NEW JERSEY WOMEN’S HERITAGE
Learn about revolutionary women of Monmouth County. Visit the historic sites and attractions that depict and honor the accomplishments of women who helped shape the country. Along the way, enhance your journey with roadside attractions and must-see extras that embrace women’s history and demonstrate how New Jersey is unlike any other state in the country.
Simply follow our single-day New Jersey Women’s Heritage: Revolutionary Women travel itinerary. To access more details about each historic site, be sure to click the links throughout to learn more.
Day 1: Monmouth County
Monmouth Battlefield State Park was the site of one of the most critical battles in the Revolutionary War. Mary Hays, nicknamed Molly Pitcher, became a legend by assisting her husband, an artilleryman, during the battle. Tour the battlefield and visitor center for the story of Molly and this important battle. From there, drive the short distance into Freehold for lunch, then visit Covenhoven House, home to William and Elizabeth Covenhoven. There, Elizabeth attempted to hide the family’s valuable possessions and fiercely confronted the occupying British forces during the Revolution
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Visit Historic Walnford where you can learn about the women who helped develop the 36-acre historic district and the African American employee descendent that inherited the property. Spend time exploring the Historic Allaire Village to experience life in an early New Jersey company town at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution featuring demonstrations and hands-on programs presented by interpreters in period clothing.
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Visit Marlpit Hall which was saved by Mary Holmes Taylor, the last of the Taylor family to own the house, when it was threatened by demolition. Just a short distance away is Brookdale Farm located within Thompson Park, a pivotal site in the history and development of Monmouth County. Here, Geraldine Thompson, the first female New Jersey delegate to a Republican National Convention, helped preserve Island Beach as a state park, promoted the conservation of wildlife habitats, and advocated for prison reform, public health and juvenile justice in New Jersey, and received visits from her lifelong friend, Eleanor Roosevelt.
New Jersey history is everywhere, hidden away on quiet back roads, right out in plain sight, in urban areas, country towns and villages, and along the Jersey shore. Historic sites across the state tell intriguing stories of New Jersey’s diverse, inventive, creative, and revolutionary people. History is alive and waiting for you. View Additional Resources