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Bound Brook in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Council Oak

 
 
The Council Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Hannah Kerwin, August 20, 2014
1. The Council Oak Marker
Inscription.  This white oak, one of the oldest in N.J., was already about 80 feet tall on May 4, 1681, when two Lenni-Lenape indian chiefs sold the 5000 acres on which Bound Brook now stands to New Jersey governor Phillip Carteret and seven other men. The tree was a landmark during the revolutionary war when general George Washington and his troops were encamped a mile away at Middle Brook in 1778-79.
 
Erected 1983 by Woman's Literary Club of Bound Brook.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraHorticulture & ForestryNative AmericansWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1837.
 
Location. 40° 34.052′ N, 74° 31.853′ W. Marker is in Bound Brook, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is on East Maple Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bound Brook NJ 08805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bound Brook Library World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Frelinghuysen Tavern (approx.
Marker at the base of the oak image. Click for full size.
By Hannah Kerwin, August 20, 2014
2. Marker at the base of the oak
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0.4 miles away); Van Horn Plaza (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bound Brook World War I Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Boundbrook (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Stone Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Bound Brook (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bound Brook.
 
The oak in all its glory image. Click for full size.
By Hannah Kerwin, August 20, 2014
3. The oak in all its glory
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2014, by Somerset County Library Staff of Bridgewater, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 175 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 22, 2014, by Somerset County Library Staff of Bridgewater, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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