Image New Jersey in the Revolution

Strategically located between New York City and Philadelphia, New Jersey saw more revolutionary action and activity, over a longer period of time, than any other colony. It was the site of over 600 battles, skirmishes and acts of war; today there are over 150 historic sites to explore.

New Jersey was the place where the most important moment of the war, ‘the Turning Point of the Revolution,’ took place. It was here at Christmastime in 1776 where Washington crossed the Delaware, and over ‘Ten Crucial Days,’ won two battles in Trenton and a third in Princeton, and saved the Revolution.

George Washington spent one-quarter of his time as General leading troops in New Jersey. We can truly say, “Washington slept here,” more than in other other state.

New Jersey saw both the coldest moment of the war – at Morristown in the winter of 1779-1780 – and the hottest moment – the long battle of Monmouth in June 1778.

Of all the Governor’s Houses in the 13 colonies, only one still stands, in Perth Amboy, NJ.

New Jersey was revolutionary from beginning to end. From January, 1774, when students at Princeton burnt the college’s tea in support of the patriots who dumped tea into Boston Harbor, to 1783, when the Treaty of Paris ended the war, New Jersey was a constant witness to conflict, struggle and victory. No other colony then, and no other state now, can make that claim. Which makes New Jersey the ‘Crossroads of the American Revolution.’