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Welcome to Farmingdale

Known as "Today's Town...with Yesterday's Touch", Farmingdale, and its Main Street, dates back to an Indian path toward the Manasquan River. The town of Farmingdale started out with two stores, two taverns, and 10-12 dwellings.

History of Farmingdale

History of Farmingdale

Farmingdale Main St. looking south from road in front of MurKnown as "Today's Town…with Yesterday's Touch", Farmingdale, and its Main Street, dates back to an Indian path toward the Manasquan River. In 1830, construction of a Manasquan River dam led to the discovery of a 4-mile triangular deposit of Marl centered in Farmingdale, then "Marsh's Bog". This natural bed of fertilizer, beneficial to farm crops, promoted development of The Squankum Railroad and Marl Company in 1866.

The town of Farmingdale started out with two stores, two taverns, and 10-12 dwellings. In 1903, Farmingdale was incorporated into its own independent municipality, encompassing one-half square mile, it was known primarily as a residential and light industrial community. The first Mayor of Farmingdale was Edward Imlay and he served in office from 1903 to 1913. Edgar O. Murphy, his successor, served as Mayor for the next 40 years. From 1954 until the present day, there have only been a handful of Mayors serving the Borough starting with H. Sherman "Connie" Russell, John Barnett, Seymour R. Burke, Marguerite Cusson, Dr. Edward A. Schauer and Mayor, John P. "Jay" Morgan who we lost to cancer Easter Sunday 2016, and now current mayor James A. Daly.

Banking was brought to Farmingdale in May 1916 when Edgar O. Murphy and James L. Hall formed the First National Bank of Farmingdale. In February 1956, the bank was purchased by the Freehold Trust Company, which changed its name in 1960 to the Central Jersey Bank and Trust Company. The bank today is Bank of America, N.A. and it remains located at First National's original location at 64 Main Street.

Now, more than a century later, governed by a Mayor and Borough Council, Farmingdale, at 0.5 square miles in land area, is an established residential and light industrial community of approximately 1600 residents. Its vibrant, small town commercial district meets the needs of its citizens, whose well-maintained homes on small lots evoke memories of days gone by. A look around Farmingdale today still speaks of yesterday.