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.