Fans of sports, recreation, shopping and public transportation, may want to consider making Freehold, New Jersey, their next home. Located in Monmouth County, the township has a wide-variety of housing options from condominiums to 5-bedroom mansions. A drive through Freehold will show off the area's architectural diversity with homes sporting brick, wood and stone exteriors. The township has many different parks and is home to the second largest mall in the state.
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Sports fanatics may enjoy Freehold Raceway, the nation's oldest half-mile harness racing track. Established in 1853, the track is the home of the Cane Pace, a harness horse race that has taken place every year since 1955. The Freehold Township Senior League baseball team won the Senior League World Series in 2004. This was the first year the team made an appearance at the event. Freehold is home to many parks including Monmouth Battlefield State Park. The park is home to the American Revolution War's Battle of Monmouth battlefield. An annual reenactment of the 1778 American Revolutionary War Battle is performed each year on the last weekend in June. Besides the battlefield, the park offers orchards, fields and miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. Turkey Swamp Park is located in the township on the northern fringe of the Pine Barrens. This park features 8 miles of trails, an archery range and a couple of soccer fields.
Bus service in the township, which is home to about 36,000 residents, is provided by New Jersey Transit. The closest train stations are in Aberdeen-Matawan, Belmar, Long Branch and Princeton. One of the many points of interest in Freehold is the Maplewood Cemetery. The burial ground was established in the late 1800s, and it is the final resting place for many notable New Jersey politicians. Joseph D. Bedle and Joel Parker, both former governors of the Garden State in the 1800s, are both buried in Maplewood Cemetery. Shoppers will be happy to know that the township's Freehold Raceway Mall is the second largest mall in the state. The mall houses Diane & Co., a dress shop that is featured on the cable show Jersey Couture. Opened in 1990, the mall offers 225 stores and services including 5 anchor stores. If you are trying to decide on a new place to live, you may want to think about taking a look at Freehold. The township offers many opportunities for sports, recreation and plenty of shopping thanks to the Freehold Raceway Mall.