New Jersey ranks 12th among states and provinces with markers in this database. The United States of America 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 572 cities and towns lying in 435 different ZIP Codes.
There are at least 3,476 historical markers in New Jersey, by our count. We have cataloged 3,460 historical markers and 388 war memorials—each individually presented on 3,816 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 2.1% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 16 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 January 25, 2022, and titled The Cape May Meeting of the Joint Commission on Unity Memorial. It is in Cape May in Cape May County and had been erected in 1961. 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 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—881 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 613 markers.
The first marker added to the database with the Revolutionary War topic 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 20, 2022, and titled Pompton Furnace. It had been erected in Pompton Lakes in Passaic County. The earliest marker erected with the Revolutionary War topic that we have listed was erected in 1829. It is Battle of Red Bank, found in National Park in Gloucester County on November 9, 2008.
What is the most interesting historical marker in New Jersey? What we know is that Greek Temple Monument War Memorial is the most viewed entry in the database from New Jersey since it was added in 2008. It is located in Atlantic City in Atlantic County. This year so far, the most viewed New Jerseyan entry is located in Trenton in Mercer County. It is Trenton Iron Works 1847-1867.
The New Jersey county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Bergen County, with 410 of them. It is followed closely by Morris County with 384 markers. The Hackensack area of Bergen County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 43. In Morris County the area with the most markers, 86, is Morristown.
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 156 markers in or near it. It is followed by Atlantic City in Atlantic County with 142 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 08401 at the top of the list with 141 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 08401 is assigned to Atlantic City NJ.) It is followed by ZIP Code 07960 with 122 markers. (07960 is assigned to Morristown NJ.)
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 was uploaded on January 21, 2022, and is titled Maywood N. J., in Maywood. 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.
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: World War II Memorial added on November 16, 2020. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1797: The Penitentiary House, added on January 4, 2008.
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.
You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of New Jersey have been marked with history. Check out Hudson County, Gloucester County and Ocean County. We've only found, respectively, 77, 55, and 47 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!