Did you know that one hundred battles were fought in New Jersey during the American Revolution? Did you know that the state was considered a strategic battlefront by both the Americans and the British, owing to it separating New York and Philadelphia? Did you know that George Washington spent more time in New Jersey than in any other state during the war? Did you know that there are over 650 historical sites in the state that are connected to the conflict that helped to found the United States? Did you know that one of New Jersey’s nicknames is The Crossroads of the Revolution?
When we visited the Cornelius Lowe House this past spring, my wife picked up a map that detailed fifty-nine of the most important historical sites in New Jersey that are connected to the American Revolution. She immediately began devising a series of road trip adventures, centered around different geographical regions of the state. On a beautiful Sunday in early November, we set off for the area known as the “mountain refuges,” where American forces hid from the British Continental Army for three winters.
After exploring central New Jersey’s connection to the Revolution, there will also be a feature on a special birthday road trip, a milestone for a friend, and a vehicular update.
The Mountain Refuges
Jacobus Vanderveer House
Abraham Staats House
Washington Rock State Park
Van Horne House
Van Veghten House
Old Dutch Parsonage and Wallace House
There are definitely some fun updates to share! First, I want to take you along on the small road trip my wife and I took for an early birthday celebration. From there, I’m going to hand the blog over to a reader who prepared a special feature on the longterm ownership of Honda Ridgeline pickup, before finally closing with a short update on my Accord.
Wife of the Year* Birthday Road Trip
A Honda Update
Here’s a check-in for my 2017 Honda Ridgeline, which has now hit the 50,000 mile mark! I live in southern New Hampshire, and the Ridgeline has been a gem of a pickup truck. My family and I have had countless adventures in this Ridgeline. The truck performs great on the dirt roads in my area, and handles the snow well. It’s easy to head to hiking trailheads – I just throw the gear in the truck bed and go. No jamming stuff in the trunk!
I saw a moose this summer in the Ridgeline. I took a ride on a clear night and saw a meteor fall through the sky from a hilltop in my town. It’s been on camping trips in Vermont and New Hampshire. The pickup handled all of our camping gear with ease. I’m able to haul my mountain bike to all the local riding spots. I’ve taken it to Plum Island to enjoy the ocean views, and even took it to visit a glacial erratic in New Hampshire!
It’s also great for taking whatever needs hauling. I recently moved across town, and the Ridgeline handled bureaus, shed tools, and seemingly everything else I threw at it. I helped a buddy get marble slabs for his kitchen island last week using the truck bed.
I’ve had no issues with the Ridgeline. I take it to the dealer to get the factory recommended servicing. After my 2008 Accord, I wanted a vehicle that would be good in the snow and ready for adventures, and the Ridgeline hit a home run! It’s been a great 50k of hauling gear and having fun. Looking forward to the next 50k, and beyond!
A Quick Accord Update
Proving that even in the age of COVID-19 there are plenty of adventures still to be had, our drive to eight important places of the American Revolution was fun, educational, and free! Do check the websites for the parks and museums listed in this post, as pandemic restrictions have impacted the availability of some of the locations. However, if you are looking for a safe way to spend time outside, exploring state and local parks with historical significance can be a great way to pass an afternoon!
Thanks, as always, for coming along on another journey down the open road ahead.