Washington Rock

Jaclyn Kaczmarek

Washington Rock monument in Washington Rock State Park in Greenbrook, NJ overlooks much of New Jersey and New York City. Washington Rock takes its name from General George Washington, who, during the Revolutionary War, used the rock as one of a number of lookouts strung along the top of the Watchung Mountains, where there were a string of signal beacons, to alert his men if the British forces launched an attack during May and June of 1777.

The rock’s location is what makes it spectacular and historically significant. The view from Washington Rock is breathtaking and, on a sunny, cloudless day or night, New York City can be clearly seen. The natural geography combined with historical significance makes this monument a true sight. The monument speaks to the local area’s historical past – revolutionary and colonial sights are commonplace in Somerset and Union counties.

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About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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