Make Some History This Weekend in Monmouth County

Make some history this weekend.

Meredith Barnes

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For a day trip or a long weekend, Monmouth County, New Jersey means the Jersey Shore, wonderful food, shopping, and, of course, history!

The seat of Monmouth County, Freehold features a quaint downtown with plenty to explore. Not only is the region rich in Revolutionary War history, it is also within easy access of some of the Jersey Shore’s most beautiful beaches and character-filled boardwalks. Add in the delicious produce from local orchards that gave the Garden State its nickname, and you have a recipe for fun of all stripes. Start with the itinerary below.

Historic Happenings

Emanuel Leutze

From historic sites to hallowed ground, this day plan is built for those who want to jump right into history.

  • Print or download your tour map.
  • Start your day with a classic Jersey pork roll, egg, and cheese on a hard roll at Tony’s Freehold Grill.
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Monmouth Campaign:
    • See where General Knyphausen’s division crossed Crosswicks Creek, the original 18th century Waln House, and a working grist mill at Historic Walnford.
    • The Village Inn served as Washington’s Headquarters in Englishtown during the Battle of Monmouth.
    • Tennent Church was a field hospital after the Battle of Monmouth, and is the final resting place of British Lieutenant Colonel Henry Monckton, the highest ranking officer killed during the battle.
    • General Sir Henry Clinton used the Covenhoven House as his headquarters while the British army was encamped around Freehold just prior to the battle.
  • Have lunch at the historic Moore’s Tavern.
  • Walk the fields of Monmouth Battlefield State Park.
  • Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the country, and stood watch as the British evacuated New Jersey after the Battle of Monmouth in the first days of July 1778.
  • Explore three centuries of New Jersey’s military heritage at the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey in Sea Girt.
  • Enjoy some fresh seafood with a waterfront view at Bahr’s Landing in Highlands or Red’s Lobster Pot in Point Pleasant.

Family Fun

Enhance your historical experience with fun and family-friendly activities all weekend long!

Retail Therapy

Ronald Claiborne

From flea market antiques to one-of-a-kind boutiques, Monmouth County has your shopping needs covered.

  • Print or download your tour map.
  • Get the day started with some Rook Coffee.
  • Monmouth County is home to two large indoor malls – the Freehold Raceway Mall and the Monmouth Mall. Take your pick!
  • Want to snag deals at the outlets? Hit up Jackson Premium Outlets.
  • Have Lunch at The Court Jester on Main Street Freehold, across the street from the site of the original Monmouth Courthouse after which the battle was named.
  • If you prefer the adventure of flea markets, the enormous Englishtown Auction is only a mile north of where the Continental Army passed through Englishtown on the morning of the Battle of Monmouth.
  • Downtown Red Bank is home to quaint boutique stores, fine antique shops, and great dining.
  • Finish off the day with some Irish “Ól, Ceol, Bia agus Craic” – drink, music, food and good times – at the Dublin House.
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Romantic Monmouth

Monmouth County is teeming with recreation, history and activities perfect for connecting with your better half.

Before You Go

We’ve got some tips and advice for prepping for a visit to Monmouth County and surrounding areas, including hours, weather, accommodations, and directions – everything you need to make your visit a comfortable and memorable one!

  • Check the weather so you know how to pack and what to wear.  
  • Learn more about the Battle of Monmouth and the Revolutionary War.
  • Find a place to stay that makes it easy to see as much as possible. We like the historic American Hotel in downtown Freehold, where, during the Civil War, the 14th New Jersey formed in front of to say farewell to their friends and family, the Radisson Hotel Freehold just outside of town, and the Colts Neck Inn Hotel in nearby Colts Neck, New Jersey.