Freehold is one of the nation's oldest cities,with numerous monuments
and landmarks familiar to people all over the country. It enjoys a
colorful American Revolution History.
And --- Freehold, NJ is more than just Bruce Springsteen's home town that became popularized when he introduced Freehold to America by his song “My Hometown” describing his thoughts about his hometown and later in more detail in his best seller book " Born To Run".
Today Freehold is a community with a revamped downtown that mixes the best of mom and pop establishments, fancy eateries, and Victorian houses. A walking tour of the downtown area is a must.
Many of the Victorian buildings along Main Street date back to the 1800’s. The American Hotel, built in 1824 and renovated in 2009, makes claim to Abraham Lincoln having stopped here on the way to the White House in 1861.
The oldest building in town is St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, built in 1683. Check out the old cemetery – you’ll be fascinated by dates going back to the times of the pilgrims.
The Freehold area has sometimes been referred to as the "largest little city" in NJ. In addition to the downtown area with numerous shops and restaurants, the area boasts of many top attractions and things to do.
Things To Do
Each year from May to October, they offer pickers the chance to select and "Pick Your Own" the areas best fruit. Website
91 Wemrock Rd
Their mission is to to bring enrichment through the performing arts to the diverse community it serves. Website
35 South Street
Freehold Art Gallery
The gallery features all mediums of art from both emerging and established local New Jersey artists, and select works by artists from around the world Facebook page
7 West Main St (second floor, one flight up, above CVS)
The nation’s oldest half-mile harness racing track and the only operating daytime harness racing track in America. Website
130 Park Ave.
An indoor amusement park with a boardwalk on the Jersey Shore theme. It features rides and attractions, and a high concentration of fun things to do indoors, including iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill, Topgolf Swing Suite, live music and concerts.
119 Schanck Road Website
Turkey Swamp Park
This wooded park features a 17-acre lake for fishing, boating, and ice-skating, along with miles of trails, camping facilities, and playgrounds. Website
200 Georgia Road
One of the largest battles of the American Revolution, Preserves the 18th-century landscape along with hiking and horseback riding trails, and picnic areas Website
Business Route 33
Monmouth County Museum
Monmouth County Historical Association's Headquarters houses the main Museum and Research Library & Archives.
he Museum's collection is of national significance. One of the many highlights of the collection and a centerpiece of the Museum is the painting "Washington at Monmouth Emanuel Leutze, the artist best known for his famous work "Washington Crossing the Delaware." Website
70 Court St
Old Beth AME Cemetery
AKA The Squirrel town Historical Cemetery serves as the final resting place for many Black Civil War veterans and their families who hailed from the Freehold area. Many of the headstones bear the rank of the soldiers and the letters USCT for United States Colored Troops. Most of the ranks on the gravestones were those of Private.
Old Monmouth Road, off Freehold-Englishtown Rd
Places to Stay
Located in downtown Freehold, this newly renovated hotel has a history dating back when it was built in 1824 as a stagecoach stop. Reviews/Booking
Red Roof Inn
Located just outside the downtown area near the Freehold Racetrack. Reviews/Booking
Located on the west side of Freehold on West Main St., this hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi Reviews/Booking