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Posted on: November 7, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Hopewell Valley Historical Society Press Release: Signs of Hopewell Valley History

Hopewell Valley – November 6, 2018 — New interpretive signs are popping up

around Hopewell Valley courtesy of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society. Intended to inform,

educate, and raise awareness among local residents and tourists, a series of large National Park

Service-style signs have been placed at choice landmarks in highly visible and easily accessible

locations around Hopewell Township. This signage program has been funded by a bequest from

the late Catherine Hoch and by a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage


To date, four signs have been installed: at the iconic Hart’s Corner Schoolhouse (at the

intersection of Scotch Road and the Washington Crossing-Pennington Road intersection close to

the Township municipal building); in nearby Woolsey Park, where the prominent Woolsey family

and long-lost Mercer and Somerset Railroad are discussed; on the bend in the hamlet of

Marshall’s Corner, where the Continental Army turned and headed for the momentous pitched

battle at Monmouth Courthouse in the summer of 1778; and at the Mount Rose Distillery

(adjacent to the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail), where cider and applejack were made in the 19th

century. A fifth sign will shortly appear on the property of the D & R Greenway Land Trust at

the site of the former St. Michael’s Orphanage on the edge of Hopewell Borough.

Places we drive by and walk through, perhaps daily, contain reminders of some of Hopewell

Valley’s most vital and important history, including sites associated with the American

Revolution. These signs will help Hopewell Valley residents and visitors travel back through

time and see how these areas looked and functioned in the past for a better understanding of life

here in the present.

The public is invited to come to the official unveiling of these signs on Tuesday, November 13, at

4:00 PM at Woolsey Park (formerly known as Alliger Park), located at 221 Washington

Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Representatives from Hopewell Township, Mercer

County, and Hopewell Valley Historical Society will present the Woolsey Park sign followed by

the Hart’s Corner Schoolhouse sign

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