New Brunswick in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The State University of New Jersey
Queen’s College (now Rutgers University) opened for instruction in 1771 in a tavern known as “the Sign of the Red Lion” on the corner of Neilson and Albany Streets. Removed from New Brunswick to North Branch and Millstone during the American Revolution, the College returned in 1781 and ten years later took up residence in College hall located on the south side of George Street, near the present Monument Square. In 1807 the trustees acquired land from the heirs of James Parker, distinguished citizen of Perth Amboy and member of the Provincial Congress in New Jersey. This five-acre site, increased by the purchase of an additional acre, formed the Queen’s College campus, and continued to grow with the construction of Old Queen’s (1809), Van Nest Hall (1847), the President’s House (1841-1954), Schanck Observatory (1866), Geology Hall (1872), Kirkpatrick Chapel (1873), and Winants Hall (1890). In 1825, the trustees changed the name of the institution to Rutgers, honoring the distinguished Revolutionary
New Jersey Register of Historic Places
January 29, 1973
National Register of Historic Places
July 2, 1973
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Education • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1816.
Location. 40° 29.873′ N, 74° 26.803′ W. Marker is in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Somerset Street and College Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Somerset Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Brunswick NJ 08901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Winants Hall (a few steps from this marker); St. Peter The Apostle University & Community Parish (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander Johnston Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Peter the Apostle R.C. Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Nest Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Rutgers Preparatory School (within shouting distance of this marker); Rutgers 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this Winants Hall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Brunswick.
More about this marker. An identical marker is located at the car entrance at Somerset and George Streets.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,097 times since then and 205 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 6. submitted on August 6, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.