FLEMINGTON, NJ - “So this is Pittstown” reads the sign on the barn near the crossroads of Routes 513 and 579, across from the Pittstown Inn. It doesn’t reveal that these roads saw the tramp of Colonial armies and British prisoners during the Revolutionary War. The quiet hamlet of Pittstown was an important place in the 18th and 19th centuries.
On Monday July 22, well-known Hunterdon County Historian Stephanie Stevens will tell the story of Pittstown as recounted in her eighth book, “All Roads Lead to Pittstown.” The talk will tell the history of the colonial roads that passed thru Pittstown - and the armies that marched on them during the Revolution. In her book she concentrates on the lives of three of Pittstown’s most important residents:
- Moore Furman - who served as Deputy Quartermaster of the Continental Army starting in July 1777
- Christopher Ludwig - Washington’s “Baker General” who provided countless loaves of bread and quantities of hardtack to the Army
- Hiram Deats - who manufactured a variety of agricultural tools and implements in the 19th Century, including a widely used patented plow.
In addition, the book covers Pittstown’s place in the state's important peach industry, which reached its peak in the late 19th century until it was decimated by a blight.
Those and other fascinating topics of Pittstown and general Hunterdon County history will be discussed.
Stevens served on the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission for 35 years, 28 of those as Chairperson. She was Vice Chair, New Jersey Historic Trust, and recipient of many County and State awards.
Other history books by Stevens include: “Beneath These Waters” - the story of Round Valley Reservoir, “The Journey: Origins of Jewish Life in Hunterdon,” all available through the Hunterdon County Historical Society bookstore at https://hunterdonhistory.org/local-history-books-and-maps-for-sale/
Stevens' talk will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22 at the High Bridge Emergency Squad Building, 95 West Main St. (Route 513) in High Bridge. This is a free event.
The talk is part of the High Bridge Historical Committee Speaker Series. Contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org