Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak

November 18, 2014

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


 
Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!
 

Comments

  1. What a lovely place I like the buildings and the nice homes :-)

    Have a tanfastic week :-)

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  2. I have never been, never heard of this area, until now. I will def add this to my must visit list!! It reminds me of cape may, looks like a beautiful place!!

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    1. The victorians remind me of Cape May, too. It's a pretty little town on the river.

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  3. Beautiful homes! I'm glad I found your blog - obviously we have similar interests :-) I love your NJ Memories too. Brings me back to the good old days.

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    1. I love these old-fashioned towns, too. Thanks for your lovely comments. Your blog is off to a great start!

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  4. Lovely pics - from WW http://linorstorecom.blogspot.com/2014/11/wordless-wed-bead-storage.html

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  5. Loved the tour of this great historical place.

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  6. Thank you for sharing! I feel like I am really walking with you with these photos! Amazing place.

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  7. Didn't know folks walked barefoot and then at the last moment put on their shoes before going into church. Now that saves on leather!
    JM, Illinois

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    1. It's interesting to have a glimpse into their lifestyles.

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  8. I love the houses and building. How cool is that shoe tree? Great post.

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  9. Beautiful buildings and leaves! What neat history about the shoe tree.

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  10. 350 years old is impressive for a tree.
    I have trouble commenting on the discus comment forms. Drives me nuts :)

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    1. Yes, I had Disqus for awhile and I didn't like it :)

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  11. Love these houses, but especially the black and white one in Belvedere. My goodness, that oak is a beautiful marker of history!

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    1. I love that black and white house, too. I really love the oak tree.

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  12. Looks so pretty - what a great place to visit! :)
    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

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  13. What beautiful town! I wish I visited it before moving west. The oak shoe tree is fascinating--to think it has been there so long! There s so much history in NJ that many people in the US don't know about. You are doing a nice job with your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments! I love the shoe tree oak and New Jersey history!

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  14. Nice images. I moved to NC from the Philly area and these shots are nostalgic for me.
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  15. I live in Belvidere. It is a wonderful town and a great place to raise children. There are many homes for sale... Check us out and move in ;)

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    1. It's a lovely town. I wish that I could live there :)

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  16. I live in Belgrade and walked passed that tree everyday on my way to school... its definitely impressive and belvidere is a very beautiful town....we have Victorian days every year at the park and many of us Victorian era homes are open for tours..

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