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#TombstoneTuesday This Saturday, September 21, Sussex County History Day will feature Old Newton Burial tours with costumed interpreters at 12 noon, 1pm and 3pm. Hear George Watson Roy tell of his maps of the old cemeteries of Sussex County. Hear Letitia Thornton Anderson, member of the Ladies of Trenton in the Revolutionary War, talk about 2 sons and a grandson, who were veterans of various wars. Hear Henry Johnson talk about his experiences in the Revolutionary War when he served in the Sussex County Militia. Hear Francis Douglas West talk about her husband William West who served in the 26th Colored Troops in the Civil War. And hear George Van Tile Griggs talk of his Civil War experiences.

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This Saturday September 21st is Sussex County History Day featuring Old Newton Burial Ground Tours. Come join us!

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#TombstoneTuesday Did you know that next year, 2020, will mark 250 years since the first recorded burial in the Old Newton Burial Ground? William Darby, the two year old son of Ephram and Rachel Darby, died in 1770. Did you know that there are between 1,000 and 5,000 people buried there? Today there are approximately 800 gravestones left. Did you know that the Old Newton Burial Ground is about 1 1/3 acres in size and is hidden behind the old Academy building at 75 Main Street in downtown Newton? The Old Newton Burial Ground is contiguous to the Black Cemetery that dates from the 1830's and the old St. Joseph's cemetery. Check back next Tuesday to learn about the people represented in this years Old Newton Burial Ground Tours as part of Sussex County History Day on September 21, 2019.

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The Westbrook-Bell House off Old Mine Road in Sandyston Township, #NewJersey, part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The house is believed to be the oldest in Sussex County, and the recreation area, built about 1726 by Johannis Westbrook. Westbrook came to the area with his brothers Cornelius and Anthony and all were active in the community; Johannis gave land for a church, cemetery, and school. Nine generations of the Westbrook familiy lived on this property before it was purchased by the United States Government in 1972 for the failed Tocks Island Dam project. Unfortunately the house is mothballed and not open to the public. #SpreadTheHistory #FindYourPark #nps103 #njhisory

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Two weeks until Sussex County History Day and the Old Newton Burial Ground Tours! Come join us!

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The latest from the Sussex County History Alliance’s Facebook page…

This Saturday Folks. So far it looks like it is going to be a sunny day. Hope to see you there.

The Old Clove Church will be having it's annual service this Sunday, September 15th. This is a great opportunity to see this wonderful iconic Wantage landmark.

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We will NEVER FORGET.

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