Having been fans of the movie Dogma for many years, we finally took the trip to Red Bank, NJ to Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. Here, the Buddy Christ statue stands, as well as other Jay and Silent Bob props and costumes. The products in the store are all very reasonably priced, with many unique and interesting items for sale in addition to comic books.
I assure you we’re open
Nash’s Cabin Road leads to the ruins of a cabin that at one time stood on the edge of a pond. Some people believe that American poet, Ogden Nash, once visited the cabin. The link below gives a good explanation for why people have made this claim, and there are few other possible explanations for the name of this road. To get there, take route 679 to Martha Road, a dirt road which is across from the Harrisville Ruins and Bodine Field entrance. Take Martha Road for a while, passing the Martha Furnace and continuing until reaching the slight right onto Nashs Cabin Road. We were able to drive most of the way, only having to stop about 100 feet away because of a fallen tree. Proceed down the road that terminates at the pond, where you will find the foundation of the cabin.
My phone’s gps looked like this when we arrived. Follow the fork to the right on Nashs Cabin Road until you are right in front of the pond. The foundation should be easy to spot.
Very helpful link-http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC3DBC_nashs-cabin?guid=4516800a-3092-4f93-814e-b7e5f6665020
Not much history can be found on these graves, but I have driven pass them for years and wondered how many bodies lay beneath the road itself. Located on Route 541 South, on a portion of the road called the Mount Holly Bypass, between Marne Highway (Route 537) and Route 38, graves from the 1800′s remain inconspicuously on the side of the road to the left.
The Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse, built in 1880, overlooks the Delaware River. It stands 85 feet tall with 122 steps. It is located in a sports complex next to a baseball park, which provides plenty of parking space. The entrance of the park is located on 2nd Avenue, Paulsboro, NJ.
Here is a helpful link-http://www.tinicumrearrangelighthouse.org/historicinformation.html
The Cornfield Cruiser is one of those strange, close-to-home anomalies that we tend to overlook at first because we’re just so used to seeing it. It is precisely what it sounds like — a huge naval warship in the middle of a field. So here’s the story of how it got there.
The site was built in the 1950′s and was originally a radar site owned by the Air Force. A ballistic missile early warning system was operational there until 1977, complete with a giant golf ball-shaped radome that could be seen from I-295. When the Air Force decided to close the site down, it was commission by the Navy at the suggestion of Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer. Known as the “Father of AEGIS,” Meyer believed that the site was perfect for the development of the AEGIS Combat System, a naval defense system that tracks and guides missiles. Meyer convinced the Navy to purchase the land from the Air Force for a measly one dollar. In place of the radome, the Navy installed a 122 ft high forward deckhouse of a nuclear strike class cruiser. The building is now called the Admiral James H. Doyle Combat Systems Engineering Development Site (CSEDS) and is run jointly by the Navy and Lockheed Martin. The cruiser is considered to be a commissioned naval vessel and its formal name is the USS Rancocas, after the nearby Rancocas Creek. For more info visit: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/100years/stories/cornfield-cruiser.html
You can find the Cornfield Cruiser at the intersection of Centerton Road and Hartford Road in Moorestown, NJ.
The Tuckerton Wireless tower was built in 1912 by germans and was 820 feet tall, the second tallest tower in the world at that time, with only the Eiffel Tower of Paris being taller. It was demolished in 1955, and after the tower materials were scrapped, and only the huge concrete blocks stand today. The blocks go 20 feet below the ground and stand 24 feet high. One block is located on private property on North Ensign Drive. The second is located on South Ensign Drive and the third on Staysail Drive, both of which are smack in the middle of the road, causing traffic to form a circle around them.
This site is great for pictures of what the tower looked like in its glory days- http://mcnally.cc/tuckmain.htm
Tripod rock has been a curiosity of mine since I was just fourteen years-old. It was not until this year that I finally had the opportunity to visit the glacial erratic located on Pyramid Mountain in Montville, Morris County, NJ. The journey was simple to navigate with the help of maps with directions that are provided at the Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area parking lot trail entrance. Make sure to check if there are changes to the trail route because there was some type of maintenance occurring when we went and temporary maps were provided. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to do a fair bit of climbing. There are some moderately difficult spots along the way and I definitely felt like I was fighting against gravity at times.
The NJ Skylands website is full of interesting information and has ideas for many more wonderful Skylands adventures. http://www.njskylands.com/odhiketripod
Sure this isn’t anywhere near New Jersey, but Savannah is without a doubt quite a breathtaking anomaly in itself. It is considered the most haunted city in the entire country, which has been validated by Duke University. Starting with Native Americans who believed that the Savannah area was the center of the universe, they came in huge numbers to bury their dead there. When whitey arrived, they began building on top of the massive burial ground. As the Revolutionary and Civil Wars passed, many more people were buried in the city. Three huge fires and a devastating Yellow Fever epidemic added to the already huge amount of mass graves. From what was told to me, there are few places you can go in Savannah where you won’t be standing above someone’s corpse.
Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia can be misleading. Although there are not many tombstones on the ground, that does not mean you aren’t standing above over 10,000 bodies. When Union troops set up camp in the park, many of the tombstones were destroyed. Today, many of the tombstones that have fallen over or have broken are displayed on the wall of the park. Some of the grave stones have been changed, so that people appear to have been born after they died or may have 114 children. This cemetery is a photographer’s paradise, as well as a ghost hunter’s dream.
Bonaventure Cemetery is best known for its beautiful statues. It was originally a plantation and was sold to Georgia for use as a graveyard. One of the statues, which has since been removed due to vandalism, was on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Bonaventure Cemetery is located right outside of Savannah in Thunderbolt, GA.
Johnny Mercer gravesite