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Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Naval Commander's Home

 
 
Naval Commander's Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Huggan, December 18, 2009
1. Naval Commander's Home Marker
Inscription. Built in 1890 for the Commander of the Naval Detachment situated here from 315 acres ceded by the Army. The house is made of blue puddingstone, a quartz conglomerate. Its first occupant was Commander J.B. Coghlan. The flagpole was made to look like the mast of a ship. The Lake Denmark Station was to last 69 years from a powder storage depot to an air rocket test facility. In 1960, the Navy decommissioned its installation.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Armament Research and Development Center (ARDC) Historical Office.
 
Location. 40° 57.002′ N, 74° 32.272′ W. Marker is in Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is on Main Road 0.1 miles from Lake Denmark Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located on Federal property. A Visitor Pass is required from Picatinny Arsenal to view historic marker(s) on the U.S. Army Garrison site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3250 Main Rd, Picatinny Arsenal NJ 07806, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1500 Former Army Rocket Test Area Historic District (1946-1989) (approx. 0.4 miles away); NARTS Test Area D & E Historic Districts (1946-1989) (approx. 0.9 miles away);
Naval Commander's Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Huggan, November 24, 2009
2. Naval Commander's Home Marker
600 Ordnance Testing Area Historic District (1928-1948) (approx. 1.1 miles away); Walton Burial Ground (approx. 1.3 miles away); Administration and Research Historic District (approx. 1.5 miles away); Ford – Faesch Manor House - 1768 (approx. 1.5 miles away); a different marker also named Administration and Research Historic District (approx. 1.6 miles away); Middle Forge (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Picatinny Arsenal.
 
More about this marker. While the actual year the marker was erected is currently unknown, we can deduce from the erecting organization that it was 1986 or earlier. In 1986, the Army ordered all its R&D centers to recognize their engineering role and change the name from ARDC (as noted on the marker) to ARDEC, the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
 
Categories. Military
 
Vintage photo of the Naval Commander's Home and surrounding area image. Click for full size.
3. Vintage photo of the Naval Commander's Home and surrounding area
Behind the Naval Commander's Home can be seen building 3316. Building 3316 was constructed in 1903 as a stable but was later converted to a fire house.
Naval Commander's Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Huggan, September 7, 2008
4. Naval Commander's Home Marker
While the flagpole has been removed, this stack of cannon balls still remain, as well as naval artillery shells near the entrance (one can be seen on the right of this photograph).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jason Huggan of Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 887 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Jason Huggan of Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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