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Readington Ramble # 2
This cache is located on a hill near the ruins of John Taylor's Grist Mill (circa 1760) at the northern tip of Readington Township.
Readington Ramble Series: Readington Township is a wonderful place to live. We wanted to create a series of caches that would give you a little tour of the Township and provide you with a little history as well. We’ll also point out the existing caches that you can visit while in the area. So to begin, you should know the basic facts. “July 15, 1730 was the official birth date of Readington Township. Created by Royal Charter as Readings, or Readings Town, it wasn't until 1798 that it became Readington Township. Containing about 48 square miles, ours is the largest Township in the County of Hunterdon and one of the largest in the State of New Jersey.” (From Readington Township History, by Stephanie B. Stevens, Township Historian, 1993)
Other caches included in the Readington Ramble Series: Hillcrest Hideaway, Way Out of Whitehouse, Old Dutch Farm, Rockafellow Rapids, Give my regards to Broad Street, Higginsville Hike, Summer Fun.
Park at N 40° 39.683 W 74° 45.986. The climb up the hill, even if you choose a good route, is very steep. The "Man" wanted to make it a terrain level of 2.5 until he started sliding down the slope and Jan yelled at him, I think it's a 3! Just wanted to show you another section of Readington Twp. This Mill is going to need quite a bit of renovation. Be careful if you walk around the site and please do not disturb any of the walls, etc. The cache is a small tupperware container.
Potterstown, another village on the National Register of Historic Places, competed with Readington for early settlers. It is in this tiny village that the "Society's Line" crosses the important Raritan Indian Path. … At the far end of Potterstown, up the Rockaway Creek, is the mill of Colonel John Taylor, commanding officer of the 4th Hunterdon Militia. The miller's house stands, too. Grain for the use of the Revolutionary Army was ground in this little mill. Our roots go deep in Potterstown. (From Readington Township History, by Stephanie B. Stevens, Township Historian, 1993)
Taylor's Mill is a stone gristmill built c. 1760 by Colonel John Taylor, who served in the Revolution as a member of the 4th Hunterdon Militia, and eventually achieved the rank of General. The mill is owned by the Township and is scheduled for stabilization and restoration as part of the Readington Museums' long term plan to open it as a fourth museum. The mill is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is located at the southwest corner of Taylor's Mill Road and Rockaway Road on the Readington/Tewksbury border. For more information about Taylor’s Mill visit: http://www.readingtontwp.org/museum_taylors_mill.htm
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