Old Bridge Township Celebrates
2019 marks the Township's 150th birthday! Old Bridge Township was incorporated as Madison Township on March 2nd, 1869 and was renamed as the Township of Old Bridge in 1975. "Celebrate Old Bridge" will be a theme we carry throughout our yearlong celebration! We encourage you to participate in our town-sponsored events and community events that will celebrate our wonderful Township.
This website will serve as your guide to all things Old Bridge for our Sesquicentennial celebrations. You will find information on upcoming events, how to participate in these events, and what you can do to Celebrate Old Bridge! #OB150
A Little History Lesson...
The history of Old Bridge Township dates back to the 17th century. The first inhabitants of the area known as Old Bridge were the Lenni Lenape Indians. They, like many people today, migrated to the shore along the Raritan each summer from their hunting grounds in the north. When the English gained control from the Dutch in 1664, the state was divided into two provinces, East and West Jersey. In 1682, the general assembly of East Jersey defined the boundaries of Middlesex County as containing all plantations on both sides of the Raritan River, as far as Cheesequake Harbor to the east, then southwest to the Provincial line. This Southwest line is the border of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties and the Township's southern border.
In 1684, South Amboy Township was formed. At that time, it covered an area that now consists of the Townships of Monroe and Old Bridge and the Boroughs of Sayreville and South Amboy.
The forty-two square miles that now comprise the Township separated from South Amboy in 1869 and was named Madison Township until 1975, when the name was changed by referendum to the Township of Old Bridge.
The first settlers were John Warne, son of one of the original proprietors of East Jersey, and John and Susannah Brown, who obtained a 1,000 acre land grant from the King of England in 1737. Fun Fact: A section of the Township still carries the name Browntown.
Initially, the Township was made up of farms and the population grew slowly. In 1880, the population was 1,662 and in 1950 it had reached only 7,365. Then the building boom started and farms gave way to developments. In 1960, the population grew to 22,772 and that was only the beginning. The 1980 census sited 51,406 people and even that was questioned because areas of the Township have post offices bearing the names of other communities in the area. Today, the Township population is estimated to be over 65,000 and growing!
Make sure to check back as we update our page and provide you more information on how you can support our Old Bridge community during its celebration!
Mayor Henry's Health & Wellness Council will be hosting its first Health & Wellness 5K honoring Hometown Heroes on Saturday, March 30th. For more information on the event and how to register, please click here!
The Mayor's Office of Economic Development will be sponsoring a "Shop - Dine - Buy Local" event from April 13th to April 20th. Businesses will have special discounts, raffles and giveaways during the weeklong event. We encourage you to Celebrate Old Bridge by supporting our local businesses!
The Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a Spring Fling family event on Saturday, May 4th at Geick Park! Come out as we Celebrate Old Bridge with a day of family fun featuring a DJ, Crafts, Petting Zoo, Food Trucks, Family Games, Inflatables and so much more!
Memorial Day Parade 2019
Thomas Warne Museum Lecture Series: June, September, November 2019
Summer Concert Series
Old Bridge Scavenger Hunt
Salt Water Day
Old Bridge Day