Memories of Brick Township


President Ulysses S. Grant Visits the village of Bricksburg, Brick Township, NJ

Gene Donatiello ©2012



 In 1869 during his first year as President, Ulysses S. Grant spent his summer at his cottage at 995 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey. While vacationing there President Grant took a trip to the village of Bergen Iron Works, Bricksburg  in the western reaches of Brick Township. The President was responding to an invitation sent by Mrs. Robert Campbell, (formerly Mrs. Joseph W. Brick) Riley Brick, son of Joseph W. Brick and Mrs. Charles (Josephine)  A. Stetson, Jr. daughter of Joseph W. Brick, the founder of Bergen Iron Works and for whom the Township gets its name.

     President Grant arrived from Long Branch around 10:50 am on the Delaware and Raritan Railroad. Upon arrival the Village Band played "Hail to the Chief". The President took a short carriage ride down Main Street to "Mansion House" the home build for the Brick Family in 1835. After ceremonial greetings, the President and guest were escorted to Lake Carasaljo for a stroll by the lake. The guest then returned to Mansion House for a formal dinner. After dinner the guests moved to the lawn for a dance of which the President did not take part. The President departed for Long Branch early that evening.








Ben Pulcrano: Hotels of Lakewood, unpublished

Editor: Lenora Donatiello







Frequently Asked Questions


Q.  2/06/2011

Mantoloking Borough ends right before the split on Rt 35.  This is where Curtis Point begins.  Why is it all the private homeowner beaches including Curtis Point, in this part of BRICK Township claim to be in Mantoloking and not Brick?  Is it simply because they use the Mantoloking Post Office?

 Also, is Normandy Drive part of Mantoloking Estates, or Normandy Beach?  I understand Normandy Beach is considered to be in Toms River.

Normandy Drive is in the Normandy Beach Development of Brick Township. Normandy Beach spans the boundary line between Brick Township & Toms River Township ( Dover Township). Heading South Normandy Beach, Brick Township ends at 6th Avenue and Normandy Beach, Toms River Township begins.

As to the people of South Mantoloking, Curtis Point, Dutchman’s Point, etc as you stated are developments of Brick Township, The people living there like to say they are from Mantoloking, may be it sounds more prestigious, however they pay their property taxes to Brick Township. I am not sure which post office they receive their mail from, it has to be either Mantoloking or Normandy Beach PO. The Zip Code 08739 for Normandy Beach also come through Mantoloking Zip Code 08738.


Q.  1/10/2011
I am trying to determine the location and history of "Lanes Mill".
From the many streets called "Lanes Mill Road" in Lakewood, Brick and
Howell it appears to have been a well-known area landmark at one point
in time. Can you supply any details about it ?

In reply to your question regarding Lanes Mill Road. There were two Lane mills. One a grist mill owned by Tunis Lane, located in present day Lakewood on the North Branch of the Metedeconk River. The mill was in the vicinity of where Lanes Mill Road, Lakewood turns west onto Lanes Mill Road (AKA County Line Road) heading towards Greenville. Yes it is confusing because Lanes mill Road continues straight into Brick Township also.

The other mill was a saw mill owned by J. Lane (believed to be John) and was located on Haystack Brook in Howell Township. The area starts as Shrewsbury Township, becomes Howell Township in
1801, becomes Brick Township 1850, becomes Lakewood Township 1892.


Q.  10/24/2010
Thank you for your website.
My family grew up on the tail end of Howell, NJ, but Brick was our true stomping grounds from1960 until we each moved out or married.  
Do you recall an R&R Poultry on Rt. 88 where Burrsville Rd meets 88? I can still taste the incredible rotisserie chickens they sold.
On Burnt Tavern Rd I remember a beautiful horse farm with a moss-green ranch house, dark brown split-rail fencing and many horses. A sign on the property called it Ledbetter's Farm (spelling could be different). My siblings have no recollection of it.
On the west end of Burnt Tavern Rd there had once been a bridge over a branch of the Metedeconk river. We all called it Broken Bridge - and still do. Do you have any info about its history?



Yes I remember R&R Barbeque, the owners were Riser and Rothchild. Today there is a new building housing a memory center where the Barbeque use to be.  

As to your memory of the horse farm on Burnt Tavern Road, I do not recall it. Was it in Brick or Howell?

 Burnt Tavern Road was designated in 1803, it ran from Smithburg in Monmouth County to the Atlantic Ocean, no I do not know where the Tavern was, but obviously there was one somewhere along the Road. To some inland people it was their road to the shore. I can understand why you called it “Broken Bridge” the Bridge in Howell, to this day, was never replaced.

 Thank you for looking at our web page.



Q.  8/1/2010

I read that a dam existed in the Burrsville section of Brick that was destroyed by a flood. Do you know the location of the Dam and the houses the flood destroyed?  Thank you



The dam you are referring to was at Forge Pond on the north side of highway 70. It was the site of the Butcher/Burr Iron Forge. The dam broke in 1847, the houses that were lost were on the south side of highway 70, there is a marina there today. It is believed that Highway 70 now passes over the forge site.



Q.  1/24/2010

I am wondering about the use of the name Bricktown; it seems to be used by older residents.  Was this ever the official town name, and when did it change to Brick Twp?


Brick Township was created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1850. The official designation is the Township of Brick. The name Brick Town was a postal address used by the United States Postal Service from 1959 to 1986. Brick Town was never the name of the Township nor is it the name of a section of town.


Q.  12/3/2009

            My parents took me to Metedeconk when I was a young boy of 12 (1963). I remember a beach, picnic grove and a large cabin where you could go into and get candy. The large cabin had this huge moose head hanging up. Do you know where this beach and cabin may have been located?



           I believe the beach your father took you to in the 1960’s was Metedeconk Bathing Beach on the north shore of the Metedeconk River and off of Princeton Ave. (about a mile and a half east of the Highway 88 and Highway 70 intersection) Metedeconk Bathing Beach had a building such as you described.

The Bathing Beach was established in 1938 and closed in the early 1980’s. Today there are several large homes where the Bathing Beach once existed. I hope this answers you question.



Q.  11/20/2009

            Would it be possible to tell me what year Brick Township High School opened. I know Brick Memorial High School opened in 1980 but in searching the net I can find no reference to when the "old" Brick High School opened (the one on Chambers Bridge Road).



Brick Township High School, Chambers Bridge Road opened in 1958


Q.  6//27/2009

             how did chambers bridge road get its name



How did Chambers Bridge Road get its name?


Chambers Bridge Road derives its name from John Chamberlain an American Revolutionary  Soldier from Cedar Bridge. After returning from the war, Chamberlain purchased the land at Metedeconk Bridge. The Bridge was the main link between Greenville and Cedar Bridge. In 1800, it became known as Chamberlain’s Bridge. In the 1860’s map makers shortened the name to Chambers Bridge, as it is today. (The Bridge today  is located on the west side of the Garden State Parkway as you as travel from Brick Township Town Hall towards Lakewood)



Q.  5//26/2009

          I have read that Bruce Springsteen recorded 2 songs in a public recording studio in Brick, NJ.  Do we know where the location of the studio was?  What is the history of the site?  What is occupying it now?



In regard to your request for information about the Bruce Springsteen / Brick Township Connection. On May 18, 1966, Bruce Springsteen as a member of the teen-rock combo “The Castles” recorded two songs written by Mr. Springsteen, at the Mr. Music Studio, Inc. on Brick Boulevard, Brick Township. Mr. Music was a privately owned music store with recording studios. The songs were “That’s What You Get” and “Baby I” .



The Bruce Springsteen Songbook

Mark Hagan, Head of Programming, VH1

©1966 Connoisseur Collection LTD 2/3 Fitzroy Mews, London



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