The early days of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and its various communities -- Alexandria, Amwell, Bethleham, Bloomsbury, Clinton, Clover Hill, Delaware, Flemington, Greenville, Kingwood, Lambertville (formerly Georgetown), Lebanon, Milford, Mt. Airy, New Germantown, Raritan, Readington, Ringoes, Rocktown, Snidertown, and Tewksbury -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 35 page Illustrated booklet reprinted from two hard to find books: the 1847 edition of John Warner Barber and Henry Howe's Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey and New Jersey, a Guide to Its Present and Past, a WPA project published in 1939. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the fine print enlarged for easier reading. Clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. The Howe/Barber history covers the development of this area until about 1844, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glympse from a 1939 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Among the many and varied topics in the booklet are: Early settlers; a physical description of the county; How a Timely Ambush Saved the Area from British Troops and other Revolutionary War Incidents; Coryel's Ferry; Gen. Washington's and Gen. Greene's Headquarters; Wells' Falls; Ringo's Old Tavern; "The Barrens" and " Great Swamp"; the Freshet of 1841, and Mr. Fell's Adventure; the Society of Dunkers in Delaware Township, with a description of their Life Style and Beliefs; Early Murder Executions; Small Maps of the area; the Baptist Church at Flemington; Thomas Potts Johnson, pioneer attorney, and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The booklet contains delightful hand-drawn sketches by Barber and Howe depicting the County Buildings at Flemington, Clinton from Quarry Hill and the communities of Milford, Lambertsville, Bloomsbury and New Germantown.
Hunterdon County, NJ
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey / Hunterdon County History
Authors: John Warner Barber and Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1847
Original Publisher: Gazette Company
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