As the founder of NJGreats, Im getting a little tired of the term “Dirty Jersey”. Whether is is the location of Newark’s Liberty International Airport, the inane line up of reality show “stars” that have earned that title, I am not quite sure. However, I have spent the last year compiling some wonderful facts about New Jersey. They are tweeted as NJ Fun Facts and the following are just a few “gems”;
While New Jersey maybe statistically the most densely populated state in the nation, 40% of the state is forest land, 800,000 acres of farmland and there are over 800 lakes and ponds and 117 wildlife management areas.
Wildwood boardwalk is home of The Great White, one of the tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters on the East Coast.
Essex County’s nick name is Cherry Blossom Land. There are more cherry blossoms there, than in the tidal basin of Washington DC.
Mount Mitchell Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands is the highest coastal peak on the Atlantic Seaboard.
Dey Mansion in Wayne served as George Washington’s military headquarters during the American Revolution.
America’s first ever recorded baseball game was played at Elysian Fields in Hoboken on June 19, 1846.
Whitesbog Village is a restored 19th century agricultural village that dates back to the 1800s and still harvests blueberries and cranberries.
Henry Hudson sailed is “Half Moon” in to Sandy Hook Bay in 1609.
New Jersey has so much more to offer. Diversity from sandy shores to historic mountain tops. Stay tuned to hear more about this place I call home, some call, The Garden State, and sadly some refer to as Dirty Jersey.
Source New Jersey; An Explorers Guide Copyright 2010
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