right in their own backyard.

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Cathy Daniels December 28, 2012 at 01:50 PM
It would be great if you could incorporate, where possible, the perspective of our older citizens when reviewing these historic places. There are many who have lived here all their lives and may have their own special connection to these sites whether via family lineage or personal experiences. Our local historic treasures are human too!
Kelly January 16, 2013 at 05:43 PM
We are building a local title base regarding local history at the bookstore here at Brookdale. I would like to ask you a few questions, may I email you directly?
Gerry Scharfenberger January 17, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Sure - gscharfen@middletownnj.org
Kelly January 25, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Mr. Scharfenberger, I sent you an email on January 17th. Just wondering if you received it? Thank you. Kelly
Richard Dreyer April 01, 2013 at 08:58 PM
I lived on Crescent Drive for most of my adolcent life. When I visited a few weeks ago, I was told that 118 Crescent Dr (I know the numbers have changed in the last few years) was previously a fire station to the Country club estates which is on Lake Shore Dr & Lincoln Pl. I am curious to see if there is any history to this. Thanks Dick Dreyer Niskayuna, NY 12309

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