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Celebrate New Jersey
|The Delaware and
Save gas as you tour our wonderful state
from the comfort of your chair. Experience
the famous and not-so-famous people,
places, and events of our great little state.
Explore our diverse geography: mountains,
highlands, rivers, lakes, and seashore.
Visit the South, the North, the Central, and
little-known places in between. See the many
inventions made in New Jersey, including the
Band-Aid®, the bar code, and Bubble
Wrap®. See the largest clock and flag in the
world. Follow George Washington as he
criss-crossed our state.
Did you know that for more than 170
years, the Delaware and Raritan
Canal has meandered across the
narrow waist of New Jersey?
Did you know that the D&R was one of
our nation’s most successful towpath
canals, carrying more tonnage in 1866
than the more famous Erie Canal?
Did you know that Johnson & Johnson,
Roebling, and Fleischmann’s Distillery
all had their start along the D&R?
And did you know that the canal
provides the people of central New
Jersey with both a water supply and a
premier recreational facility?
To see a list of upcoming presentations, click here.
|The Garden State:
Where Ideas Grow
Band-Aids. Movies. Color television. Bubble Wrap. Bar
codes. The modern submarine. What do all of these
things have in common? Give up?
They were all invented in the great state of New
New Jersey is truly the land of inventions. M&M’s,
solar panels, transistors, flexible film and Graham
crackers are but a few of the useful and unique
creations from the minds of Garden State residents.
Not to mention the 1,093 patents issued to Thomas
Learn about the many inventions and innovations that
came from the minds of Garden State people.
Your inventions talk was informative,
entertaining, and downright fun!
-- Rural Awareness, Inc.
Thank you and Robert for a
Somerville has a wonderful
and rich history and your
passion for this town is
I counted 37 people here.
-- Fiona Kennedy, Program Director,
Somerville Public Library
Somerville Through Time
The historic photos of Somerville Through
Time provide a glimpse into the life of the
village and the people of a century ago and
through comparison with modern views, show
the growth of the borough.
George Washington lived in Somerville for six
months during the Middlebrook Cantonment of
the American Revolution. At the turn of the last
century, Somerville, the county seat, was a
very contemporary town. Main Street was an
avenue of commerce, lined with stores,
services, and entertainment. In 1900 the town
boasted three newspapers, a major shopping
district, and lots of entertainment. People
traveled from neighboring towns on the
trolleys, and train service linked Somerville to
New York, Trenton, Philadelphia, and more
distant points. The municipality was part of
Bridgewater Township until 1909, when
Somerville became an independent borough.
The town celebrated its Centennial in 2009.
National Register sites in the borough include
the Somerset County Court House; the
colonial Wallace House; the Old Dutch
Parsonage; St. John's Episcopal Church and
rectory; the Exempt Firemen’s Museum, the
Daniel Robert Mansion, now the borough hall,
and J. Harper Smith Mansion.
The Millstone Valley Through Time
Driving along the Millstone Valley National Scenic
Byway is a trip back into the history of central New
Jersey. The villages of East Millstone, Millstone,
Blackwells Mills, Griggstown, Rocky Hill, and
Kingston offer the visitor a glimpse into the life of the
valley as it was and still is today.
This north-south corridor in Somerset County is a
rare oasis of natural beauty and historic integrity. It
offers a glimpse into the past, where rich layers of
history—from the earliest Dutch settlement through
the Revolutionary War to the canal era—live on. The
Millstone Valley is also part of the Crossroads of the
American Revolution National Heritage Area and the
East Coast Greenway.
As hundreds of people come daily to hike, bike, fish,
and canoe in the Delaware and Raritan Canal State
Park, they discover the beauty of the Millstone
Valley National Scenic Byway. Follow the byway
through natural areas, farmland, historic villages,
and early industrial sites, linked by the tranquil
ribbons of water that give modern New Jerseyans a
sense of their 19th-century heritage. Spend a day,
an afternoon, or a lifetime, savoring the charm of
this unexpected, rural oasis.
Thank you so much for your very
interesting and informative
program. It was excellent and we
all enjoyed it! We were happy to
have you in Cranbury again and
are already looking forward to
the next time.
With appreciation, Audrey
We all really enjoyed your
presentation and realized how
many hours went into making it.
You are doing a great service to
our state. Keep up the good work.
-- Christine Williams, president
Jefferson Township Historical Society