In return for the heavily discounted price, Reid placed a restrictive covenant in the deed that, should the property ever cease being used as a courthouse, ownership would revert to the Reid family.
In 1685, Scottish immigrants, fleeing religious persecution at home, became the first to settle the area.
The Dutch were the first to settle and develop the area.
By the 17th century, the English had taken over the area.
As of 1745, the majority of families in Freehold were still Scottish immigrants.
Freehold was deeply impacted by the American Revolution.