Posts with the label Belvidere
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Showing posts with label Belvidere. Show all posts

December 01, 2014

Searching for History in Belvidere

 

Belvidere, New Jersey


Belvidere, New Jersey Has An Interesting History

 

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. 

Country Gate Playhouse


We ate lunch at the Thisilldous Eatery

 

Everyone was very friendly. The sandwich was good.

 


Belvidere, New Jersey




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


John Nicoll House, Belvidere, New Jersey


John Nicoll House plaque, 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. 

PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


PNC Bank Building, Belvidere, New Jersey


Warren House was built in 1828, on the former site of a log cabin. It is now a Masonic temple.


Warren House, Belvidere, New Jersey


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.

Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House plaque, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Robert Morris House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Please read Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak.

 

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Searching for History in Belvidere

December 01, 2014

November 24, 2014

Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

Twin Mills of Belvidere, New Jersey

Driving Around 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


Also read my post on Searching For History In Belvidere.

 

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Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

November 24, 2014

November 18, 2014

Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak | Belvidere, New Jersey

Cummins House, Belvidere, New Jersey


Belvidere and The Shoe Tree Oak

 

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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Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak | Belvidere, New Jersey

November 18, 2014

November 11, 2014

Warren County Courthouse and War Memorial | Belvidere, New Jersey

Warren County Courthouse
Warren County Courthouse, Belvidere, NJ

Warren County Courthouse

 

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.



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. 



Warren County War Memorial
Warren County War Memorial

Warren County War Memorial
Warren County War Memorial

Warren County War Memorial
Warren County War Memorial


Check out these other posts on Belvidere, New Jersey:

 

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen 

Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak

Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

Searching for History in Belvidere

 

 

Thanks for visiting New Jersey Memories!

Warren County Courthouse and War Memorial | Belvidere, New Jersey

November 11, 2014

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

 

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen located in 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


Please check out some old churches at Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak.

 

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The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen

November 09, 2014