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Re: Bound Brook & Central NJ

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  • ianjohns08060
    Mike, It seems you ve been given more than enough leads for a single trip to Central Jersey, but here are a few more: While you re at Monmouth, stop by the
    Message 1 of 7 , Jan 2, 2004
      Mike,
      It seems you've been given more than enough leads for a single trip
      to Central Jersey, but here are a few more:

      While you're at Monmouth, stop by the Craig House (used as a hospital
      by the British during the battle); it's within the park grounds, but
      a long walk from the visitor's center, so drive east on 33, then
      north on 9 for a mile or two. The park's web site has more
      information. To the west of the battlefield is Old Tennant Church,
      mentioned in this article
      (http://mow.guide.gmnews.com/news/2003/0730/history/). A fine web
      site for the last year's commemoration of the British withdrawal from
      Philadelphia is http://www.roadtomonmouth.com/. And check out Sandy
      Hook, from which the British embarked for Staten Island; there have
      been lighthouses there since before the AWI, first built by the
      merchants of NYC as a navigational aid. There's a museum and various
      fortifications from later eras.

      A little farther south, in Mount Holly, is the site of the Battle of
      Iron Works Hill, during which up to 2,500 Hessians and Scots were
      lured south away from Bordentown and Columbus just before Christmas
      1776, leaving them out of position to support Rall in Trenton or to
      re-occupy the town later that day. See http://www.ironworkshill.org
      The Friends Meeting House dates to 1775 and a few other buildings are
      older (it and the John Woolman House are occasionally open to the
      public).

      Even farther south is Batsto, almost the scene of a British raid in
      1777 (or '78?) to interrupt the bog-iron manufacturing. What buldings
      that remain have been restored to a late 19th century period when
      Joseph Wharten owned it and much of the surrounding area. See
      http://www.batstovillage.org/ The 4th Cont'l Light Dragoons often
      host an event there in June.

      And before you head back over the Delaware Memorial Bridge, turn east
      through Salem to Hancock's Bridge, site of the Hancock House Massacre
      (or "Surprize of Rebels at Hancock's House," as Simcoe described it).
      The house is still there, well-preserved and very interesting
      historically and architecturally. See
      http://coastalheritagetrail.tripod.com/hancock_house.htm (The LAR and
      other units do an event there each March.)

      have fun,
      ian johns
      Loyal American Regiment
    • David Roberts
      Ian, Mike, & the List: As a native New Yorker, I sure grew up w/ New Jersey jokes. But when it comes to places of interest, especially about the American
      Message 2 of 7 , Jan 3, 2004
        Ian, Mike, & the List:
        As a native New Yorker, I sure grew up w/ "New Jersey jokes." But when it comes to places of interest, especially about the American Revolution, New Jersey is sure hard to beat, all jokes aside. There certainly is a lot to see in this small state. Just get off the main roads. The DeLorme atlas series has a great New Jersey atlas. The state is small enough that the atlas pages can be on a big enough scale to cover only a small area is great detail. The "side roads" and the "back roads" of today were often the main roads of the 18th & 19th centuries. These are the best places to find old houses sites connected to pre-20th century America.
        David

        David Roberts
        Hollywood, MD
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: ianjohns08060
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        Sent: Friday, January 02, 2004 10:22 AM
        Subject: [Revlist] Re: Bound Brook & Central NJ


        Mike,
        It seems you've been given more than enough leads for a single trip
        to Central Jersey, but here are a few more:

        While you're at Monmouth, stop by the Craig House (used as a hospital
        by the British during the battle); it's within the park grounds, but
        a long walk from the visitor's center, so drive east on 33, then
        north on 9 for a mile or two. The park's web site has more
        information. To the west of the battlefield is Old Tennant Church,



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