A Review of Brick Township’s Past
Compiled in 2012 by Gene Donatiello, Township Historian

1804 First Bridge (Osborn’s/ Wagon Bridge) constructed across Manasquan River
1804 Burnt Tavern Road established from Smithburg to Point Pleasant.
1808 John Lippencott builds an iron forge (Forge Pond)
1828 Nicholas Van Wickle opens a pottery on Manasquan River
1833 Joseph Brick establishes Bergen Iron Works, September 30th.
1835 Kettle Creek (Osbornville) Baptist Church established, August 18th.
1847 Joseph Brick dies in NYC, February 1st.
1850 Ocean County created by New Jersey Legislature, February 15th.
1850 Brick Township created by New Jersey Legislature, February 15th.
1850 First Twsp. Committee meeting held at Richard Burr’s Inn, March 12th
1850 Brick Township population is 1,558, U.S. Census
1855 Metedeconk (Osbornville) MP church built, burnt down 1915 rebuilt 1915.
1857 Orient (Laurelton) Baptist Church built, June.
1858 Herbertsville School, Herbertsville Road opened
1861 Delaware & Raritan Railroad arrives in the Bricksburg section of Brick Twsp..
1862 Civil War recruitment bounty of $200 established by Twsp. Committee, December 15th.
1869 President Ulysses S. Grant visited Bricksburg August 2nd.
1875 Herbertsville ME Church dedicated, January 1st.
1880 Central Railroad comes to Point Pleasant Beach
1886 Point Pleasant Beach Borough becomes independent of Brick, May 18th.
1886 Bay Head Becomes independent of Brick, June 15th.
1890 NY- NJ Telephone Co. granted right of way to erect tel. poles and wires in Bricksburg.
1892 Lakewood Twsp. becomes independent of Brick, March 23rd.
1900 Brick Township population is 2,130, U.S. Census.
1900 Brick Twsp. leads Ocean County in the production of cranberries.
1901 Laurelton Chicken Farms established on Road to Lakewood.
1902 Camp Metedeconk established on north shore of Metedeconk River.
1903 Lakewood-Pt. Pleasant Road is first hard packed gravel road constructed in County.
1907 New Jersey Episcopal Choir Camp (NEJECHO) established.
1909 Princeton Summer Camp established on north shore of Metedeconk River.
1911 Mantoloking Borough becomes independent of Brick, April 10th.
1916 The Cedars a camp for crippled children established by St. Edmonds from Pa.
1920 Point Pleasant Borough becomes independent from Brick, April 21.
1923 Fifty-one member of Ku Klux Klan visit the Osbornville Church, July 22nd.
1923 Thirty-three members of Ku Klux Klan visit the Orient Baptist Church, Aug.10th.
1923 Lakewood-Pt. Pleasant Rd. (Rt. 88) is the first paved road constructed in County.
1924 Boy Scout Camp Burton established on south shore of Metedeconk River.
1924 Eastern N. J. Power Co. granted rights to run power lines through Brick, Nov. 3rd.
1926 Point Pleasant- Bay Head Canal is opened.
1927 Members of Ku Klux Klan visit Herbertsville ME Church, August 24th.
1927 Pioneer Hose Company No1 is established, August 4th.
1928 Hudson County Dispatch promotes Cedarwood Park & Lakewood Gardens.
1929 Camp NEJECHO is sold to Nejecho Beach Club.
1930 Camp Burton is sold to Van Ness Corp. for additional development of Breton Woods.
1930 Laurelton Fire Co. No 1 is established, May 14th.
1930 Ladies Auxiliary of Laurelton Fire Co is established.
1931 Manasquan inlet is opened introduces salt water to upper Bay & River.
1932 Beaton and Sons boat works established
1933 Wooden Beaver Dam bridge is replaced by metal swing type bridge.
1934 Ladies Auxiliary of Pioneer Hose Co. No. 1 is established
1934 Laurelton School Rt. 88 is opened.
1935 Breton Woods Fire Co. is established.
1936 Twsp. Gov’t. passes ordinance creating three fire districts August 10th.
1936 Herbertsville Fire Co. is established. August 19th.
1936 Ladies Auxiliary to Breton Woods Fire Co. is established.
1936 Metedeconk River Yacht Club is established.
1937 Ladies Aux. to Herbertsville Fire Co. is established.
1938 Osbornville School Drum Pt. Rd. is opened.
1939 Princeton Summer Camp moved to upstate New York.
1940 Shore Acres Yacht Club is established.
1942 Brick Township First Aid Squad is established.
1943 Community First Aid Squad is established, September.
1944 Ladies Aux. to Community First Aid is established, April.
1948 Moore Road is built later to be named Brick Blvd.
1949 Herbertsville School Lanes Mill Road is opened, September.
1950 Brick Township population is 4,319, U.S. Census
1954 Garden State Parkway opens in Brick Township.
1954 Committee-Mayor type Government begins for Brick Twsp. January 1st
1954 Three bedroom houses in Birchwood Park were selling for $7,190.00.
1955 Brick Twsp. Town Hall opens on Moore & Cedarbridge Rds. January 1st.
1956 Brick Township Chamber of Commerce is incorporated
1957 RC Church of the Visitation founded.
1958 Brick Township High School opens, September.
1959 Midstream’s School opens.
1960 Local village post offices are consolidated into one P.O. at 44 Princeton Ave.
1960 Friends of Brick Library is established, August 29th.
1961 Msgr. John F. Baldwin K of C est. 1904, moves from Lakewood to Brick Township.
1961 Herbertsville First Aid is established.
1961 Drum Point School is opened.
1962 Temple Beth Or is founded.
1964 Lanes Mill School is opened.
1964 Brick Twsp. Housing Authority is established.
1965 Temple Beth Or is opened on Van Zile Road.
1965 First Brick Township Library is dedicated April 3rd.
1965 First Brick Township Library opened on Cedarbridge Rd. April 5th.
1966 Bruce Springsteen records two songs w/ Castles at Mr. Music. Brick Blvd. May 16th.
1966 Emma Havens Young School is opened.
1966 Lake Riviera Middle School is opened.
1966 Voters approved referendum creating Mayor-Council type Government. November.
1967 Brick Township Flag design competition is held.
1967 Mayor-Council type government begins, January 1st.
1971 Veterans Memorial Middle School opens.
1971 Veterans Memorial Elementary School opens.
1971 Ordinance creating a Township Police department is passed, November.
1972 Brick Township Police Department is established, July, 17th.
1973 Brick Township purchases French’s landfill on Sally-Ike Road.
1973 Forge Pond Apartments Chambers Bridge Rd. open.
1973 Brick Township Senior Citizen Program is established.
1974 Brick Township purchases Windward Beach, April 17th.
1976 Brick Township Historical Society is incorporated, March 23rd.
1976 Town Hall Chambers Bridge Rd. is dedicated, May 31st.
1978 2nd Temple Beth Or opens.
1978 “Brick” is designated postal address, November 17th.
1980 Brick Township Memorial High School opens, January.
1981 David M. Fried Apartments open.
1981 Brick Founder’s Day celebrated. May 2nd.
1982 Ground breaking for Brick Hospital, July 4th.
1983 George J. Conway Apartments open
1985 St. Edmonds Camp Cedar sold to developer Ramondi Enterprises.
1987 Laurelton Interchange officially opened replacing Laurelton Circle, December 1st.
1988 Voters approve referendum creating partisan politics.
1988 Save Barnegat Bay spearheads drive to acquire Reedy Creek
1992 Brick Children’s Community Theater is established.
1995 1st Summerfest held at Windward Beach, June.
1996 Primary Learning Center opens on Chambers Bridge Rd., September
1998 Havens Homestead Museum Opens, June.
1998 Drum Point Sports Complex opens.
1998 Brick Township Historic Preservation Commission Ordinance adopted, October 27th.
1998 Brick Township purchases 273 acre Airport Tract in Osbornville section
1998 Twsp. purchases 27 acre Havens Farm in Herbertsville section.
1998 Prep. for Saw Mill tract purchase.
1999 New Brick Township flag and seal adopted.
1999 Chambers Bridge Residence affordable house for seniors opens, December 10th
1999 Bayside Park on Peninsula opened.
2000 Brick Township celebrates Sesquicentennial, February 15th.
2000 Time capsule not to be opened until February 15, 2050.
2000 Draw Bridge over Beaver Dam Creek replaces Swing type bridge, May 23rd.
2000 Voters approve Open Space Funding, November.
2000 Millennium Fountain at Town Hall, Chambers Bridge Rd. dedicated.
2000 Brick Township population 76,119, U. S. Census
2001 Dottie’s House opened (shelter for victims of domestic violence) May 21st.
2001 Lizzie Herbert House c.1800 moved to Havens Homestead Museum, May 30th.
2001 10,000 people set record doing the YMCA at Summerfest, August 30th.
2002 Brick dedicates Weeping Angel Monument at Windward Beach, April
2002 Brick MUA dedicates Reservoir at Herbertsville and Sally Ike Rds. Sept 23rd.
2002 Brick Township Update goes on the internet.
2003 86.60 acres preserved for open space this year.
2003 Township purchases two Hulse properties on Herbertsville Rd.
2004 Educational Enrichment Center opens.
2005 Town Council creates Vice Presidents position, January.
2005 BTMUA Reservoir is open to the public, May.
2005 Township Police add Motor Cycle Division
2005 Brick Blvd. update completed, August 5th.
2005 Brick Twsp. takes over ownership of Traders Cove Marina, December 11th.
2006 Township grants health benefits to domestic partners, February 14th.
2006 Township establishes Emergency Medical Service, May.
2010 Board of Education establishes Education Foundation, January.
2010 Brick Township population 75,119
2011 Township adopts Burgee (boating flag)
2011 Capping of French’s Landfill on Sally Ike Road.