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L.J. Smith Farmhouse

 
 
L.J. Smith Farmhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
1. L.J. Smith Farmhouse Marker
Inscription.  The L.J. Smith Farmhouse, circa 1860 stands as a tribute to the 19th century farming community of East Brunswick. Here lived “Apple Kings” and “Master Farmers,” George Smith and his son, Lawrence J. Smith, who were renowned for having the largest apple orchard in New Jersey. They had some 4,500 trees on their property yielding as many as 35,000 bushels of apples per year.

In 1912, George Smith was one of the first farmers in New Jersey to preserve his apples by holding them in cold storage. His son, Lawrence, developed a successful way to keep soil from eroding. As a result, he was able to grow healthier, stronger apple trees and better apples.

The innovative and far-sighted techniques of the Smiths were used by many other farmers, and let the way to the betterment of agriculture in New Jersey.

This historic marker is a gift to the people of East Brunswick from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 2009.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
Location. 40° 26.467′ 

L.J. Smith Farmhouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
2. L.J. Smith Farmhouse
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N, 74° 23.97′ W. Marker is in East Brunswick, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Milltown Road. The marker is on the grounds of the East Brunswick Historical Society. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 78 Milltown Road, East Brunswick NJ 08816, 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. South River World War I Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); South River World War II, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam Conflict Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Old School Baptist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cannon Brothers' Park (approx. 1.7 miles away); South Main Street Firehouse (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sayreville, New Jersey Time Capsule (approx. 2½ miles away); The Appleby Devoe Memorial Library (approx. 2.6 miles away); Basilone Memorial Bridge (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Brunswick.
 
East Brunswick Historical Society formerly the L.J. Smith Farmhouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
3. East Brunswick Historical Society formerly the L.J. Smith Farmhouse
L.J. Smith Farmhouse-Smokehouse located in the back yard image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
4. L.J. Smith Farmhouse-Smokehouse located in the back yard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 541 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 14, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 27, 2022