Yesterday we where in New Hampshire with author Tricia Drammeh, you can check it out here
Today we are in New Jersey with Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic book shelf. This see what awaits us in New Jersey.
I am so thrilled that Megan chose me to represent my home state of New Jersey for the Virtual US Road Trip!! Read on to learn a little bit about The Garden State!
Places to visit in New Jersey
Ellis Island & The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France.
Atlantic City & the Boardwalk
Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, known for its casinos, boardwalk and beach. It is the home of the Miss America Pageant.
Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. Founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, Princeton was the fourth chartered institution of higher education in the Thirteen Colonies and thus one of the nine Colonial Colleges established before the American Revolution.
Six Flags Great Adventure
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Quirky/Fun Facts about NJ
- New Jersey is a peninsula. It is completely surrounded by water except for about 40 miles along the NY border.
- Highlands, New Jersey has the highest elevation along the entire eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida.
- New Jersey has 50+ resort cities & towns; some of the nation's most famous: Asbury Park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Long Branch, Cape May.
- Picturesque Cape May holds the distinction of being the oldest seashore resort in the United States and one of the most unique.
- Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world, which was the first one built in the world in 1870.
- The game Monopoly, played all over the world, named the streets on its playing board after actual streets in Atlantic City.
- The first saltwater taffy in the world was produced at the Jersey shore in the 1870s.
- New Jersey has the most stringent testing along our coastline for water quality control than any other seaboard state in the entire country.
- Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy.
- New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production.
- The first national historic park in America was established in 1933 in Morristown.
- New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky.
- New Jersey has the densest system of highways and railroads in the US.
- New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the "Diner Capital of the World."
- North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.
- New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US, located in Elizabeth. Nearly 80 percent of what our nation imports comes through Elizabeth Seaport first.
- The first recorded, official baseball game was played on June 19, 1846 in Hoboken.
- The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick, in 1869. Rutgers College played Princeton. Rutgers won.
- The light bulb, phonograph and motion picture projector were all invented by Thomas Edison in Menlo Park.
- NJ built the first tunnel under a river, the Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River.
- The first robot to replace a human worker was used by General Motors in Ewing Township in 1961.
- The first steam locomotive to actually pull a train on a track was built by John Stevens of Hoboken in 1824.
- Modern paleontology, the science of studying dinosaur fossils, began in 1858 with the discovery of the first nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The Hadrosaurus is the official New Jersey state dinosaur.
- NJ's Pulaski Skyway, from Jersey City to Newark, was the first skyway ever built.
- The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden in 1933.
- Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations. Attendants must pump your gas according to state law.
- New Jersey's Ethnic Roots: Italian 17.9%, Irish 15.9%, African 13.6%, German 12.6%, Polish 6.9%
- Religion in New Jersey: 64% Christian (37% Catholic, 27% Protestant), 15% No Religion, 4% Jewish, 1% LDS, 1% Jehovah's Witness, 1% Muslim
Jon Bon Jovi
My Chemical Romance
Kool & the Gang
The Four Seasons
William Count Basie
Other Famous New Jerseyans
Thomas Edison - inventor
Aaron Burr - Vice President
Grover Cleveland - President
Charles Addams - cartoonist
Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin -astronaut
William J. Brennan - jurist
Aaron Burr - political leader
Lloyd H. Conover - inventor
William Frederick Halsey, Jr. - admiral
Donald Fletcher Holmes - inventor
Alfred C. Kinsey - zoologist
Dorothea Lange - photographer
Eger V. Murphree - inventor
Zebulon Mongomery Pike - explorer, soldier
Edward J. Rosinski - inventor
Antonin Scalia - jurist
Norman Schwarzkopf - army general
Amos Alonzo Stagg - football coach
Alfred Stieglitz - photographer
Dave Thomas - restaurateur
William Henry Vanderbilt - financier
Authors from New Jersey
James Fenimore Cooper
George R.R. Martin
Joyce Carol Oates
William Carlos Williams
Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Philip Milton Roth
Books Set in New Jersey
- Drown by Junot Diaz
- Sloppy Firsts by Megan McAfferty
- Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
- Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
- Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
- One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
- Creepers by David Morrell
- Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
- Of Poseiden by Anna Banks
- Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman
- Plugged by Eoin Colfer
- Tell No One by Harlan Coben
- White Cat, Red Glove & Black Heart by Holly Black
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Thanks Melissa. I didn't realise there where so many famous people from New Jersey. What do you think of New Jersey?
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