History of Long Branch

Walk in the Footsteps of Presidents

The history of Long Branch, NJ dates back to the late 1700s, at which time it developed as a beach resort town. By the 1800s, Long Branch had become well known as the Hollywood of the East Coast. Many of the most popular performers of the time flocked to this resort town and often performed as well. Due to its popularity as a popular seaside resort, Long Branch was often visited by a variety of celebrities. Several presidents also visited the Long Branch area, including James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, Woodrow Wilson and William McKinley.

There is now a park located near the beach which honors the presidential visits. In 1881 President Garfield was brought to the resort town in the hope that the quiet and fresh air would assist in his recovery following his gunshot wound in July. He died in Long Branch in September of the same year. According to Long Branch, New Jersey history, the city was officially formed in the year 1867.

Long Branch continued to develop throughout the next century and by the 1950s new housing complexes and residential locations had allowed for the growing population. The farms that had once surrounded the Long Branch area became suburbs to accommodate the growth.

In the early days of the history of Long Branch, NJ there were a few large estates and a handful of hotels, but as the population of this Jersey Shore town continued to expand, it became necessary for more infrastructure to be developed. Today a few of the hold historic resorts and estates do remain. The population of Long Branch is now around 32,000 permanent residents, although that does tend to increase somewhat during the summer, which is the peak tourist season.