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Old 06-25-2014, 04:51 PM   #1651
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While I was riding from Salem to Bridgeton I had to make a U-Turn to get pictures of this.





A neat Wolf Tree Carving.



This lone dog was on the other side of the drive way, but I could not tell if it was part of a tree at one time.



Very nice.
On Route 49.

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Old 06-25-2014, 05:12 PM   #1652
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I had stopped in Bridgeton to see Potter's Tavern.

I thought this was it, or had been it at one time.



But I come to find out it is the building next door.



The Hillcrest Tavern is a nice looking building too !



Ye Olde Hillcrest Tavern that is.



The information I found on this tavern calls it Henry Hann Tavern.
The section on the right being built in 1782.
The larger section on the left with the name on it was built in the mid 1800's.

They say this was a stagecoach stop on the road from Cape May to Trenton.
Which I find hard to believe because it is not in a direct line between the two.
I think the major road of the time was Kings Highway, which they mention, and is now Broad Street, or NJ-49.
I found that and some more information on Cumberland County, New Jersey website.

And this tavern is still in use.
But they do not have a website of their own !

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Neon signs on Route 66

PC, thanks to your influence I now find myself looking for neon signs to take pics of. This one is on Route 66 in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Am kicking it for a few days in these necks of woods. Thank YOU, brother!
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Old 06-26-2014, 03:41 AM   #1654
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PC, thanks to your influence I now find myself looking for neon signs to take pics of. This one is on Route 66 in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Am kicking it for a few days in these necks of woods. Thank YOU, brother!
Thank you for sharing.
That is a cool sign !
And a GREAT picture too.





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What I had come to Bridgeton to see was this building.





Named after the original owner, Matthew Potter.

Still has the old windows in it.



They built a small park next to the tavern when they restored the place.



J. Meade Landis Plaza.



Hard to believe you had to go up that many steps to get into a tavern.
Then again I guess I was thinking about when you came out !



This tavern was significant because it was built in 1773 just before the American Revolution and it was
right across the street from the Cumberland County Courthouse, which it still is, but a newer building.

The political talk that occurred here was about separation from Crown Rule !
The same talk that lead to the Declaration of Independence just up and across the river.
That had given Potter's Tavern the name of "Bridgeton's Independence Hall".
Cumberland County New Jersey website.

The owner, Matthew Potter, also started a newspaper spreading the sentiments of the men who came here.
It was called The Plain Dealer, and is considered America's First Newspaper !

Of course, at the time, this was all considered treasonous.
Fortunately the contributing writers wrote anonymously because Loyalists came looking for them.
And two of those writers, Joseph Bloomfield and Richard Howell later became Governors of New Jersey !

Good Ole 'In Your Face' New Jersey !

Some more information on NJ.com about the tavern and paper.

The Press of Atlantic City has an article on Potter's Tavern and has a few pictures of the inside.


I had parked across the street originally, which is right in front of the Cumberland County Jail !
There were people going in and out constantly !
I was not too concerned about leaving my bike there when I walked across the street to take pictures.
I figured the criminals were on the inside of the jail already !



I did ride down the street and turn around and parked in front of the old tavern before I left.



Of course there were two spots open when I pulled away and that red car took my spot.
Now I had a telephone pole in my picture !



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Thiis is the Cumberland County Courthouse as it stands today.



And has since MCMIX





I am pretty sure that is 1909.

How did the Romans do addition and subtraction.
Not to mention Square Roots !



Anyway, you can see my bike across the street in the first picture.
I took that standing in front of Potter's Tavern.
To the left of my bike are the stairs to the jail where visitors go in.
And there were a lot of visitors !



They do not like you taking pictures of these kinds of facilities and they could see me from the counter inside, so I snuck the in the picture above.

The Courthouse is right across Broad Street / NJ-49 from Hillcrest Tavern.
Which I was standing in front of when I took this picture.







And their clock was right too !



There has been a Courthouse at this location, or very close by, since 1752.

Cumberland County, New Jersey

Here is an old Post Card on Card Cow, so I do not know how long this will be viewable because they sell these.

Another angle of the same old buildings on epodunk.

They also have their own Liberty Bell in the courthouse that was rung when the Declaration of Independence was signed.



I am sure those guys in Potter's Tavern knew what was going on in Philadelphia.

The Cumberland County, New Jersey website says the bell was cast in Bridgewater, England, while the sign out front says it was cast in Massachusetts !

More information on NJ.com, which has a picture of the bell, and it looks pretty small !

A nice picture of the bell on flickr.

Made in the Key of F by the way !

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So I head out from the center of Bridgeton to get as close as I can to a lighthouse out in the Delaware Bay.

But when I was almost there I come upon this.





Oddly enough, the person who just got the Tag after my Potter's Tavern used that lighthouse as his Tag !



We have been discussing that on page 1770 of the Garden State Tag-O-Rama thread.

I found a crab in the high grass along the road.
Looks like he got trapped and then fried in the sun.



This is looking North-East across the marsh.



You can see the Salem Nuclear Power Plant in the distance !





This is looking East back towards,.......land ! ?



Pretty quiet out here !

I was here for 3 minutes according to the time stamp on my camera pictures.
I turned around to leave and come upon another puddle that was not there 3 minutes ago !



When I first came through here there was a little water on the right side of the road.
Now there was water covering the whole road.
Fortunately the center part was about 1/2 inch deep.
So I road across that VERY VERY slowly.
I did not want to splash salt water on my new bike and mess it up, kind of like I did with my PC !

You may ask if I had thought about riding through the first puddle!
Well, it did cross my mind !!!



The first puddle I posted is behind my bike just around the bend of the picture above.

So I grab a quick picture of a sunset and take off before I wind up getting stranded out here !



Where I am at is out past the 1781 house I posted on page 44.

At that time I was able to make it out to the Delaware Bay,
but I did not know about the Ship John Shoal Lighthouse.

If you want to know where I am at look up the "1781 House, Fairton" on my 2009-2011 Map and follow the road to the Bay using the southern fork.
I have no idea how far out I got on this day, but I would guess just before what looks like a small bridge with water coming over the road after the bend !
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:49 PM   #1658
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Well I have not run into any more puddles lately.
We have not been able to get out and ride like we were those few nice weeks we had.
Too much going on.

Then my wife was diagnosed with Lymes Disease.
From one of those nasty blood sucking Ticks we seem to have a lot of in New Jersey.
She is getting better and she really wanted to go for a ride so we went out for the Garden State Tag-O-Rama Tag.
It was quite a distance for us from down here in South Jersey.
It was 80 miles and Google Maps says it should take 2 hours.
It looks like it took us almost 3 hours, but we did have to stop for a bathroom break!

Riding to North Jersey is more of a bother than it seem worth for just riding up to get a Tag.
But just like any where else in the world you have to take the same roads to get away from where you live.
And then you have to take the same roads back to where you live.
That is what gets boring.
Plus the areas you have to ride through to get North are not all that great traffic wise.
That is why I try to ride up along the Delaware River, because it is at least scenic and peaceful, for the most part.

We headed north to a town called Califon, NJ.
There they have a really nice Horse Doctor with a nice Horse Statue.



Kind of looks like a hood ornament doesn't it?







Pretty nice statue they got there.



When I pulled up I could not see the statue because it was down the driveway behind the trees.
But I did find it, as you noticed I am sure !





As I was at the end of the driveway I saw this large expanse of corn.
This is the Garden State you may remember !



And someone is keeping the roads looking pretty nice up here.



The landscape truck was blocking the view of the nice big building.









B.W. Furlong & Associates Equine Veterinarians P.A.

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My wife was getting tired and hungry.

I had wanted to leave the Tag a little further North, but I decided to head for a town I knew had some nice restaurants.
So I reset the GPS and headed for Frenchtown.

I had three restaurants in mind and I decided to stop at the one we had not been to before.
The Frenchtown Inn.



I had posted pictures of this before from across the street at the Bridge Cafe back on page 77.

The inside is pretty rustic looking.



I am thinking I should warn people before I take pictures so they have time to smile and not look scared !

We decided to sit on the porch because it was a really nice day.





Sorry, bad picture !

I am standing next to the road and I turn around and see this staring at me !





From our seats on the porch we can see the Bridge Cafe across the street.
That was also posted on page 77 and page 5 of the Throttling UP thread.



There was also a Mexican restaurant on the other corner across from us.
It looked like the restaurant was below street level and those table umbrellas were part of their seating.



Inside the Frenchtown Inn they had a picture of this building from what looks like the 1800's.
It was then called Warford House when the town was then called Sunbeam Town.
It was settled by French Huguenots, so you can guess where the current name comes from !





And once again their nice sign.



Frenchtown Inn website.
Check out their History tab at the top right.

The food was very good.
Pricey, for us anyway, but very good.

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I had mentioned on the Tag-O-Rama thread about missing some things in Wildwood.
Trying to make them think I was going to go down there again.
But of course time was not on my side, but like I said before I had wanted to do something further North.
But with my wife being so tired we headed for home.
But don't worry, I had a stop along the way that I could use for a new Tag.





I had just read about this interesting tile mural of George Washington so I decided to use it.

He looks more spooky the closer you get to him !





The story goes that this sat in front of the Washington Hotel in Titusville, NJ.



When Washington crossed the Delaware on Christmas night 1776 he landed in Titusville, NJ.
So someone named a hotel after him.
And someone else made this for the hotel.

I was trying to get a picture of the whole mural without killing all of the plants !



And there is nothing on the back, I checked !



What is weird is that this is located, not in front, but behind a fire hall.



The side road is just for a small development and it was a little weird because it had telephone poles right in the middle !



This is the front of the fire hall.





They even have a picture of good ole GW on the front.



He looks better, but he seems to have lost some masculinity !



They had one of those old fire ring bells out front.



I never realized they used the tires off of a steam locomotive for these things.



Seeing no names on this was a good sign.



Here is the complete story on the George Washington Tile Mural on Hidden New Jersey.

This is the site for the Union Fire Company & Rescue Squad #53, Titusville, NJ.

Their insignia patch has Washington Crossing the Delaware.



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Most definitely running along the delaware river on 29 going up to Frenchtown was one of my favorite rides...because of the scenery and traffic flow... My favoriye place to eat in Frenchtown is the Frenchtown Cafe'...Not fancy but an excellent place for breakfast or lunch. They have a full compliment of desserts and they make a Blueberry Pie that is the best I have had anywhere in this country...i kid you not. The Bridge Street Cafe was not that good and waaaay overpriced...and service was painfully slow...
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Most definitely running along the delaware river on 29 going up to Frenchtown was one of my favorite rides...because of the scenery and traffic flow... My favoriye place to eat in Frenchtown is the Frenchtown Cafe'...Not fancy but an excellent place for breakfast or lunch. They have a full compliment of desserts and they make a Blueberry Pie that is the best I have had anywhere in this country...i kid you not. The Bridge Street Cafe was not that good and waaaay overpriced...and service was painfully slow...
It is a nice ride Ben, ..... after you get past Bordentown and Trenton !

The eateries you mentioned were the other two ones I had in mind.
We had been to both of those before so I decided to try the Frenchtown Inn.

If you think the Bridge Cafe is over priced you should look at the Frenchtown Inn Menu !

But the food was very good I must say.
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Also on the way home we went right by the South Jersey Tag-O-Rama Tag.

So !



A fancy architectural design.



This is part of Rutgers University.





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I dropped my wife off at home and she took a long nap.

I went out for a new Southern Tag.
I had several places in mind.
The one I wanted to do had construction going on in front of it.
But I took pictures anyway !

I stopped at a house in Cherry Hill that Malcolm Wells designed.
Malcolm Wells is the man who designed underground houses.
You remember, the place I was so excited about back on page 79 !

This house did not look as much underground as his house does.



It is kind of hard to tell from the street.

And speaking of this street, I had heard about the affluence of Cherry Hill, but I never saw that before until I road through here !
And these are not McMansions, these are the real deal.
Not so much being large houses, but more big and fancy with gates and fountains and such.
I should have taken some pictures of other houses back here.

Anyway,



This house has been for sale for a while.
It is currently 50% off !



It sold for $375,000 back in 2012.
Yearly taxes estimated at $17,775, also in 2012.

It sold for $665,000 back in 2005 !!!!

A web site called Zillow with the $ facts.

Here is a website called Wright Chat that shows original sketches of this house and a discussion on the house.
It apparently went into foreclosure in 2012.

Someone who worked for Mac when this house was designed says they called it the Ellis House after the man who wanted it built in the 1960's.
The house was built in 1967.

There were cars in the driveway so it looks like someone took the challenge of fixing this place up.
And someone who had the CA$H !

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I had gone to a park on Bortons Mill Road looking for a building I thought might have been part of that mill.
I had seen in on Google Maps Streetview.
But when I got there there was no building !

So, I look around to see what else was here.
There was a nice old farm house and this thing tucked back in the distance.





I thought, that's pretty cool, how did I miss that ?

The information sign called this neat thing Free Wheel.



The sign looks a little old and was hard to read !



Thank goodness for photoshop !

The sign says this was Cherry Hill's first public sculpture.
The Water Wheel design comes from the fact that a Mill was located here at one time,
and the Key denotes the fact that this farm was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Hence the name FREE Wheel.

It was designed and built by Peter Trout Gard and was dedicated here in 2003.





The red building in the back is the Croft Farm Art Center.



This was a working farm after it was a mill so the corn bin is part of the history here.

But the rain barrels seemed to be added later !





Across the street is a nice big barn.



Which I would assume was also part of the farm.

More on that in the next post.

Some information on Waymarking.

Good thing they have that information sign because I really can not find anything else out about this nice sculpture.

I found some more on philly.com !
This site has quite a bit of information, and they are from across the river !

There is a small replica by the same artist in the Cherry Hill Municipal Building.

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