Oil refineries. Manufacturing plants. The Turnpike. Tony Soprano. The MTV show Jersey Shore. “What exit?” Urban sprawl. Everyone says “New Joisey.” Those are just a few of the stereotypes about my home state. But as readers of this blog know, there is another side of New Jersey: rustic coastal towns, verdant farmland, beautiful natural landscapes, and fascinating history. On a beautiful, if slightly chilly, Saturday in April, I headed to Salem County to explore a lesser-known section of New Jersey.
With my fiancée attending a family event during the morning, I planned to visit several attractions well-known to locals. In order, I saw a 560-year old tree, a classic car show, the longest-running rodeo in the nation, a church and cabin built before the United States existed, and a stop by a beach.
I even took a quick video of the engine while in operation. The silver device in the back that looks like a small waterfall is actually the engine’s radiator.
It was surely a busy Saturday morning, but the journey through this lesser-known region of my home state was a lot of fun, and every site I visited is completely free. The Salem Oak is located along Broadway in Salem, and is best seen during daylight hours. Cowtown Rodeo Farmer’s Market is every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, and the Rodeo itself runs at 7:30 pm every Saturday evening between May 26th and September 29th. Trinity Church is located on Kings Highway in Swedesboro, New Jersey, and has worship services every Sunday at 9:30 am, although the grounds itself are able to be visited during daylight hours. Thank you for coming along on yet another journey down the open road ahead!