Historic Tales of Watchung

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The borough of Watchung’s forests, farmlands, lakes and mountain vistas have been traversed by man for thousands of years. The Leni-Lenapes settled along the banks of the Stony Brook and Watchung Lake, naming the area Wacht Unks, or “High Hills.” Attracted by its abundant natural resources, European settlers began to farm the area in the seventeenth century. The citizens took up arms during the Revolutionary War, serving as minutemen in the Somerset County Militia, protecting the strategic Stony Brook Pass. The town survived an existential crisis in 1924 as the state attempted and failed to convert the region into a massive water reservoir. Local author and historian Robert A. Mayers presents fascinating tales from throughout Watchung’s history.
ISBN: 9781467146777
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 57
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Robert A. Mayers is a professional author and historian in New Jersey. He has written numerous works on Revolutionary War and New Jersey history, including Revolutionary New Jersey: Forgotten Crossroads and Towns of the American Revolution, Searching for Yankee Doodle: Washington’s Soldier’s in the American Revolution and The Forgotten Revolution. Mayers is an active member of numerous historical societies and a frequent speaker and contributor to various publications. He served as a combat officer in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. His military experiences provide him with a deeper perspective of the campaigns and battles depicted in his works. Visit him at his website (www.revolutionarydetective.com).
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