SAYREVILLE-In 2007, I received an email from Morgan resident Frances Drake asking me if I had any past information on the Morgan section of Sayreville. She was writing a paper for a class at Rutgers University. She has since sent me a copy of her paper with permission to share her research in my column.
“Welcome to Morgan, New Jersey-The Original Gateway to the Shore”
Farming was another big industry with many farms in and around the Central New Jersey area. Farmers could go to Morgan Beach where a pier jutted out into the Raritan Bay. Small boats from New York would head to the pier and buy goods such as apples, blueberries, and fresh produce from the farmers. In the area of what is now Parker Avenue, on top of the cliff overlooking the Raritan Bay, was Henderson’s Egg Farm. The Henderson family merely needed to walk to the pier to sell fresh eggs to the awaiting boats traveling back to New York or other nearby ports. Interestingly, there are several references to this same area being called “40 Horses” at some time, but as of writing this paper I have been unable top determine the origin of the name.