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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 – Montague

MONTAGUE, 0.5 miles (520 alt., 40 pop.), is scattered along the two-lane macadam highway with a few worn houses, a gas station before the old country store, and (R) old BRICK HOUSE HOTEL (open). Built in 1776 by Roger Clark with odd-size brick of local manufacture, the hotel as afterward extended and graced with a double-deck porch that now droops from the facade. Brick House is said to have given its name to the locality in the Revolutionary period when it was a stop on the stagecoach route between Buffalo and Hoboken. Montague and the entire upper Delaware frontier was frequently assailed by Indian raiding parties during the wars with the French and during the Revolution. The ARMSTRONG HOUSE, Old Mine Rd., long used as a hotel, was the stopping place for raftsmen when lumber was floated down to Trenton and Philadelphia. The frame part, two-and-one-half stories high with Dutch Colonial gambrel roof, is probably 50 years older than the one-and-one-half-story stone annex built in 1843, with overhanging roof shading its low porch.

At 0.7 m. in Montague is the junction with Old Mine Rd. (see Tour 6A).

US 206 rises through one of the most picturesque sections of New Jersey. The land rolls away from the timbered mountains to a mass of little hills and irregular small valleys. Much of the ground is cleared and fenced with fieldstone.

At 3 miles(L) are PUBLIC HUNTING AND FISHING GROUNDS in which grouse and game fish are numerous.

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