On July 27th, National New Jersey Day recognizes the third state to join the Union. Find out what’s unique and captivating about the Garden State!

Early History

When Giovanni Da Verrazzano first explored the shores of the Atlantic coast, he explored lands that included New Jersey. Da Verrazzano discovered diverse communities of people who were later called the Delaware Indians.

In 1160, the Dutch founded New Jersey’s first European settlement, but in 1664 the British took control. At this time, the land was divided into half and named New Jersey after the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel.

New Jersey State of Mind Hardcover – June 12, 2020

by Peter Genovese  (Author)
New Jersey State of Mind Hardcover – June 12, 2020

by Peter Genovese  (Author)

Revolution

Leading up the American Revolution, the colony as a whole was equally divided in its loyalties to the crown. Colonists who remained undecided were just as likely to support the rebel cause as they were to support the king. The same applied to colonists in New Jersey.

Due to New Jersey’s central location among the thirteen colonies, more battles during the Revolutionary War took place here than any other state.While the state was the third to enter the union, New Jersey signed the Bill of Rights before any other state.

  • State Capital – Trenton
  • State Flower – Common Violet
  • State Nick Name – The Garden State
  • State Song – none
  • State Tree – Red Oak
  • State Mineral –
  • State Fossil -Hadrosaurus
  • State Motto – Liberty and Prosperity
  • State Fish – Brook Trout
  • State Fruit – Blueberry
  • State Hero –
  • State Heroine –
  • State Bird – American Goldfinch
  • State Insect – Honey Bee
  • State Folk Dance – Square Dance
  • State Animal – Horse

Industry and Innovation

During and after the war, New Jersey industry grew. Rapidly, innovation and technology took place in New Jersey. One well-known innovator found a home in Menlo Park. There, Thomas Edison nourished his ingenuity. While industry and innovation grew, so did the state’s population.

The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World Kindle Edition

by Randall E. Stross  (Author)
The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World Kindle Edition

by Randall E. Stross  (Author)

Today New Jersey’s population density thrives at the highest of any state in the United States.While it may be an industrial powerhouse, its nickname the Garden State is precise. New Jersey supplies the world with cranberries, blueberries, and tomatoes.

New Jersey Flavor

While we thank New Jersey for a few delicious foods we can enjoy anywhere, the state produces a large number of dishes travel is a must.During the summer months, enjoy the fresh blueberries from New Jersey. At the turn of the 20th century, the intuitive Elizabeth White helped domesticate the wild blueberries found along the Eastern seaboard. Today, blueberry production in New Jersey is a global business.

Dishing Up® New Jersey: 150 Recipes from the Garden State Paperback – May 17, 2016

by John Holl  (Author), Amy Roth (Photographer), & 1 more
Dishing Up® New Jersey: 150 Recipes from the Garden State Paperback – May 17, 2016

by John Holl  (Author), Amy Roth (Photographer), & 1 more

Pork roll is to New Jersey as carrots are to Bugs Bunny. The cured, smoked pork product creates debates between residents of the state. Trenton loves their pork roll so much, in fact, they hold an annual Pork Roll Festival. However, pork roll does exist west of the Delaware River.Now, for most of these other dishes, come visit or pay for postage.

The Pork Roll Cookbook Hardcover – February 24, 2015

by Jenna Pizzi (Author), Susan Sprague Yeske (Contributor)
The Pork Roll Cookbook

by Jenna Pizzi (Author), Susan Sprague Yeske (Contributor)

Folks from New Jersey have a different idea about what a sloppy joe is. Tomato. To-mah-to. This one sounds delicious. Their version places slices of pastrami or corned beef (or both), coleslaw, Russian dressing, and swiss cheese layered between three slices of rye bread.

The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Summer Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond Hardcover – April 12, 2016

by Deborah Smith  (Author), Thomas Robert Clarke (Photographer)
The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Summer Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond

by Deborah Smith  (Author), Thomas Robert Clarke (Photographer)

Also, New Jerseyan’s make their pizza pie on the flip side. That is to say – they like their sauce on top. Its called tomato pie with seasoning crushed tomatoes on top of the other ingredients. Crust on the bottom, of course.

Lastly, saltwater taffy, sandy beaches, and long boardwalks of Atlantic City all go together. Both saltwater taffy and America’s boardwalks got their start there.

Sweet's Original Salt Water Taffy Assortment 4.5 Pound

by Sweet's Saltwater
Sweet’s Original Salt Water Taffy Assortment 4.5 Pound

by Sweet’s Saltwater

HOW TO OBSERVE

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You can also celebrate National Scotch Day, today. Will these days quench your thirst?

Hidden Treasures

The Hindenburg Crash Site – Lakehurst
War of the Worlds Crash Site – West Windsor Township
Paranormal Museum – Ashbury Park
Diggerland USA – West Berlin
Navesink Twin Lights – Highlands
Basto Village – Egg Harbor City
Northlandz – Flemington
Amatol Ghost Town – Hammonton
Princeton Cemetery – Princeton

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Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley- Revolutionary Hero – (October 13, 1754 – January 22, 1832)

Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley- Revolutionary Hero - (October 13, 1754 - January 22, 1832)
Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley- Revolutionary Hero – (October 13, 1754 – January 22, 1832)
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