Colts Neck commemorates Covenhoven homestead

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COLTS NECK – The Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee has unveiled a historical marker at the former Conover homestead, 100 Conover Road.

“The Conover family was instrumental in the growth and progress of Monmouth County,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, who is a resident of Colts Neck and chairs the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee.

“I am pleased this historical marker will enlighten residents and visitors about county history and the Conover family’s contributions to Colts Neck and beyond,” Burry said.

Garrett Thompson, whose mother was a Conover, was in attendance when the historical marker was unveiled, according to a press release.

“I was so happy to see Garrett attend this tribute to his family, which has such a rich history,” Burry said. “He is a longtime Colts Neck resident who will soon be turning 100 years old.”

The Covenhoven family, which later became Conover, was among the earliest Dutch settlers who had a significant impact on the development of Monmouth County, according to the press release.

Garrett Conover constructed his home circa 1754, which became one of the earliest houses built in Colts Neck, at 100 Conover Road. The family owned a large farm that surrounded the site.

William H. Conover, who was the last Conover born on the Conover farm, willed a donation to the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee. It was given in memory of the Conover family.

The Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee uses the funding to recognize structures and sites from 1875 and earlier with appropriate plaques, according to the press release.

For more information about the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee, visit www.colts-neck.nj.us