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Newark in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Branch Brook Park Historic Site

 
 
Branch Brook Park Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, July 5, 2011
1. Branch Brook Park Historic Site Marker
Inscription. This is the oldest park in the first county park system established in the United States, and an outstanding example of naturalistic landscape design. The Essex County Park Commission, formed in 1895, acquired the first 60 acres from the City of Newark that year. Later land donations and purchases expanded the park by the mid-1930s to its present 2-mile length in Newark and Belleville. Named for a brook that flows into the Passaic River, these 360 acres once contained swamps, cornfields and a training camp for Civil War troops. Most of the design was by John Charles Olmstead, stepson of Frederick Law Olmstead, planner of New York's Central Park and the U.S. Capitol grounds. A large lake, ponds, winding paths, meadows and woods surround numerous recreation facilities. A skating rink now occupies a former reservoir that was carved out of a brownstone quarry near Clifton Avenue. Branch Brook's 3,000 cherry trees are the largest collection in the nation, begun in the 1920s by Caroline Bamberger Fuld, sister of a department store magnet. This elaborate gateway, modeled on one in Scotland, was donated in 1899 by Robert Ballantine, whose brewing family once owned some of this land. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
 
Erected by The Newark Preservation and Landmarks
The Ballantine Gates at the entrance to Branch Brook Park. image. Click for full size.
By James True, July 5, 2011
2. The Ballantine Gates at the entrance to Branch Brook Park.
Committee.
 
Location. 40° 46.268′ N, 74° 10.412′ W. Marker is in Newark, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Street and Ballantine Parkway, on the left when traveling north on Lake Street. Touch for map. Marker is attached to the gatehouse on the right as you enter the park from Lake Street. Marker is in this post office area: Newark NJ 07104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Branch Brook Park (a few steps from this marker); Forest Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Dewey Joseph Sherbo, III (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Hayes Ward Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sydenham House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Forest Hill Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Joseph A. Pocchio (approx. half a mile away); Soldiers of the Revolution (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
Also see . . .  The Branch Brook Park Alliance. (Submitted on July 8, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2011, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 530 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2011, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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