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Basking Ridge in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of Widow White’s Tavern

 
 
Site of Widow White’s Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 22, 2008
1. Site of Widow White’s Tavern Marker
The Widow White's Tavern no longer exists. A private home is today located on this site.
Inscription. Here on December 13, 1776, Major General Charles Lee, second in command to General Washington in the Continental Army, was taken prisoner by a British Patrol.
 
Location. 40° 41.969′ N, 74° 32.858′ W. Marker is in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is at the intersection of South Finley Avenue and Colonial Drive, on the right when traveling south on South Finley Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Basking Ridge NJ 07920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bernards Township Veterans Monument (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Basking Ridge (approx. half a mile away); Bernards Township War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Early Church (approx. half a mile away); Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Graveyard (approx. half a mile away); The Brick Academy (approx. half a mile away); Lord Stirling Estate (approx. 0.6 miles away); Somerset Hills Airport (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Basking Ridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. General Lee Captured. Article from Newark Star-Ledger about Gen. Lee being taken prisoner at Basking Ridge. (Submitted on June 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Washington's Retreat Through Jersey - Capture of General Lee
Marker on South Finley Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 22, 2008
2. Marker on South Finley Avenue
During the retreat across New Jersey in December 1776, Gen. Charles Lee chose to place his troops near Morristown rather than join Washington on the west side of the Delaware River. While sleeping in the tavern of the Widow White, Lee was taken prisoner by troops of Gen. Charles Cornwallis. The removal of Lee, a frequent critic of Washington, may have led to Washington's success at Trenton and Princeton.
. (Submitted on July 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable BuildingsNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,238 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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