Edison in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Reuben Ayers House
Oak Tree Pond Historic Park
For over 200 years, a farmhouse was located on this site. It was a simple one and one-half story house that had several additions over the years. The house was on a small hill, facing south, with a driveway leading down to New Dover Road. (Center photo 1964)
During the Revolutionary War, the house was owned by Reuben Ayers, who was in the local militia. At that time, the farm was 9 acres and was bounded by what is now (2009) New Dover Road, Marion Street and the JFK-Hartwick facility.
On June 26, 1777, during the Battle of the Short Hills, the house was looted by the British/Hessian forces, and the barn was burned down.
Over the years, the house changed hands a number of times, with the Campbell family owning it the longest.
The farm contained a unique feature, called a hay barrack (upper right photo 1933), which was used to store hay and had a movable roof. The house was demolished in 1968.
Location. 40° 34.577′ N, 74° 22.557′ 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. Touch for map. Marker is located in Oak Tree Pond Park. Marker is in this post office area: Edison NJ 08820, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Oak Tree Engagement and the Battle of the Short Hills (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak Tree Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oak Tree Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); 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. 2.1 miles away); Thomas Alva Edison Menlo Park Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edison.
More about this marker. Photos of the Reuben Ayers House and the hay barrack appear on the right side of the marker.
Categories. • Colonial Era • 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 429 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 9, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.