A Historic Look at West Long Branch, NJ

The slip and fall lawyers in West Long Branch, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group present the following article on the neighborhood's history.

West Long Branch

The borough of West Long Branch is situated in the eastern section of Monmouth County in New Jersey. The borough takes up 1,849.6 acres, of which 1.25% or 256 acres is water, such as Franklin Lake and Turtle Mill Brook. Some neighboring communities include Long Branch Beach, Eatontown, Oakhurst, Elberon, and Wertheim's Corner. 


The borough was formerly known as Mechanicsville from the 1900s until the Civil War. Prior to that name, it went by Branchburg during the late 1800s. Its current name was said to have derived from its location to the Shrewsbury River. It seceded from Eatontown in 1908 based on the residents claiming they were not getting a proper return on their taxes. 

Historical Landmark

Within the community is the Murry Guggenheim House, also referred to as the Guggenheim Library. The building, constructed around 1903, sits on seven acres and was designed by architects John Merven Carrère and Thomas Hastings with the architectural style of Beaux-Arts. It is located on Cedar Avenue and Norwood Avenue. Murry Guggenheim purchased the estate as his summer resort for himself and his wife, Leonie. 

In 1967, the addition of the library was built on the north side of the mansion. A second expansion took place in 2003, allowing for as many as 100,000 more books and cost approximately $14 million. 


Several parks within the borough offer outdoor amenities to the neighborhood. Some of these include:

  • Franklin Lake Park
  • Ronan Shirvanian Park
  • Frank "Clint" Sorrentino Park
  • Virginia A. Cory Community Garden


The community has several options for the residents to attend for an education. The public schools are part of the West Long Branch School District. Some of these include:

  • Frank Antonides School
  • Wolfhill Elementary School
  • Meadowbrook School
  • Shore Regional High School
  • Long Branch High School

Some of the private options include:

  • Bet Yaakov of the Jersey Shore
  • St Jerome School
  • Junior Thinking Caps Academy

While those seeking additional education can attend Monmouth University, located on Cedar Ave in the southeastern region of the neighborhood. Additionally, the Academy of Law & Public Safety is nearby for residents to attend as well.


In 2010, the borough was home to 8,097 residents, which made up the 2,384 households and 1,757 families within its borders. The following is a breakdown of the ethnicities and races found within the townspeople:

  • 94.45% white 
  • 2.21% African American
  • 5.03% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.06% Native American
  • 1.19% Asian
  • 0.01% Pacific Islander
  • 0.95% other races
  • 1.12% two or more races

The average income per household was approximately $96,369 in 2010. A family income averaged $114,250. 

  • 14.4% Sales and Related
  • 12.3% Administrative
  • 11.4% Education
  • 8.5% Construction
  • 7.2% Management
  • 6.6% Personal Care
  • 5.9% Business

Continue reading: Getting to Know Wertheim's Corner, NJ

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