"A lush, rolling settlement in the center of Monmouth County, Colts Neck was once home to the Lenape. Four indigenous trails intersected in Colts Neck, making it a central meeting place for hunters and fishermen from the Lenape and neighboring nations. Though Europeans arrived sporadically to Colts Neck from as early as the fourteenth century, it was not until 1665 with the signing of the Monmouth Patent that the town was lastingly settled by those original patentees. These first settlers, most of them Scottish and Dutch, found themselves living not unlike the natives, hunting for food and living in humble log cabins and homes fashioned after teepees. It was not until the beginning of the 1700s that permanent structures began being erected in Colts Neck. In 1778, British and revolutionary commanders camped in and around Colts Neck during the Battle of Monmouth, as did students of the French political economist Francois Marie Charles Fourier who founded what was supposed to be a utopian commune here in 1843. Dubbed the North American Phalanx, the commune operated successfully for just over a decade until a fire destroyed most of the communal structures and property on which their food supply and system of self-management depended upon. Their spirits dampened and their utopia in ashes, the remaining Fouriers, as they had come to be known, opted simply to disband and rejoin society. Thankfully for them, commune or no commune, they were still in Colts Neck.
Today, Colts Neck remains a beautiful, wooded enclave but now with modern, spacious suburbs. Enjoy the many farm fresh offerings available at Delicious Orchards or go fossil hunting at Big Brook Preserve. Unwind with wine tastings at the award winning 4JG Orchards and Vineyards or try something a bit harder at Colts Neck StillHouse, our newest whiskey distillery. Neighboring Freehold and Holmdel, only minutes from Red Bank and Asbury Park, one needn’t venture out far for even more shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Centrally located and with a comprehensive school district, come settle in Colts Neck."