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July 19th, 1780: a letter from General George Washington to Charles Stewart directing that Faesch be furnished with One ...
07/19/2020

July 19th, 1780: a letter from General George Washington to Charles Stewart directing that Faesch be furnished with One Ton Flour, 6 Blls of Pork and Half a Ton of Beef per week until further orders.

A huge thank you to the Dey Mansion for sharing this wonderful piece of local history! ❤️

General George Washington to Charles Stewart – July 19, 1780
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Photo: Pic: Worker of John Jacob Facsch, Ironmaster, at the Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's Manor House
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#OTD #OnThisDay #DeyMansion #RichHistoryBrightFuture #SeePassaicCounty #JoinOrDey #MarchTo250th #PassaicCounty #240YearsAgo
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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 3, Varick Transcripts, 1775 to 1785, Subseries 3B, Continental and State Military Personnel, 1775 to 1783, Letterbook 12:- Dec. 31, 1780. 1780. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, .

The History Girl
07/11/2020

The History Girl

Today in #NJhistory: The Burr–Hamilton duel between the former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and sitting Vice President Aaron Burr, occurred #OTD, July 11, 1804 in present-day Weehawken, #NewJersey. Burr shot and fatally wounded Hamilton. Hamilton was carried to the home of William Bayard on the Manhattan shore, where he died at 2:00 pm the next day. #SpreadTheHistory

In remembrance of those who passed and were injured during the 1926 Lake Denmark Explosion:
07/10/2020

In remembrance of those who passed and were injured during the 1926 Lake Denmark Explosion:

Today, we remember those who were injured and perished 94 years ago in the Lake Denmark Explosion.

At 5:10 PM on Saturday, July 10th, 1926, life was forever altered for Picatinny Arsenal and the surrounding towns when lightning struck and ignited Temporary Magazine #8. Less than 5 minutes later, Temporary Magazine #9 exploded, all resulting in several days of explosions and fires across the Arsenal and extensive damage to homes and businesses nearby.
A total of 19 people were killed and 38 injured by the initial and subsequent explosions. Even those who were unharmed were deeply and permanently affected by the catastrophe.
Thankfully, the injuries and loss of life were minimized by the day and time: having occurred during the late afternoon on a Saturday, few people were on base.

In damage to munitions, materiel and structures, $47 Million in explosives were destroyed at the Navy Depot and $3 Million in building damage occurred at Picatinny.

Please stay tuned as we pay tribute to the lives that were lost over the coming days and weeks with further posts, photos and information.

Some "original" and current day photos of Shippen Manor in fellow iron mining town, Oxford, NJ.
07/09/2020

Some "original" and current day photos of Shippen Manor in fellow iron mining town, Oxford, NJ.

The b&w pictures are from the Shippen Manor application for National Register of Historic Places.(This is before or around the time that the County would take possession of it from the State.)
The photographs were dark, so the pictures were lightened so that you could see the interior better. Also, a current picture was placed next to the old so that you can see the difference.
Remarkable, eh?

#ShippenManor #NationalRegistry #OxfordHistory #WarrenCountyHistory #NJHistory #OldHomes #ThrowbackWednesday

The Old Barracks
07/07/2020
The Old Barracks

The Old Barracks

Thank you to NJ.com for coming out to see what the museum looks like after reopening! Please remember that all visitors are required to have advance reservations, available online at barracks.org.

07/04/2020

We'd like to wish you all a Happy Fourth of July! 🇺🇸

May you all enjoy your Independence Day Weekend in good health!

Today's video is a short clip from the 2019 Ford-Faesch House Fourth of July Celebration's Musket Firing Demonstration, led by the wonderful Steve Santucci!

Today's photo is from 2017's Fourth of July Celebration at the Ford-Faesch House.The artifacts pictured here are:🔸 A cas...
07/04/2020

Today's photo is from 2017's Fourth of July Celebration at the Ford-Faesch House.

The artifacts pictured here are:
🔸 A case containing two 3 pound cannon balls found in Morristown, NJ; two musket balls found in Morristown; and a single piece of grapeshot (front left in case) found near Fort Ticonderoga.
🔸 A bayonet found in Morristown, NJ that likely belonged on a British Brown Bess musket.
🔸 A document signed by Benjamin Lincoln (1733 - 1810):
Lincoln had quite a resume! Earlier in life, he was part of the militia under his father, Colonel Benjamin Lincoln, during the French and Indian War (although, he did not see action at that time) and was later promoted to Major General, which he served as in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
Lincoln participated in the Battles of Saratoga, the 1780 Siege of Charleston and accepted the British surrender at Yorktown as George Washington's Second in Command.
After the Revolutionary War, Lincoln was appointed by the as the first US Secretary at War and helped put down Shay's Rebellion in Massachusetts.
Towards the end of his life, Lincoln was Collector of Customs for the Port of Boston from 1789 - 1809.

A look back at some West Wing Construction photos and kind words from our late Mayor, Michael Dachisen. He will always b...
07/03/2020

A look back at some West Wing Construction photos and kind words from our late Mayor, Michael Dachisen.
He will always be greatly missed and deeply appreciated, especially for his support of Rockaway's history and the Ford-Faesch House.

During this 4th of July holiday please drive by and see the progress that is taking place on Rockaway Township's own historical gem. Located by Mt. Hope pond, the Ford-Faesch House was built in 1768 by Colonel Jacob Ford, also the builder of the Ford Mansion in Morristown. The reconstruction project was years in the making. Special thanks to our historical society, their hard work and dedication paid off. Many thanks to the Morris County Historical Trust and the MC Freeholders for the grants we received over the years. Lastly, thank you to all the past council members who voted to match grant funding (with no resistance) to resurrect this aging beauty which is a big piece of Morris county history.

A wonderful document displayed at 2019's Independence Day Celebration: John Jacob Faesch Writes From Mount Hope to Quart...
07/03/2020

A wonderful document displayed at 2019's Independence Day Celebration:

John Jacob Faesch Writes From Mount Hope to Quartermaster General Nathanael Green, 1780. Our beloved Faesch was a Swiss-born Ironmaster and owner of the Mount Hope Furnace from 1772 to 1799.

"I intend to Sett of for Philadelphia in a few Days, having Business with the Board of War, and not being acquainted with them, should take it as a Favour to have a few Lines of Introduction from the General to the President, I remain with great regard.

Dear General

Mount Hope

24th Jany: 1780

Your most Obedient Servant

John Jacob Faesch

Today's photo memory is of our Minutemen giving the Musket Firing Demonstration at our Fourth of July Celebration in 201...
07/02/2020

Today's photo memory is of our Minutemen giving the Musket Firing Demonstration at our Fourth of July Celebration in 2017!
You may notice the "fire" present for the Minuteman closest to our photographer: This shows a wonderful example of why flintlock muskets are often referred to as "flinchlocks"! There are many who flinch while firing their flintlock in anticipation of the small explosion that will be occurring in front of their face!
The firearm shown is a reproduction of a French Charleville musket. Although it is French, it was imported and utilized by soldiers in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
Flintlock muskets were smooth-bore firearms and functioned by using a sharpened (or knapped) piece of flint that is held in jaws on the hammer of the firearm. Flint is type of fine-grain quartz and is hard enough that it creates a spark when struck, especially against metal.
The flashpan is filled with black powder and then covered by the frizzen. The frizzen has the dual function of being the metal that the flint will strike to create a spark, as well as covering most of the black powder so that it won't blow away or shake loose easily. As one pulls the trigger, the hammer holding the flint strikes the frizzen and throws a spark down into the powder, igniting it and producing enough of an explosion to then ignite the powder held in the barrel of the musket.

The Historical Society of Rockaway Township would like to officially announce that there will *not* be a Fourth of July ...
06/29/2020

The Historical Society of Rockaway Township would like to officially announce that there will *not* be a Fourth of July Celebration this year at the Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House.
Although this cancellation likely doesn't come as a surprise, we truly are saddened that we'll miss hosting this event and a chance to spend time with our members and visitors.
As always, your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us & we will provide plenty of notice when the times comes that we can have visitors once again!

We will lead up to this year's Independence Day with daily photos of our celebration from previous years - feel free to ask any questions that you have about the demonstrations or displays shown in the photos.

May you all enjoy your own 2020 Independence Day Celebrations in good health! 🇺🇸

*Today's photo is from 2019's Independence Day Celebration at the Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House. It features the Historical Society of Rockaway Township's Minutemen on the left, and two very special guests on the right – local teacher & historical reenactor, Steve Santucci & his son. This photo was taken during our Musket Firing Demonstrations in which our Minutemen explain the maneuvers, formations, firearms/equipment used and the firearm loading process. This particular photo shows the bayonets affixed to the ends of the muskets and would have been followed by a charge with bayonets pointed at the viewers (they stopped before reaching us, I assure you!). The demonstration concludes with the firing of reproduction Revolutionary War era muskets (sans musket ball and away from the viewers, of course!).

Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society
06/28/2020

Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society

Map Night #3:
Details from the oldest map in the Picatinny history archive.
The partitioning of Faesch property into the land tracts, including Middle Forge.. that would eventually become Picatinny Arsenal.
(Working on getting better resolution and detailed photos for you to see)

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06/26/2020

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Here is Part 2 of our Map Night meeting posts since our monthly meeting was cancelled due to COVID.

This map of the 600 Area, Ordnance Testing Area Historic District was documented in 1982-83 thru a Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) evaluation of Picatinny Arsenal. More info can be found @ this website and on the Library of Congress...

https://www.pica.army.mil/ead/cultural/picatinnyhistoricdistricts/index.html
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/nj0998/
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/nj1042/

Hope you enjoy!

Happy "Birthday", New Jersey!
06/25/2020

Happy "Birthday", New Jersey!

A royal grant was issued by King Charles II's brother, James, Duke of York, #OTD June 24, 1664. This grant established an English colony named New Jersey on the land bounded by the Delaware River, the Hudson River, and the Atlantic Ocean. This royal grant can be considered #NewJersey‬'s birth certificate. The land was granted to John Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret in recognition of their loyalty to the crown during the English Civil War. #njhistory #SpreadTheHistory

Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society
06/25/2020

Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society

Once again we are sorry we couldn't do our monthly meeting for June due to COVID-19. This month we would have had Picatinny Map Night at the Rockaway Senior Center.

We may be rescheduling this later in the year, but until then, here is a map to enjoy of the Piccatinny Powder Depot from 1885, note the installation at that time period was also called the U.S. Powder Depot.

The History Girl
06/24/2020

The History Girl

‪Today in #NJhistory: #OTD‬ June 23, 1780, the Battle of Springfield, ‪#NewJersey‬ was fought. Although the British were initially able to advance, they were ultimately forced to withdraw in the face of newly-arriving colonial forces, resulting in a Continental victory. This was one of the last major engagements of the Revolutionary War in the north and effectively put an end to British ambitions in New Jersey. It is widely told that James Caldwell, the Continental Army chaplain who had lost his wife during the Battle of Connecticut Farms on June 7, brought up a load of hymn books published by English clergyman Isaac Watts to use instead of wadding. He is quoted as saying, “Give ‘em Watts, boys!” However, this is a myth perpetuated through time and is not documented to have happened. #SpreadTheHistory #RevWar

Morristown National Historical Park
06/22/2020

Morristown National Historical Park

The American Revolution #OTD 240 years ago
A revolutionary plan for women to directly participate in the cause of American independence.
The June 21, 1780 edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette included the text of an anonymous broadside first published ten days before entitled “The Sentiments of An American Woman” with an appendix entitled “Ideas, relative to the manner of forwarding to the American Soldiers, the Presents of the American Women.” These “Ideas” (the result of a meeting of thirty-six Philadelphia women three days before) provided a plan for the patriot women of Philadelphia to take a more active role in the cause of American independence. The women would canvass the city, going house to house to gather funds to benefit the suffering soldiers of the Continental Army. These patriotic women collected more than $300,000 Continental dollars.
The author of the “Sentiments” --Esther De Berdt Reed, the first lady of Pennsylvania--wanted the funds to go directly to the soldiers. .General Washington thought it would be better that the funds be used to purchase linen for the creation of shirts. Eventually more than 2,000 hand-made shirts were distributed to soldiers—each one had the name embroidered of the individual lady who made it.
Image: Library of Congress

#OTD #AmericanRevolution

The History Girl
06/16/2020

The History Girl

Today in #NJhistory: #OTD, June 16, 1870 the Atlantic City Boardwalk was dedicated. Built at a reported cost of $5,000, it was 10 feet wide in sections of 12 feet long. No commercial ventures of any kind were permitted within 30 feet of it, and at the end of each summer season for many years, the boardwalk was taken apart and stored during the winter months. It was the first boardwalk of its kind in the United States. Since then, the boardwalk has been extended and reconstructed numerous times. The current herringbone pattern dates to 1916. Today, the length of the Atlantic City Boardwalk is a little more than 4 miles and holds the distinction of being the longest wooden walkway in the world. At the widest point, it is 60 feet across and it stands 12 feet above sea level. #SpreadTheHistory

Today, we celebrate Flag Day! The date chosen for Flag Day originates from June 14, 1777. On that day, the Continental C...
06/14/2020
Facts about the United States Flag

Today, we celebrate Flag Day!
The date chosen for Flag Day originates from June 14, 1777.

On that day, the Continental Congress passed an act establishing an official flag. The desire was to foster unity and exemplify the newly united states, especially amongst the multiple flags that were already prominent around the time (such as the "An Appeal To Heaven" flag and the individual flags of each colony).

The resolution stated: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

"Today the flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice." https://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/history/old-glory/

One of two flags that flew from the locomotive of the Lincoln funeral train on the route between Albany and Utica, New York. Until the Executive Order of June 24, 1912, neither the order of... Learn more

How odd now to see photos of the Ford-Faesch House without the West Wing!Enjoy some photos of our garden from 4 years ag...
06/14/2020

How odd now to see photos of the Ford-Faesch House without the West Wing!
Enjoy some photos of our garden from 4 years ago.
We'll be posting current ones soon as the plants become more prolific! 🌱🌿

Springtime at the Ford-Faesch House!

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
06/12/2020

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

#TBT- Indeed a rare treat, we had potentially the first #movie screen ever, unfurled for conservation at the #Library in Building 5 of #ThomasEdisonNHP. Back in 2013, skilled textile conservators cleaned and repaired the screen from top to bottom (18 feet high by 18 feet wide!) Historically, the screen was used to show movies that the #Edison company created. There is a #projection booth on the 1st balcony at the south end of the library, directly opposite the screen, that would have held the projector. To keep the screen in the best condition possible it must remain rolled up, so please enjoy these photos, as it is highly unlikely it will be down again any time soon.
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Any story surrounding this property and impressive stone wall on Mt Hope near the Ford – Faesch House? I pass it all the time on my bike, and I always wonder if there is any interesting backstory.
Can anyone tell me about the Lake Side Hotel in Lake Denmark? This photo is from 1905. Although it looks similar to the Green Pond Hotel, it is not.
Just a brief mention of Mt Hope Mine
Does anyone have any information/ photos on Camp Hibernia when it was a Girl Scout Camp?
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Thank you for a great tour! Stony Brook 4th grade
At 1:00 pm we will remember the 33 men that drowned in the Cumberland River in May of 1863. The ceremony will take place at the Civil War Statue on Church Street in Rockaway Boro. We now have new information on the recovery and burial of 27th NJ soldiers that will be announced at our ceremony on Saturday May 25th. All are invited to attend. Captain John Covert 27th Reg't New Jersey Co F Reenactment Group
Hello. I'm the teacher advisor for the Morris Hills High School News Paper "Hilltopper." We are looking to do a feature about the history of the school and need information about the original owners of the property and possibly pictures of the old house. We only have the old wall in front and driveway to go on now. It would be a great then and now story. We know the school was built in 1953. Can anyone offer additional information? Mr. C
From today’s New Jersey Sunday Herald
“Borrowed” these pictures from another site. This was where Shop Rite currently is prior to Two Guys.
Egberts lake has some photos in the welcome sign introducing the lake. It is such a shame that they are getting ruined by the weather. Hopefully they are not the originals.