Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My World Tuesday: Basking Ridge, NJ


I'm sharing a few pictures of my historic town in autumn, for the My World Tuesday meme.  


This is the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, built in 1839.  The original church structure was a log building dating from 1717.  To the right of the church in the photo above, you can see the great white oak tree that overlooks the church's cemetery.



General George Washington and The Marquis de Lafayette are said to have met under the tree.  It was a favorite stopping point for soldiers traveling from Washington's headquarters in Morristown to an artillery encampment in Pluckemin.  The cemetery is the site of many graves from the eighteenth and nineteenth century, including the remains of 35 soldiers from the Revolutionary War.  



The tree itself is estimated to be over 600 years old.  

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29 comments:

  1. Those autumn trees adds so much beauty! Thanks for the share of your world;)

    Mine is up too, HERE. If you get a chance;)

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  2. Beautiful church and the oak tree is spectacular. I love old gnarly trees like that. I also have always enjoyed really old cemetaries. The old stones are so interesting!

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  3. Wow, that oak tree is impressive, isn't it? Gorgeous photos!

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  4. What a lovely town! It's impressive to see a tree than old - I always feel humbled and awed by their majesty.

    Thanks for sharing your world.

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  5. How incredibly lovely an serene. I believe the old saying "if this place could talk" definitely applies. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Oops, Mary. That's my comment above.

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  7. That tree is amazing especially to those of us who live in the semi-arid west where trees do not grow like that! So much history under it, also. Sally

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  8. Mary - beautiful pictures of your beautiful town. :)

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  9. The mighty oak
    has buried
    many a man.

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  10. Beautiful post all the way! And what a great tree!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Cheers, Klaus

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  11. Mary: What a neat look at the historic buildings. They look wonderfully preserved.

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  12. What a beautiful as well as historic town! What an old tree! I'm learning so much from all the MW posts. I love churches with cemeteries...so interesting to walk around. The steeple with the little dome is very pretty. Hard to believe there was once a log building there.

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  13. I can believe it! The limbs are as big as trees.

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  14. Your first picture drew me, in, but it kept getting better! How wonderfully historical, and that tree! 600 years old. It has seen many things. And all I do is want to sit on that long, low branch! Wonderful post!

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  15. Love that old tree....Basking Ridge looks lovely....I finally decided on and finished my silouette pillow...I posted a picture of it on the blog. Let me know what you think...

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  16. That is AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing this. That tree is BEAUTIFUL and so is your lovely town.
    *hugs*

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  17. Thank you for sharing. To be surrounded by such history! Your town is lovely.

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  18. That is one amazing tree and you can almost picture them standing there, very interesting

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  19. That is really beautiful old church and every photo that you took of it is just great.
    As for the cemeteries those are places that always make me sad but thanks to that wonderful 600 years old tree that one on the last photo of yours make me feel even comfortable while looking at it.

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  20. I've never seen a tree like that! So amazing.

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  21. I enjoyed the history - thanks for the lovely tour!

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  22. Wow. I love history. What's equally amazing is that Lafayette and Washington both stood in the same rooms that I live in, when they came to this hill and watched the British troops landing in August 1777. And Lafayette was only 20 years old at the time.

    The friendship he struck with Washington lasted all of their lives.

    Beautiful tree, Mary! And lovely photos of the cemetery.

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