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

Philip Van Horne House

Circa 1750

 
 
Philip Van Horne House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas R. D'Amico, October 25, 2016
1. Philip Van Horne House Marker
Inscription. In the predawn darkness of April 13th, 1777, British General Cornwallis led a four-pronged attack on the American garrison at Bound Brook. General Benjamin Lincoln, who was a guest at the Van Horne House, barely escaped capture. Following the battle, Philip Van Horne, who was known far and wide as a gracious host, served General Cornwallis breakfast. After the British sacked the town and retreated to New Brunswick, General Lincoln, accompanied by General Greene, returned to the house and enjoyed a late supper.

During the 1778-79 Middlebrook Encampment, the Van Horne House served as headquarters for General William Alexander (Lord Stirling) who was second-in-command under General Washington.
 
Erected 2016 by County of Somerset.
 
Location. 40° 33.696′ N, 74° 33.075′ W. Marker is in Bridgewater, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is on Main Street (County Route 533) 0.2 miles east of Prominade Boulevard (County Route 683), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is across the street from the parking lot for the Somerset Ballpark and Bridgewater Rail Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 941 Main Street, Bridgewater NJ 08807, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within

Phllip Van Horne House Marker & Van Horne House image. Click for full size.
By Thomas R. D'Amico, October 25, 2016
2. Phllip Van Horne House Marker & Van Horne House
2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Frelinghuysen Tavern (approx. one mile away); Locks on the D&R Canal (approx. 1.1 miles away); Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); Van Horn Plaza (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bound Brook Library World War I Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Council Oak (approx. 1.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The house is owned by Somerset County and is the headquarters of the Heritage Trail Association (www.heritagetrail.org/).
 
Regarding Philip Van Horne House. The site, known as Phil's Hill, was named after Philip Van Horne, a Bridgewater merchant. The house was extensively remodeled in the middle decades of the 19th and 20th centuries. The 1930's and 1940's remodeling was in the Colonial Revival Style and is especially significant. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Philip Van Horne House image. Click for full size.
By Thomas R. D'Amico, 2010
3. Philip Van Horne House
Philip Van Horne House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Van Zandt, October 25, 2016
4. Philip Van Horne House Marker
Unveiling of the Van Horne House marker by Freeholder director Patricia L. Walsh.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2016, by Thomas R. D'Amico of Somerville, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 81 times this year. Last updated on October 31, 2016, by Thomas R. D'Amico of Somerville, New Jersey. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2016, by Thomas R. D'Amico of Somerville, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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