Posts with the label post offices
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March 31, 2015

Port Murray Post Office and Abandoned Train Station | Mansfield Township, New Jersey

Port Murray train station



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. 

 

Port Murray, which is a section of Mansfield Township,  was an important railroad stop in the 1800s in this part of rural Warren County, New Jersey. 

 

This, in addition to the Morris Canal, brought industry to this remote area. The station was on the Morris and Essex Railroad, about 67 miles from New York City.

 

In 1996, the Port Murray Historic District was listed on The National Register of Historic Places. You can read more about it here.




Port Murray post office
Port Murray Post Office
Caboose
The Caboose

Port Murray train station
Port Murray Train Station
Port Murray train station
Port Murray Train Station
Port Murray train station
Port Murray Train Station
Port Murray train station
Port Murray Train Station
Railroad tracks
Port Murray Train Station



Port Murray Post Office and Abandoned Train Station | Mansfield Township, New Jersey

March 31, 2015

June 22, 2014

The Brainy Borough | Metuchen, New Jersey

Metuchen Post Office, New Jersey
Metuchen, NJ Post Office, Brainy Boro Station

 

The Brainy Borough

 

As I wrote in my post about the Lake Hiawatha Firehouse, 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: 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 NJ.com 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
 

You may also want to read my post about the Lake Hiawatha firehouse.   


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The Brainy Borough | Metuchen, New Jersey

June 22, 2014

November 26, 2013

Historic Red Mill Museum Village | Clinton, New Jersey

The Red Mill Museum Shop

Red Mill Museum Village


Historic Red Mill Museum 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, talc, and graphite.

Historic Red Mill Village
Historic Red Mill Village


The Blacksmith: 

 The Blacksmith

The Blacksmith
The Blacksmith

The General Store and Post Office:


The General Store and Post Office
The General Store and Post Office

Read more of my posts about the Red Mill and the Schoolhouse.

 

If you want to read more about The Red Mill, including the history of the mill, more photos, and visiting hours, read this page.

 

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Historic Red Mill Museum Village | Clinton, New Jersey

November 26, 2013

November 08, 2011

Thanksgiving In The Country, Part 1 | Sergeantsville, New Jersey and Stockton, New Jersey


Post Office
Sergeantsville, NJ Post Office


Thanksgiving In The Country 

 

For the last 38 years Sergeantsville, NJ has hosted Thanksgiving In The Country

 

This is a tour of interesting houses and places in the surrounding countryside. The proceeds benefit the Cleft Palate Unit of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

 
Sergeantsville (the first syllable is pronounced "surge"), part of Delaware Township in Hunterdon County, is a lovely rural area. 

 

Many houses and buildings in the area date to the Revolutionary War days. 

 

Many buildings there and in surrounding towns are in the National Register of Historic Places. 

 

I was also pleased to see signs on some farms that are designated as preserved farmlands.

Nearby is the famous Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge, which we passed through twice but I was unable to photograph (we were on the tour bus and went through the bridge quickly). 

 

I will definitely go back for that! It is the last covered bridge in New Jersey.

This year’s tour included an artist’s home, an old house that George Washington slept in (he slept his way all over New Jersey during the Revolutionary War), and a really cool old house with an eclectic mix of modern and old furnishings. 

 

I couldn’t take photos inside the houses of course, but tried to take as many photos of the surroundings as I could. 

 

Also included was the Methodist church, where a delicious lunch was served, and the Prallsville Mills in Stockton, where a complimentary tea was served.

The photo at the top is the Sergeantsville Post Office. 

 

Below are photos of the Sergeantsville General Store, The Sergeantsville Inn, the Methodist Church, some of the houses and countryside, and the Prallsville Mills.

The Sergeantsville Inn, which has been around in one form or another since the 1700's:


The Sergeantsville Inn
The Sergeantsville Inn

The traffic cop:


Sergeantsville Police Officer
Sergeantsville Police Officer


The Methodist Church:


Sergeantsville Methodist Church, New Jersey
Sergeantsville Methodist Church, New Jersey

Sergeantsville Methodist Church, New Jersey
Sergeantsville Methodist Church, New Jersey

The General Store:


Sergeantsville General Store, New Jersey
Sergeantsville General Store, New Jersey

One of the tour houses and surrounding countryside:


House
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ
Thanksgiving in the Country House Tour 2011, Sergeantsville, NJ

 

The Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ:

Prallsville Mills, Stockton, New Jersey
Prallsville Mills, Stockton, New Jersey

Prallsville Mills, Stockton, New Jersey
Prallsville Mills, Stockton, New Jersey

Prallsville Mills, Stockton, New Jersey
Prallsville Mills, Stockton, New Jersey

Prallsville Mills, Stockton, New Jersey
Prallsville Mills, Stockton, New Jersey


You may also read Thanksgiving in the Country, Part 2.


To read more about Sergeantsville (Delaware Township), click here.

 

For more about the Sergeantsville Inn, click here.

For more about the Prallsville Mills, click here.

For more about the Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge, click here.


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Thanksgiving In The Country, Part 1 | Sergeantsville, New Jersey and Stockton, New Jersey

November 08, 2011