- Monmouth Battlefield State Park
Monmouth BattlefieldThe Craig House
Location: Manalapan Township / Freehold Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey Coordinates: Coordinates: Built: 1778 Governing body: Private NRHP Reference#: 66000467 NJRHP #: 2013 Significant dates Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966 Designated NHLD: January 20, 1961 Designated NJRHP: May 27, 1971
Monmouth Battlefield State Park is a 2,928-acre (11.85 km²) New Jersey state park located on the border of Manalapan and Freehold Township. This park preserves the historical battlefield on which the American Revolutionary War's Battle of Monmouth was waged.
Appearance and information
Monmouth Battlefield State Park preserves a rural, eighteenth century landscape of orchards, fields, woods and wetlands encompassing miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding; picnic areas, and a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse entitled, the Craig House.
The park's visitor center rests atop Combs Hill―a hill once commanded by the Continental Army artillery. Within the park's visitor's center one may observe an array of excavated artifacts from the notable eighteenth century battle.
During the final weekend in June (or the weekend nearest to 28 June), an annual reenactment of the 1778 American Revolutionary War battle is performed.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced in April 2008 that Monmouth Battlefield and eight other New Jersey state parks might be closed as part of Governor Jon Corzine's budget cuts.
History of the battlefield
On June 28, 1778, as Sir Henry Clinton and his troops parted from the Monmouth Court House, George Washington and his Continental Army troops plotted an ambush on the rear column of Clinton's British Army soldiers, though the battle soon ended in a standoff.
The Battle of Monmouth is most notable for creating the American legend of Molly Pitcher; a housewife who boldly took her husband's place at the cannon only moments after his peril. In honor of Pitcher, an aging white cenotaph was erected nigh the property of the battlefield.
- ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html.
- ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Monmouth County". NJ DEP - Historic Preservation Office. March 1, 2011. p. 5. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/hpo/1identify/lists/monmouth.pdf. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
- ^ "Monmouth Battlefield". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2008-06-23. http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=330&ResourceType=District.
- ^ "Monmouth Battlefield State Park". NJ Department of Environmental Protection. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/monbat.html. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- ^ Joseph R. Ryan (2008-04-01). "Nine state parks may close under budget ax". http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/04/nine_state_parks_may_close_und.html. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- Official Site
- Photographs from reenacted battle
- Visitation details
- Streaming video of the Battle of Monmouth reenactment (RealPlayer required)
- Photo gallery
- Friends of Monmouth Battlefield
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