UNION COUNTY, NJ - The unveiling of the first of new signage marking Union County’s inclusion in the National Park Service’s Crossroads of the American Revolution(CAR) National Heritage Area took place last week.

Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen, left, was joined by CAR Executive Director Noreen Bodman, CAR Board Member David Siegfried and Revolutionary War re-enactor Alan Bridges of Rahway, a member of the 3rd New Jersey Grays.

The new signage is part of Bergen’s initiative to raise awareness of the history in the area.  Union County is one of 14 counties that comprise the National Heritage Area and the first to roll out signage across the county recognizing the designation.

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New Jersey played a crucial role in the American Revolution. Positioned between the new nation’s capital in Philadelphia and the British stronghold in New York, no place in New Jersey was spared the ravages of war. During six years of conflict, General George Washington and the Continental Army spent more days in New Jersey than any other state. Plans are in the works to stage a re-enactment of the Battle of the Short Hills at Oak Ridge Park in June, along with the annual Four Centuries in a Weekend in October.