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Imlaystown, New Jersey
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Coordinates: 40°10′03″N 74°30′55″W / 40.16750°N 74.51528°W / 40.16750; -74.51528Coordinates: 40°10′03″N 74°30′55″W / 40.16750°N 74.51528°W / 40.16750; -74.51528
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Monmouth
Township Upper Freehold
Named for Imlay family
105 ft (32 m)
ZIP code
GNIS feature ID 877307

Imlaystown is an unincorporated community located along County Route 43 (Imlaystown Road) and Davis Station Road within Upper Freehold Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey. It is located in ZIP code 08526. The community is accessible from Exit 11 of Interstate 195.


Founded in 1690, the community was once the social, economic and political focus of Upper Freehold. It consists of approximately 30 buildings from the mid-19th century. Most were rebuilt in 1898 after a fire which destroyed much of the town. It takes its name from the Imlay family, the area's major landowners in the colonial period.

The Imlaystown post office was established on April 16, 1832, and discontinued on November 28, 2009.

Sites of interest

Ye Olde Yellow Meeting House was built in 1737 by a congregation begun in 1720.

The most recognizable building in Imlaystown is Salter's Mill situated on a 28-acre (110,000 m2) millpond that once supported an ice business as well as the mill.

The Happy Apple Inn is the community's only restaurant. Built as a stagecoach stopover between Trenton and the Jersey Shore in the mid-19th century, the current structure was rebuilt following a fire in 1904. The Happy Apple was opened in 1972 by the father of its present owners, Buddy Westendorf and wife Donna.


Since the community's addition to the state and national registers of historic places in 1985, portions have suffered from neglect. While the community was somewhat revitalized in the 1990s, including the restoration of the millpond in 1995, many of its buildings are now dilapidated. Some are currently uninhabitable due to septic issues created by the proximity to Doctor's Creek. Upper Freehold's recent "Master Plan" was supposed to address the preservation of historic structures, rural character, and open space. Preservation New Jersey believes that preventing the decay of Imlaystown is key to realizing the vision of this plan.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Imlaystown include:

  • Chris Tomson (born 1984), drummer with the band Vampire Weekend.

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