Deal NJ"Sitting along the Atlantic Ocean, moated by the Deal and Takanassee Lakes, the town of Deal was founded in 1670 by enterprising Rhode Islanders led by Thomas Whyte. Named after Mr. Whyte’s hometown in England, Deal began as a small community of merchants and craftsmen looking to break into the growing economy of colonial New Jersey and New York. Today’s Norwood Avenue, an artery running through Deal, dates back to the old Long Branch and Deal Turnpike which was constructed in 1701. While fetching the hoped for flow of trade, the Turnpike also brought unwanted guests to Deal. In 1703, one of the town’s wealthiest landowners, Gavin Drummond, was held hostage by the infamous pirate Moses Butterworth while he planned his escape from Monmouth County. Naval battles broke out off of Deal Beach not infrequently during the Revolution War. One famous instance took place on April 15, 1780, when the HMS Vulture drove a rebel brig ashore. By the nineteenth century, Deal had developed into an affluent residential town which was finally incorporated as a borough in 1898. No stranger to strange happenings, Deal was struck by a falling meteorite in 1829 and was said to be an entrance for German spies into the United States during World War II. Residents were warned to keep off the beaches and avoid shining lights towards the ocean’s direction, lest an enemy U-boat mistake the flash as a coded message.
Today, Deal has bloomed into an upscale beach town in the center of Monmouth County’s Atlantic shore. Proud estates and manicured lawns line the streets while historic Norwood Avenue plays host to a veritable cornucopia of shops, restaurants and places of worship. Deal is home to stunning beaches, both public and private, as well as the Axelrod Performing Arts Center. Enjoy a few rounds at the Deal Golf and Country Club or simply take a stroll through the scenic Harry Franco Park. Visit neighboring Long Branch and Asbury Park or head out to Belmar, Avon-By-the-Sea and Red Bank, located only minutes away. Centrally located and splendidly beautiful, find yourself in Deal."