Tracing the American Revolution through the Monmouth County Parks
In the 18th century traveling through Monmouth County was one of the shortest routes connecting two of our nation’s earliest cities, Philadelphia, and New York. When war broke out in the colonies Monmouth County became a literal battleground, leaving nearly every resident touched by the effects of war. From the sites of raids to military campsites, and the homes of affluent members of society during the conflict, the history of the Revolution through the Monmouth County Parks is a fascinating look into the fight for freedom as it took place in our own backyard.
An Immersive History of Hartshorne Woods Park
What are those huge concrete bunkers? Who were the Hartshornes? Who lived here before they settled in the Navesink? There are so many questions surrounding one of the county’s largest and most popular parks. The story of Hartshorne Woods begins long before European settlement and takes us all the way through the Cold War. We’ll travel through all the major periods of history across this 800-acre park and learn a little more about how it came to be the beautiful site it is today.
The History of Thompson Park, Beyond the Thompsons
In recent years amazing research on Geraldine Thompson and her family has been uncovered by Brookdale’s very own history professor Jane Scimeca. This lecture serves to compliment the work done on the family by providing a detailed look at the history of the Brookdale Farm National Register Historic District at Thompson Park, from its earliest settlement in the 18th century, through its era as a nationally recognized thoroughbred stud farm and beyond. 3 SESSIONS
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