Category Archives: Interesting Parks and Zoos in New Jersey

Union Schoolhouse & Union Church and Burial Ground/Washington Township Historical Society 6 Fairview Avenue Long Valley, NJ 07853

Take the time to do the one-hour tour of the site. It is an interesting look at New Jersey’s Colonial past.

Don’t miss the one-hour tour of the property. It is really interesting and gives you the opportunity to see New Jersey’s past.

The Church and Cemetery tour

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Union Schoolhouse & Union Church and Burial Ground/

Washington Township Historical Society

6 Fairview Avenue

Long Valley, NJ 07853

(908) 876-9696

https://www.wthsnj.org/

https://br-fr.facebook.com/wthsnj

http://www.pathwaysofhistorynj.net/19.html

Open: Sunday 2:00pm-4:00pm/Monday-Saturday Closed

Admission: please call site

My review on TripAdvisor:

A Video on the Washington Township Historical Society

I came to the Washington Township Historical Site as part of Morris County’s “Pathways of History” tour and visited the Union Schoolhouse Museum and then the Union Church and Burial Ground that is located right next door on the same property. This sleepy little town was once a bustling manufacturing site with the sawmill and Ghrist around the corner and the Welsh Farms Ice Cream factory up the street from the site.

The Union Schoolhouse Museum at 6 Fairview Avenue

The museum, which was once the town’s schoolhouse, is an engaging site that showcases how the town developed over the last two hundred years. On the…

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Silas Riggs Saltbox House/Roxbury Township Historical Society 213 Main Street Ledgewood, NJ 07852

Don’t miss the homey atmosphere of the Salis Riggs Saltbox House and a step back into a simpler time.

The Silas Riggs Saltbox House is a beautifully decorated home and so welcoming in the early spring.

The Riggs House kitchen which was a place of good food and many past conversations and where their Christmas fundraiser is held.

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Silas Riggs Saltbox House/Roxbury Township Historical Society

213 Main Street

Ledgewood, NJ 07852

(973) 927-7603

http://www.roxburynewjersey.com/society.htm

Open: Check their Website/Seasonal

My review on TripAdvisor:

I visited the Silas Riggs Saltbox House on a visit to the Roxbury Township Historical Society during the Morris County’s “Pathways to History” event. The event gave us a chance to visit many different sites in one day.

The Historical marker in front of the house

The Silas Riggs Saltbox House is part of the King Victorian Home & King Canal Store complex it shares with the Roxbury Historic Trust. The Silas Riggs home is a preserved colonial era, Revolutionary War period residence. It is managed by the Roxbury Township Historical Society as a “Living History Museum”, hosting events that bring a sense of the past to those who step inside (Roxbury Historical Society).

The Silas Riggs Saltbox House during the tour

The last historical site…

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Branch Brook Park Alliance 115 Clifton Avenue Newark, NJ 07104

Don’t miss the Cherry Blossoms that are now on view in Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ.

Don’t miss the beauty of Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ in April.

Visiting a Museum: The Unique, Unusual, Obscure and Historical

Branch Brook Park Alliance

115 Clifton Avenue

Newark, NJ 07104

(973) 268-2300

http://www.branchbrookpark.org

http://branchbrookpark.org/

https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/branch-brook-park

https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/branch-brook-park/about

Open: Check their website depending on the season

TripAdvisor Review:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g46671-d502865-Reviews-Branch_Brook_Park-Newark_New_Jersey.html?m=19905

I have visited Branch Brook Park many times over the past thirty years and during the Annual Cherry Blossom the park is especially nice. The City of Newark still has the reputation as a rough place and parts of the City I still would not like to walk around in after dark (as are all cities). Branch Book is separated from the rest of the City and sits on the border of Newark sharing the park with the town of Belleville.

The Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place every Spring with the coming of the blooming of all of the Cherry Trees which cover the whole length of the park, is always anticipated by people all over the State of New Jersey. They…

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Turtle Back Zoo 500 Northfield Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052

Exploring zoos in the wintertime gives a perspective on climate changes on animals and how they have to adapt. It was a fun visit for Groundhogs Day.

Don’t miss visiting Miss “Edwina of Essex” next year at the Groundhog’s Day festivities. She will be the star of the show.

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Turtle Back Zoo

500 Northfield Avenue

West Orange, NJ 07052

(973) 731-5800

https://www.facebook.com/TurtleBackZoo/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_Back_Zoo

Open: Sunday-Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm

My review on TripAdvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60796-d1448643-Reviews-Turtle_Back_Zoo-West_Orange_New_Jersey.html

I have been coming to the Turtle Back Zoo since I was in elementary school when we used to come here on field trips. I remember as a child having lunch on the lawn with my class and feeding the animals. That was back in the 1970’s with the old zoo set up. I had read that the zoo was falling apart by 1995 and they were ready to close it down. Like anything else, these zoos and parks need an update every few years to keep them relevant.

In 2000, as master plan was started in what direction the zoo wanted to go and in the next twenty years, I have seen the results of that hard work. You have many nicer displays, some still being too…

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