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Clark Historical Site Joins in National Parks Passport Stamp Program

A FIRST IN THE STATE…UC Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski presents Lisa Jennings, from Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum, with “Passport To Your National Parks” cancellation stamp for the Clark site Credits: Union County
The Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum will be stamping National Parks Passport during Four Centuries Weekend October 21 -22. Credits: Lisa Jennings

CLARK, NJ - Clark’s  Dr.William Robinson Plantation Museum has been selected as one of the Union County historic sites selected to unveil a unique Passport To Your National Parks cancellation stamp during Four Centuries Weekend on October 21 and 22.

Across the country, people bring their Passport books to national parks, monuments and other areas overseen by the National Park Service to have them stamped. 

Launched by Eastern National in 1986, the Passport To Your National Parks program consists of a guidebook highlighting national parks and provides space for dated ink cancellation stamps that enable visitors to commemorate their visit.

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Union is the first county in New Jersey to feature these stamps at historic sites.  Their introduction triples the number of National Park stamp locations in New Jersey.

Union County is one of 14 New Jersey counties that comprise the National Parks Crossroads of the Revolution National Heritage area, which recognizes the role New Jersey played in the American Revolution.   

Because the Union County area was one of the earliest regions to be settled, there are numerous sites of significance from the Revolutionary War era. These sites will now have their own unique stamp recognizing their inclusion in the National Heritage Area.

“It is a great feeling to be able to help our local historical societies promote their sites,” said Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, who attended a recent Four Centuries meeting and helped distribute the new stamps.

“We know that there are people who travel to sites, in part, to add another stamp to their Passport book,” Kowalski said, noting that there have already been inquiries from Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., as word has started to leak out about the new stamps.

“The Passport stamps, along with our new History Trading Card series, will encourage visitors to see more sites and gain a deeper appreciation of just how rich our history really is,” she said.

The new stamps will be available at these sites:

  • In Berkeley Heights, the Deserted Village of Feltville/Glenside Park and the Littell-Lord Farmstead.
  • In Clark, at the Dr. William Robinson Plantation-Museum.
  • In Elizabeth, at Boxwood Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, Snyder Academy.
  • Nathaniel Bonnell Homestead & Belcher-Ogden Mansion, and St. John’s Parsonage.
  • In Hillside, at Woodruff House-Eaton Store Museum.
  • In Mountainside, at the Deacon Andrew Hetfield House.
  • In New Providence, at the Salt Box Museum.
  • In Plainfield, at the Drake House Museum and Plainfield Meeting House.
  • In Rahway, at Merchants & Drovers Tavern. There will also be a stamp recognizing the King's Highway.
  • In Roselle, at the Abraham Clark Memorial House.
  • In Scotch Plains, at Elizabeth and Gershom Frazee House and Osborn Cannonball House.  And at Ashbrook Reservation, to mark the Battle of the Short Hills.
  • In Springfield, at the Cannon Ball House. There will also be a stamp for the Battle of Springfield.
  • In Summit, at the Carter House.
  • In Union, at Liberty Hall, Connecticut Farms Church and Caldwell Parsonage, where there will also be a stamp commemorating the Battle of Connecticut Farms
  • In Westfield, at the Miller-Cory House Museum, which will also have a stamp recognizing the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail.

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