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History of Asbury Park and Long Branch

Excerpt from History of Asbury Park and Long Branch: Together With the Traditions of the Indians Settlers of Monmouth Ocean Counties, N. J The earliest mention of Long Branch in any historical works that the writer of this has found is in Watson's Annals of Philadelphia, published in 1830, as follows: "This place before the Revolution, was owned by Colonel White, a British officer and an inhabitant of New York. The small house he occupied as a summer residence was existing among a clump of houses owned by Renshaw in 1830. In consequence of the war the place was confiscated. The house was first used as a boarding house by Elliston Perot of Philadelphia, in 1788. At that time the whole premises were in charge of one old woman left to keep the place from injury. Of her Mr. Perot begged an asylum for himself and family, which was granted, provided he could get beds and bedding from others. Being pleased with the place he repeated his visit there three successive years, taking his friends with him. In 1790-1, Mr. McKnight of Monmouth, noticing the liking shown for the place, deemed it a good speculation to buy it. He bought the whole premises, containing one hundred acres for 700 and then got Mr. Perot and others to loan him $2,000 to improve it. He then opened it for a watering place, and before his death it was supposed he had made forty thousand dollars by the investment. The estate was sold to Renshaw for $13,000. Elliston Perot was really the founder of Long Branch as a summer resort. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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