Photo on right courtesy of New Jersey Photographer - Scott Wyden Imagery
Lake Topanemus dates back to the early 1600’s when the peaceful Lenni Lenape tribe used these very trails to hunt and the lake to fish. Around 1683, a band of Scotsmen settled in this area known as Topanemus (an Indian word meaning” elk drinking from a brook that flows from a spring”). Years later, this farmland area was settled, grew, prospered and became known as Monmouth Courthouse, with present day Freehold Borough serving as the county seat.
In 1976, the town fathers, wanting to commemorate America’s bicentennial, designed an old fashioned town day akin to the life of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, and the original Olde Freehold Day was born. With a theme of rolling back prices to yesteryear and offering family fun activities, that first day drew close to 10,000 people to Lake Topanemus Park. After a brief hiatus, Olde Freehold Day returned in 2012 and was a great success.
Welcome to Olde Freehold Day 2014. We hope you enjoy it.