By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger
This is the third time we have posted something about Interlaken, New Jersey, a .4 square mile borough near Asbury Park and just about 10 minutes from Ocean Grove. I like to drive through that town. It is picturesque and feels like the English countryside. It has a quiet elegance, and there is water on two sides (north and south)—branches of Deal Lake.
Its history is fascinating. It was bought from the Lenni Lenape Indians and became a farm. A well-traveled doctor (probably a plastic surgeon) purchased over 300 acres of the farm and proceeded to turn it into a town in the late 1800’s. At first it was part of Ocean Township (like Ocean Grove), but in 1922 it seceded and became an independent borough. Curiously, Ocean Grove became a borough in 1925, but it lost its designation because of the blue laws—talk about the blues in the night. Ouch!
Interlaken means “between lakes” and is named after a town in Switzerland which is between two lakes. For that matter, Ocean Grove is between two lakes, but somehow the ocean trumped the lakes in naming OG.
The street names are fascinating, because the avenues are named after English lakes, while the cross streets are named after—-you’ll never guess—islands in the Hebrides (in the Irish Sea.). So if you drive through that town, you will see street signs that say, “Buttermere, Bridlemere, Bendermere, Grassmere and Windermere.” I guess “mere” means “lake.” But if you think that the homes there are merely Victorians or Colonials, guess again. They tend to be beautiful grand manor houses like they have by the lakes in Switzerland or, perhaps like some along the Irish Sea.
The town in 2010 had 820 people according to the census. It is more white than Ocean Grove having 0% African Americans. But it does have .49% Native Americans which means half of a Lenni Lenape—so it’s a guy named Lenni who lives on Buttermere. Actually it seems that there are 4 Native Americans in Interlaken, so those 4 should demand a casino in that town.
Below are links to our two prior posts about Interlaken, which amounts to a total of one Blogfinger post for every 270 Interlakers. I wonder if they have a town musical instrument called the “Interlakenspiel” which you play with a mallet while standing between those two arms of Deal Lakenmere while the Interlakers engage in beer drinking and merrymaking.
Here is the Jagersburger March from an album called: “German Beer Drinking and Merrymaking Songs” by the Munich Meistersingers