West Windsor Township in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Martian Landing Site
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
Location. 40° 18.765′ N, 74° 36.333′ W. Marker is in West Windsor Township, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker is on Cranbury Road (County Route 615). Touch for map. Marker is located in Van Nest Park which can be reached from US Rt. 1 (North of Trenton/South of Princeton). Exit onto NJ Rt. 571 East and turn left on Cranbury Rd. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton Junction NJ 08550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. You'll Do Lobelia (approx. 1.4 miles away); Burial site of "Elsie" (approx. 1.4 miles away); J.V.B. Wicoff Elementary School Scudders Mills (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Canal Dug By Irishmen (approx. 2.5 miles away); M. Hartley Dodge, Jr. (approx. 3.7 miles away); Washington’s Crossing (approx. 3.7 miles away); Battle of Princeton (approx. 3.7 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is located immediately next to a persimmon grove in the park and there are plenty of persimmons to be had during the fruit bearing season.
Also see . . .
1. War of The Worlds Radio Broadcast. Placing the radio broadcast in historical perspective. (Submitted on January 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. War of the Worlds Script. The Orson Wells radio broadcast script. (Submitted on January 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Martian Landing Site. Roadside America article. (Submitted on January 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Bell System Telephone Operators Recall “War of the Worlds” Panic During Broadcast. From the AT&T archives, YouTube video of 1988 interviews with telephone operators who were on their shifts in 1938 during the broadcast. Operators were overwhelmed (Submitted on September 1, 2013.)
1. Style and design of marker
Whomever designed this marker did an excellent job of making it look like something out of "Star Trek" or perhaps the movie "Forbidden Planet." The angles are unusual and somewhat "alien..."
— Submitted January 8, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Additional keywords. Martians, invasion, science fiction
Categories. • 20th Century • Entertainment • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,696 times since then and 209 times this year. Last updated on February 25, 2013, by Alistair Adcroft of West Windsor, New Jersey. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 8, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 3. submitted on June 28, 2009, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York. 4. submitted on January 8, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 5. submitted on January 20, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.