Lakehurst Borough and Manchester Township

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Founded in 1850, but with roots dating to before the American Revolution, Manchester Township is a community of many faces. Springing from the sawmills and bog iron operations that once dotted the Pine Barrens, the village of Manchester began life as a railroad town founded by William Torrey. By the early 20th century, the village had become the borough of Lakehurst, while the surrounding community broke off into Manchester Township, a sleepy region made up of distinct areas like Whiting, Ridgeway, and Pine Lake. As Lakehurst evolved into a vacation retreat for the wealthy (thanks to the luxurious Pine Tree Inn), Manchester welcomed the naval base that would become the site of the infamous Hindenburg disaster. By the 1950s, the community began to shift again, and it eventually became one of New Jersey’s great retirement destinations.
ISBN: 9781467105071
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 213
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Cedric Derecho and Eric San Juan both grew up exploring the streets of historic Lakehurst, attending Manchester’s schools, and developing a love for the region’s surprisingly rich history. Derecho chronicled his observations in his book Fact or Fiction? A Small Town Life Revealed. San Juan is the author of books on the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, and others, and he independently published a history of Lakehurst.
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