Our office is at 1100 Route 70 West in Whiting. The easiest way to find is simply to find Route 70, also called John Davison Rockefeller Memorial Highway. If you’re coming from Trenton, you’ll want to take Interstate 195 to the east, then take 70 south at the intersection. From the south, you should come up Highway 9 until you see the Pinewald Keswick Road exit. Take it until it becomes Lacey Road, then take 70 north at the intersection.
Whiting is an unincorporated community that is part of Manchester Township. It’s located in Ocean County and is home to many retirees. The township was once a stop on the Central Railroad until the line fell into disuse. Today, this part of the railroad is back up and operating, although only freight trains use it. To learn more about the history of Whiting, we have to look at the history of Manchester Township. Manchester has about 43,000 people living in it, the most it’s ever had. However, the township started out quite small in 1865. It was created from what was then called Dover Township. Manchester was then named after Manchester, England by William Torrey, a local businessman. The area that is now Whiting was actually settled a little before Manchester Township was officially formed. In 1861, Nathan C. Whiting settled in the area. He built a sawmill in the area that now bears his name. Today, Manchester Township is home to Lakehurst Naval Air Station, which is noted for being the site of the Hindenburg disaster.
If you love the outdoors, you’ll love hiking some of the paths of the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, which is less than five minutes from our location. This huge state park features miles of gorgeous scenery, including a number of small ponds and lakes. You can drive Route 70 right through the center of the park.
The Whitesbog Historic District is a part of the forest. It’s made up of the Whitesbog Village, which is an old company town that was built during the 1870s. It was once a huge blueberry and cranberry farm. In fact, the cultivated hybrid blueberry was actually developed here. Today, the site is owned by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust, a nonprofit that is working to restore the area.
Another thing to do while visiting our office is to go see the animals at the Popcorn Park Zoo. The zoo is known for adopting abused and abandoned animals and giving them a safe, comfortable place to live. The zoo is only 11 miles from our office.
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