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Woodbridge in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Barron Estate

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
1. Barron Estate Marker
Inscription. The Barron name is an important one in Woodbridge, as the family was one of the first to settle here in the late 17th century. The Barron family, noted patriots and philanthropists, made many contributions to the town. The Barron estate encompassed the land opposite First Presbyterian Church and continued west onto the property through which Barron Avenue runs. Two of the original structures built by the Barron family still stand: the Barron House and the Barron Library.

The Barron House at 574 Rahway Avenue was built in 1803 by Joseph Barron, a deacon of First Presbyterian Church, and his sons, John and Thomas. John managed a farm on the family estate and established a cabinet factory in Woodbridge. Thomas Barron held a partnership in a trading house in the West Indies trade. Upon his death, he bequeathed $50,000 for the establishment of a library.

The Barron Library at 582 Rahway Avenue was built in 1877 on land donated from the family estate by Thomas’ nephew, Civil War physician John C. Barron. It was the first free public library in Middlesex County. Constructed by renowned architect J. Clevland Cady in beautiful Romanesque Revival-style, the building is a supreme example of Victorian-era architecture and is listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places. Since 1977 it has housed the Barron Arts Center.

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Barron Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
2. Barron Estate Marker
information visit www.wthpc.org Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission.

(Inscription under the image on the left)
John Connor Barron
 
Erected 2013 by Mayor John E. McCormac Woodbridge Township.
 
Location. 40° 33.668′ N, 74° 16.436′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Rahway Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge NJ 07095, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barron Library (here, next to this marker); Barron Arts Center (a few steps from this marker); First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aaron Dunn Homestead/Jost-Keating House (about 300 feet away); Revolutionary Soldiers and Patriots of Woodbridge (about 600 feet away); First Presbyterian Church Cemetery (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Categories. ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkColonial Era

 
Barron Estate-Library and Arts Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
3. Barron Estate-Library and Arts Center
Alana Sculptor image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
4. Alana Sculptor
Glenn Murgacz-Sculptor-made possible by grant from the George & Helen Segal Foundation-located on the corner of the Barron Arts Center property near the parking lot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 16, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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