Old Bridge Township Celebrates
2019 marks the Township's 150th birthday! Old Bridge Township was incorporated as Madison Township on March 2nd, 1869 and was renamed as the Township of Old Bridge in 1975. "Celebrate Old Bridge" will be a theme we carry throughout our yearlong celebration! We encourage you to participate in our town-sponsored events and community events that will celebrate our wonderful Township.
This website will serve as your guide to all things Old Bridge for our Sesquicentennial celebrations. You will find information on upcoming events, how to participate in these events, and what you can do to Celebrate Old Bridge! #OB150
Please click here for a video of our presentation on our 150th Anniversary celebration!
Township kicks off yearlong celebration with opening ceremony!
On March 23rd, 2019, Mayor Henry hosted an opening ceremony for the Township's 150th Anniversary. The event was attended by the Township Business Administrator, council members, township directors and dignitaries, as well as by Board members of the Madison Township-Old Bridge Township Historical Society. The ceremony was also attended by Senator Samuel Thompson, who presented a state proclamation as well past Mayors Russell Azzarello, Barbara Cannon, and Patrick Gillespie, all of whom reflected on their times as mayors of our Township and what our Township means to them. Mayor Henry presented a mayoral proclamation marking this momentous occasion, while Richard Pucciarelli, VP of the Madison Township-Old Bridge Historical Society, provided a brief history on the Township's history. Mayor Owen Henry also took time to recognize Amboy Bank, by presenting a plaque to Gregory Scharpf, President and CEO of Amboy Bank, for Amboy Bank's 130 years of service!
A Little History Lesson...
The history of Old Bridge Township dates back to the 17th century. The first inhabitants of the area known as Old Bridge were the Lenni Lenape Indians. They, like many people today, migrated to the shore along the Raritan each summer from their hunting grounds in the north. When the English gained control from the Dutch in 1664, the state was divided into two provinces, East and West Jersey. In 1682, the general assembly of East Jersey defined the boundaries of Middlesex County as containing all plantations on both sides of the Raritan River, as far as Cheesequake Harbor to the east, then southwest to the Provincial line. This Southwest line is the border of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties and the Township's southern border.
In 1684, South Amboy Township was formed. At that time, it covered an area that now consists of the Townships of Monroe and Old Bridge and the Boroughs of Sayreville and South Amboy.
The forty-two square miles that now comprise the Township separated from South Amboy in 1869 and was named Madison Township until 1975, when the name was changed by referendum to the Township of Old Bridge.
The first settlers were John Warne, son of one of the original proprietors of East Jersey, and John and Susannah Brown, who obtained a 1,000 acre land grant from the King of England in 1737. Fun Fact: A section of the Township still carries the name Browntown.
Initially, the Township was made up of farms and the population grew slowly. In 1880, the population was 1,662 and in 1950 it had reached only 7,365. Then the building boom started and farms gave way to developments. In 1960, the population grew to 22,772 and that was only the beginning. The 1980 census sited 51,406 people and even that was questioned because areas of the Township have post offices bearing the names of other communities in the area. Today, the Township population is estimated to be over 65,000 and growing! To learn more about the history of Old Bridge, please visit https://www.thomas-warne-museum.com/.
Make sure to pick up one of our bumper stickers at our next event!
150th Anniversary Committee
The 150th Anniversary committee is comprised of Township employees, Township Council members, and members of the Madison Township-Old Bridge Historical Society. The committee includes:
Matt Mercurio, Director of Parks & Recreation and Social Services
Anahita Feltz, Manager, Silver Linings at Old Bridge
Kasey Lenning, Facilities & Maintenance Foreman
Mary Sohor, Council President
Dr. Anita Greenberg-Belli, Council Vice President
Debbie Walker, Councilwoman
Chris Aboia, Historial Society President
Richard Pucciarelli, Historical Society Vice President
Annual Business Expo
Annual Family Park Party
Thomas Warne Museum Lecture Series: June 29th, 2019
Summer Concert Series
Salt Water Day
Old Bridge Day