East Windsor Landmarks

 By Kathleen M. Middleton

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Published in honor of the
East Windsor Bicentennial
under the auspices
of the
East Windsor Township Historic Preservation Commision
In conjunction with the
East Windsor Township Bicentennial Committee

Copies of this book can be purchased in the Municipal Clerk's office for $6.00


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1875 Map of East Windsor Township
Important Dates in the History of East Windsor Township
Applegate-Coetzel Homestead
Village of Etra
Locust Retreat'
Ely-Norton Farm
East Windsor Cemetery
Washington Oak
Mount-Blasig Farm
Lemuel Black House
Village Nursery
Conover's Dairy
"New Hightstown"
Club Eight
Updike-Lee Farm
Cotteral House
T. H. Mount House
East Windsor Municipal Building
Twin Rivers
Ethel McKnight School
For Further Reading
East Windsor Township Landmarks Map






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I began researching these landmarks for the East Windsor Township Historic Preservation Commission after I met with Bernard Bush, Sandra Streeter, and five bouncing terriers on a snowy Saturday morning. I would like to thank all the members of the Commission, especially Mr. Bush, Chris Could, Doug Longenecker, Barry Clark, Gene O'Connor, and John Terrari, for their advice and encouragement as I prepared this book.

I also received a great deal of h&p from Joseph Locke, Ruth CrandaU Locke, and Richard Lee who shared invaluable information about their own families and the history of the township with me. Many other people who live and work at these sites also assisted me in my research. The Panes, the Kendalls, and the Grooms gave me research on their historic homes. Philip Randolph and the board of Club Eight provided me with a history of the the club. Jerry Finn told me about the early development of Twin Rivers. Stan Rodenfeld gave me a tour of the municipal building, while PA Consulting and the Sheseido Corporation opened Patscenter and the Rescarrick Moore House for me.

The Hightstown-East Windsor Historical Society kindly aflowed me to use their photographs and manuscripts. Dick Hutchinson repeatedly opened the society's library for me and patiently helped me access its collection. Down the street, Sandra Johnson helped me use the historic microfilm machine at the Hightstown Memorial Library. Mrs. Alice Appelget NilIson provided essential information and historic photographs of "Moodyfield." Michael at Triangle Repro helped me with copying the map on the last page. The Kims at A Better Photo did an outstanding oh, as they always do, developing the film for the photographs that appear in this book.

I must also thank the reporters of the Hightstown Gazette over the past 155 years. Without their detailed stories of life in the township, much of its history would have been lost forever.

Finally, I truly appreciate everything my husband Ed Crisonino and Oliver A. Dale did to help me finish this project.

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This early twentieth century photograph shows "Moodyfield," the Rescarrick Moore house (see page 33) (A. Appelget Nillson).



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In celebration of the bicentennial of East Windsor Township, this book examines a group of landmark buildings, structures with architectural or historical significance for township reside The diversity of these landmarks testifies to East Windsor's diverse heritage; the sites range from eighteenth century farmhouses to twentieth century geodesic domes. By looking at these landmarks, we can not only trace the development of architectural styles but also see how the I of the people using these buildings have changed over the past two hundred years. These landmarks, then, offer one way to study the growth and development of the township since its formation in 1797

                                                                K. M. Middleton September, 1997


1875 Map of East Windsor Township

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The map from the Evert and Stewart New Historical Atlas of Mercer County (1875) on the opposite page provides the name of each homeowner in East Windsor, as well as the the size of their property in acres. These "References" show how the mapmaker highlighted sites such as mills and blacksmiths that would have been important for nineteenth century township residents.

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