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New Jersey Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 9, 2023

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 New Jersey ranks 12th 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 567 cities and towns lying in 447 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 3,925 historical markers in New Jersey, by our count. We have cataloged 3,906 historical markers and 513 war memorials—each individually presented on 4,373 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 19 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.

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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 31, 2023, and titled Maj. Ross E. Mulhare, U.S.A.F.. It is in River Edge in Bergen County. 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 Topics
913 • Revolutionary War
732 • Industry and Commerce
675 • Colonial Era
551 • Settlements and Settlers
397 • Churches and Religion
381 • Waterways and Vessels
281 • Architecture
258 • World War II
257 • Education
235 • Military
    ... and others ...

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—913 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 732 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 December 1, 2022, and titled 1893. It had been erected in Trenton in Mercer 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 also located in Atlantic City. It is How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The New Jersey county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Mercer County, with 427 of them. It is followed closely by Bergen County with 426 markers. The Trenton area of Mercer County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 284. In Bergen County the area with the most markers, 43, is Hackensack.

Historical Markers in These
New Jersey Counties
427 • Mercer County
426 • Bergen County
392 • Morris County
364 • Hunterdon County
325 • Burlington County
305 • Monmouth County
289 • Middlesex County
276 • Atlantic County
170 • Cape May County
164 • Somerset County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in New Jersey with the most markers we again find Trenton at the top of the list with 284 markers in or near it. It is followed by Atlantic City in Atlantic County with 146 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 08611 at the top of the list with 151 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 08611 is assigned to Trenton NJ including the Hamilton, Hamilton Township, and Hamilton Twp delivery areas.) It is followed closely by ZIP Code 08401 with 145 markers. (08401 is assigned to Atlantic City NJ.)

Historical Markers Near These
New Jersey Cities and Towns
284 • Trenton
146 • Atlantic City
92 • Morristown
85 • Woodbridge
79 • Princeton
71 • Toms River
68 • Highlands
63 • Medford
61 • Cape May
59 • New Brunswick
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Mercer County, the first marker added to the database from there, First High School, was added November 16, 2007. It was erected in 1990 in Trenton. The last one submitted was uploaded on December 18, 2022, and is titled "Trenton Makes, the World Takes", in Trenton. The earliest marker erected in Mercer County that we have listed was erected in 1797. It was The Penitentiary House, found in Trenton on January 4, 2008.

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By Larry Gertner, April 17, 2021
Latest Entry from New Jersey
“Maj. Ross E. Mulhare, U.S.A.F.”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Atlantic City. The first: Camp Boardwalk, was added February 1, 2008. It had been erected in 1992. The last: The Ritz Condominiums added on October 20, 2022. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1916: Civil War Memorial, added on January 23, 2022.

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 Sussex County, Cumberland County and Gloucester County. We've only found, respectively, 91, 85, and 55 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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Feb. 9, 2023