Chronology of Lakehurst History
|Federal Forge in operation supplying cannonballs for the Continental Army. First forge in Ocean County.
|Village of Manchester founded by William Torrey along with the Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad. Early industrial center.
|Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad was named as carrier for Union troops and supplies by Secretary of War. Torrey/Larrabee Store opened using local script as money.
|Red Men's Lodge Hall constructed. Present home of Fleet Reserve Association Branch 124.
|First Mass celebrated in Old St. John's Church. Oldest Roman Catholic Church in Ocean County. Present home of the Lakehurst Historical Society Museum.
|Rogers Hotel constructed on Union Avenue. Owned by Charles Rogers, it was the site of much political activity in the Lakehurst/Manchester area.
|Lakehurst Post Office founded. Name "Lakehurst" in regular use.
|Pine-Tree Inn, large winter resort opens on Union Avenue.
|Largest Central Railroad of New Jersey shops and roundhouse in operation. Many small businesses and local industries line the tree-lined Union Avenue.
|Second largest industry, Rope Factory, burned to the ground. Manchester Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 formed. Became Lakehurst Volunteer fire Company in 1918.
|Austin Miles authors the famous hymn "In the Garden" after receiving inspiration from his mother's rose garden on Pine Street.
|Lakehurst Incorporated on April 7, 1921. Lakehurst Naval Air Station established. Construction started in Hanger One on ZR-1 Shenandoah
|First International Airport in the United States at NAS Lakehurst. Graf Zeppelin started round the world flight at Lakehurst.
|German Zeppelin Hindenburg made 10 flights here.
|May 6, 1937
|Hindenburg explodes and burns near mooring mast.
|Railroad shops declining. Pine-Tree Inn razed.
|1940's - 1960's
|Birthplace of helicopters in U.S. Navy
|Last flight of U.S. Navy Blimps
|Historical Society Museum opened.