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Fascinating Facts: Holmdel

Holmdel, New Jersey, is a township in Monmouth County just 15 miles west of the Jersey Shore. It is known for its historic connection to Bell Horse farm in HolmdelLabs, its picturesque landscape, large homes and award-winning schools. This connection to innovative research contributes to its historic cache. Here are some interesting facts about its pedigree of innovation, musical history and excellence.

  • The name “Holmdel” is likely derived from the Dutch words “holm” and “del, which mean “pleasant valley,” or after the brothers Obediah and Jonathan Jones who began farming the area in the late 17th century. It took the name in 1857 in order to open a post office.
  • Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work at Bell Labs in Holmdel uncovering important evidence for the Big Bang.
  • Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu earned a Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on laser cooling in Holmdel.
  • The earliest work on radio astronomy was conducted by engineer Karl Guthe Jansky in 1931 in Holmdel, also at Bell Labs.
  • Holmdel is the local of PNC Arts Center, ranked among the top five most successful amphitheaters in the country. More than 5 million lights are incorporated into its Holiday Light Spectacular.
  • You can view the extensive concert history of Holmdel online on the Concert Archives website.
  • The Holmdel Arboretum was founded in 1963 with 87 trees, and now contains nearly 3,000 trees and shrubs.
  • Bruce Springsteen wrote many of the songs on the album Darkness on the Edge of Town in an old farmhouse in Holmdel in 1977.
  • Some of the homes built in the 1980’s on Takolusa Drive were sold with a brand new Mercedes in the garage.

Holmdel is a desirable place to live and work, with its commitment to science and innovation, quality schools, many parks, shopping and dining options, and proximity to New York City. Whether you are looking for your first family home or a sprawling estate, Holmdel has many options to choose from.


Published October 1, 2018 in Living in New Jersey