A Look into the Past of Manasquan, NJ

The personal injury attorneys in Manasquan, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group, have kindly sponsored the following passage about the area's history.


Within Monmouth County, New Jersey, is the Manasquan borough. The borough takes up 1619.2 acres, of which 45.26% is water, such as Stockton Lake, Watson Creek, and The Glimmer Glass. This coastal town is south of Manhattan, New York, by 66.9 miles. Main, Robert, and Broad Streets are the major roadways through the community.


The original inhabitants were the Native American Lenape Tribe. The name means a "Place to Gather Grass or Reeds" and has had many spelling variations over the years. The borough was officially formed on December 30, 1887.


The neighborhood is predominantly a white-collar borough. As many as 88.45% of the working adults are employed in white-collar positions. Approximately 62.92% have earned a four-year college degree or higher. The median household income was $87,525 in 2010. This was actually up substantially from 2000, which was $63,079. The occupational breakdown of Manasquan's residents is the following:

  • 13.47% teaching jobs
  • 12.76% management positions
  • 11.58% sales roles


The area relies heavily on its tourism, which has decreased over the years. Although the area lost its miniature golf course and the 24-hour diner, two popular tourist destinations, many still flock to the area during the vacation seasons for surfing and other waterfront activities. The local bars in the area get overwhelmed during the spring and summer seasons, causing some businesses to only open during this time. Many of the beach bungalows that offered great rentals for the visitors were replaced with larger single-family homes offering locals year-round residency.

In addition to the coastal activities and nightlife, the area is home to the oldest home in the southern region of Monmouth County. Located on 105 South Street, the Bailey-Reed House Museum was built during the late 1700s. The Squan Village Historical Society has directed preservations and management since 1997. Tours of the house and its barn, constructed in 1813, are available during the week. Many of the rooms have been preserved and set up to reflect this time period; these rooms include:

  • Manasquan Room
  • Nautical Room
  • Children's Room

Another historic landmark is the Algonquin Arts Theatre, located at 60 Abe Voorhees Drive. Initially, it was built in 1938 to be used as a movie house but in 1994 became a space for professional live performances. The theatre has 540 seats, and in addition to hosting summer camps and improv nights, some of its shows include the following:

  • Rent
  • Godspell
  • Jekyll & Hyde
  • Elf the Musical


As of 2010, Manasquan's population was 5,897 and consisted of 2,374 households and 1,550 families. This was a 6.5% decrease from 2000. In addition to English, Spanish and Chinese are also languages often heard in the area. The racial makeup of this area was the following:

  • 96.07% white
  • 0.31% African American
  • 7.02% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.61% Asian
  • 0.02% Native American
  • 0.02% Pacific Islander
  • 1.93% other races
  • 1.05% two or more races

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