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Perth Amboy, New Jersey Historical Markers

 
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By Bill Coughlin, May 24, 2008
Marker on Perth Amboy Waterfront
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — All Shapes, Sizes and MaterialsAids to Navigation — Maritime History —
Primary seacoast lights were located to warn mariners of their proximity to land, the presence of navigational dangers, and to help set their course. By 1852, however, lighthouses and lightships often looked so much alike that it was difficult to . . . — Map (db m43452) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Ambo Point
You are standing where Perth Amboy’s history began. This is the place called Ompoge, meaning ‘point.’ The Lenni Lenape used these beaches for thousands of years before any European settlers arrived. In 1651, it was deeded by the Lenni Lenape to . . . — Map (db m25116) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — City Hall
Original portion erected in accordance with an Act of the Provincial Assembly 1713 Capitol of the Province and the State of New Jersey 1713 - 1790 Courthouse of Middlesex County 1713 - 1793 City Hall of Perth Amboy 1718

Rebuilt 1766-67 Enlarged . . . — Map (db m76798) HM

New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free LandNew Jersey's Replica of the Liberty Bell
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of New Jersey by direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder Secretary of the Treasury As the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bonds Independence Drive from . . . — Map (db m76782) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Elizabeth LawrenceWomen's Heritage Trail — Kearny Cottage —
Kearny Cottage, in addition to being the home of United States Navy Commodore Lawrence Kearny, was also the home of his mother, Elizabeth Lawrence, who was a celebrated poet around the time of the Revolutionary War and afterward. She published her . . . — Map (db m93933) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — George Washington
The Father of his Country Erected by The Scandinavians of Perth Amboy   MDCCCXCVI — Map (db m84518) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Governor’s House
Built by the colonial proprietors of East Jersey in 1762, with bricks which were brought from England. Occupied first by Frederick Smyth, Chief Justice of the colony. Then, in 1774, by William Franklin, who was appointed Governor by the Crown. . . . — Map (db m7888) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Kearny CottageBuilt approximately 1784
. . . — Map (db m93936) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Kearny Cottage
Built about 1780. Home of Commodore Lawrence Kearny. His famous uncle, Captain James Lawrence also live here as a boy. — Map (db m93937) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Kearny Cottage: Historic Home
Kearny Cottage is a two-and-a-half story clapboard and shingle frame structure featuring a gabled “catslide” roof. The front porch is an addition from the Victorian era, newly restored. The original louvered shutters have been restored . . . — Map (db m93940) HM WM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Market SquareCity Hall Park
Site of a 1680s Colonial Market

Dubbed "The Market House" this building was erected in the early 1740s to store and sell produce and imports.

The "Bill of Rights" Commemoration Arch was erected in 1989 to commemorate Perth Amboy as New Jersey's . . . — Map (db m76795) HM

New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Oldest Parish in the State
St. Peter’s is the oldest parish in the state. Founded in 1698 when the Bishop of London sent the Rev. Edward Portlock to be its’ minister. Chartered in 1718 by King George I. Used as a barracks for British troops in 1776. Here the colonial . . . — Map (db m7901) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Perth Amboy
Called “Ompoge” by Indians, “Ambo Point” by settlers. Built as capital and port of East Jersey, 1683. “Perth” was added for Lord Perth. — Map (db m7896) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Perth Amboy Barracks & Inventors’ Institute
During the French and Indian War (1754-63) British troops were initially quartered (housed) in private residences. After a wave of protests from the colonists, the Provincial Assembly in 1758 authorized the construction of barracks, for 300 men . . . — Map (db m93944) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Perth Amboy City HallBuilt in 1714-17
Site of First Ratification of the United States Bill of Rights. Prior to 1790, it served as New Jersey's Colonial and State Capital.

The oldest public building in continuous use in the United States. The first African American voted here under . . . — Map (db m76799) HM

New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Perth Amboy Totenville Ferry Slip
The site of ferry service to Staten Island from colonial times to 1963 Restored to the 1904 period in 1998 Joseph Vas, Mayor City Council Peter J. Jimenez, president Joseph Misewicz Robert J. Sgromolo Frank M. Sinatra David A. . . . — Map (db m105761) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Proprietary HouseBuilt in 1762
Additions placed in 1808 ------------------------- Built of British-imported brick by the Colonial Proprietors of East Jersey. Home of the last royal Governor of New Jersey, William Franklin in 1774. Became a British military headquarters during . . . — Map (db m84189) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Raritan Bay & New York HarborIndustry & Trade — Maritime History —
Boating is a popular activity on Raritan and Sandy Hook bays. These waters provide both shelter from and access to the Atlantic Ocean. Over the past three centuries, maritime traffic in the Raritan Bay – New York Harbor area has increased . . . — Map (db m43453) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Record Office
This building, erected in 1867, contains the record of the East Jersey Proprietors, who bought Carteret’s lands in 1682. — Map (db m84517) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — St. Peter’s Church
Organized, 1698, St. Peter’s is New Jersey’s oldest Episcopal Parish. Royal charter, 1718. Churches on this site in 1722 and 1852. — Map (db m7899) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church & CemeteryFirst Service 1685, Replaced 1852 in Gothic Revival
. . . — Map (db m84516) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Surveyor General's OfficeBuilt in 1852-1854
. . . — Map (db m76796) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — The Bill of Rights Arch
The "Bill of Rights Arch" erected and dedicated November 20, 1989, is in tribute to the importance of New Jersey, as the first state to ratify the "Bill of Rights," and also to the proud role the City of Perth Amboy, as the First Capitol of New . . . — Map (db m76780) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — The Bluff: Witness to History
This piece of land has always been called the Bluff, meaning a hill with a broad, steep face. This site’s history suggests another meaning for bluff – to hoodwink. It was here that a delaying tactic permitted an escape, that a fugitive found . . . — Map (db m25112) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — The Earl of Perth
James Drummond of Scotland. Credited with initiating Perth Amboy's early growth and in whose honor the city is partially named. — Map (db m76800) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — The Perth Amboy Fireman's Triangle Forged 1883
For closed to a century this antiquated 400lb. converted locomotive wheel has been a symbol of courage, pride and valor to the men of the firefighting profession.

Coveted by many fire companies throughout the years, it has been secretly buried - . . . — Map (db m76802) HM

New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — The Polish Veterans of World War II, Post 40Polish Home Army Veterans Assoc. N.J. Chapter
They fought as Allies during World War II, on land and sea and in the air The Battle of Britain 1940-45 Narvik, Norway 1940 Convoys to Murmansk 1940-43 Tobruk, North Africa 1941-42 Monte Cassino, Italy 1944 The Invasion of Normandy 1944-45 . . . — Map (db m76784) WM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — The Water Highway
From 1683 until 1859, this site was Perth Amboy’s transportation hub. It was the maritime equivalent of our cloverleaf junction. At this interchange – known as “Long Ferry,” to distinguish it from the shorter ferry to Staten . . . — Map (db m43449) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Thomas Mundy Peterson
Here lies the body of Thomas Mundy Peterson first negro voter in the United States under the fifteenth amendment at an election held in Perth Amboy March 31, 1870. A devoted churchman and good citizen. Member of a committee to revise the city . . . — Map (db m84530) HM
New Jersey (Middlesex County), Perth Amboy — Thomas Mundy Peterson School
Built n 1871, this was the first public school building in Perth Amboy. The original eight-room school, which was doubled in size in 1905, exemplifies the best class of public school building erected in New Jersey in the years after the Civil War. . . . — Map (db m93943) HM

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