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

The Cranbury Dam

 
 
The Cranbury Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, September 22, 2010
1. The Cranbury Dam Marker
Inscription. The dam, constructed in the 1800's with rebuilding and repairs through the late 19th century, diverted the Cranbury Brook in order to supply power to the local grist and saw mills.
Local sewer construction in the 1977 unearthed and partially destroyed portions of the original structure before archaeologists halted the work and revealed portions of a well-preserved crib dam.
Left Photo
Section of the Original Crib Dam Unearthed During Main Street Excavations
Right Photo
Donald Jackson of the Historic American Engineering Record helped identify the structure with its various rebuildings.
Drawing of a Typical Crib Dam with Plank Covering James Leffel, Construction of Mill Dams, 1881, Park Ridge, New Jersey, Noyes Press
A Gift of Squibb Corporation, 1987
 
Erected 1987 by Squibb Corporation.
 
Location. 40° 18.591′ N, 74° 31.005′ W. Marker is in Cranbury, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on South Main Street (County Road 535) 0.2 miles from Station Road (County Route 615), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at Brainerd Lake. Marker is in this post office area: Cranbury NJ 08512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
The Cranbury Dam Marker and Cranbury Brook image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, September 22, 2010
2. The Cranbury Dam Marker and Cranbury Brook
3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Encampment (a few steps from this marker); Cranberry Mills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (about 800 feet away); Todd Beamer (approx. mile away); The Second Presbyterian Church of Cranbury (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of House of Dr. Hezekiah Stites (approx. 0.3 miles away); Parsonage Barn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hightstown (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cranbury.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Cranbury Brook image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, September 22, 2010
3. Cranbury Brook
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 608 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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