• Pine Hill Cemetery, Revisited

    There is some fascinating history connected with this cemetery and the Williamson family.

  • Ellicott’s Diary, February 1863

    A difficult month in a difficult year. Benjamin H. Ellicott’s diary, continued, brings us close to the trials and tribulations of Americans in the middle of their Civil War.1 Previously, I omitted Ellicott’s comments on the weather, but this time I’ve decided to keep them; they seem to enhance the immediacy of time. It’s February, […]

  • The Fisher-Reading Mansion

    The Union Hotel is not the only Flemington treasure we are at risk of losing.

  • Rittenhouse Road

    Old Hunterdon road records are marvelous sources for local history and genealogy. And the maps!

  • A Barn Raising Was A Big Event

    A barn-raising was a huge undertaking, and so was feeding everyone out of 19th-century kitchens.

  • Old Barns Were Built For The Ages

    In the 19th century, people understood all the qualities of wood that made it the perfect material for building old barns. Mr. Bush explains.

  • Ellicott’s Diary, January 1863

    Ellicott’s Diary puts us in the middle of the war with his personal account of “the War News.”

  • Rittenhouse Cemetery, part two

    The residents of this old burying ground are important to the history of the Prallsville and Rosemont neighborhoods.

Goodspeed Welcome to Goodspeed Histories, a website for Hunterdon County history, early West Jersey history, and the history of my home town, Delaware Township.I began the website in 2009 as a way to discover the history of my ancestor Samuel Green, one of the early settlers in West New Jersey. In the process I became fascinated with the political history of that place, which led to many posts on the West Jersey Proprietors. I hope to do more.When my home town celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2013, I had to pay attention to all the stories that can be told about it, and the same thing happened the next year when Hunterdon County celebrated its 300th anniversary.

There is so much more to write about all these places, so much more to learn. In the process, I hope to encourage readers who know even more about these places and the people who have lived here to share their knowledge with me here on Goodspeed Histories.

—Marfy Goodspeed

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