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Admitted to the Union in 1787, the state of New Jersey houses a wealth of United States history, spanning all the way from the Colonial era to present day. Throughout the Delaware River, the Jersey Shore, the Gateway, and the Northwest Regions, visitors revel in the abundance of museums, historic sites, and sightseeing opportunities. To the western shore of the Delaware River and just north of Thorofare, history buffs can visit the Old Barracks Museum and Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial.
Both landmarks provide a unique view into the Garden State’s deep military past and connections to the Revolutionary War and Naval operations during WWII. Likewise, the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey Children’s Museum near Fort Lee, and the prestigious Rutgers Geology Museum near South Plainfield all entertain and inform travelers using a unique combination of art, history, culture, and hands-on exhibits to tell their stories.
To the north, Morristown alone houses enough American history and traversable historic sites to make any history buff blush. The Morristown National Historic Park features miles upon miles of scenic hiking trails, taking visitors through Continental Army winter encampments, Fort Nonsense, and the Ford Mansion – all of which were built in the late 1700s. Not far from there, in the town of West Orange, the Thomas Edison National Park is equally as enticing.
Finally, along the famous Jersey Shore, Atlantic City and Absecon stand as the locales for historic attractions like the WWI Memorial, Abescon Lighthouse, and Port Republic District.
There are plenty of historic sites to visit during any stay in New Jersey. Early American and coastal landmarks are hardly a rarity here. Plan your next visit to the Garden State and head for the Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, also known as the site where the Hindenburg airship famously burned and crashed.
Make the short drive in from nearby Lakewood, just one of the charming cities within the Gateway region, and explore the crash site. You'll no doubt want to enjoy an informative and unique guided tour – they are conducted by the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society; call today and arrange a tour.