The community of New
Egypt began in the early 1700’s as two mills:
Snuff Mill and Kimmons Mills (Timmons). Snuff Mill,
the older community, had a grist mill, slaughter
house, hotel, post office, general store, and a
number of small farms and homes.
Kimmons Mills was found on the western bank
of the Crosswicks Creek. Cowperthwaite Kimmons used
good business sense during years of
bumper crops by storing extra grain.
Then, during lean times people from near
and far would travel to his granary for corn.
This is reminiscent of Biblical times when
people traveled to Egypt for corn, so that finally
the town became known as “New Egypt”.
Today New Egypt is still a place that people
come to for food. U-Pick Farms surround area.
The Township of Plumsted
was incorporated in 1845 and covers New Egypt and
Cream Ridge. The historic district in town consists
of 114 structures.
Most of the structures are found in the downtown
area of New Egypt and along Evergreen road. They
are representative of several architectural styles
found in the late 18th and 19th
They trace the development of New Egypt from
the original mill town to its emergence as a popular
All of this adds to the charm and character
found today in the village of New Egypt. People
came from Philadelphia and New York to spend their
summer by Oakford Lake in New Egypt. By 1908, New
Egypt had become a summer resort.
Cranberry bogs grew with abundance. In 1868
the railroad came to New Egypt.
Passengers as well as freight kept the railroad
busy. However in 1959, as trucks became a more popular
mode of transportation, the railroad in New Egypt
ceased to exist.
For further information
on the history of New Egypt contact the New Egypt
Historical Society, PO Box 295, New Egypt, NJ 08533.
Township, is found in the center of the state
within the Coastal Plain province of New Jersey.
Nowhere in Plumsted is topography likely to limit
development. The largest drainage system in Plumsted
is Crosswicks Creek Basin, with smaller streams
draining into this basin.
Plumsted has the second lowest population
density (182 people per square mile) of the 33 municipalities
in Ocean County.
Future growth will be affected by several
factors. Plumsted has been designated as an Agriculture
Development Area. It has a Pinelands Management
Program. Plumsted has an active Farmland Preservation
Program that restricts future residential development.
There are many horse
farms in the Plumsted area. Most of the new housing
in Plumsted Township is higher income than that
found in town.
There are several identifiable neighborhoods
in the Plumsted area. First is the town of New Egypt.
The majority of the senior population in Plumsted
remains in town year round. The library, which is
located one mile from the center of New Egypt, is
situated next to both New Egypt Middle and High
area of development is in the northeast quadrant
of the township. The area is off Route 539, just
north of Route 528 (Marshall’s Corner) on Hopkins
Road, and includes several developments: Country
Acres, Laurel Woods, Bembridge, Oakview Estates
and Forest Hill Estates.
Nobel Estates is on Route 528, near Marshall’s
Corner, and Rolling Acres is also on Route 528 near
the intersection with Fischer Road.
There is a new area of homes off Route 539
on Blanche Drive.
Another developed area of Plumsted is Cream
Ridge, along Route 537 and Millstream Road.
are five areas in Plumsted Township that are on
Superfund List. Goose Farm (off Route 539),
Wilson Farm (Hawkins Road) and Hopkins Farm (Route
539) are currently on the Final National Priorities
Pijak Farm (Route 528 & Fischer Road)
and Spense Farm (Route 528) have been deleted from
the National Priorities List.
Egypt is advantageously located adjacent to Route
539, a main road leading to shore points.
Several new residential developments are
under construction, increasing growth opportunities
for business in the community. New Egypt Market
is under new ownership. Most of the small stores
in Plumsted have one or two employees. Some of the
businesses in the area include Scott’s, a pet
shop, auto body shops, hardware store, pharmacy,
dry cleaners, an antique barn, travel agent, realtors,
banks and a WAWA.
There is a small industrial park located
on Route 537.
Also on 537 is the New Egypt Auction and
Farmer’s Market that attracts residents as well
as visitors on the two days that it is open. Potter’s
Square, a small shopping plaza with a bicycle shop,
frame shop, doctor, liquor store, pizza, nail salon,
gift basket shop and bakery, is found on the corner
of Routes 539 and 528 along with a second WAWA.
There are several seasonal garden centers,
a Christmas Tree Farm and several U-Pick Farms.
There are many professionals in the area
including lawyers, accountants and physicians.
While Plumsted attempts to retain its rural
atmosphere, there is opportunity for businesses
in the community.
The major arteries
in Plumsted Township are County Routes 528, 537
and 539. The New Jersey Transit bus from Lakewood
to Mount Holly stops in New Egypt. Once in town
you can walk to most businesses. Plumsted residents
travel to larger towns to use malls and shopping
centers. The large shopping centers in the area
are Quakerbridge, Burlington Center and Freehold
is a rural, spread out community. The residents
most affected by traffic patterns are those in rural
areas who do not have a car. The Ocean County SCAT
bus runs from the New Egypt Recreation building
and Jensens Mobile Home Park to area malls.
Of the many civic organizations
in Plumsted including Elks, Elk Mates, Lions, Knights
of Columbus, American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary,
VFW, Masons and Eastern Star, the largest group
is the Elks.
with 400 members. The
Elks Club is located in New Egypt on Route 528.
It is rented to various groups and individuals for
public and private affairs. Some of the area religious
organizations are New Egypt Methodist, Plumsted
Presbyterian, Bible Baptist, Church of the Assumption,
Church of Christ, New Egypt Church of the Nazarene,
Rose of Sharon Evangelical and Kingdom Hall.
The largest by far is the Roman Catholic
Church of the Assumption with 1128 families. Sports
continue to be popular in New Egypt with Men’s
softball including close to 1000 members.
Both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have a large
following in the community. Most of the other groups
appeal to small segments of the community, each
dealing with a particular interest. A few of these
are the Senior Citizens, Friends
of the Plumsted Township Library, New Egypt
Fire Company and the New Egypt First Aid Squad.
There are several public
recreational facilities in Plumsted.
The Plumsted Recreation Field on Brindletown
Road provides tennis courts, 4 baseball fields,
2 softball fields, a basketball court, a football
field, volleyball court, horseshoe arena, playground
equipment and a wooded picnic area with a senior
At the Plumsted Township Park and Gazebo
on Lakeview Road there is a lake for fishing, a
gazebo and playground equipment. Paradise Park Wildlife
Sanctuary is next to this township park on Lakeview
Drive and is home to many birds, ducks and wild
Lake is a military recreational area with a lake
and a lodge.
Children and young
adults take part in scouts, sports, choirs and church
youth groups. New Egypt Speedway is located in New
Egypt on route 539.
Events are weekly during the summer months
and are quite popular with area residents.
Important local days
and events include the Oyster Dinner, Easter Egg
Hunt, Memorial Day Parade, New Egypt Day, July 4th
Fireworks, Christmas Tree Lighting, Annual Fishing
Tournament and the New Egypt Elementary Halloween
Plumsted does not have
nursing homes, hospitals, prisons or military installations.
However, McGuire Air Force Base is located
in nearby Wrightstown.
There is one preschool, “Learning Steps”
with an enrollment of 180. This school also has
an after-school program with the elementary school
that offers care for those students who need it.
New Egypt has an active
Historical Society that has begun restoring an old
home on Evergreen Road to use as a museum for their
many treasures of the past. One of these items will certainly be the book written by local
historian, Dorothy S. Mount
A Story of New Egypt and Plumsted Township.
As the community grows,
differences in income, education, career and standards
become more prevalent. However, the population of
Plumsted is still unified in the community’s
feelings about being part of a small country town,
the clean air, the friendliness and low taxes.
The community cares about its town, its families,
friends and neighbors.
An area of considerable
change during the 90’s has been the growth of
Township School District.
The district has grown from one school housing grades K through 8, to three
schools. In 2001 these schools are New Egypt Elementary
with 490 students in grades K through 4, New Egypt
Middle School with 650 students in grades 5 through
8, and New Egypt High School with 250 students in
grades 9 and 10. The high school will add grades
11 and 12 over the next two years.
newspapers read in Plumsted Township are the
Asbury Park Press, Ocean County Edition,
the Trentonian and The Times, Burlington
New Egypt Press was founded in 1898 and serves
as a unique piece of communication for the town.
The majority of information has local implications.
It is sold in all stores in New Egypt and
is also available for home delivery. The Plumsted
Library has the newspaper from 1905 on microfiche,
which serves as an excellent tool for genealogy
Another weekly paper is the Tri Town News,
a free publication that covers local news in New
Egypt, Jackson, Howell and Lakewood.
The Plumsted Township
Committee meets the second and fourth Monday of
the month in the Town Hall. Check the agenda.