Middlebrook Washington Rock Another Washington Lookuout - Identified in "Revolutionary New Jersey"
McBride's Rock another probable Washington Lookout
- A tree shaped with 3 forked trunks (fallen now)
Fireplace Rock - Approximate site of Revolutionary War Signal Tower
McBride Rock Another Washington Lookout site
Park Service map | Larger map to Chimney rock | Combined wide map.
Marker Tree, Line Tree, trail tree:
There was a big tree at the spot marked on the map above that was shaped with 3 trunks.
Old "line tree" on the First Mountain, Trees were sometimes forced to grow this way to indicate property bounadaries. Photo taken duing a 1973 "Historic Walk" led by Robert K. Haelig, Sr.The web pages below say they were also made by Native Americans.
I've counted the growth rings in a section and there are not enough to be old enough to be Indians.
The native american trees were called "marker trees," or "trail trees," saplings were carefully bent by a local Native American tribe over 100 years ago, forcing them to grow in unnatural shapes.
Approximate site of Revolutionary War Signal Tower (Signal Beacon).
It's shown as Fireplace Rock on the Boom Map
According to "The Blue Hills Beacons - Journal of the American Revolution",
there were beacons along the Watchung mountains at:
Beacon #1 "A Longe fire on the Mountain in the rear of Pluckemin" Beacon #2 "one on the mountain near steak [Steel] Gap" Beacon #3 "one on the mountain near Mordicas or wayn's Gap" Beacon #4 "near Linelons [Lincoln's] Gap" (King George Rd.) Beacon #5 "one near Quibble Town Gap" [at Washington's Rock Lookout?] (Washington Ave.) Beacon #6 "on the Hill the road to Baskin-Ridge four miles north of Col. Van Horns" (Vosseller Av) [This sounds like the same as #3. Wayne's Gap is now Vosseller]See also:
Hidden New Jersey: One if by land... the Revolutionary Watchung Mountain signal beacons
Summit, New Jersey Revolutionary War Sites | Summit NJ Historic Sites
Sight of the Washington Valley Hawk Watch
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