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A Guide To Its Present And Past
Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey
American Guide Series

Originally published in 1939
Some of this information may no longer be current and in that case is presented for historical interest only.

Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Tour 18
Junction with US 1–Woodbridge–Perth Amboy–Freehold–Lakewood–Toms River–Tuckerton–Cape May; US 9,

US 9 turns R. here and passes through FRENEAU, 15.6 miles, a residential and farming section of Matawan. It was named for Philip Freneau. Revolutionary poet and journalist. The FRENEAU FARM (visitors admitted) at 16.1 miles is easily recognized by two straight rows of maples flanking a driveway (L). The house at the end of the lane was burned and later replaced, but the tiny, clapboarded PRINTSHOP where Freneau published his New Jersey Chronicle has survived as an adjunct of the present building. Behind the house, on a knoll overlooking a quiet valley, is the GRAVE OF FRENEAU, marked by a marble shaft. Close by are the old locust trees under which Freneau composed poems and expressions of devotion to the beautiful Eleanor Forman, who was so moved by both that she became his wife. In the last years of his life Freneau lived about two miles from Freehold. Anything but a total abstainer, the 80-year-old poet left the village for his home one night during a blizzard. He fell into a ditch. broke his leg, and died in the snow. That was on December 19, 1832.

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