New Brunswick in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Settlement begun about 1680 by Dutch and English received from George II city charter as New Brunswick in 1730. This highway was an Indian trail to the falls of the Delaware and the Minisink Trail to Navesink crossed it here. It became the Great Road of colonial travel and trade. Near by was the ford. From 1686 John Inian’s ferry was here. A bridge was built by the British in the Revolution. The citizens built their first bridge in 1794. Along this street were famous inns. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Marquis de Lafayette were guests on historic occasions. The Provincial Congress met in the White Hall January 31, to March 2, 1776. The court martial of General Charles Lee had its first five sittings there July 2 to 6, 1778. Washington was in New Brunswick June 24, 1775 and with his Army in 1776, in 1778 and in 1781. The British under Howe and Cornwallis occupied the city December 1776 to June 1777. The first house of Queen’s College now Rutgers University was at the northeast corner of the third cross street.
Erected 1930 by Freeholders of Middlesex County.
Location. 40° 29.837′ N, 74° 26.472′ W. Marker is in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Brunswick NJ 08901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Brunswick Inn Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Route Taken by Washington (about 500 feet away); Christ Church (about 700 feet away); Christ Church Parish (about 700 feet away); Brigadier General Anthony Walton White grave marker (about 700 feet away); Queen’s Campus (approx. ¼ mile away); Kirkpatrick Chapel (approx. ¼ mile away); Alexander Hamilton Horse Artillery Battery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Brunswick.
Categories. • Colonial Era • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.