Edison in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Oak Tree Neighborhood
Oak Tree Pond Historic Park
The Oak Tree neighborhood is named for the large oak tree which stood at the Oak Tree Corner. A market was located here during the Colonial era.
It was through this crossroads during the Revolutionary War that Generals Howe and Cornwallis lead the British Army on June 26, 1777, during the Battle of the Short Hills.
The 1876 map at right shows the schoolhouse at the corner, and the Reuben Ayers house, which at that time, was owned by Mrs. Kelly. The intersection was different back then. Oak Tree Road was improved in 1930, when the road was moved between the farmhouse and schoolhouse.
In 1897, the Lehigh Valley Railroad came to Oak Tree and a station was built on Oak Tree Road on the southwest side of the railroad bridge.
The Oak Tree Volunteer Fire Company was started in 1926 and a firehouse was built on Oak Tree Road at the head of Harding Avenue. In 1971, a new firehouse was built on Beverly Street.
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Under a photograph of the Oak Tree School is the following:
Shown above is the “Oak Tree” in front of the one-room, Oak Tree School #6, in 1903. This is now the
From 1819 to 1964, Bethune Duncan was the school teacher at Oak Tree School.
A new Oak Tree School was built in 1909 and expanded in 1923 and 1949. It is now the JFK/Hartwick facility, east of the park.
Location. 40° 34.589′ N, 74° 22.591′ W. Marker is in Edison, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Tree Avenue and North Dover Road, on the right when traveling west on Oak Tree Avenue. Marker is located in Oak Tree Pond Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edison NJ 08820, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Reuben Ayers House (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Tree Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oak Tree Engagement and the Battle of the Short Hills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Police Athletic League Memorial Field (approx. 1.7 miles away); Quaker Meeting House (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Baptist Church of South Plainfield (approx. 1.9 miles away); Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower (approx. 2.2 miles away); “Terry Well” (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edison.
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Education • War, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 9, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.