Brick Town — or Bricktown, depending on who you talk to — was never actually a place. Rather it was a misnomer created by the U.S. Postal Service, Brick Township historian Gene Donatiello said.
The postal service consolidated all of Brick's post offices in 1959 and called the new overarching district "Brick Town."
When the new post office was built in the 1970s, local historians went to the postal service asking the name to be switched back simply to Brick, which has been the township's official name since it incorporated in 1850, Donatiello said.
That effort was not successful until then Congressman Edwin B. Forsythe intervened and the post office area name was changed to Brick.
Yet some people still refer to the township as "Brick Town."
Brick Township (also commonly known as Bricktown or Brick) is a township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States.
While the majority of Brick Township is located on the mainland, Ocean Beaches I, II and III are situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. The mainland and beach area of the town are not geographically adjacent.
Brick Township was incorporated as a township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 15, 1850, from portions of both Dover Township (now Toms River Township) and Howell Township. The township was named after Joseph Brick, the owner of Bergen Iron Works located on the Metedeconk River.
Portions of the township were taken to form Point Pleasant Beach (May 18, 1886), Bay Head (June 15, 1886), Lakewood Township (March 23, 1892), Mantoloking (April 10, 1911) and Point Pleasant (April 21, 1920). In 1963, voters rejected a referendum that would have changed the township's name to "Laurelton".