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New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail Historical Markers

A series of markers highlighting accomplishments of New Jersey women.
 
Women’s Heritage Trail Marker in front of The Hermitage Education & Conference Center image, Click for more information
By Michael Herrick, June 13, 2015
Women’s Heritage Trail Marker in front of The Hermitage Education & Conference Center
New Jersey (Bergen County), Ho-Ho-Kus — Theodosia Bartow PrevostWomen’s Heritage Trail
The Hermitage was home to Theodosia Bartow Prevost during the Revolutionary War, when she was married to British officer James Marcus Prevost. During the war, Theodosia was left to run the farm in the middle of a heavily contested area, and . . . — Map (db m84827) HM
New Jersey (Burlington County), Bordentown — Clara BartonWomen's Heritage Trail
Clara Barton, best known as a Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, was significant in New Jersey history for beginning the first "free" public school in the state. Barton took a teaching position in Hightstown in 1851, at the . . . — Map (db m36470) HM
New Jersey (Burlington County), Bordentown — Patience Lowell WrightWomen's Heritage Trail
Patience Lovell Wright was America’s first professional sculptor and a self-appointed Revolutionary War spy. A native of Bordentown, she lived in this house after her marriage to Joseph Wright in 1748. She learned from her sister, Rachel, how to . . . — Map (db m88367) HM WM
New Jersey (Burlington County), Browns Mills — Elizabeth Coleman WhiteWomen's Heritage Trail
Elizabeth Coleman White was born in 1871, the eldest of four daughters, and is best known as a pioneer in the blueberry industry. She never married and spent most of her life in the New Jersey Pinelands at Whitesbog Village - her family's cranberry . . . — Map (db m34274) HM
New Jersey (Burlington County), Burlington — Eliza Greene DoaneWomen's Heritage Trail
St. Mary's Hall was established in 1837 by the second Episcopal Bishop of New Jersey--a renowned man of letters, a rector, teacher, poet, author, host, and patriot. The fundamental purpose of the school was for the training of Christian women, while . . . — Map (db m34047) HM
New Jersey (Burlington County), Burlington — St. Mary's HallWomen's Heritage Trail
St. Mary's Hall was established in 1837 by the second Episcopal Bishop of New Jersey - a renowned man of letters, a rector, teacher, poet, author, host, and patriot. The fundamental purpose of the school was for the training of Christian women, . . . — Map (db m95996) HM
New Jersey (Burlington County), Mount Laurel — Alice Stokes PaulWomen's Heritage Trail
Alice Stokes Paul (1885-1977) was born and spent her childhood years in this farmhouse, Paulsdale. She grew up in a Quaker family with a tradition of activism in education and public service and a strong belief in equality. Alice Paul dedicated her . . . — Map (db m35780) HM
New Jersey (Camden County), Lawnside — Jarena LeeWomen’s Heritage Trail
Jarena Lee was born February 11, 1783 in Cape May, New Jersey. At the age of seven Lee was sent away to become a house servant. In 1804, Lee experienced a spiritual awakening and was baptized around 1807. After several years of struggle, she felt . . . — Map (db m92473) HM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Beesley's Point — Rebecca and Sarah StillwellWomen’s Heritage Trail
According to local legend, during the Revolutionary War, Rebecca Stillwell Willetts looked out into the Great Egg Harbor Bay from Golden’s Point (now called Beesley’s Point). Looking through her father’s spyglass, she saw that a British sloop had . . . — Map (db m92392) WM
New Jersey (Cape May County), Cape May — Historic Cold Spring VillageWomen’s Heritage Trail
Historic Cold Spring Village is an outdoor living history museum that interprets farmwomen’s domestic life in the mid-19th century as part of its activities and exhibits. While men struggled to raise crops and care for animals on the small farms . . . — Map (db m92378) HM
New Jersey (Essex County), Newark — Newark Female Charitable SocietyWomen’s Heritage Trail
Founded in 1803, the Newark Charitable Society (now called the Newark Day Center) is one of the oldest social service agencies in the United States. After a plea from the pulpit of Old First Presbyterian Church, “Your neighbor is suffering, . . . — Map (db m94573) HM
New Jersey (Essex County), West Orange — Mina Miller EdisonWomen's Heritage Trail
Mina Miller Edison was not content simply to be the wife of America's most famous inventor. As a devout Methodist, she firmly believed that each individual possesses the power to make positive change in their community. Her passion for . . . — Map (db m95020) HM
New Jersey (Gloucester County), National Park — Ann Cooper WhitallWomen’s Heritage Trail
Ann Cooper Whitall lived in this brick home on the banks of the Delaware River with her husband, James, and their children. On October 22, 1777, British ships occupied the waters of the Delaware River, and local residents of the towns along the . . . — Map (db m69788) HM
New Jersey (Mercer County), Hopewell — Howell Living History FarmWomen’s Heritage Trail — Women in Farm Live
Howell Living History Farm depicts family farm life during the first years of the 20th Century, when both crops and livestock, were raised from livelihood. The farmhouse on the property, while dating back to the early 1800’s, is used to illustrate . . . — Map (db m94717) HM
New Jersey (Mercer County), Princeton — Betsey StocktonWomen’s Heritage Trail — Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
Betsey Stockton (1798-1865) began life as a slave for the prominent Stockton family in Princeton. When she gained her freedom at the age of 20, she became a missionary, traveling to Hawaii (Sandwich Islands), Canada and Philadelphia, teaching school . . . — Map (db m94762) HM
New Jersey (Mercer County), Trenton — Beulah A. OliphantWomen’s Heritage Trail
The Old Barracks is recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its significance as the finest example of colonial barracks in the United States and because of its role in the Battles of Trenton during the Revolutionary War. It is also . . . — Map (db m62214) HM
New Jersey (Monmouth County), Allentown — Historic Walnford ParkWomen’s Heritage Trail
Generations of Waln/Meirs women helped to build and sustain the farm, mill and domestic life at Walnford and to ensure its ultimate survival. Sarah Ridgeway Waln and her daughter Sarah Waln were among a small but noteworthy group of women who owned . . . — Map (db m93732) HM
New Jersey (Monmouth County), Lincroft — Geraldine Morgan Thompson (1872-1967)Women’s Heritage Trail — Thompson Park, Brookdale Farm
Geraldine Morgan Thompson, “First Lady of New Jersey” moved to Brookdale Farm upon her marriage in 1896 and lived here until her death in 1967 During her lifetime she served as New Jersey’s first woman state delegate to the Republican . . . — Map (db m93758) HM
New Jersey (Monmouth County), Manalapan — Mary Hays, nicknamed “Molly Pitcher"Women’s Heritage Trail — Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Mary Hays, nicknamed “Molly,” joined her husband as many wives of the time did, while he was serving in the artillery during the American Revolution. Her husband was a gunner in Captain Francis Proctor’s company of the Pennsylvania . . . — Map (db m93806) WM
New Jersey (Monmouth County), Shrewsbury — Harriet LaFetra (1823-1906)Women’s Heritage Trail — Shrewsbury Friends Meeting and Cemetery
The settlement of Quakers in the colony of New Jersey is regarded as an important contribution to a progressive tradition in the state. Then as now, Quakers believed in equality and in granting women a unique role in their communities. Quakers . . . — Map (db m93753) HM
New Jersey (Morris County), Chester — Martha Brookes HutchesonWomen's Heritage Trail
Martha Brookes Hutcheson (1871-1959) was one of America's first women landscape architects. After studying for three years in the Landscape Architecture program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she began her practice in 1902. Mrs. . . . — Map (db m33173) HM
New Jersey (Morris County), Mine Hill — Bridget Lockman SmithWomen’s Heritage Trail
Bridget Lockman Smith and her husband John, immigrated from Ireland in the 1850’s following the Irish potato famine. They settled in Mine Hill with other Irish immigrant iron mine workers in a section then known as Irishtown. By the time Bridget . . . — Map (db m91506) HM
New Jersey (Morris County), Morristown — Acorn HallWomen’s Heritage Trail
Acorn Hall was built in 1853 and remodeled in the Italianate Villa style in 1860; the Crane/Hone family lived here from 1857 to 1971. The house and its interiors were preserved through the efforts of the Crane/Hone women. Mary Bolles Crane, Julia . . . — Map (db m36428) HM
New Jersey (Morris County), Morristown — Fosterfields Living Historical FarmWomen’s Heritage Trail
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, a working farm run by the Morris County Park Commission, is open to the public for self-guided tours April through October. The former owner of the farm, Caroline Foster, gave the property to the Park Commission . . . — Map (db m42218) HM
New Jersey (Ocean County), Toms River — Elizabeth Sculthorp ForceWomen’s Heritage Trail — Teacher and Social Reformer
Elizabeth Schulthorp Force (1902-2007) brought national fame to Toms River Schools and community with courses in Family Relationships and Social Behavior, designed and taught by her to local high school students from 1942 to 1957. News of both her . . . — Map (db m92452) HM
New Jersey (Passaic County), Haledon — The Botto HouseWomen’s Heritage Trail — Maria Botto
The Botto House was the focal point for striking workers during the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913. Eva Botto (standing in this photo) daughter of Pietro and Maria Botto, and a striking silk mill worker, appears with a friend (seated left) and labor . . . — Map (db m94678) HM
New Jersey (Salem County), Salem — Esther “Hetty” SaundersWomen’s Heritage Trail
Esther “Hetty” Saunders was a remarkable woman of color who began her life in the early 1790s as a slave in Delaware. In 1800, her father saw an opportunity to escape to freedom with his children, crossing the Delaware River into . . . — Map (db m36431) HM
New Jersey (Somerset County), Kingston — Kate McFarlane and Josephine SwannWomen’s Heritage Trail
In 1783, while Congress was meeting at Nassau Hall in nearby Princeton, Rockingham was rented from Margaret Berrien, the widow of NJ Supreme Court Justice John Berrien, for the use of General George Washington. It served as what became his final . . . — Map (db m77313) HM
New Jersey (Union County), Plainfield — Plainfield Garden ClubWomen’s Heritage Trail — Shakespeare Garden
The Shakespeare Garden is located in Cedar Brook Park, one of Union County’s systems of public parks and recreation spaces. Now more than 75 years old, it is still cared for by the Plainfield Garden Club, historically a volunteer women’s . . . — Map (db m94481) HM
New Jersey (Union County), Summit — Florence Spearing RandolphWomen’s Heritage Trail — Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church
Florence Spearing Randolph, born in Charleston, South Carolina on August 9, 1866 was an African-American A.M.E. Zion (Methodist) minister and social activist. She served as Pastor of Wallace Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Summit City, from 1925 to 1946. . . . — Map (db m94510) HM
New Jersey (Union County), Summit — Marjorie Cranstoun JeffersonWomen’s Heritage Trail — Summit Playhouse
Did you know that Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson: *Was a leader in the Little Theater Movement in the United States? *Co-founded this community theater in 1918? *Directed more than 130 productions in this theater? (She was its director for 51 years, . . . — Map (db m94532) HM
New Jersey (Warren County), Washington — Mary Catherine PhillipsWomen’s Heritage Trail — Consumer’s Research
Mary Catherine Phillips, consumer advocate, author, and editor, joined Consumer’s Research, a New York-based organization, in 1932. She married one of its founders, Frederick Schlink, that same year. One year later, the entire operation relocated to . . . — Map (db m94693) HM

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