A Hometown History
by Barbara Pepe is available by mail from Arcadia Publishing, or stop by your hometown Freehold store, The Old Book Shoppe, at 27 South Street. Call them at (732) 431-0100 if you would like a copy set aside for you.



1.   Land of the Lenni Lenape
2.   Colonial Freehold and a New Municipality
3.   Early Families of Monmouth Court House
4.   The Churches of Monmouth Court House
5.   Monmouth Court House in the American Revolution
6.   The Evolution of Businesses and Townships in Freehold
7.   Schools, Railroads, and a Raceway
8.   Civil War: The Beginning of a New Era
9.   Freehold and Reconstruction
10. The Industrial Revolution in Freehold
11. Freehold in the Twentieth Century
12. Freehold in the New Millennium


From the book cover:

Lenni Lenape tribes once foraged where Freehold Raceway and development and rejuvination efforts flourish today in Freehold, seat of Monmouth County. Following European colonization in the mid-seventeenth century, this enterprising community perservered through a major battle and countless skirmishes in the American Revolution, immersion in the Civil War, rapid industrialization, and municipal reorganization. The residents overcame social and political strife, preserving spirit and courage to unify both borough and township for generations to come.

Barbara Pepe, local historian and professor of New Jersey and United States history, is a board member for the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield and the Advocates for New Jersey History, as well as being a member of the Monmouth County Historical Association and New Jersey Lighthouse Society. Her Engaging narrative, accompanied by vivid historic photographs, brings this central New Jersey locale to life.

Arcadia Publishing, the country's leading publisher of local and regional history books, created the Making of America series to celebrate individual communities and their unique contributions to our national character. Books in this series combine comprehensive narrative histories with a selection of vintage photographs, period maps, and antique postcards. Together, they record America's epic story town by town, city by city.