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NJ’s Smallest Registered Cemetery

Posted by Stu On September - 26 - 2007

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After finding the Olde Stone House Village and doing some research, I found out nearby Bunker Hill Presbyterian is home to the smallest registered graveyard in the state. It has only 4 graves, 3 of which have stones. 2 were just about unreadable; one was faint but the name and some information were fairly easy to see. I don’t know where exactly the 4th grave is or why it’s unmarked.

Bunker Hill Presbyterian has a history of moving around. The original church is actually one of the Village’s buildings. The newer incarnation of the church was also moved from its original location, about a block away. The cemetery is still in its original place, next to the manse. The manse is now a private residence. The property is almost on top of the graves; as you can see, a small garden is less than 2 feet from the cemetery. The driveway leading to the graves horseshoes around to the house next door.

Popularity: 11% [?]

Olde Stone House Village

Posted by Stu On July - 21 - 2005

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This small park is in Sewell in Gloucester County, pretty close to the Pebble Palace.
What a brilliant idea. People are always sad to see an old important building in their town taken down for something stupid like a pizza joint. So what did these folks do? Why, move the buildings, of course! Olde Stone House Village is a Frankenstein of a village; it’s been put together with random old buildings from surrounding towns. As you can see from the bottom photo, it’s pretty well spread out, and a semi-circle stone walkway connects all the places. Some of the buildings had signs in front of them indicating their age, what they were, and where they came from.

The Stone House itself is set apart from the rest of the village and is about 300 years old. It is the only building which originally stood here; the others were brought here in 1986. The 4 buildings added include: Blackwood’s original train station (1891); the original Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church (1860’s I believe); Turnersville’s original post office (1864); and an old farmhouse. Don’t know very much about the farmhouse, though. It’s in the worst shape of the 5 buildings here.

Popularity: 12% [?]

Pebble Palace

Posted by Stu On July - 21 - 2005

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When I first heard about it, I thought it would be bigger. It’s still kinda cool I guess….I really was expecting more though. This odd place is located in between 2 houses right along a main road near Deptford. “Pebble Palace” consists of a few little buildings and a bridge made out of pebbles and stained glass. Also among the “palace” are 2 other things; one appears to be a planter and the other looks like a vase. The whole thing is starting to show signs of aging.

All in all, an interesting quickie. Not really sure it was worth the hour + drive though. Good thing this wasn’t my only goal of the day.

Popularity: 7% [?]

Red Bank Battlefield

Posted by Stu On April - 20 - 2005

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I recently read about a little-known battlefield along the Delaware. After learning some of the history and reading that ruins from the fort could be found in the park, I decided to visit. The name itself shows just how few people know of the place, at least on this side of the state. Most I asked thought I meant the the town of Red Bank in Monmouth County and told me I meant Monmouth Battlefield. This particular Red Bank is in Gloucester County, just down the river from Philadelphia.

Fort Mercer was attacked by Hessians on October 22, 1777. The Americans, led by Col. Christopher Greene, were heavily outnumbered yet managed to not only defend the fort, but defeat their opponents. This battle was a major morale booster for American troops, so it puzzles me as to why it’s virtually unknown.

In all honesty, there isn’t much to the park. There are a row of old mile markers from the 1700’s, which we mistook for graves at first. A house where wounded Hessians were treated, the Whitall House, has been preserved and now serves as a museum. There are cannons, at least some of which are authentic. The ‘ruins’ of Fort Mercer, sadly, are nothing more than the fort’s outline (which is just a 2-3 ft. deep trench) and 2 cornerstones. Not as exciting of a place as I had hoped, but it was a lesson in unknown history.


Ye olde mile markers.


Whitall House.


75′ tall monument to Col. Christopher Greene.


One of the cornerstones.


View of Philly.

Near the back of the park we found a monument which was fenced off. Turns out this was the original monument which marked the battlefield. It was placed Oct. 22, 1829, 52 years to the day after the battle.

One final note: the water is disgusting. The park is right on the River, and the amount of trash washed up on the shore is sickening. I’ve been to quite a few waterfront places, and this one is the dirtiest I’ve seen yet.

Popularity: 9% [?]

Roadside Gravestones on Route 40

Posted by Stu On May - 20 - 2004

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I found 3 grave stones right on the side of the road. The first was of someone who was killed by a drunk driver. I’ve seen roadside memorials for others killed by drunk drivers, especially on the Parkway, but never an actual stone.
Across the street were 2 other stones; one was of a woman who died in 1980….the other was blank. Behind them was a sign for a monument place, so maybe that’s why the blank one was there. Normally I don’t post things like this, but the stones were just yards away from a street named Slabtown Road, so I had to.

Popularity: 8% [?]

The Innocents’ Cemetery

Posted by Stu On May - 20 - 2004

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We found this one on the way back from Fort Mott & Finns Point, right next to a church. I must say, I’ve never seen anything like this before.

Popularity: 6% [?]

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