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Save the Date for Preservation NJ’s Annual Meeting on Saturday July 15, 2023

Updated: Jun 27


By Downtown Freehold’s Jeff Friedman and PNJ board member Rikki Massand

There are downtowns – and then there are downtowns! Freehold Borough invites you to find out about our vibrant, historic and walkable community this summer. We are very proud to host Preservation NJ’s 2023 Annual Meeting at the American Hotel - with a FREE walking tour and networking reception to follow - on Saturday July 15, 2023. Plans to showcase Monmouth County and Freehold’s history are set – and you can start enjoying all our borough has to offer with programs this June!

About us: For over 250 years downtown Freehold Borough has been the center for government, commerce, art, music, culture, architecture and more for Monmouth County and beyond. features over 150 events each year including our Thursday’s Rock! Summer Concert Series, Farmers Markets, street performances, Festivals and more.

On Saturday night June 17 at 8 pm the Center Playhouse, located at 35 South Street, will have talented comedians on stage for the show, “Pat’s Place for Comedy.” Be sure to visit Freehold on Sunday June 25 for our United for Impact Food Truck Festival produced in association with the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, among other exciting in-town events this summer!

We have an amazing lineup of free outdoor family movies all summer long, every Wednesday evening! The schedule begins on Wednesday June 21 with “Back to the Future Part II” starring Michael J. Fox. is enthused to partner with Preservation NJ for this year’s Annual Meeting, followed by a FREE walking tour and reception on Saturday July 15th.

Originally built in 1814, the American Hotel is the jewel of Main Street. It was fully restored in 2010 and demonstrates how preservation and modern requirements can be melded to maintain a sense of uniqueness and place. If this will be your first time in Downtown Freehold or Freehold Borough, we welcome you!

After Preservation NJ’s 2023 Annual Meeting we invite you to join us on a tour of downtown Freehold with discussions of district management and examples of streetscape beautification programs. Among other Monmouth County and Freehold Borough officials, the borough historian will give participants an overview of the history of Freehold.

Mayor Kevin A. Kane will discuss upcoming redevelopment projects around the historic train station and firehouse as well as the reuse of buildings within the downtown historic district.

As part of the tour, we will visit the Freehold First Baptist Church for a unique opportunity to hear from Brianne Van Vorst of Liberty Stained Glass Consulting and Project Management who is managing the restoration of the Church’s prized windows.

We will also visit the Monmouth County Historical Association Museum – as part of its 125th anniversary, an exhibit featuring the “Best of the Best” of their collections including Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Rallying the Troops at Monmouth (1857)” is now on display.

From there we take a short stroll back to the center of Downtown and cap off the tour with a PNJ networking reception at Artis Brewery on South Street with drinks and apps.

“As always, we encourage you to shop, dine, discover, and explore all that Downtown Freehold and Freehold Borough have to offer. Please visit our website for a full event schedule. There’s Always Something Going On!”

- Jeff Friedman, Executive Director; Freehold Center Management Corporation d/b/a

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