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A Guide To Its Present And Past
Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey
American Guide Series

Originally published in 1939
Some of this information may no longer be current and in that case is presented for historical interest only.

Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Tour 6
South from the Northwest Corner – Belle Meade

BELLE MEADE, 68.6 miles (100 alt., 51 pop.), is marked chiefly by a tavern and a few scattered musty houses near a candy factory- an industrial islet amid broad grassy meadows.

HARLINGEN, 69.9 miles (80 alt., 175 pop.), the center of a rich farming district, is a typical crossroads village with a great old DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH (R) built about 1842, a good sample of the ponderous Classic Revival architecture. The town takes its name from the Van Harlingens, one of whom, Johannis, was a founder of Rutgers University.

South of Harlingen the road pushes abruptly into rolling terrain, resembling sand dunes covered with sparse evergreen growth and tinged with the red of Jersey clay.

At 76.4 miles is the junction with a dirt road.

Right on this road to TUSCULUM, 0.5 miles (open), home and estate of John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and president of Princeton (1768-1794), who erected the building in 1773. The Georgian Colonial house of rough-mortared local stone, apparently hand-cut, stands 50 feet from the road (L). British officers were quartered here in December 1776. Washington was a frequent visitor later.

The towers and spires of Princeton University appear (L) above the trees. US 206 swings L. in a great curve, following Bayard Lane.

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