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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 residences, 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 that 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 responded 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 Savolainen 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 boardwalk 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.
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Restaurants, Coffee Shops and More
- Aby’s Mexican Restaurant
- A Salute Italian Restaurant & Bar
- Amravathi Italian Restaurant
- Bart’s Restaurant
- Black Fig Greek Kitchen
- Bliss Restaurant
- Brass Rail Bar & Grill
- Court Jester
- Denino’s Pizza
- Esposito’s Pizza
- Evan’s Restaurant
- Ginkaku Japanese Bistro
- Kobe Sushi
- La Madona Italian Cuisine
- Maloney’s Pub & Grill
- Mediterranean Chateau
- Mexitacos Restaurant and Grill
- MJ’s Restaurant at Buttonwood Manor
- Park Place Diner
- Pauline’s Italian Restaurant
- Sahara 34
- Siam Smiles
- The Burger Shop
- Trattoria Rustica
- Wing Hing
No time to stop. Looking for a fast food fix in Aberdeen? These are a few choices!
- Burger King
- Taco Bell
Coffee and Dessert
- Brew Coffee Bar
- Dunkin Donuts
- Just Love Coffee Cafe
- Prep Coffee
- Papa Ganache
- Sundaes The Ice Cream Place
- Smoothie King
- Moge Tee
- Pine Brook Golf Course
- Colts Neck Golf Course
- Bella Vista Country Club
- Knob Hill Golf Club
- Pebble Creek Golf Club
- Trump National Golf Club
- Battleground Country Club
Education and More!
Aberdeen School District
Monmouth County Park System
No matter where you live in Monmouth County, be sure to check out the Monmouth County Park System. From endless trails to playgrounds to historic sites, From Spray Grounds to Beaches, the Monmouth County Park System has facilities to suit the needs of all residents of Monmouth County. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall there are always activities available. The Parks System offers areas available for recreation, exercise, nature, and relaxation to visitors of all ages looking for enjoyment outdoors.
Youth Athletic Organizations
Aberdeen Township is a strong supporter of youth athletic organizations. If you have a question about one of the organizations listed below, please call the telephone number listed below for each organization.
- Matawan-Aberdeen Babe Ruth
- Matawan-Aberdeen Girls Softball
- Matawan-Aberdeen Pop Warner
- Aberdeen-Matawan Soccer Association
- Matawan-Aberdeen Wrestling Club
- Matawan-Aberdeen Youth Basketball
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