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Apr 06, 2021

Lillian Burry Holds Zoom Discussion on the History of Colts Neck

By Lori Draz

This April 30 at 10:30 am, Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry will discuss her first book, “A Tour of Historic Colts Neck,” a guide for individuals who want to visit the 13 historic sites that have been designated in the township. She will share historic stories, using her book as a reference. The discussion will be led by Muriel J. Smith, who edited her book.

Burry is one of Colts Neck’s most prominent and passionate people, especially when it comes to the history of Monmouth County. This is what led her to write “A Tour of Historic Colts Neck.” The book allows readers to take an auto tour and includes a map of the location of each site. 

“I hope people keep the book in the glove compartment so they can enjoy a short drive and a historic experience,” Burry said.

Burry holds a degree in political science and history and graduated cum laude from Wagner College in New York. She was elected to the National History Fraternity and in 2005 was granted the Wagner College Fellow in Political Science.

Burry was appointed to the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee for the National Park Service by the Secretary of the Interior and is also the recipient of the first M. Claire French Award for her leadership in historical preservation. Additionally, Burry was named the Person of the Year by the Monmouth County Historical Association and has been a speaker for historical societies throughout Monmouth County.

If you would like to get a copy of the book before the lecture, some will be available at the Colts Neck General Store. 

 “I wanted the book to be available in the historic general store since the book traces the history of the township together and the village itself, which was settled in the 1700s. The general store is on the historic Burlington Path and Minnisink Indian Trail, which was once a stagecoach route,” Burry said.

The book was funded in part by a grant from the historical commission with funds granted from the New Jersey Historical Commission. The book is available for $10, and all proceeds benefit the committee’s historical fund, according to a press release.

To register for this discussion and many other entertaining and educational activities, visit