Introduction to Old Bridge, New Jersey
Old Bridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 24 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. Services, trade and manufacturing are the primary industries. The Old Bridge waterfront includes residential and commercial areas and provides recreational opportunities.
Old Bridge History
The Lenni-Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. One of the initial non-native settlers was John Warne. John and Susannah Brown received a vast acreage from King George II of Great Britain. In the early years, the area was primarily farmland. The Raritan River and bay were frequently used for transportation and commerce. Beginning in the early stages of the 19th century steamboats transported the region's produce, flour, oysters and other items to New York City and other locations.
Cheesequake Creek was a prominent transportation center and included inns, taverns and a small community. The area contained flourishing industries which produced clay based products. After the English took over in 1664 they divided the region into East Jersey and West Jersey. The area was originally named Madison Township. In 1850 mills were constructed that produced a variety of paper products and gun powder. In 1975 it was renamed the Township of Old Bridge in order to differentiate the town from Madison of Morris County.
Old Bridge Attractions
- Zimmerli Art Museum
- PNC Bank Arts Center
- Stone Museum
- Old Bridge Raceway Park
- Thomas Warne Museum
- Middlesex County Museum
- Geick Park
- Laurence Harbor Beachfront
- Mannino Park
Old Bridge Activities
Cheesequake State Park features marshes, forests, camping areas and hiking trails. Hooks Creek Lake provides fishing opportunities for trout, bass and catfish. The Old Bridge Ice Arena is a popular venue. The nearby Monmouth Battlefield State Park includes wetlands, wooded areas, trails for hiking and horseback riding and a Revolutionary War farmhouse. The visitors center at the park showcases relics from the Revolutionary War battlefield.
Old Bridge Transportation
The city is served by the nearby Newark International Airport. The close by railroad stations provide transportation to New York City, Boston, Newark, and Philadelphia.
Old Bridge Higher Education
Middlesex County College, Rutgers-New Brunswick and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey are nearby.