Imlaystown, New Jersey
|Imlaystown, New Jersey|
|Elevation||108 ft (33 m)|
|GNIS feature ID||0877307|
Imlaystown is a small historic community and unincorporated community located within Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. It is located in ZIP code 08526. The community is accessible from exit 11 off Interstate 195.
Founded in 1690, the community was once the social, economic and political focus of Upper Freehold. It consists of approximately 30 buildings from the mid-19th century. Most were rebuilt in 1898 after a fire which destroyed much of the town. It takes its name from the Imlay family, the area’s major landowners in the colonial period.
Sites of interest
The most recognizable building in Imlaystown is Salter’s Mill situated on a 28-acre (110,000 m2) millpond that once supported an ice business as well as the mill.
The Happy Apple Inn is the community's only restaurant. Built as a stagecoach stopover between Trenton and the Jersey Shore in the mid-19th century, the current structure was rebuilt following a fire in 1904. The Happy Apple was opened in 1972 by the father of its present owners, Buddy Westendorf and wife Donna.
Since the community's addition to the state and national registers of historic places in 1985, portions have suffered from neglect. While the community was somewhat revitalized in the 1990s, including the restoration of the millpond in 1995, many of its buildings are now dilapidated. Some are currently uninhabitable due to septic issues created by the proximity to Doctor's Creek. Upper Freehold’s recent "Master Plan" was supposed to address the preservation of historic structures, rural character, and open space. Preservation New Jersey believes that preventing the decay of Imlaystown is key to realizing the vision of this plan.
Notable current and former residents of Imlaystown include:
- "Imlaystown". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
- "Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House - New Jersey Historical Markers on". Waymarking.com. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- Preservation New Jersey's Top Ten Endangered Historic Sites of Monmouth County
- Daniel, Jayanthi. "A Weekend on the Upper West Side", The New York Sun, June 1, 2007. Accessed August 16, 2012. "The band, which plans to release 1,000 copies of a new EP on June 16 before launching a month-long national tour in July, records its songs on a laptop in friends' basements and at Mr. Tomson's parents' house in Imlaystown, N.J., — not far, as Messrs. Koenig and Baio pointed out separately, from the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park."