Red Bank Battlefield: Reliving the Revolution with Tradition and Family Fun

For most people, autumn usually means Halloween, beautiful trees, food comas, family, and experiencing the horror of mid-terms. However, autumn holds a special place in my heart as Revolutionary War reenactment season. Growing up in the northeast, I have had the luxury of experiencing a number of them. Revolutionary War reenactments are commonplace and are a … Continue reading Red Bank Battlefield: Reliving the Revolution with Tradition and Family Fun

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Finding Historical Places: Tips and Tools for your Travels

Ever since I’ve started this blog I have gotten this one question more than any other. “George, how do you find out about all these cool places?” Indeed, it can be difficult to discover, let alone decide, on which places to go to. Generally, most people I have met love to visit historical places and … Continue reading Finding Historical Places: Tips and Tools for your Travels

Understanding Small Museums and Archaeology: Q&A with Jeffrey Norcross

What goes into the process of operating a small museum? Within the first month, we have already covered a few museums in our short time on this blog. From a large state-funded museum in Trenton. to the unique lighthouse of Cape May, museums contain a plethora of exciting items and unique stories to be told. These … Continue reading Understanding Small Museums and Archaeology: Q&A with Jeffrey Norcross

Historic Cape May: Victorian Sightseeing, World War II, and History on a Budget

In New Jersey, you cannot go much further south than Cape May. A long time heralded vacation spot, its beaches are one of the largest tourist attractions in the state and region. It is one of the most recognizable locations in New Jersey because of its unique architecture and history. First, I would like to … Continue reading Historic Cape May: Victorian Sightseeing, World War II, and History on a Budget

Revolutionary Trenton: The Story and Sites of One of America’s Great Early Cities

State capitals. Most people usually get confused when they have to name them, myself included. Why isn’t New York City the capital of New York? For California, why was Sacramento chosen over Los Angeles and San Francisco? The same could be said for Illinois, choosing the capital Springfield, rather than Chicago. There are many examples … Continue reading Revolutionary Trenton: The Story and Sites of One of America’s Great Early Cities

New Jersey Geography: A Story of Colonies, Pork Rolls, and Highways

New Jersey is the fourth smallest state in the United States. The little transient state is only larger than Delaware, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, all of which were also part of the original 13 Colonies. Despite its small size, New Jersey is starkly varied and has a large historical and cultural legacy. This post is focusing on … Continue reading New Jersey Geography: A Story of Colonies, Pork Rolls, and Highways

Every History has to Start Somewhere…

Hello, and welcome to “New Jersey’s Historical Suitcase!” This blog is all about the state of New Jersey and the history it has to offer. For the next few months I will be presenting to you some of the interesting histories and historical places located in the infamous transient state, New Jersey! My name is … Continue reading Every History has to Start Somewhere…