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New Jersey Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 18, 2020

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 New Jersey ranks 11th among states and provinces with markers in this database. New Jersey is a state in the United States of America located in the American Northeast. It is also in the Mid-Atlantic region. New Jersey is some 9 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 8.9 million people. The state is divided into 21 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In New Jersey we have discovered historical markers in 556 cities and towns lying in 410 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in New Jersey? There are least 3,061 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 3,051 historical markers and 198 war memorials—each individually presented on 3,234 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 2.4% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another ten historical markers in New Jersey that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first New Jersey marker in the database, The Frelinghuysen Tavern, was added September 14, 2006. It was photographed in Bound Brook in Somerset County and was erected in 1960. The last one added was submitted on February 9, 2020, and titled Camden Middle Passage. It is in Camden in Camden County and had been erected in 2018. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in New Jersey was erected in 1797. It was this one: The Penitentiary House, and one of our correspondents found it in Trenton in Mercer County on January 4, 2008.

New Jersey Historical Categories
848 • Revolutionary War
528 • Colonial Era
451 • Notable Buildings
426 • Industry and Commerce
349 • Settlements and Settlers
289 • Churches and Religion
214 • Military
190 • Waterways and Vessels
190 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
161 • World War II
    ... and more ...

New Jerseyans don’t want to forget their Revolutionary War history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from New Jersey about the Revolutionary War—848 of them—than about any other historical category. It is followed by Colonial Era with 528 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Revolutionary War category was also The Frelinghuysen Tavern, added September 14, 2006. It had been erected in 1960 in Bound Brook in Somerset County. The last one submitted was submitted on January 16, 2020, and titled 1776: British Invasion of New Jersey. It had been erected in 2019 in Alpine in Bergen County. The earliest marker erected with the Revolutionary War category that we have listed was erected in 1829. It was Battle of Red Bank, found in National Park in Gloucester County on November 9, 2008.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The New Jersey county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Bergen County, with 393 of them. It is followed closely by Hunterdon County with 354 markers. The Hackensack area of Bergen County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 43. In Hunterdon County the area with the most markers, 35, is Flemington.

Historical Markers in These
New Jersey Counties
393 • Bergen County
354 • Hunterdon County
351 • Morris County
279 • Mercer County
244 • Burlington County
228 • Monmouth County
196 • Middlesex County
157 • Somerset County
145 • Essex County
122 • Passaic County
    ... and more ...

Checking the database for the city or town in New Jersey with the most markers we find Trenton in Mercer County at the top of the list with 151 markers in or near it. It is followed by Morristown in Morris County with 81 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 07960 at the top of the list with 116 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 07960 is assigned to Morristown NJ.) It is followed by ZIP Code 07732 with 72 markers. (07732 is assigned to Highlands NJ including the Gateway National Recreation, Monmouth Hills, and Sandy Hook delivery areas.)

Historical Markers Near These
New Jersey Cities and Towns
151 • Trenton
81 • Morristown
71 • Woodbridge
64 • Jersey City
63 • Medford
58 • Sandy Hook
57 • Princeton
50 • Newark
43 • Hackensack
39 • New Brunswick
    ... and more ...

Getting back to Bergen County, the first marker added to the database from there, River Road School, was added March 29, 2008. It was erected in 1984 in Lyndhurst. The last one submitted—also the last one submitted in all of New Jersey—was uploaded on January 16, 2020, and is titled 1776: British Invasion of New Jersey and was erected in 2019, in Alpine. The earliest marker erected in Bergen County that we have listed was erected in 1907. It was United Spanish War Veterans, found in Rutherford on April 21, 2012.

Latest entry from New Jersey. Click to go there
By Clem Murray, November 2017
Latest Entry from New Jersey
“Camden Middle Passage”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Trenton. The first: First High School, was added November 16, 2007. It had been erected in 1990. The last: Trent House added on December 29, 2018. It had been erected in 2018. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1797: The Penitentiary House, added on January 4, 2008.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers state-wide in New Jersey today. A number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of New Jersey have been marked with history. Check out Ocean County, Gloucester County and Cumberland County. We've only found, respectively, 47, 43, and 24 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of New Jersey might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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