The Readington News • September 2009 • Page 11
Looking Back. . . Houses, Mills,
Churches Provide Glimpse of History
By Stephanie B. Stevens Readington Village Readington/Raritan South
Historian, County of Hunterdon Historic District Branch Historic District
Settled in the first decade of the The site of Readington’s oldest
Did you know that there are five 18th century by Dutch farmers, this house (Ryerson 1733) along with
National Register Districts and two ancient District is strung out along the Governor John Reading 1760
separate structures in Readington Holland Brook. The main road (Co. Georgian mansion, this District cov-
listed on the National Register of Rd. 620) was also known as “the old ers both sides of the South Branch
Historic Places? Road to New Brunswick” Reading- Raritan River. Scattered along the
Starting at the most northerly ton Dutch Reformed Church (Re- banks of the river — out of site from
section of Readington is the Potter- formed Church in America) was the public - are 18th century home-
stown Rural Historic District. Pot- the first Dutch Reformed Church in steads of great architectural value.
terstown Road is the continuation of Hunterdon County. Early records of Rivers were the highways of colo-
the West Jersey Society’s boundry the church are written in the Dutch nial America, thus we find our earli-
Grey Skies Brightened by Balloons—Hot air balloons took
line. The Society’s line extended language. From 1720 to 1747 the est settlements located within short
to the Readington skies during the 27th Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival
all the way from the Delaware first minister to answer the call from distance of bodies of water. The
of Ballooning at Solberg Airport July 24, 25 and 26. Despite the stormy weather,
River to the falls of the Lamington the wilderness of America was the Readington side finds a large flood
five mass balloon ascensions were held through the weekend. Performers at the
River near Pottersville (Tewksbury famous Rev. Theodorus Jacobus plain backed by a knoll. It is on this
festival included Al Jardine, One Call, Meaghan Martin, Kool & The Gang, and
Twp.) and was the easterly boundry Frelunghuysen, progenitor of all knoll that we find 18 century farm-
Michael McDonald. Fest goers also enjoyed rides, games, arts & crafts, and food.
of the West New Jersey Society’s of the Frelinghuysens in New Jer- steads rising above the flood plain
Great Tract consisting of about sey. Sermons were preached in the and stretching from Rockafellow
92,000 acres. Potterstown also mother tongue for dozens of years. Mill Rd. to the bridge at Dart’s Mill.
The Sign you want.
was the major crossroads of the Today’s church is the third building Raritan Township is home to the
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