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Monmouth Battlefield State Park
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16 Business Route 33
Manalapan, New Jersey   07726

Phone: 732-462-9616
One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place in the fields and forests that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The park preserves a splendid rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a visitors center.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park is located near Asbury Park, Belmar and Brick

Nature Programs
The park offers a variety of interpretive and educational programs. Join us for nature and history hikes, birding and lectures on the bloody details of the battle. Most of the programs are free. Check the Calendar of Events for Monmouth Battlefield State Park's current programs. In case of inclement weather, contact the Visitor Center to determine if a program has been canceled or rescheduled at (732) 462-9616.
Area Attractions
* Interpretive center * Visitor center * Picnic tables * Playground * Hunting: special deer hunt only (by permit) * Winter sports: sledding, cross-country skiing

The Battle of Monmouth

Commemoration of the Battle of Monmouth

The reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth is an annual event at the park in late June. Pass pacing sentries, see enlisted men clean their weapons or idle away their time gambling, and watch the women of the army cook, mend, and wash. You may encounter a drum major drilling his musicians or the courtmartial of a rebel. At the parade ground, watch soldiers drill or artillerists fire their cannon. Keep an eye on your children, or the recruiting sergeant may have them drilling with wooden muskets.

In 2003 Monmouth Battlefield celebrated the 225th anniversary of this triumphant battle. The sale of the Official 225th Anniversary T-shirts helps to support the costs of this annual event and the park. The t-shirts are tan 100% pre-shrunk cotton. Adult sizes only - available in M, L, XL. Visit the park gift shop online for more information about ordering.

Explore a Working Landscape

During the 1990s, public and private sources funded extensive Battlefield restoration. The Craig farmhouse and the exterior of the 1745 Rhea-Applegate dwelling were restored, and the core of the Battlefield was rehabilitated with the reconstruction of Revolutionary War fences, lanes and a woodlot.

The Battlefield landscape can be explored from parking areas at the Visitor Center and along Monmouth County Rte. 522. Hiking the Battlefield, you will discover that the battlefields remain a working landscape. While one family farm (the Wikoff family) grows corn and soybeans on 285 acres and along Wemrock Road, another (the Applegates) cultivates extensive apple, cherry, peach and nectarine orchards. Grasslands and fallow fields are managed to provide shelter for grassland birds and small mammals.

While strolling the grounds, visitors can learn more about the battle through wayside exhibits located on Perrine Hill, Combs Hill, and the Hedgerow. Or pick up one of two detailed hiking guides in the Visitor Center, produced by the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield.

Battleview Orchards

Battleview Orchards, a local family who has been farming this area since 1908, (the Applegates) manage extensive pick-your-own orchards within the park. From the end of May until the end of October, they have a succession of harvests-strawberries begin at the end of May, pie cherries toward the end of June, and peaches and nectarines in mid to late July. Apples ripen about the beginning of September and pumpkins at the beginning of October. (Call (732) 462-0756 or (732) 462-0970 for picking hours and details.)

Craig House

During the battle, this farmhouse was the home of John and Ann Craig and their three children. The 1746 kitchen is Dutch-framed, while the two-story addition is English-framed. The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield provide guided tours of the refurnished house at specific times.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 5 Great place for ghost hunting! by Elizabeth
park review stars; one to five One day doing a Google search of Monmouth Battlefield, I came across a website that had a ghost hunter investigating here and finding lots of interesting things. On my next trip to the park to go hiking, I brought along a voice recorder to see if I could catch a ghost voice too. I was near the hedgerow by the orchard and my recorder did catch a voice saying hello to me and there was nobody else around but me! Creeepy but not scary in the least. I cannot wait to go back and try this again to see if I can get anymore ghostly voices.
August 25 Under Construction by yorkforrester
park review stars; one to five I was deeply disappointed to go today to the park and find that the visitors center was under construction. So I could only pull a map from a plastic box hanging on the side of an information sign. Looking at the photos here again online, it seems that I missed the entire tour.
June 12 Favorite park!
park review stars; one to five We live just a few minutes from this park and we love it! There is a great playground for the little ones and lots of picnic tables for barbeques. The annual reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth is always fun! Loads of trails to hike,too. This is definitely our favorite park!
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Located approximately 12 miles east of exit 8 of the NJ Turnpike on Route 33.

From the NJ Garden State Parkway, take exit 123 to Route 9 south for 15 miles to business Route 33 west. Park is located 1.5 miles on the right.

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