History in New Jersey

New Jersey has a long and distinguished history that dates back far before the American Revolution in which the state played a pivotal role.

Also known as the Garden State, New Jersey has been a center for high-tech industry and invention throughout its existence. Originally settled by Native Americans, New Jersey has welcomed waves of immigrants, from the Dutch and English in the 1600s to Asians and Latin Americans today. Read More

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    City: Haddonfield
    233 Kings Hwy. E. Haddonfield, NJ 08033
    Built in 1750, this early Ameican pubic house and tavern was a Revolutionary War meeting place for NJ's Legislature. The Great Seal of the State of NJ was adopted here. Guided tours available.
    City: Highlands
    26 Hudson Rd. Highlands, NJ 07732
    Located in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area near the tip of the Sandy Hook peninsula overlooking the entrance to New York Harbor, this fort played a key role in harbor...
    Franklin Mineral Museum
    City: Franklin
    32 Evans St. Franklin, NJ 07416
    Our area is world known for fluorescent minerals and mining. Vist the museum and view Fluorescent, local and worldwide mineral exhibits. Artifacts, fossils, and a two level mine replica. Rock...
    Liberty Science Center
    City: Jersey City
    222 Jersey City Blvd. Jersey City, NJ 07305
    Liberty Science Center offers hundreds of exhibitions in 12 galleries and amazing films in the nation's largest IMAX Dome Theater with a screen 88 feet in diameter. Exhibitions include interactive...
    City: Rutherford
    91 Crane Ave. Rutherford, NJ 07070
    Changing exhibits of local history and decorative arts, permanent collections of antique toys, pre-electric kitchenware, colonial home crafts, rocks and minerals. Annual activities and events.
    City: West Collingswood
    216 White Horse Pk. West Collingswood, NJ 08107
    Established by Dempsey D Butler in 1867 to provide a burial site in the city of Camden for his wife, United States Civil War Colored Veterans and poor Camden City "Colored" residents. Documented...
    City: Upper Freehold
    62 Walnford Rd. Upper Freehold, NJ 08501
    This site showcases over 200 years of social, technological and environmental history through the Waln family. Visit the elegant home built in 1774, the 19th century gristmill (operating on...
    City: Ocean City
    1735 Simpson Ave. Ocean City, NJ 08226
    Come and explore the museum by perusing our extensive collection of Ocean City heirlooms and memorabilia. Take a trip back in time as you hear stories of a princess, shipwrecks filled with...
    Thomas Edison National Historical Park
    City: West Orange
    211 Main St. West Orange, NJ 07052
    Thomas Edison National Historical Park is where Thomas Edison worked and lived from 1886 until his death 1931. ...
    Cape May Point State Park
    City: Cape May Point
    Lighthouse & Yale Aves. Cape May Point, NJ 08212
    Although Cape May Lighthouse is a major attraction for many visitors to the area, the park's constantly changing shoreline, dunes, freshwater coastal marsh and ponds, forested islands and varied...
    City: Morristown
    5 Olyphant Pl. Morristown, NJ 07960
    1760 home of Dr. Jabez Campfield, Surgeon General to Gen. George Washington. John Cochran was a guest at the home. Alexander Hamilton courted Betsy Schuyler here in the winter of 1779-1780. The...
    City: Wildwood
    3306 Pacific Ave. Wildwood, NJ 08260
    Come and experience the history of the National Marbles Tournament. Memorabilia is on display located at the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce. Call for hours of operation.