Matlack Grave, Cherry Hill, NJ

The Matlack Grave was another one of those anomalies that we tried to keep an eye out for while driving and ended up having to do a double take and turn around. In the middle of a residential street, sandwiched between two normal houses, is a black iron fence containing a large gravestone. The single headstone marks the burial site of William and Mary Matlack, their son Richard, and several servants and slaves. William Matlack came to America in 1677, where he changed the spelling of his last name from the English form, Matlock. The grave dates back to his death in 1738, making it more than 275 years old. It is located on Balsam Road in Cherry Hill, NJ and is open to anyone who wants to visit.

 

Scarborough Covered Bridge, Cherry Hill, NJ

According to the sign at the park, Scarborough Bridge is one of only two standing covered bridges in New Jersey. It was built in 1959 by Bob Scarborough and spans the northern branch of the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, NJ. In 1959, a dedication ceremony took place on Valentine’s Day where 101 couples kissed by the bridge, giving it the nickname of “Kissing Bridge” or “Friendship Bridge.” It’s located on Covered Bridge Road, off of Route 73.  Green Sergeant’s Bridge, located in Delaware Township, is the other covered bridge still standing in NJ.

 

Buddy Christ, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, Red Bank, NJ

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.


 

Nash’s Cabin Road, Chatsworth, NJ

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.

Very helpful link-http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC3DBC_nashs-cabin?guid=4516800a-3092-4f93-814e-b7e5f6665020

Tombstones on the Mount Holly Bypass, Lumberton, NJ

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.

Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse, Paulsboro, NJ

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.

Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse

Here is a helpful link-http://www.tinicumrearrangelighthouse.org/historicinformation.html

Cornfield Cruiser, Moorestown, NJ

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.

Mystic Island Blocks, Little Egg Harbor, 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, Montville, NJ

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

Cookie Jar House, Glendora, NJ

The Cookie Jar House is a residence located at 1028 Rowand Ave, Glendora, NJ. It was built in 1947 with the intention of creating a whole series of cookie jar houses. However, only the one was built and it is considered to be the only cookie jar house in the US.  It has two stories with a spiral staircase in the middle, and the “lid” is actually a widow’s walk. A previous owner once reported the difficulties of decorating a house with “no corners.”

The house is tucked away on a small street and there are lots of trees growing around it. It’s easy to see from straight on, and we had no problem parking across the street and snapping a few quick pictures. I noticed in older pictures that there is a terracotta warrior in front of the house, but unfortunately sometime between when those pictures were taken and when we visited, the warrior lost his head!

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