Thompson Park

Kate Dobromilsky

Photo Courtesy of Jamesburg Borough

Thompson Park is located in Jamesburg, New Jersey and is the largest park in Middlesex County. This is rather interesting, considering that Jamesburg is only .9 of a mile in size. Although the park was just established in the 1960s, it has been a gathering area long before that. In the mid 1700s, the park was used as mission village for local Native Americans. Europeans used the park to gather together and spread Christianity.

Although Thompson Park is no longer a Native American village, it is still used just as much today as it was centuries ago. With tennis courts, hiking trails, animal zoos, playgrounds, and a lake to fish in, small town residents go to the park on a daily basis. It is a place where Jamesburg residents can socialize and feel closer with the other people in the community. Thompson Park is a perfect example of “small-town America’s” concept of a gathering area.

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