Vanderveer House & Pluckemin Artillery Key components
to Crossroad National Heritage Area
While New Jersey is referred to as the "Cockpit of the American Revolution", Somerset County is the cockpit of the cockpit."
Or so said Thomas D'Amico at a recent gathering of the Crossroads of the American Revolution Heritage Area who met throughout New Jersey in June to set the agenda for the next stage of the heritage master plan.
The Friends of the Vanderveer House steward two key efforts with the Jacobus Vanderveer house and the Pluckemin Artillery Park and Cantonment, which are two landmark properties on the state and national historic registers that play a key roll in telling the stories of the American revolution in New Jersey.
Pluckemin, a small hamlet of Bedminster New Jersey, held the distinction of hosting General Knox in 1779 while he formed his first military training academy in what was known as the Pluckemin Artillery Park. (see details).
Not only the prelude to West Point and America's first military training facility, the area also served as one of the largest military hospitals during the revolutionary war.
The Friends of JVH stand firmly behind the Crossroads efforts and looks forward to presenting their case to be a premiere participant of the Crossroads Heritage Area.
The latest meeting was held on Thursday, June 18th at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, The Haggerty Education Center, 53 Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ - Details - See supporting organizations - Click Here
Cate Litvack, Crossroads director, said the meetings will help lay the groundwork for the Heritage Area's future initiatives, including preservation, interpretation, education, recreation and community revitalization based on New Jersey's Revolutionary War heritage. The meetings were hosted by Peter Benton and Elizabeth Watson of Heritage Strategies and Jim Klein of Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects. The three has extensive experience in the management and planning of heritage areas, including the Shenandoah Valley, Delaware and Lehigh and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.
The Crossroads Mission
The Crossroads of the American Revolution Association is to foster the conservation, preservation and interpretation of New Jersey’s Revolutionary War sites and landscapes in ways that enhance public understanding about the people, places and events that transformed the course of American and New Jersey history.
To learn more about the Crossroads National Heritage Area - Click Here
About the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area
In October 2006, President Bush signed legislation designating the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area in New Jersey. This journey toward recognition by the Federal Government of our state’s significant role in the American Revolution began in 2000 when Congress directed the National Park Service to determine whether remaining resources related to the American Revolution in central New Jersey were of national significance
The Friends of the Vanderveer House and the Crossroads of the American Revolution are both non-profit organizations.
Submitted: June 19, 2009
Submitted: Brooks Betz
Last Updated : June 19, 2009
Photos/Images: Crossroads of American Revolution / Brooks Betz