OFFICIALLY OVER THE MILL!   The name Eatontown is derived from an English Quaker named Thomas Eaton, who sought waterfront land in 1670, dammed the  Mill Pond, and built a grist mill to further his business. In the coming years a village would prosper in the surrounding area and a strong economic engine was born. In 1873, the name became official and the community continued to grow in large part due to the agricultural and equine trades.  A painting of the old grist mill is now the official township seal.  As you drive on Route 35 past Wampum Pond, visualize the old grist mill right there! This is where a rich history began, in Thomas Eaton’s town.

         


 
 

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 Eatontown, along with Oceanport and Tinton Falls, will always be the proud home of the United States Army Fort Monmouth, where military engineering milestones, communications innovations, and  prominent weapons defense systems have protected our nation since the Army Signal Corps began setting up their tents here in 1919.  Thomas Eaton started the economic engine,  years later the fort would aquire that role and prove vital to the growth and prosperity of the area for almost a century. Sadly, the fort fell victim to BRAC proceedings (Base Realignment and Closure) and all operations were moved to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.  The main post officially closed in September 2011. 
    As you drive on Route 35 past the well-known fort arches, remember all the veterans, active service men & women, and families of our armed forces who have dedicated and given their lives to protect our freedom. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
 
               


BORN TO RUN!  Most people don't know it, but the original Monmouth Park Racetrack (1870) was located within Eatontown, although then referred to as Long Branch.  The first one-mile oval was situated on what is now Fort Monmouth property and a residential neighborhood. Famous names and upper class citizens frequently visited the racetrack traveling by steamship,  railroad, and horse carriage.  But the real stars would be the champion thoroughbreds who scorched the ground here including Longfellow, Salvator, Firenze, Miss Woodford, Parole, Hanover, Lamplighter and many others.  The next time you drive down Broad Street, visualize the old wooden entrance gates that were located between Park and Locust Avenues. The gates would become the iconic logo for Monmouth's 3rd and current racetrack in nearby Oceanport.  A world famous racetrack in our own back yard!  Stand at the rail and watch thrilling, majestic, powerful thoroughbreds storm down the stretch. Be careful though, you might get hooked.
 
        

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