Rocky Hill, Kingston, and Griggstown presents a portrait of three small historical villages along the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, one of the most popular recreational areas in New Jersey. The importance of this 5-mile stretch––from the colonial period through the mid-twentieth century––is documented in this outstanding pictorial collection of carefully selected images. During the agricultural colonial era, these three Millstone
River valley hamlets saw numerous Revolutionary War troop movements and enjoyed George Washington’s stay at Rockingham in 1783. A copper mine and a quarry were early commercial enterprises, but it was the completion of the Delaware and Raritan Canal and a railroad spur that brought sudden commercial and industrial growth to the area. The images collected in this book focus on the lives and the work of ordinary people as the towns changed from rural hamlets to commercial centers and, more recently, to quaint residential villages.
About the Author
Author Jeanette K. Muser is a retired high school librarian and teacher who is continuing her interest in historical research and writing through active participation in local preservation efforts. The curator of the Rocky Hill Community Group archives and museum, she also writes a monthly historical column for the Montgomery News and serves as a docent at Rockingham Historical Site. Historical images borrowed from area historical societies, local residents, and state sites celebrate the history of these three small villages in this marvelous new volume. It will be treasured by anyone who enjoys history or the beauty of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.