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Settled by a group of Scottish Presbyterians beginning in the 1680’s, Matawan was first called New Aberdeen, and then Mount Pleasant. Today, Matawan’s historic town core retains its appeal as a place to live, work, and shop.

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The Islanders Restaurant opened at 40 Main Street in July 1976 and operated for many years from their location across from the train station. Chef Wong and his colleagues prepared polynesian and Chinese specialties.

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The Islanders Restaurant opened at 40 Main Street in July 1976 and operated for many years from their location across from the train station. Chef Wong and his colleagues prepared polynesian and Chinese specialties.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the Matawan area, be sure to follow our Facebook group and support the Matawan Historical Society.

https://matawanhistoricalsociety.org/join-or-donate/

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Took lessons from Chef Wong with Regional high school evening classes.

Remember when it was Dutchie's?

Loved it when our parents took us there! The pupu platter was the fave

I miss that place!! And the tables made out of logs. And the waterfall!

The best restaurant ever. Have never found another to compare

I love it there when I was a kid!

Introduced me to pu pu platters! Good memories of that place

Loved when we went there.

Loved going there!

I want to go now

Me too!!

Just a suggestion: when you post a picture of an establishment, or menu, or advert in the thread, could you please add a year? It's kind of important. It's nice you and Susan "remember when", but some of us don't. Thanks

What years was it Tourines Tavern, and what years was it Dutchies? Everything is so vague. We've tamped down 1976 for The Islanders so far

Tony Silva

What is at that location today?

That’s cool.

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Below is a rare postcard showing the beautiful tree-lined view of Broad Street, Matawan (circa 1920). Does anyone recognize any of these buildings in the photo?

Shark attacks? Pirates and buried treasure?Revolutionary War skirmishes? The worlds largest saltwater pool?

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Below is a rare postcard showing the beautiful tree-lined view of Broad Street, Matawan (circa 1920). Does anyone recognize any of these buildings in the photo? 

Shark attacks? Pirates and buried treasure?Revolutionary War skirmishes? The worlds largest saltwater pool?

You can learn more about 300+ years of Matawan’s rich past by joining the Matawan Historical Society. 

For only $20 a year ($30 for an entire family of 4) 
Members receive a monthly newsletter, invitations to events, and exclusive access to our summer member-only BBQ. The MHS is open to all who are interested in our local history. Residency is not required. Your membership/donation helps us keep our local history alive for future generations. 

Please click the link below to join. Your support is very appreciated! Also make sure to like and follow us on Facebook.

https://matawanhistoricalsociety.org/join-or-donate/

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Just guessing but the open lot perhaps is where the post office parking lot is now. On the left, had it been shown would be the downhill of Little Street?

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