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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,

Left on this street is the business center of MATAWAN (Indian, where two rivers come together), 0.5 miles (60 alt., 2,264 pop.), a wealthy community lying between Lake Lefferts and Lake Matawan. Main St. is a modern thoroughfare, bordered by many houses more than 100 years old, and the FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH with a tower designed by Stanford White. Matawan's principal factory makes electroplating supplies; others produce tiles and barrels. The New York and Long Branch R.R. curves sharply to include a station in Matawan because rich local residents bought heavily of stock when the line was planned. The less wealthy people of ad- joining Keyport, deprived of the main line station that they had expected, have been sore for about 60 years. It is some consolation to Keyporters that the Blue Comet to Atlantic City and other fast trains do not stop at Matawan. The oldest house here is the HAWKINS HOUSE (private), Mill Rd., a remodeled Dutch Colonial frame dwelling of two stories, built c. 1700. The BURROWES MANSION (restaurant), 94 Main St., a three-story white frame house built in 1723, was the home of John Burrowes, the "Corn King," who was captured by the British during the Revolution The defiance of Burrowes' daughter-in-law during the raid delayed the enemy long enough for her young husband to escape. There are bullet holes on the landing to the attic.

At Matawan on US 9 is the junction (straight ahead) with State 34 (see Tour 21) and (R) with State S28 (see Tour 13).

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