BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders unveiled a new historical marker at the Van Horne House, in Bridgewater, alongside the Heritage Trail Association Oct. 25.
The Van Horne House was built in 1750, and was a key location in the Battle of Bound Brook in April 1777 during the Revolutionary War, according to a release. Philip Van Horne, the owner, served breakfast to British General Charles Cornwallis after the battle, and supper to American generals Benjamin Lincoln and Nathanael Greene.
The house, the release said, was also a headquarters in 1778-1779 for General William Alexander, second-in-command to General George Washington.
The sign is part of the Somerset County Historic Marker Program, and was coordinated by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
At this point, the release said, markers have been installed at the African-American burial ground in Bedminster; the Van Veghten House in Bridgewater; the Abraham Staats House in South Bound Brook; the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead in Basking Ridge; Washington Rock Park in Green Brook; the Somerset County Courthouse Green in Somerville; and at the Manville Public Library for a key encampment in the Revolutionary War.
There are other historical markers throughout the county at various bridges, including Easton Turnpike over the North Branch Raritan River in Branchburg and Bridgewater; Raritan River Greenway over the Raritan Power Canal in Raritan; Nevius Street over the Raritan River in Raritan and Hillsborough; and the Pedestrian Overpass over Cloverleaf Drive in Bridgewater.