A Brief Snapshot of Sussex County History


If you go exploring in Sussex County, New Jersey you will find an immense amount of U.S. History.  New Jersey in general has more Revolutionary War history than many people know about.  According to A Guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Trail for Families and History Buffs by Mark Di Ionno, “Sussex County, though it’s hard to believe now, was the frontier at the time of the Revolution,” concluding in all of the battles in Sussex County to be with the Indians[1].  To call them battles is a loosely used term since there are no real recorded battles known to be held within New Jersey’s border, however some of the battles close to the Delaware River definitely involved Sussex County by the use of supply routes and march routes.

Supply lines through Waterloo Village,an ironworking village, and marches in parts of Sussex County show proof of the major role Sussex County played in the Revolutionary War.   In the current area of Wallkill High School in Hamburg, NJ there is a campsite said to be the site where George Washington set up camp for a night on a march from Newburg, NY to his headquarters in Morristown, NJ to meet General Lafayette in 1779.  There is a monument off of Route 94 near the corner of Route 94 and Beaver Run Road saying on it “In this field General George Washington encamped for a night on a march from Newburg to Morristown in 1779 to meet General Lafayette.”

George Washington Campsite3

Photo of George Washington’s Campsite Plaque

On one march a soldier fell from exhaustion on what is currently Cherry Lane in Hampton, NJ.  If you travel into Hampton and make a left, coming from Wantage, NJ, onto the dead ended Cherry Lane you will see on the left-hand side of the road a memorial set up for the soldier.  Inscribed on the headstone is the words “Erected to an unknown soldier of the Revolution Chinkchewunska Chan No. 240 AR NJ.”  Doing further research on the topic I found that it was customary for fallen soldiers to be buried where they fell during marches.  The soldier was “a part of the Continental army marching in 1780[2]” according to Di Ionno.  The site is small and worth a short visit as many of the locals walking their dogs and bike riding by tend to do.  Di Ionno says that “around the turn of the century, the Chinkchewunska Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution marked the site with the granite plaque that can be viewed today.[3]”

Unknown Soldier2 Cherry Ln

Photo of Unknown Soldier’s Memorial

As you take a trip through the history of Sussex County, Newton seems like a viable place to start.  There are historic buildings there such as the Thomas Anderson House and one of the sites of James Moody’s raids.  As you travel through the history, you will see organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and American Legion leaving their mark to help preserve our precious history.  Perhaps even a better place to start is with one of these organizations rather than taking the trek alone.

 

[1] Di Ionno, Mark, A Guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Trail For Families and History Buffs, (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2000), 190.

[2] Di Ionno, 192.

[3] Di Ionno, 192.

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About kingsigma2014

I am currently a graduate student of History at William Paterson University.
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3 Responses to A Brief Snapshot of Sussex County History

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  3. BrianSnat says:

    No real recorded battles held within New Jersey’s borders? How about Monmouth, Princeton, Trenton and Springfield for starters?

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