The suburban township of Aberdeen blends residential neighborhoods, light industry, and commercial centers. Lovely new homes, good schools, local shopping, easy access to urban amenities, extensive recreational amenities and facilities, undeveloped woodlands, and beaches all can be found in Aberdeen and help add to the fabulous quality of life offered here!
Most people refer to this area as “Matawan / Aberdeen”. Here is a little bit of info I took from the town page to explain why!
On November 8, 1977, the residents of Matawan Township voted to change the name of the Township to create a community identity separate from that of Matawan Borough. The residents voted to call their community Aberdeen Township. Officials believed the new name would draw attention to the Township, as it is listed first alphabetically among New Jersey’s 566 municipalities.
Today, Aberdeen is a suburban Township of 5.4 square miles containing a mix of residence, light industry and shopping centers. Sections of the Township include Cliffwood, Cliffwood Beach, Freneau, Oakshades, River Gardens, Strathmore and Woodfield. There are three postal ZIP codes which service the Township: 07721, 07735 and 07747.
The Township is served by two volunteer fire companies, the Aberdeen Township Hose and Chemical Co. No. 1, organized in 1918, and the Cliffwood Volunteer Fire Co., organized in 1927. Two volunteer First Aid Squads response to the community’s emergency medical needs; the Aberdeen Township First Aid and Rescue Squad, organized in 1954, and the South Aberdeen Emergency Medical Service, organized in 1970. A Full time Police Department was established in 1935.
The Henry Hudson Trail is a 9-mile (14 km) paved trail built on a former Central Railroad of New Jersey right-of-way and extending from Aberdeen Township east to Atlantic Highlands.
Here are some facts about Matawan Borough and Aberdeen Township, which used to be called Matawan Township, that you probably never knew:
1. Ravine Drive used to be a bridge, not a dam.
Believe it or not, the earthen dam under Ravine Drive was installed after efforts by Jacob Lefferts, a local lawyer with a law office on Main Street. The bridge at Ravine Drive was replaced with the dam, creating the lake we now know as Lake Lefferts, according to Al Savolaine of the Matawan Historical Society.
2. Cliffwood Beach used to be a popular beach destination
According to Images of America: Around Matawan and Aberdeen by Helen Henderson, Cliffwood Beach used to have a large boardwalk, swimming pool and even a 100-foot water slide into Raritan Bay. Many residents from Northern New Jersey vacationed here, and the area hosted regular beauty pageants. The board walk was destroyed by a hurricane and never rebuilt.
3. Henry Stafford Little went to school at the Glenwood Institute
The Glenwood Institute on Church Street opened in 1834 as the Middletown Point Academy, according to Images of America: Around Matawan and Aberdeen by Helen Henderson. Notable students who attended the private school included Henry Stafford Little and Garrett Hobart. The building also housed the Collegiate Institute of Middletown Point and the Matawan Military Academy until it closed in 1915. The building still stands and has since been converted into apartments.
4. The name of the statue at the front of Memorial Park is “Doughboy”
According to Images of America: Around Matawan and Aberdeen by Helen Henderson, The Spirit of American Doughboy was placed in Memorial Park by members of the Matawan American Legion Auxilary, Unit #176. This sculpture was done by famous artist E.M. Voquesney and was dedicated on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1927.
5. Cliffwood used to have a train station
Originally called New York and Long Branch Railroad Station, a train station was built in at Hunter’s Crossing in Cliffwood in 1875. The small stop, no larger than a one-room cottage, was soon renamed Cliffwood Station, but was closed in 1932.
Aberdeen maintains an excellent parks system for the pleasure and use of its residents.
Andover – Andover Lane
Basketball Court, Tot Lot, Swings, Vollyball
Cambridge – Lloyd Rd. & Cambridge Drive
Tot Lot, Swings, Basketball Court, Baseball Field
Deerfield – Deerfield Lane
Fordham – Fordham Drive
Basketball Court, Tot Lot, Swings
Guisti – Myrtle Street, Archie & Maxwell Streets
Football, Tot Lot, 2 Baseball Fields, Swings, Basketball Court
Harrison – Harrison Avenue
Half-Basketball Court, Swings
Ivyhill Park – Ivyhill & Idlebrook Lanes
Midland – Marjorie Street & Jersey Avenue
2 Basketball Courts, Tot Lot, Softball Field
Northland – Northland Lane
Tot Lot, Swings, Basketball Court
Oakshades – Lloyd Road
Lighted Softball Field, Tot Lot, Basketball Court
Overlook Park – Overlook Circle & Prospect
Tot Lot, Swings
Ross Field – Cliffwood Avenue & Lenox Road
2 Softball Fields, Soccer Field, Tot Lot, Swings, Basketball Court
Storyland – Woodman Place
Tot Lot, Swings, Basketball Court, Softball Field
Veterans Memorial Park – Lakeshore Drive/Ocean Blvd.
Spray park; Playground, Picnic Grove w/ shade structures, Multi-Purpose Field, 2 Basketball Courts, Gazebo, Veteran’s Memorial Monument
Vincent Vinci Park – Gaston Street
For a town that’s not that HUGE, there are some yummy options for eating. There really is something for everyone located within the Matawan / Aberdeen Borders. Court Jester, is a casual restaurant & bar offering classic American fare, beers on tap & wines by the glass. Located in what those of us who grew up here as the “Strathmore Shopping Center”, this is a popular place to stop by for a quick meal, a night out with family and friends and a place to catch a sports game! Mahzu is another VERY VERY popular location also in the “Strathmore Shopping Center”. It’s a Japanese BYOB spot with sushi staples & chefs putting on hibachi shows in family-friendly digs. We have spent many family occasions there celebrating, and I can tell you the food and atmosphere is fantastic! Let me clarify. To most of us who have been here for a long time we call the “shopping strip on hwy 34” the Strathmore Shopping Center. However, this specific area is truly called the Aberdeen Town Square Shopping Center. There are wonderful places to eat right in this one area. Deninos is another favorite specializing in crispy thin-crust pies. I will tell you, it gets crazy crazy crowded on Fri and Sat nights, so give yourself time when you head over, even if it’s for pick up! Below Is a list of some of the other options in the area. Check out my blog article naming the Best Places to Eat in Aberdeen and Matawan. Keep in mind, this info was gathered by the “local” in the community!
No time to stop. Looking for a fast food fix in Aberdeen? These are a few choices!
There is always time to grab a cup of coffee in our local area!
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