Raven Rock is a small hamlet nestled between the base of a stone cliff and the Delaware River. In its earliest days, it was known as Saxtonville, and it was controlled by a single landowner. The Delaware Canal, the bed of the old Pennsylvania Railroad track and the Daniel Bray Highway all ran between Raven Rock and the river, and the town grew and prospered with these lines of transportation. In the twentieth century, it became known for its houses, Bull's Island State Park and beautiful bridges, which were used by soldiers in training for exercise during World War II. Discover how historic Raven Rock evolved from a quarry town to the artist community of today through this collection of fascinating vignettes by members of its local historical community..
About the Author
Curt Chinicci is a local author and a member of many local historical organizations. Marfy Goodspeed is a published blogger and former official township historian, as well as professional genealogist and house history researcher. Geoff Nicklen is a former mechanical engineer. He and his wife Lynn are involved in almost every social group in Hunterdon County: hiking club, bird watching groups, the Mill society, kayak club and a local church group, to name a few. Deb Bodnar is a researcher at Rutgers University and member of several local organizations in and around Raven Rock. John Kellogg is a former planner for Hunterdon County and member of many local organizations. Donna Ripley is an active member of many organizations in and around Raven Rock. Jeffrey Adams is a local author with many memberships in local organizations. Marilyn Cummings is the local Historical Society president. She is also involved with the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum. Lynn Antonelli is a former television writer and producer. She currently works as a realtor in Hunterdon and Bucks Counties.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Raven Rock, New Jersey Geoffrey A. Nicklen 11
Raven Rock at the Beginning Marfy Goodspeed 21
Saxtonville Marfy Goodspeed 37
The Bridges of Raven Rock Deborah Bodnar 53
Navigating the River at Raven Rock Jeffrey L. Adams 65
Stories from Bull's Island Railroad Station Jeffrey L. Adams 74
Houses "Under the Rocks," Marilyn Cummings 80
The Artists Come to Raven Rock R. Curt Chinnici 105
Raven Rock, the Missing Link John Kellogg 121
Quarrying in Raven Rock Bill Saja 132
Remarkable Raven Rock Residents Carolyn M. Nicklen 147
About the Editor 157