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Princeton is a small but very fine university town in Mercer County with a population of around 29,000, most of them students from a good family. It is home to the renowned Princeton University, which, along with Harvard, Yale, Brown and Columbia, is one of the Ivy League Universities, the best and most research-intensive elite universities in the United States. While Princeton is best known for its flagship university, the city has other interesting historical attributes. In 1783, it served as the capital of the United States for 6 months, hosting the Battle of Princeton and the focal point of the War of Independence. Today, many important companies such as Siemens or Dow Jones & Company have also settled in Princeton.

Atlantic City
Atlantic City is the fun center of New Jersey. The city has existed since 1854 and is located in the county of the same name and has around 40,000 residents. Atlantic City is often compared to Las Vegas on the east coast because the city is teeming with casinos, hotels and other leisure facilities. It is often referred to as Monopoly City because some street names of the game developed in 1903 were chosen based on Atlantic City. Unfortunately, many of the original, Victorian and pompous buildings in Atlantic City have been replaced with hotels.

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Koreatown is part of the parish of Palisades Park in Bergen County, the most populated county in New Jersey. The Korean community in this New York metropolitan area is one of the largest and fastest growing outside of Korea, accounting for over 53% of the population in Palisades Park. Palisades Park has just under 20,000 residents, while Korean immigrants only settled there around 1980. The area around Palisades Park is almost entirely Asian. There are countless small Korean restaurants, shops and markets, but large Korean companies such as Samsung Electronics and LG Corporation have also settled there.

Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown in Morris County is a historic memorial that consists of three different locations: Fort Morris, Fort Nonsense and Jockey Hollow. All three locations were essential locations during the American War of Independence between 1775 and 1783. The site was built in 1744 and served twice as a winter camp for George Washington, as Morristown’s importance as a capitol of the military revolution had increased due to its strategic location. Today, the site, which was listed as a historical monument in 1966, consists of several reconstructions, monuments and a museum.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Thomas Edison (1847-1931) was an American inventor and entrepreneur who gained fame particularly as a pioneer in the fields of electrical engineering and electricity. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the National Inventors Day was celebrated on his birthday on November 9, and the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in Llewellyn Park in West Orange was established in his honor. This listed site includes a library, laboratory, Victorian residence, and museum built in 1887.

Burlington County Prison
Burlington County Prison is a historic prison in Burlington County that operated in Mount Holly Township between 1811 and 1965 and was the oldest and most used district prison in the United States until its closure. While other prisons of this type were often inhumanly directed and run, it is said that inmates in the Burlington County Prison were treated fairly and loyally, and given the chance to improve. The former prison is currently a museum where it is said to be haunted.

Special buildings and structures

30 Hudson Street
30 Hudson Street, also known as the Goldman Sachs Tower, is the tallest building in New Jersey. The Jersey City skyscraper has 42 floors and is the tallest building in the United States at 238 meters tall, not located in the largest city or state capital in which it is located. The construction of the office building took 3 years and started in 2001. It was supposed to be the headquarters of Goldman Sachs of the investment banking group, however many of the managers refused to leave their jobs on Wall Street and only a few departments were relocated to Jersey City.

National Newark Building
The National Newark Building was the tallest building in New Jersey from 1931 until the Goldman Sachs Tower was built in 2001. The neoclassical office building in Newark is 142 m high and has 35 floors. Its upper part was built in the style of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but it is more reminiscent of a typical building of the New York skyline.

Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
Directly on Upper New York Bay on the Hudoson River is the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal, an old railroad station in Jersey City. The neo-Romanesque station was built in 1889 and operated until 1967; 11 years later, it was placed under a preservation order. Today it belongs to Liberty State Park with Ellis and Liberty Island and parts of the Ports of New York and New Jersey. The old red brick station, which has a special flair, is known today from numerous American films. It is said that more than 10 million people entered the United States through him.

New Jersey State House

The New Jersey State House is the seat of government of Parliament in the state capital in Trenton. After the State Capitol in Maryland, the New Jersey State House is the oldest government building that has been used by the legislature since its construction in 1792. Although the State House in New Jersey – like all other of its kind in the USA – was built on the basis of the State Capitol in Washington, it appears at first glance to be quite different. Its construction resembles the shape of an H lying on its side and the building has also been more integrated into its urban and natural surroundings – this hardly distinguishes it from the surrounding houses. Furthermore, its golden dome is a little slimmer and slimmer than that of other government buildings, and even seems secondary and unobtrusive. It cannot even be seen from some perspectives.

Newark Liberty International Airport
About 24 km southwest of New York City, with a wonderful view of the city’s skylines, is Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in Newark, which was the largest in the USA when it opened in 1928 and was originally only Newark International Airport was called. Together with John F. Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia airports, it is the most important in the New York metropolitan area. It has 3 terminals, employs around 25,000 people and in 2011 counted around 33.8 passengers. The word Liberty was included in the name in 2001 after United Airlines flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco was kidnapped by terrorists on September 11, heading for the State Capitol in Washington DC and crashing in Pennsylvania.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse
The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest and still working lighthouse in the USA at Lakewood, right at the tip of Sandy Hook, a 10 km long headland. The first light glowed in 1764 after the lighthouse was designed and built by the stonemason Isaac Conro. At the time of its construction, the lighthouse was about 150 m from the top of Sandy Hook, but has moved 2.4 km from its actual location over the past few centuries due to natural sediment transport and beach relocation. The National Park Service offers free tours seven days a week between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sandy Hook is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area of ​​New Jersey and New York.

William Trent House in Trenton
The William Trent House in the capital of New Jersey is the oldest house in Trenton. It was built in 1719 and was the home of the Scottish immigrant from Philadelphia William Trent, who founded today’s capital and after whom it was named. Many years after his death, the box-shaped house was used as a residence for New Jersey governors and other politicians. Since its restoration in 1939, the historic building has now functioned as a museum.

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Genealogists can find a range of historical maps focusing on the state of New Jersey.


New Jersey – MapGarden

Find a wide selection of renderings of the Garden State, focusing on such subjects as environmental science, urban planning and marine science.


New Jersey – National Geographic Map Machine

Locate the high and low points of the Garden State on the shaded-relief map. Also features a brief economic profile.


New Jersey – University of Texas Library

Map resource details 11 cities as they were in 1920 and presents a map of Gateway National Recreation Area. Also includes two state maps.


New Jersey – US Census Bureau Map

Find a state profile, details on congressional districts, a list of state data centers and a clickable map divided by county.