Neptune City: “Crossroads of the Jersey Shore”
Neptune City lives up to its nickname, the “Crossroads of the Jersey Shore,” because of the network of roads, including Routes 18, 14 and 35, that access nearby beach towns like Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Point Pleasant and Long Branch. Despite its name, Neptune City is actually one of 35 boroughs in Monmouth County— the Borough of Neptune City formally— with just under 5,000 residents. Its 8.6 square miles are centered between the Garden State Parkway to the west and the Atlantic coast to the east as part of contiguous Neptune Township, though separate as a governmental entity.
Local Annual Events… Despite its reputation as a crossroads, Neptune City might be described as a busy small town and a great place to live. The Neptune City United Fire Company No. 1 hosts an annual Easter Egg Hunt for local children and the borough holds a free rabies clinic. And then there is its annual 5K run — something it has done since the early 1990’s. The main thoroughfare in Neptune City is West Sylvania Avenue which is home to the borough offices and the Neptune City School District’s Woodrow Wilson School.
Some Neptune City History… Before Neptune City became the entity it is in the autumn of 1881, it had been part of Shrewsbury Township. It subsequently became part of Ocean Township, with which it remained for 30 years almost to the day, after that municipality was separated from Shrewsbury in February 1849. The beginnings of Neptune City came about as a result of a referendum in Neptune Township on February 26, 1879, and it was eventually incorporated as a borough more than two and a half years later. At that time the borough included present day Neptune City, as well as all of what is now Avon-by-the-Sea and the southern portion of what is now Bradley Beach. Both of the latter are incorporated boroughs. Going way back in time, the land that now comprises Neptune City was home to many Native American cultures. The tribes who called this area home would avail themselves of the Shark River and the ocean, especially during the summer when the would return to feast on clams and fish. They were of the Unami, Wanami or Wonamey clan, of the Lenni Lenape, who believed themselves to be the first people on Earth. The Unamis, by the way, were called the “turtle clan” but, unlike the lethargic turtle, that territory of today, Neptune City, with its network of major roads, is fast-paced. The Native Americans eventually left as more white settlers moved in from New York and New England, selling the land they owned. Before it became Neptune City it was occupied by small settlements of Dutch and German farmers. You could say that during the Revolutionary War this area was worth its salt, thanks to salt works established, including one on the Shark River. The British subsequently destroyed the salt works there.
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