Monmouth Battlefield State Park
347 Freehold-Englishtown Rd.
Manalapan, NJ 07726
(732) 462-9616

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The story began on June 18, 1778, when British troops abandoned Philadelphia and marched toward New York. The following day, General Washington and his Continental Army left Valley Forge to harass the British.

Fighting ensued on the morning of June 28, with an American assault on the rear guard of the British encampment by Freehold-Mount Holly Road. Eventually driven back, the Americans began a delaying action as the Continental Army regrouped.

The battle resumed around 12:30. The British Grenadiers pushed forward, but the Americans fell back to a strong position, and the British movement collapsed. The British then brought forth a battery of artillery and, met by the Continental Army's own cannon, engaged in what would be the largest artillery battle of the War. In brief, the British were forced to retreat. At this time, General Washington directed further attacks, driving the British across the Dividing Brook. Though Washington planned another attack the following morning, the British broke camp that night and continued their march to New York.

The Battle was an American triumph. The British troops had been forced to retreat, and their casualties were much greater than those of American troops. Today visitors can enjoy a Self-Guided Tour of this historic area, beginning at the Visitors Center. An interpretive display, slide shows, and a fiber optic map interpret the Battle, and a number of artifacts recovered from the site are exhibited.

The Park: As well as gaining insight to the Revolutionary War, visitors can enjoy more than 25 miles of trails of varying length. They are open to hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snow shoeing. There is a playground for the kids, and more.

The Craig House: This mid-18th century farmhouse has been restored and refurnished to reflect life during the days of the Revolution. Visitors can take a Guided Tour. Schedule information is available at the Visitor Center, call (732) 462-9616.

Owl Haven Nature Center: Operated by the New Jersey Audubon Society, Owl Haven features natural history exhibits, live animals, and mounted specimens. The trails surrounding the Center allow the viewing of various wildlife species, including numerous birds such as the red-tailed hawk, kestrels, bluebirds, and great horned owls. The Center hosts a number of special family events throughout the year, and various Workshops and Programs are offered for individuals and Group, including School Groups -- . Call Owl Haven to discuss your group's needs.

Note that the nature center has moved to 20 Hartshorne Drive in Fort Hancock and is known as the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory. Call (732) 872-2500 for information.

Hours: Call for information on Craig House Tour. Park open daily, dawn to dusk.
Admission: FREE.
Group Reservations: At least 4 weeks in advance for programs.
Lunch: Picnic areas available. Snack bar open on summer weekends.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: NJ Tpke. North to Hightstown Exit. Take Rt. 33 East about 12 miles to park entrance on left. 60 - 90 minutes from Philadelphia.

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