Bucks County Events, Things to Do, Area GuideBucks County Guide
Bucks County Alive on Facebook
Charities, conservation, events, festivals, concerts, fairs, recognition
Community News
Press Releases
Celebrate NJ's Revolutionary War parks and open spaces on July 4
6/24/2016

This July 4 commemorates the birth of our nation 240 years ago, and most folks will celebrate Independence Day with picnics, parades and fireworks.

I recently attended a family memorial at spectacular West Point and was struck by its convergence of natural beauty and our country’s revolutionary war history. 

Revolutionary War historic sites are scattered throughout New Jersey, and many of them are inspiring and beautiful.  They are great places to learn a bit of history, celebrate our nation’s founding and enjoy the landscapes.

New Jersey played a crucial role in the American Revolution and – located between the new nation’s capital in Philadelphia and the British stronghold in New York – it was truly the “Crossroads of the American Revolution.”  General George Washington and the Continental Army spent more days in New Jersey than any other state.

Recognizing the state’s significance, President George W. Bush signed legislation in 2006 establishing the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, which encompasses parts of 14 New Jersey counties where significant events took place. The Heritage Area includes Morristown National Historic Park and sites associated with the Battles of Trenton, Princeton and Monmouth.  The Heritage Area also helps to preserve the historic landscapes of New Jersey… the farms, fields, hills and valleys of the Crossroads region.

Here are some ideas for places to visit in this state we’re in.

Morristown National Historic Park. Jockey Hollow, the winter encampment of the Continental Army and General George Washington's headquarters in Morristown in 1777 and 1779-80, preserves both the lands and historic features. The Continental Army used its timber resources for the construction of over 1,000 soldier huts. If you explore the twenty seven miles of hiking trails there, you can see evidence of the "log-house city."  Located in the headwaters of the Great Swamp Watershed, many of the park’s trails crisscross the streams that provided Washington’s soldiers with water. 

Since the time of the Revolutionary War, the forest at the park has regrown into a secondary old growth tulip tree forest. There are up to 100 acres of old growth tulip trees now 150 to 220 years old, up to 42 inches in diameter and at least 120 feet tall.

Morristown National Historic Park includes three important Revolutionary War sites: Jockey Hollow, the Ford Mansion, and Fort Nonsense, the latter a hilltop fortification overlooking Morristown, including trenches, raised embankments, a signal beacon and fantastic views.

Battle of Trenton and Battle of Princeton. In the early months of the American Revolution, British forces had won key victories in New York and had driven the Continental Army to retreat into Pennsylvania.  If it were not for Washington’s daring crossing of the Delaware River on a stormy Christmas night in 1776 leading to victories in Trenton and Princeton, it’s likely that the Revolution could have come to an early end.

You can see the site of the Delaware River crossing at Washington's Crossing State Park in Titusville. Originally preserved for its historical significance, the park is also well known for its trails and wildlife habitat. A wide variety of migrating birds use the stream and ravine for resting and nesting.  A variety of spring and summer wildflowers can be found throughout the park, making it an idyllic setting for picnicking and hiking.

Not far away is Princeton Battlefield State Park, where on Jan. 3, 1777, Washington led his troops to Princeton for one of the fiercest battles of the Revolution.  General Hugh Mercer, Washington’s close friend, refused to surrender to British soldiers and was bayoneted several times before falling next to a large oak tree. The tree was known thereafter as the Mercer Oak. It survived to the age of 300 years before it was felled by strong winds in March 2000. A sapling grown from a Mercer Oak acorn was planted inside the old stump and now the young “new” Mercer Oak is thriving in the same location.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park.  The Battle of Monmouth took place took place on June 28, 1778 when the Continental Army intercepted an army of British, German and Loyalist soldiers fleeing from Philadelphia to New York to escape an impending blockade of the Delaware River. While the British-led troops escaped, the battle established the effectiveness of the Continental Army and is considered an important strategic and political victory for General Washington.

The 1,800-acre park in Manalapan preserves a rural 18th-century landscape of hilly farmland and hedgerows that encompasses miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas and a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse.

To find more Revolutionary War sites in New Jersey, go to the Crossroads of the American Revolution website at http://revolutionarynj.org or the Revolutionary War New Jersey website at www.revolutionarywarnewjersey.com.

And for information about preserving New Jersey’s land and natural resources, visit the New Jersey Conservation Foundation website at www.njconservation.org or contact me at info@njconservation.org.


Link to More Information

POSTS

Weather extremes may be New Jersey's new normal

Bald eagles and ospreys rebound in New Jersey

Pine Barrens prescribed fires: A renewal force

Take a walk on the bottom of the sea!

Energy efficiency saves money and land - and creates jobs!

The Pines of March

Trees are more social than you think!

New Jersey's geological 'layer cake'

Keeping the 'great' in Paterson's Great Falls

Some good news!

Take action to defend and protect land and water

Interested in ecology? Become a Rutgers Environmental Steward

2016 wins and losses for New Jersey's land and water

Kick off a healthy New Year with First Day hike

Energy infrastructure: the new sprawl

Two great books for connecting kids with nature

Why do some trees stay green while others lose their leaves?

Melting ice, rising seas, hotter planet

Our forests never sleep, even in winter!

Documentary brings Great Swamp battle back to life

Defending the land they loved

Four years after Sandy, rising sea levels predicted

New Jersey: Small state, big diversity

10 great natural areas for enjoying fall colors

Removing obsolete dams brings rivers back to life

Humpback whales a welcome sight off NJ coast

NJ wine industry boosts agritourism

For good health, bathe in a forest!

Let's NOT make a deal!

New Jersey's spectacular waterfalls

Urban trees boost health and land values

Blue Acres: A win-win for open space, owners of flooded homes

Get mosquitos to buzz off - naturally!

Flawed pipeline approval process needs reforms

Speak out for our Atlantic Ocean and coast!

Help Pokemon Go lead into outdoors and nature

NJ 4th in peaches; don't miss out on peach season!

Water, water everywhere - keep it safe to drink!

Growing beer in the Garden State

Celebrate NJ's Revolutionary War parks and open spaces on July 4

Override Governor's veto of open space bill

Taming the wild blueberry 100 years ago

Celebrate and take action during National Pollinator Week

Get on the Circuit for National Trails Day

New tax deduction would give boost to NJ non-profits

Best nature movies

Call on Governor Christie to sign the open space bill!

Native seed bank may provide ash trees of the future

Urban farms bring healthy local foods

National Park Service turns 100

ARCHIVE

March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011

CLICK FOR RECENT POSTS

Since opening in 2002, Sellersville Theater has become a vital stop on the East Coast circuit for musicians and comedians. Specializing in an ambitious, eclectic mix of top name artists and great new talent, the delightful venue is renowned for its sound quality and intimate shows. Artists have included Emmylou Harris, Lisa Loeb, The Temptations, Roy Clark, Todd Rungren, Judy Collins and hundreds more. Located just off Route 309 between Montgomeryville and Quakertown, the theater sits next to the Washington House Restaurant, a Bucks County landmark offering casual fine dining.

Brewers of distinctive Ales and Lagers. Live entertainment, both local and national acts, and a 'Home Grown Menu'  featuring food sourced from local farms.

M.A. Landscapes & Lawn Care, LLC is a single source, full-service provider for your landscaping, hardscaping, lawn care and tree/shrub needs. In addition to our basic landscaping services, we offer core aeration and over seeding, fertilization and weed control applications including crabgrass control, insect control and liming. Our grounds maintenance and fertilization program can protect your valuable landscaping investment.  Our commitment to customer satisfaction lies in our reliable service, state of the art equipment, and personable customer service.

Serving Bucks County since 1984



Shady Brook Farm is a 4th generation run family business boasting a large farm market, HUGE garden center, and busy pick-your-own operation. Throughout the year Shady Brook hosts seasonal festivals and events, Fall Fest, and the spectacular Holiday Light Show. Our Nursery stocks hundreds of trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs, seasonal favorites and more. The Garden Center has everything you need to create a beautiful landscape including mulch, soil, stone, seed, fertilizer, tools and expert staff to answer all your questions. In addition, our partner PLANT is a design and build company that can help give you the landscape of your dreams. Come see all that Shady Brook Farm has to offer.

Mercedes-Benz of Princeton is a family owned and operated exclusive Mercedes-Benz dealership located in the Lawrenceville / Princeton NJ area serving Central New Jersey, Lehigh Valley and the Bucks County & Philadelphia region. We have been providing the community with a friendly automotive experience since 1983. We comprise the most competitive lease & purchase options and a 22 Bay Service Department with MBUSA trained technicians to help serve you & your Mercedes-Benz. We continue to provide our clients with quality customer service in sales, service, and customer relations, striving to meet every luxury car driver's unique needs in each and every department.

Froehlich?s Farm and Garden Center is a fourth generation, family owned and operated business that has been serving Bucks County since 1942.  As a seasonal business, Froehlich?s Farm has something great to offer for every time of year. From spring planters, hanging baskets, landscape design, a full stocked nursery yard, and vegetable gardens to fall and holiday decorating, plants and gifts, Froehlich?s Farm provides all your seasonal needs.  Yearly events include our Fall Festival, Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Birthday Parties, Group Events and Visits with Santa.  Stop in today to become part of the family tradition!

Located in Sellersville, PA., Bair's Tree and Lawn Service has been providing excellent customer service since 1981. The family-run company services Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh, Berks and neighboring counties with a customer base of over 15,000, offering tree care, maintenance, stump grinding, management of tree hazards and storm damage, as well as a tailored turf care program which includes lawn fertilization, weed control, seeding & renovation, insect & disease control.

For 30 years, The Princeton Review has been the destination for college and grad bound students to make their dreams a reality. Last year alone, we helped more than 3.5 million students get into a great college or grad school. How do we do it? Online and in-person tutoring and test prep from top-notch educators as well as more than 150 books that provide test prep help to college admissions advice. For 30 years, The Princeton Review has been the destination for college and grad bound students to make their dreams a reality. Last year alone, we helped more than 3.5 million students get into a great college or grad school. How do we do it? Online and in-person tutoring and test prep from top-notch educators as well as more than 150 books that provide test prep help to college admissions advice.

  become a sponsor

adbnrs