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REVOLUTIONARY WAR SITES IN MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY

Montclair New during the Revolutionary War
LAFAYETTE HEADQUARTERS SITE
Lafayette Site
Montclair, New Jersey

Lafayette Headquarters Site
Next to 551 Valley Rd.
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Located next to the Photo Cullen store at 551 Valley Road, at the entrance to the parking lot, this site contains the stone doorstep of house that once stood nearby, and was used as a headquarters by the Marquis de Lafayette. Along with the step, there is a flag pole and an Eagle Rock Chapter Daughter's of the American Revolution plaque.

The plaque reads:
'This stone was the doorstep of the house occupied by Lafayette as a headquarters". [1]

Montclair New Jersey - Revolutionary War Sites
WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS (Crane House) SITE MONUMENT
Old Crane Homestead
Montclair, New Jersey

Washington's Headquarters Site Monument
Corner of Valley Rd. and Claremont Ave.
(Private Home)
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At the intersection of Valley Road and Claremont Avenue is this interesting spot.  On a large boulder is a bronze plaque that was dedicated on Oct 26, 1922. Since the boulder is surrounded by shrubbery, it is often overlooked by many people passing this busy intersection.

The plaque on the boulder reads:
"This boulder which lay from time immemorial on this site near the turn of the old road marks the location of a house used by General George Washington as temporary headquarters on October 26, 1780 while on the march from Totowa now Paterson to support Lafayette's expedition against the enemy on Staten Island." [2]

Please note that the current office building at this spot is not the house that stood here in 1780. The original house, which was owned by William Crane, was torn down  circa the early 1900's. [3]

Several articles and books state that this spot was once listed in Ripley's Believe It or Not as "The World's Smallest Park". However, when I contacted the Archive Department of Ripley's Believe It or Not, I was told that they have no record of this. [4]

Montclair New Jersey - Revolutionary War Sites
CRANETOWN MARKER
Cranetown Marker
Montclair, New Jersey

Cranetown Marker
Corner of Valley Rd. and Claremont Ave.
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The Cranetown marker commemorates the colonial hamlet of Cranetown, which became Montclair in the 1870's. It references George Washington's stay (See above listing) at the Crane House in October 1780. [5]

Sources:

1. ^ Eagle Rock Chapter, D.A.R. sign

2. ^ Monument plaque, erected by the Eagle Rock Chapter, D.A.R. and the Montclair Chapter S.A.R, October 26, 1922

3. ^ Philip Doremus Reminiscences of Montclair (Montclair NJ 1908) p.8
The book does not state exactly when the house was demolished. However the book does state that it was "recently", and the book was published in 1908.
This book is availalalbe to be read online at the Internet Archive Here.

4. ^ Telephone interview with Angela Johnson, at the Archives of Ripley's Believe It or Not conducted June 5, 2012

5. ^  State of New Jersey historic sign