History of Hazlet

Hazlet Township was originally incorporated as Raritan Township by an act of the state legislature on February 25, 1848, from portions of Middletown Township. It was renamed Hazlet Township as of November 28, 1967, based on the results of a referendum, and in recognition of Dr. John Hazlett.

A popular resource for fans of Hazlet History is the Facebook group: I Grew Up In Hazlet, NJ! Join the discussion and share photos and memories.

Hazlet will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2023. If you are interested in exploring Hazlet history, please contact the public information office. We welcome your interest!

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which Guaranteed Women the Right to Vote

August 26, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. In this video, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon narrates an illustrated history of the women's suffrage movement and its ties to Monmouth County. Featured in it are trailblazers from Keyport, Shrewsbury and Red Bank.  

Also in August, Hanlon broke ground on a commemorative garden with a sitting area dedicated to the brave suffragists. It is located outside the County Election Offices in Freehold.

The fight for women’s suffrage spanned over seven decades and it involved tens of thousands of courageous women,” said Clerk Hanlon. “As the Clerk of Elections for the County of Monmouth, I am proud to have launched this commemorative project to allow the thousands of voters who visit the County Election Offices to witness, learn, and be inspired about the historic significance of this date.


County seeks 2021 applicants for two history grants

September virtual workshop sessions set for both grants 

August 3, 2020: 
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Historical Commission has released its 2021 grant applications for the History Regrant Program and the Historical Preservation Grant Program. The Historical Commission will offer separate, virtual workshops to explain the application process to eligible, nonprofit organizations or municipalities. 

“Each year, I eagerly await both the History Regrant and Historical Preservation Grant Programs as Monmouth County and its residents are dedicated to the preservation of historic structures,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Historical Commission. “On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, I proudly support these grants, which help fund history-related programs where residents and visitors can learn about the County’s rich history while appreciating the grantees’ commitment to preserving historic structures.” 

Two types of grants are available through the 2021 Regrant Program: General Operating Support for overall functioning costs or Special Project funding for local history projects and programs that are open and accessible to the public. 

The deadline to declare your intent to apply to the Monmouth County History Regrant Program is October 2, with the completed application due on October 30. Historical Preservation Grant applications are due on November 6. Further information and applications for the History Regrant Program and the Historical Preservation Grant Program can be found at www.visitmonmouth.com

The workshop for the Monmouth County History Regrant Program is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, September 14. Due to COVID-19, the Regrant Program Workshop will be conducted remotely via Cisco WebEx. The workshop for the Historical Preservation Grant Program will also be held remotely at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 21 via Cisco WebEx. Participants must register for the link to the workshops by contacting Executive Director John Fabiano at john.fabiano@co.monmouth.nj.us

The 2021 History Regrant Program is made possible with funds provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the NJ Department of State. The goal of the program is to strengthen local history organizations, inspire projects to preserve and contribute to the local historic record and increase public awareness and participation in local history programming.

The 2021 Monmouth County Historic Preservation Grant Program is funded by ongoing support from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

 The Monmouth County Historical Commission was established by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in August 1988 for the preservation and conservation of Monmouth County history. The Commission’s principal programs provide grants, maintain historic buildings and support history programming to preserve Monmouth County’s rich and diverse historic legacy.

For more information, go to www.visitmonmouth.com.