Middlebrook Washington Rock
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At the Washington Campground Association Meeting in February 2017, Historian, Robert A. Mayers from Watchung gave a talk about the new book, Revolutionary New Jersey: Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution, he described a historical record he found of a Middlebrook Heights outlook where George Washington watched British General Howe in New Brlunswick..
The traditional Washington Rock is at Washington Rock State Park in Green Brook (5 miles from the Middlebrook Encampment).
However I thought the sketch looked more like a rock I had walked by for 40 years. In 1979 I used to take my 1 year old son, Tom, riding in a child backpack, on hikes across Vosseller ave through the woods in the undeveloped Washington Valley Park .
Over the years this rock had been overgrown with vines. A friend, Dave McRitchie, and I pulled down the vines in 2017 and in 2018 rolled some dead trees which had fallen across the face down the hill and cut some of the invasive Japanese barberry which were growing at the base.
It would make sense for Washington to use this rock since General Wayne's Brigade was camped right there according to Captain Scull's map.
In the meantime Herb Patullo had expanded his small historical museum near his house at the end of Miller Ln. with an expansive view of the valley below including New Brunswick to include the area around the rock there. There was parking and easy access there, so that location became the official Middlebrook Washington Rock.
In Chapter 6 "Washington Rocks: Perches of the American Eagle (1777-1778)" of his book Revolutionary New Jersey: Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution Mayers has labeled the rock at location B near Vosseller Ave. McBride's Rock.
There is no parking near McBride's Rock. In the summer you can see it from Vosseller Ave. but there is no place to pull over or stop.
Case for McBride's Rock:
Field of view from McBride's Rock (B) (With some tree cutting done by Washington's Army)
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