WOMEN'S HISTORY ALONG NEW JERSEY'S SCENIC BYWAYS
NEW JERSEY WOMEN’S HERITAGE
Experience women’s history along New Jersey’s Scenic Byways to 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 two-day New Jersey Women’s Heritage: Women’s History Along New Jersey’s Scenic Byways travel itinerary. To access more details about each historic site, be sure to click the links throughout to learn more.
Day 1: Mercer County
Start your trip at Rockingham State Historic Site, located along the Millstone Valley Scenic Byway. While best known as George Washington’s final headquarters during the Revolutionary War, the site’s preservation is also an example of community activism lead by women. Learn about Kate McFarlane’s and Josephine Thompson Swann’s relentless and successful advocacy to save the house from demolition in the late nineteenth century. From there, drive the short distance into downtown Princeton for lunch. Spend the afternoon at Morven Museum and Garden, home to Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Stroll through the gardens and tour the house, home to noted eighteenth century poet Annis Boudinot Stockton, Richard’s wife.
Princeton offers several B&Bs for overnight stays.
Day 2: Mercer County
Head into Trenton to visit the Old Barracks Museum, the only remaining eighteenth century barracks structure in New Jersey. Beulah Oliphant, along with her fellow Daughters of the American Revolution, led the early efforts to save the building, one of the first historic preservation initiatives led by women. From there, travel north along the Delaware River to Howell Living History Farm, a working farm where you can immerse yourself in the domestic and farming life of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Venture into Lambertville to enjoy lunch at one of the many eateries and then after, take a stroll along the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath.
THERE'S MORE TO SEE AND DO: EXTEND YOUR STAY AND ADD THESE STOPS
Stay in one of the many Lambertville area historic homes listed on Airbnb. While in the area, enjoy a drive along the Delaware River Scenic Byway.
MORE WAYS TO EMBRACE WOMEN'S HISTORY
Take a stroll through Princeton University's downtown campus, where Betrix Farrand served as landscape architect from 1912 to 1943.
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