Remembering The Past: When Old Bridge Was Part Of South Amboy

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-As I have written many times, Old Bridge was once part of South Amboy. Recently my husband and I had visited the Thomas Warne Museum and Library at 4216 County Road 516 in Old Bridge. It is across the street from the now Old Bridge High School, which was formerly Cedar Ridge High School.

The museum contains many artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries, history books, genealogy books, family histories, maps and other resources. You can call 1-732-566-2108 for winter hours. We would like to send a big “thank you” to Alycia Rihacek, a volunteer research assistant, and Kate, who were both very helpful and fun to talk with.


Here is some of the information I found there:

On March 2, 1869, by an act of the General Assembly, South Amboy lost another portion of land further reducing its size, for on this date the Township of Madison was established, now Old Bridge Township.

Administrators Sale!

Personal property will be held at Public Vendor on Tues. the
26th Day of May, 1857, commencing at 10 o’clock, A.M., the
personal property of Courtney Hall, dee’d at his late residence
in SOUTH AMBOY, on the road from Middletown Point to Cheesequakes,
consisting of household, kitchen furniture, plows, harrows,
wagons, sled, sleigh, harness, cows, 1 heifer.
HORSES-hay in barns, grain on the ground, potatoes in cellar.
Conditions made known on the day of the sale. Sale positive-rain
or shine.
Caroline Hall
Cavalier N. Disbrow

Here are some businesses from 1880: Thos J. Cloke; Attorney-at-Law, Solicitor in Chancery, Commissioner of Deeds, Notary Public, Nathan Marks; merchant tailor on Broadway and Edwin Appleget; undertaker and carriage builder on Bordentown Turnpike.

From another source: On Sept. 5, 1930, South Amboy’s First Miniature Golf Course opened on Washington Avenue and Feltus Street (Wolff’s Corner.) It was operated by Joseph Besner. P.M. weekdays-only 15 cents.

If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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