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

New Jersey Journal

 
 
New Jersey Journal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2008
1. New Jersey Journal Marker
Inscription.
During the Revolution, former
soldier Shepard Kollock printed
the New Jersey Journal on this
site “to maintain the cause of
freedom” and serve the army in
Morristown. The Journal, north
Jersey’s only wartime newspaper,
founded in 1779, later thrived
in Elizabeth from 1786 to 1991.
Morris County Heritage Commission

 
Erected 2001 by Morris County Heritage Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey, Morris County Heritage Commission marker series.
 
Location. 40° 44.357′ N, 74° 22.452′ W. Marker is in Chatham, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (County Route 124) and University Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 55 Main Street, Chatham NJ 07928, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chatham Historic District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Signal Beacon and the “Old Sow” (approx. 1.6 miles away); Summit Opera House (approx. 1.6
Marker on Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 5, 2008
2. Marker on Main Street
The New Jersey Journal was started on February 16, 1779 by Shepard Kollock. The British referred to him as "the rebel printer," and Kollock felt so targeted that he dismantled and hid his presses during the Battle of Springfield in June 1780.
miles away); Summit Playhouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mount Vernon School (approx. 2 miles away); Price-Baldwin House (approx. 2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chatham.
 
Also see . . .
1. Printing in New Jersey: An Introduction. Essay discussing early newspapers in New Jersey, including the work of Shepard Kollock. Also included are examples of Kollock's Work. (Submitted on July 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Historic Markers/Historic Preservation. Morris County Heritage Commission. (Submitted on August 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker in Chatham Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2008
3. Marker in Chatham Historic District
Kollock moved his newspaper to Elizabethtown in 1786. It later became the Daily Journal and was the oldest active newspaper in the country when it folded in 1992.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,230 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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