Searching for History in Belvidere

Monday, December 1, 2014
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Downtown Belvidere, New Jersey

We came back for a second visit to pretty Belvidere, New Jersey

We had several goals that day. One of them was to see the Robert Morris House on Greenwich Street. Robert Morris was one of the signers of The Declaration of Independence


I also wanted to check out the Country Gate Players Playhouse and the downtown area, filled with historic buildings. 

We parked in front of a nice house on Greenwich Street next to the Country Gate Players Playhouse. 

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Country Gate Playhouse, Belvidere, New Jersey

We ate lunch at the Thisilldous Eatery

Everyone was very friendly. The sandwich was good.

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Downtown Belvidere, New Jersey

We admired the John Nicoll House, built c. 1825. He was a clockmaker.

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John Nicoll House, Belvidere, New Jersey

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John Nicoll House, Belvidere, New Jersey


If you are wondering why we wanted to see the PNC Bank Building, it is because it was originally the First National Bank Building. 

It is a beautiful building, especially on the inside. It was built in 1929, which isn’t old by Belvidere standards, but it is truly a classic bank building. They have really kept the original interior mostly intact. 

Of course I couldn’t take photos inside because it is a bank, but I will tell you that it has beautifully decorative ceilings, lovely light fixtures, huge windows, and even classic old-school teller cages! 

When the teller noticed me wandering around and gazing at everything, and asked me if I wanted help, I just told her that we just wanted to see the inside of the building, and she laughed knowingly. I told you everyone in this town is so friendly. 

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PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey

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PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey

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PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey

Warren House was built in 1828, on the former site of a log cabin: 

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Warren House, Belvidere, New Jersey

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Warren House, Belvidere, New Jersey

We walked back to Greenwich Street. I decided that we now needed to search for the Robert Morris House. 

 As we walked back to our car, I realized that we had parked right in front of it! Yes, it was right next to the Country Gate Playhouse! 

In addition to signing The Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris apparently named Belvidere, and was a financier to the American Revolution. He had this house built for his daughter and gave it to her as a gift for her wedding in 1780.

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Robert Morris House and Country Gate Playhouse, Belvidere, New Jersey

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Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey

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Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey

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Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey

Read all my posts on Belvidere!

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27 comments:

  1. I love to see historic buildings and learn a little each time. Great shots--thanks for sharing.

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  2. New Jersey being one of the first 13 colonies must be chock full of historical places! Wonderful!

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    1. It sure is. There is a lot of Revolutionary War history in the New Jersey.

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  3. Old buildings like this are so beautiful and stately and these are too.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful images. Belvidere looks like a great little town. I like the PNC bldg too.

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    1. They are very pretty buildings. It is a nice little town.

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  4. Interesting post and greetings from Dubai !Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  5. Nice post and lovely photos it looks so quaint there :-)

    Have a fantabulosa week :-)

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  6. Nice autumn colors in this walk. And as always a nice tour =)

    Dropping by from http://pixiedusk.livejournal.com/321011.html

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  7. What a neat town -- and all that history. I want to see the inside of the bank!

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    1. I wish that I could have taken photos from the inside :) It is really a cool building.

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  8. History is so interesting to me. Love your posts.
    JM, Illinois

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  9. what a nice visit. I appreciate historical buildings and I didn't know that Robert Morris was such an important founding father. How much the town must have changed since then.

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    1. Apparently Robert Morris was an important man in his day, for better or worse.

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  10. I love all of the history in that cute town.

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  11. Beautiful shots and a great post! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  12. Belvirdere looks like such a pretty town, and so full of history and historical buildings to see. I enjoyed seeing this series of posts.

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  13. Sounds like a really nice place to visit and I loved the picture of the house. It would be nice to live in something like that as I might actually have enough space for a office instead of the kitchen table.

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