Holmdel Township Seal
The seal of the Township of Holmdel incorporates symbolism which represents both the Township and also the State of New Jersey.
The bottom half of the seal includes a farm, which evokes the agricultural history of the Township. The Revolutionary War soldiers reference the late 18th century designation of Holmdel as the “Hornets’ Nest” where local militiamen would deliver repeated “stings” to British Loyalist soldiers to drive them from the area. The Bayonet Farm barn with its distinctive turrets is a site easily recognizable by local citizens and signifies the Township’s commitment to preserving open space. The uniquely-shaped Bell Labs water tower, a Holmdel landmark, was designed to look like a transistor. The early transistor was invented by three Bell Labs researchers in 1947 who later went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. The combined scene conveys the viewer through Holmdel of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
The symbol in the center of the seal depicts the Big Bang, the theory of which was confirmed by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson using the Holmdel Horn Antenna. Penzias and Wilson later received the Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery.
The top half of the seal represents space, discovery, and the future. The field contains 21 stars signifying the 21st century and the potential for future discovery and innovation in Holmdel Township. The stars also represent the New Jersey’s 21 counties, of which Monmouth County was one of the original four.
The symbolic Big Bang is colored in buff yellow and the field of stars is colored in Jersey blue, the state colors of New Jersey and its flag. Buff and blue first became associated with the state during the Revolutionary War, when George Washington gave the New Jersey regiment the privilege of wearing his personal colors on their uniforms.