Freneau Home and Gravesite
12 Poet Drive
Philip Freneau (1752-1832), a poet known for his patriotic verse published during and after the American Revolution, lived on this site between 1753 and about 1824. Here, on the Freneau estate known as Mt. Pleasant Hall, he published the first newspaper in Monmouth County, the Jersey Chronicle, in 1795. The present house replaced the original one destroyed by fire in 1818. Across the street, on a knoll, is the poet’s gravestone.