The first foreign settler to immigrate to Monroe was James Johnstone, of Ochiltree, Scotland, who came to what was then known as East Jersey in 1685, when he was offered 50 acres of land and 25 acres for each additional family member that came along with him.
After sending letters back home, telling stories of the fertile soil, plentiful food, plentiful water supply and the health of the immigrants, more Scottish, English and Dutch religious dissenters came to the area.
Then, on Feb. 23, 1838, Monroe, named after the fifth President of the United States - James Monroe, broke away from South Amboy and was incorporated as an independent municipality by the New Jersey State Legislature. Orginally, Monroe was a part of Piscataway, and then a part of South Amboy. The 1838 incorporation of Monroe Township orginally included Spotswood, Helmetta, and Jamesburg, as well as parts of Cranbury and East Brunsiwick.
General George Washington's Historic Trail through Monroe by Dominic Lepri
Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission was created to foster and enhance civic beauty and neighborhood pride, in addition to the following:
- discourage the unnecessary demolition of historic resources
- prepare a survey of historic sites in the municipality
- make recommendations to the planning board on the historic preservation and plan element of the master plan
- advise the planning board on the inclusion of historic sites re: capital improvement program, promote and protect the cultural, social, economic and architectural heritage of the Township,
- maintain and develop an appropriate and harmonious setting for historic buildings, sites, objects or districts in the Township
- implement other advisory, educational and informational functions as will foster historic preservation in the municipality.
Meetings: These meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. The meeting will take place on the lower level of the Municipal Building. If a holiday happens to fall on that Monday, the meeting will be held on Wednesday. There will be no meeting in October. Please check the township's calendar for changes.
Donations: Persons interested in donating old photos and/or artifacts of interest to the Township can contact John Katerba at 732-521-1700.
Directions to Dey Farm
From Route 33 take Applegarth Road (CO-619) to the traffic light at Federal Road, turn right onto Federal Road. Turn right onto Old Church Road. Dey Farm is on the right.
From Forsgate Drive (Rt. 32) take Applegarth Rd (CO-619) to the traffic light at Federal Road, turn left onto Federal Road. Turn right onto Old Church Road.
From Perrineville Road (CO-625) Northbound turn left onto Prospect Plains Road (CO-614) to Applegarth Road (CO-619) turn left onto Applegarth Road to the traffic light at Federal Road. Turn left onto Federal Road. Turn right onto Old Church Road.
From Perrineville Road (CO-625) Southbound turn right onto Prospect Plains Road (CO-614) to Applegarth Road (CO-619) turn left onto Applegarth Road to the traffic light at Federal Road. Turn left onto Federal Road. Turn right onto Old Church Road
CALL, VISIT OR WRITE:
Township of Monroe
1 Municipal Plaza
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Phone: (732) 521-4400
John Katerba, Chairperson
Blaise Dipierro, Council Rep.
Lisa Macyda, Alt. I
Susan Keating, Alt. II