New Illustrated Booklet. The early days of Hudson County, NJ, and its various communities -- Bergen, Harrison, Jersey City, North Bergen, Van Vorst, and Weehawken -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 50 page 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 on 60# paper, with the fine print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of 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 Area; a Description of Bergen; in 1680 and Provisions of the 1668 Charter; History of the Dutch Reformed Church in Bergen, the first church in New Jersey; the Murder of Stephen Ball by Cornelius Hetfield and others; Revolutionary War stories; a Detailed Account of the Death of Alexander Hamilton in a Duel with Vice President Aaron Burr; Hamilton's Funeral; a Prophetic Poem by Major Andre, ridiculing General Wayne's Round Up of Cows in Hudson County; Special WPA Sections on Hoboken, Jersey City and Bayonne; Maps; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The booklet contains delightful hand-drawn sketches by Barber and Howe of Jersey City, as seen from New York City (full page); Ancient Reformed Dutch Church at Bergen; and the Site of the Hamilton-Burr Duel.
Hudson County, NJ
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey / Hudson County History
Authors: John Warner Barber and Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1847
Original Publisher: Louis H. Everts
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