Introduction to Matawan, New Jersey
The Lenni-Lenape tribe of Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. The Dutch, who arrived in 1650, failed to establish a permanent settlement, but are still credited as having founded the community. Scotch Irish settlers arrived in the late 17th century, and named the area "New Aberdeen." Portions of Raritan Township were taken to form Matavan Township. It was incorporated on February 23, 1857, and is now known as Aberdeen Township. The borough of Matawan was incorporated on June 28th, 1895, from parts of the Matavan Township. According to one tradition, the community was named "Matawan" after an Algonquian term which meant "where two rivers meet." However, another tradition states that it was derived from an Indian word meaning "enchanted skin." In 1916, three shark attacks took place in the Matawan Creek, resulting in the death of two people.
Matawan and Nearby Attractions
- Monmouth Museum
- Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
- Gateway National Recreation Area
- Staten Island Zoo
- Rutgers Gardens
- New York Aquarium
Things To Do In Matawan
Steamboat Dock Museum, East Brunswick Museum, and Monmouth Museum showcase artifacts of historical importance. The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island have a museum which depicts the history of immigration. Monmouth Battlefield, another place of historic significance, is the site where a Revolutionary War battle took place in 1778. The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park occupies about 70 miles along the canal, and features facilities for boating, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, and picnicking. Rutgers Gardens, New York Aquarium, Staten Island Zoo, and Prospect Park Zoo are other popular attractions in the area.
Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.
Matawan Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Brookdale Community College, Middlesex County College, Rutgers University, and Monmouth University.