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Norton in Hunterdon County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Van Syckles Tavern

 
 
Van Syckles Tavern Marker (Original) image. Click for full size.
By William Honachefsky Jr, November 13, 2004
1. Van Syckles Tavern Marker (Original)
Inscription. Est. 1763 Served Workers from Union Forge. David Reynolds Owner and Builder. Hanged in 1765 by the British for Counterfeiting
 
Erected 2000 by Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey, Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission marker series.
 
Location. 40° 39.052′ N, 74° 58.247′ W. Marker is in Norton, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker is at the intersection of Charlestown Road (County Road 635) and Van Syckles Road, on the right when traveling west on Charlestown Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton NJ 08827, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. David Reynolds Tavern/Joseph Van Syckel Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Turner House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Perryville Tavern (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Union Township World War II Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Bog Meadows (approx. 1.9 miles away); Tower Hill Farm (approx. 1.9 miles away); Swayze Mine (approx. 2 miles away).
 
Regarding Van Syckles Tavern.
Van Syckles Tavern Marker (Updated) image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, February 20, 2014
2. Van Syckles Tavern Marker (Updated)
Established in 1763, it served workers from the Union Forge. Tavern Operator David Reynolds was convicted and hanged in 1773 at Morristown by the British for counterfeiting colonial currency.
The area known as Van Syckles Corner is a crossroads settlement of three modern houses, the weatherbeaten frame of a former store, and the graceful stone and frame house that was, until 1860, Van Syckles Tavern. A cornerstone bears the date 1763. For many years the inn was a stopping place for Philadelphians enroute to Schooley's Mountain Springs; Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, stayed here on his frequent trips from Bordentown. The builder, who the present descendants of the Van Syckle family point out was no relative of theirs, was hanged at High Bridge for counterfeiting Continental money during the Revolutionary War.
Source: New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past, originally published in 1939 by New Jersey Guild Associates. Currently published by U.S. History Publishers.

The Van Syckel Corner District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
 
Also see . . .  The Seeds of Revolution and the Creation of the Township Committee. "They met at David Reynold’s tavern, located on the corner of Van Syckle Road and Charlestown Road in Union Township." (Submitted on January 23, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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Van Syckles Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, February 20, 2014
3. Van Syckles Tavern Marker
Van Syckles Tavern (today) image. Click for full size.
By William Honachefsky Jr, November 13, 2004
4. Van Syckles Tavern (today)
Built by Allen and Turner. Was also a meeting place of the Sons of Liberty
Parlor in Van Syckles Tavern image. Click for full size.
By William Honachefsky Jr, November 17, 2004
5. Parlor in Van Syckles Tavern
Another Room at Van Syckles Tavern image. Click for full size.
By William Honachefsky Jr, November 17, 2004
6. Another Room at Van Syckles Tavern
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,588 times since then and 222 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 22, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2014, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.   4. submitted on January 22, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on January 27, 2008, by William Honachefsky Jr of High Bridge/Clinton Twp, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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