This year’s Independence Day may have come and gone, but local residents can still feel the colonists’ spirit just by exploring Shrewsbury and Monmouth County, which has more Revolutionary War sites than most New Jersey counties.
Here is a list of places to check out this summer:
Colts Neck Memorial Park, Heyers Mill Road. This location features the Private Michael Field Gravestite and Joshua Huddy Memorial.
Colts Neck Inn, 6 County Road Route 537 West. The Joshua Huddy Homestead Site is directly adjacent from the historic inn.
Village Inn, Main St. and Water Street. It was here that General Washington ordered the arrest of General Charles Lee, who had disobeyed orders in the Battle of Monmouth.
Covenhoven House, 150 West Main St. A British general occupied this house.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 33 Throckmorton St. Legend has it that this church was used as a hospital during the war.
Monmouth Court House, Main St. and Court St. This building was also used as a hospital.
Monmouth County Historical Association, 70 Court St. The historical association has a number of artifacts from colonial days and the Battle of Monmouth.
Monmouth Battle Monument, Court St. and Monument St.
Joshua Huddy Hanging Site, Huddy Park, Bay Ave. and Waterwitch Ave. Captian Joshua Huddy was hanged here by the British.
Holmes-Hendrickson House, 62 Longstreet Rd. A major skirmish occurred here after the house was attacked by a group of Loyalists.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 347 Rte. 33. One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place here.
Old Brick Ref. Church Cemetery, Rte. 520 and Dunn Drive. At least two Revolutionary War soldiers are buried here.
Philip Freneau Grave Site, 112 Poet Dr. Revolutionary poet and friend of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson is buried here.
Burrowes Mansion, 94 Main St. This house was a rallying point for colonial troops.
Murray Farmhouse, 345 Oak Hill Rd. This was the home of Joseph Murray, a member of the colonists’ local militia.
Marlpit Hall, 137 Kings Hwy. This house was the home of a prominent Loyalist.
Washington Reconnoitering Expedition Sign, Route 35 and Kings Hwy (in front of the police building). This sign states that George Washington and his men rode through here on a reconnoitering expedition
British Retreat Route Markers (Showing the British army’s movement after the Battle of Monmouth).
• Kings Hwy. near Normandy Rd.
• Kings Hwy. and Brandywine Way
• Church St. and Kings Hwy.
Throckmorton-Lippit-Taylor Burying Ground. 137 Kings Hwy. More deceased Revolutionary figures are here.
British Campsite, Kings Hwy. at Monmouth Ave. and Navesink Ave. This was an old campsite used by British soldiers while they waited for transport to Sandy Hook.
Joshua Huddy's Leap Monument, West Park, Rumson Rd. and Ward Ave. Before being executed by the British, war prisoner Joshua Huddy briefly escaped here.
Battle of Black Point Marker, East River Rd. and Black Point Rd. Another skirmish took place here just as the British were leaving for Sandy Hook.
Lighthouse, Hartshorne Dr. This lighthouse was taken over by the British and remained under their control for most of the war.
Halyburton Monument, Hartshorne Dr. On this site there were more Revolutionary graves, although they were moved in the early 1900s.
British Embarkation Marker, Hartshorne Dr. British troops passed through this point to complete their withdrawal from the Battle of Monmouth.
Christ Church and Cemetery, Sycamore Ave. and Broad St. This was used as a barracks for patriot soldiers.
Sycamore Monument, Sycamore Ave. and Broad St. This marks a trail used by George Washington’s troops.
Allen House, 400 Sycamore Ave. It was here that a Loyalist patrol attacked Continental Army soldiers that were stationed there.
Old Tennent Church & Cemetery, 448 Tennent Rd. Many soldiers are buried here, including Joshua Huddy.
Historic Walnford, 62 Walnford Rd. The owner of this house was arrested in 1777 for refusing to affirm his allegiance to the government.
West Long Branch
Old Free Church Cemetery, Monmouth Ave. near W. Palmer Ave. Several Revolutionary soldiers are buried here.