November 24, 2014

Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

Twin Mills of Belvidere, New Jersey



Last week I showed you the town square of Belvidere, New Jersey, including the Shoe Tree Oak.

This week I'm showing off some interesting buildings that we discovered in Belvidere as we drove around the town.

First up are The Twin Mills of Belvidere: The Major Robert Hoops and the Red Frame Mill. 

 

The Robert Hoops Mill was built in 1790 by Hoops for felt but later converted to a gristmill. The Red Frame Mill was also a gristmill, but owned by someone else.

As a Belvidere, NJ website says:

For many years in the 1900's, the mill and the adjacent Red Frame Mill were both operating simultaneously and independently of each other as feed mills. 


I love the little matching mailbox in front, to the left of the window. 

 

At least that's what I think it is. 

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Robert Hoops Mill, Belvidere, New Jersey


Red Frame Mill, Belvidere, New Jersey


The town clock: 

Town clock of Belvidere, New Jersey


Hotel Belvidere was established in 1831: 

Hotel Belvidere


We then drove down Water Street and ended up on the Riverton-Belvidere Bridge, driving over the Delaware River. 

 

These last few photos were taken from inside the car.

Riverton-Belvidere Bridge


Riverton-Belvidere Bridge


Riverton, Pennsylvania (Lower Bethel Township)


We found ourselves in Riverton, Pennsylvania, a part of Lower Bethel Township, Pennsylvania.

It looked like an interesting town to explore one day, but it was getting late and we drove back to New Jersey, admiring the Delaware River as we drove over it.


The Delaware River


We liked Belvidere so much we decided to come back another day. I'll have those photos next week!

Check out all my posts on Belvidere!

 
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November 20, 2014

Late Night Local TV and Saturday Night Discomania

 
Old tube television

I really, really miss 1970s television. Not just the great shows that were in prime time, but late night local TV - which simply doesn't exist anymore, except for local news. 




November 18, 2014

Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak

Cummins House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Last week, I showed you the county courthouse and war memorial in Belvidere, New Jersey. 

Belvidere considers itself “the best kept secret in New Jersey”. 
 
No more! It is a lovely town with more Victorians per square mile than any other in New Jersey. 

This week I will show you the town square and some interesting buildings that surround it. The photo at the top of this post is The Cummins Home, built in 1834 by John B. Maxwell, a Congressman and newspaper editor. 

The town square is known as Garret D. Wall Park. It is a very pretty park and is surrounded by interesting homes and churches. 

Garret D. Wall Park, Belvidere, NJ


Garret D. Wall Park, Belvidere, NJ


Garret D. Wall Park, Belvidere, NJ


House in Belvidere, New Jersey



House in Belvidere, New Jersey


House in Belvidere, New Jersey

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Belvidere, NJ


United Methodist Church, Belvidere, New Jersey


United Presbyterian Church of Belvidere, New Jersey


Located on a nearby street is the Shoe Tree Oak
 
This tree is about 350 years old and about 15 feet around. 

As the sign says: 
 
Barefoot country folk sat under this tree to put on shoes before going to worship across the village green.


The Shoe Tree Oak, Belvidere, New Jersey


The Shoe Tree Oak, Belvidere, NJ


 
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November 16, 2014

WindMill and Max's -- A Hot Dog Rivalry in Long Branch

WindMill Hot Dogs
WindMill Hot Dogs, Long Branch, New Jersey

In the fierce hot dog wars of the Jersey Shore, there are two famous rivals, both of them in Long Branch.

November 13, 2014

Robin Williams First Appearance on the Tonight Show

Robin Williams in his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

 *Sigh* I miss both of them so much. 



November 11, 2014

Warren County Courthouse and War Memorial

Warren County Courthouse
Warren County Courthouse, Belvidere, NJ

Belvidere, New Jersey is a pretty little town on the Delaware River. The Warren County Courthouse was built in 1826 in Belvidere.

Big murder trials and public hangings took place at this historic courthouse.

You can read about the history of the courthouse here.


Warren County Courthouse sign
Warren County Courthouse sign


Warren County Courthouse
Side view of Warren County Courthouse


Adjacent to the courthouse is the Warren County War Memorial, dedicated in 1998. 

You can read about the War Memorial here.


Warren County War Memorial
Warren County War Memorial

Warren County War Memorial
Warren County War Memorial

Warren County War Memorial
Warren County War Memorial


Next week, I plan to share more photos of lovely Belvidere! Also check out my Sunday photos of a church just outside Belvidere. 

 

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November 09, 2014

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen
The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen


The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen is located in the the historic Hazen section of White Township, just outside of Belvidere. It is a small country church sitting on a knoll.

I love old churches with their old graveyards. 
 
This church has a long history in Warren County. According to their website, which was adapted from Snell’s ‘History of Sussex and Warren Counties’: 

This is one of the oldest churches in Presbytery of Newton. As early as 1739 there was occasional preaching in the bounds of the congregation. In 1744, Rev. James Campbell preached several times and baptized some children. The Rev. David Brain¬erd, Indian missionary, and Rev. Daniel Lawrence also preached sundry times till the year 1749. At that time the congregation unanimously put them¬selves under the care of the Presbytery of New Brunswick and made application for supplies, and have ever since considered themselves belonging to said Presbytery. 

You can read more about the history of the church here


The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen
The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen
The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen
The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen


November 04, 2014

Cooper Gristmill in Chester

Cooper Gristmill
The back of the Cooper Gristmill

Nathan Cooper built the Cooper Gristmill in 1826 in lovely and historic Chester, New Jersey. 

Cooper Gristmill
The front of the Cooper Gristmill

Cooper Gristmill
Closeup of the Cooper Gristmill

Cooper Gristmill
The Cooper Gristmill, built in 1826

Harnessing water from the Black River that flows behind the mill, 2000 pound millstones turn grain into flour.

The Black River
Harnessing waterpower from the Black River

The Black River
The Black River supplies the power

This is the only water-powered gristmill in the state that still produces flour.

The waterwheel that provides the power weighs 6 tons.


Waterwheel
The waterwheel weighs 6 tons  
Waterwheel
Water is making the wheel turn



You can read more about the Cooper Gristmill here.
   
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November 02, 2014

Diners of New Jersey: The Bendix Diner in Hasbrouck Heights

Bendix Diner, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

The Bendix Diner in Hasbrouck Heights has been around for decades. Apparently it was named the Bendix after the Bendix Corporation  which had a factory nearby.

The diner is situated - literally - in the middle of  Route 17.

Bendix Diner, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Bendix Diner, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Bendix Diner, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Bendix Diner, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

You can see a little bit of this diner and other Jersey classics, some by the Jerry O'Mahoney Diner Company, in this video by Alan Wasenius, which includes the Bendix in the beginning of the video (including the interior): 


Check out his YouTube Channel.

Most of the diners in the video still exist.

Sadly, Max's in Harrison, that adorable red and white cream puff diner, is gone now, replaced by a very ugly, generic building. 

Also gone is The Wildwood Diner, which was also demolished.