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Woodbridge in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

United States Post Office

Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095

 
 
United States Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 7, 2008
1. United States Post Office Marker
Inscription. The original post office of Woodbridge, established July 31, 1792, was located at the Cross Keys Tavern on the northwest corner of Amboy Avenue and Main Street. The first postmaster appointed by Postmaster General Timothy Pickering was the Honorable John Manning, who was the proprietor of this historical tavern, where George Washington, (April 22, 1789) remained overnight on his way to New York to be inaugurated the first President of the United States.

In 1812, the Post Office was relocated to the north side of Green Street, between Amboy and Francis Avenues, in a small building used as a general store and township voting place.

Jonathan Freeman, townsman and the builder of the Old White Church was a post rider for mail to this site.
 
Erected by Post Office Department, United States of America.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 40° 33.259′ N, 74° 17.022′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on S James Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 142 S James Street, Woodbridge NJ 07095, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Markers in Woodbridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 7, 2008
2. Markers in Woodbridge
Two markers are found at this location in front of the old Cross Keys Tavern. The US Post Office marker is the one on the left in the photo.
within walking distance of this marker. Cross Keys Tavern (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Cross Keys Tavern (a few steps from this marker); George Washington’s Inauguration (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodbridge (about 600 feet away); Great Woodbridge Train Wreck of 1951 (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. James School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Woodbridge Township (approx. 0.4 miles away); Woodbridge Police Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Cross Keys Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 7, 2008
3. Cross Keys Tavern
This house was originally located a block south, on the corner of Amboy Avenue and Main Street. Marker is visible to the left of the front walk.
1794 Image of Woodbridge's Cross Keys Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin
4. 1794 Image of Woodbridge's Cross Keys Tavern
Photo courtesy of Rick Detwiller from his book Battle of Short Hills.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 862 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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