Showing posts with label New Jersey history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Jersey history. Show all posts

March For Our Lives in Morristown!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 / 10 comments
Morristown, New Jersey town hall

On Saturday, March 24th one of the #MarchForOurLives rallies took place in Morristown, New Jersey. 

Protesters came with clever signs and a real sense of accomplishment amongst the surprisingly large crowd. About 13,000 marchers showed upMorristown was one of about 800 sibling marches to the main one in Washington, DC.

It was a cold day but with blue skies and bright sunshine. Drones flew overhead, speeches were made, and determination for real change pervaded the crowd. 

First, we gathered in front of town hall. 

Evergreens in Montclair

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 / 21 comments
Charles Shultz House,, Montclair, New Jersey
Evergreens, Montclair, New Jersey
During the holiday season, several historic homes in Montclair are open to the public for holiday tours. One of them is Charles Shultz House, also known as Evergreens.

Little Red Schoolhouse in Florham Park

Monday, July 20, 2015 / 31 comments
Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey
Little Red Schoolhouse, Florham Park, New Jersey

Little Red Schoolhouse is the pride and joy of beautiful Florham Park, New Jersey. It is in their township logo and all over the town website. 

Little Red Schoolhouse, which was known as Columbia School District No. 5, was built in 1866 and was in continual use for classes until 1914. 

Port Murray Post Office and Abandoned Train Station

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 / 31 comments

Port Murray has a post office that is . . . a trailer. 

What is more interesting is what is behind the post office/trailer - an old caboose and abandoned train station. 

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital

Monday, March 16, 2015 / 20 comments
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The Kirkbride Building, Greystone Park (March 2015)

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital was originally built in 1876 as the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum at Morristown. Obviously there was no “political correctness” at the time. 

State Insane Asylum, Morris Plains, NJ (Public domain photo from Wikipedia)

Searching for History in Belvidere

Monday, December 1, 2014 / 28 comments


Belvidere, New Jersey
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

Driving Around Belvidere . . . and beyond

Monday, November 24, 2014 / 20 comments
Twin Mills of Belvidere, New Jersey
The 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.

Belvidere Town Square and The Shoe Tree Oak

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 / 34 comments
Cummins House, Belvidere, New Jersey
The Cummins Home, Belvidere, NJ

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. 

Warren County Courthouse and War Memorial

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 / 14 comments
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.

The First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen

Sunday, November 9, 2014 / 2 comments
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.

Cooper Gristmill in Chester

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / 34 comments
Cooper Gristmill
The back of the Cooper Gristmill

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

The Buzz Aldrin Rock

Monday, July 21, 2014 / 2 comments
The Buzz Aldrin Rock
The Buzz Aldrin Rock, Montclair, New Jersey

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two men to walk on the moon. Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of that historic feat.

Buzz was from Montclair, New Jersey, and he had attended the township schools and is probably the most famous graduate of Montclair High School (which has many distinguished graduates).

His mother's maiden name was Marion Moon. Yes, Moon. If you don't believe me, you can read this article about Buzz where he swears it's the truth.

The town was wildly proud of him, and in September of that year they threw a "Buzz Aldrin Day" celebration, complete with parade, and dedicated a rock in front of his lovely childhood home.

Apparently, it's not a moon rock.
The Buzz Aldrin Rock
The Buzz Aldrin Rock, Montclair, New Jersey

The Buzz Aldrin Rock
Buzz Aldrin's childhood home, Montclair, New Jersey
The childhood home of Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin's childhood home, Montclair, New Jersey

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Yurts at Allaire State Park

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 / 12 comments


Yurts at Allaire State Park

Traditional yurts used by nomads in Asia are usually made with felt or wool. Yurts have been adapted for camping in the United States. 

Only four campgrounds in New Jersey have yurts. Allaire State Park is one of them. 

The Brainy Borough: Metuchen

Sunday, June 22, 2014 / 14 comments
Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Metuchen, NJ Post Office, Brainy Boro Station


As I wrote in my post about Lake Hiawatha, many New Jersey town names are derived from Native American words. 

For example, the very nice borough (sometimes spelled "boro") of Metuchen is named for the Indian chief Metuching.

Metuchen is located in Middlesex County, completely surrounded by the much larger Edison Township, like a hole in a doughnut.

Just about 100 years ago, Metuchen had many intellectuals living and working in the town. The prosperous community of Glen Ridge had many intellectuals of their own and they decided that they were obviously a smarter town and they would claim bragging rights to the title. 

Metuchen responded to the challenge, and had a contest with Glen Ridge to decide which was the “brainy boro.” Metuchen won, and the name has stuck. Metuchen has never forgotten this, and has been bragging about this for the last century. 

To prove this, here are some links: 


Metuchen used its smarts to claim the title of The Brainy Borough


Metuchen: The Brainy Borough's 'Overnight' Success


Metuchen Living: People Events and Places in the Brainy Boro: Co-Working in the Brainy Boro 

Recently, there was a vaguely worried article on about Metuchen’s downtown area, although the author assured readers that “plenty of people have moved to the Brainy Borough because they liked its vibrant, walkable downtown." 

Not to worry. Not only is the official motto of the town “The Official Brainy Borough” but one of the two post office branches is still called the “Brainy Boro Station.”

Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Brainy Boro Station, Metuchen, NJ Post Office
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Lake Hiawatha Firehouse

Saturday, June 21, 2014 / 4 comments
Fire Department, Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey


Lake Hiawatha is one of several communities within the large township of Parsippany. Towns and areas with names of Native American origin are common in New Jersey. 


The name “Parsippany” is derived from a Lenape word which means “where the river winds through the valley.” 


Lake Hiawatha has many streets named after Native American words: Iroquois, Mohegan, Oswego, Seminole, Navajo, and my favorite, Minnehaha Boulevard. 


On the front of the building are the following words: The Desire to Serve. The Courage to Act. The Ability to Perform.

Fire House in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Fire House in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey fire house

Historic Clinton Village Again

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / 10 comments
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Historic Clinton Village

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 / 8 comments
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Historic Red Mill Village in Clinton includes several different buildings that hold historic interest. The mill was used to make many things over the years, including wool, peach baskets, graphites, talc, and graphite.

Schoolhouse at the Red Mill Museum, Clinton, New Jersey

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 / 20 comments
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Last week I showed you the Historic Red Mill at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, New Jersey. There is indeed a little village at the Red Mill site, and this week I present to you the little schoolhouse! 

Historic Speedwell in Morristown

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 / 16 comments
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Historic Speedwell is a beautiful 7.5 acre park which includes the former Speedwell Ironworks and Speedwell Village, in historic Morristown, NJ. 

National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 / 8 comments
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The National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt, New Jersey is a non-profit museum designed to preserve the military history of New Jersey. The little museum has many interesting exhibits to explain New Jersey’s important role in various military campaigns.

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