Introduction to Highlands, New Jersey
This region was originally home to a number of American Indian tribes. Giovanni de Verrazano was the first explorer to visit in 1525. Over the 17th and 18th century, Dutch traders established professional relationships with the Navesink Indians. In 1664, English settlers formed the community of "Portland." Gradually, more land was purchased from the Indians and a large community was established. On March 22, 1900, Highlands was incorporated from portions of the Middletown Township. The area served as the setting for James Fenimore Cooper's work, "Water Witch." Highlands is also the hometown of comic book writer, film maker, and director, Kevin Smith.
Highlands and Nearby Attractions
- Navesink Twin Lights
- Monmouth Battlefield
- Ocean Historical Museum
- Gateway National Recreation Area
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Allaire State Park
Things To Do In Highlands
Ocean Historical Museum, Monmouth Museum, Vietnam Era Educational Center, and Longstreet Farm have artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Monmouth Battlefield, where the 1778 Revolutionary War battle occurred, is a historic site nearby. Navesink Twin Lights, which is currently a non-operational lighthouse and museum, is located in Highlands. This site is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town also includes part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, a 26,607-acre area that provides opportunities for ocean swimming, boating, hiking, bird watching, and camping. The community also celebrates the ClamFest in August every year.
Air transportation is available from the John F Kennedy International Airport.
Highlands Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Monmouth University, Brookdale Community College, and CUNY Kingsborough Community College.