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MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission are continuing the Historic Marker Project. The Freeholders’ initiative gifts historic markers to local historic sites and communities throughout Middlesex County.

The Cultural and Heritage Commission is coordinating the Project on behalf of the Freeholders. The markers are handsome 26” by 30” cast aluminum plaques in black, pre-mounted on seven-foot poles, ready for installation.

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Historic Markers gifted to date, starting in 2005, include: Buckelew Park, Jamesburg; Samptown Cemetery, South Plainfield; The Titus Farm, South Brunswick; Dey Farm Historic Site, Monroe Township; Sayre & Fisher Reading Room, Sayreville; and Barron Arts Center, Barron Library, Woodbridge. This year, the Board of Chosen Freeholders presented five Historic Markers including Signal Hill, Old Bridge; Trinity Church, Woodbridge; L.J. Smith Farmhouse, East Brunswick; Cranberry Mills, Cranbury; and Danish Home, Edison.

Historical societies, chambers of commerce, schools, scout troops and others interested in Middlesex County history are invited to consider nominating an historic site in their community. The Project aims to publicly recognize locations that are significant to the heritage of Middlesex County through their association with:

1. an important event or period in local history;
2. persons or groups affiliated with the site were key to New Jersey’s past or heritage
3. events reflecting cultural diversity, contributions of women and/or others

The Commission is particularly interested in sites that are little known to the public. A local entity must be willing to work with the commission and be a co-sponsor. Any group interested in history may help with this project.
Whether an adult organization or a class project, this will be a great opportunity to become more familiar with local history.  Participants are encouraged to research various places in their area, recommend a local site for placement of a marker, and devise the text to be imprinted on the signage. In the case of a student project, research and text preparation are to be conducted under the guidance of a faculty member or scout leader.

Written guidelines are available with details on the Historic Marker process and criteria.  For Historic Marker questions and Guidelines, please call the Commission, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:15pm, 732.745.4489. This project is funded by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.


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