Howell Township History

OF THE NEW JERSEY COAST Originally published by
Woolman & Rose of Philadelphia 1878

History of Howell Township-1878

This township was incorporated in 1801. It is bounded on the north by Atlantic Township, on the east by Wall Township, on the sourth by Ocean Township, and on the west by Ocean County and Freehold Township.

Its population is 3300.

The principal towns are Farmingdale, and Blue Ball, or Turkey Post-office.

Farmingdale is a village on the New Jersey Southern Railroad. It has two churches, a hotel, and a public hall. It is at the intersection of the Freehold and Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad with the New Jersey Southern Railroad.

Lower Squankum is an old settlement in the southeastern part of this township.

Blue Ball is an old village, situated in the northwestern part of this township. The port-office near the station on the Freehold and Farmingdale Railroad is called Turkey.

A Methodist and also a Baptist church are in this neighborhood; the latter was organized in 1860.

Sea Girt is about a mile south of Spring Lake. It is a new seaside resort, owned and managed by a company of gentleman, who are making extensive improvements.

Spring Lake Beach is ten miles south of Long Branch, and was incorporated about three or four years ago. It has three hotels and a number of beautiful cottages. It boasts a small and picturesque sheet of fresh water running nearly at right angles with the sea. Monmouth House is a magnificent hotel situated on a beautiful plot of seven acres, between the lake and the ocean, and within 200 feet of either.

Ocean Beach is situated two miles south of Ocean Grove, and is a new and growing place as a summer resort. Here are three churches, numerous hotels, boarding-houses, and private cottages. Shark River lies on the north, and Silver Lake near the centre of the settlement.

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