Chatham Township marks its history

Chatham Township marks its history

Chatham Township 'marks' its history, a little at a time

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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:31 am, Mon Jan 30, 2012.

 

CHATHAM TWP. — Members of the Historical Society of Chatham Township have been busy lately erecting the latest in their series of historical markers, one at the site of the 18th century homestead of Lewis Noe on Southern Boulevard, another in front of the Lewis Boudinot home on Green Village Road in the township’s Green Village section.

According to local history, Lewis Noe was a farmer of French Hugenot ancestry who served as a sergeant  in the revolutionary war with General Washington’s army and spent one hard winter at Valley Forge. In Lewis Noe’s absence, Hessian soldiers foraging for food during a blizzard stayed overnight but never plundered the property, perhaps thanks to Phoebe Brant Noe’s knowledge of German.

The Boudinot tract, purchased by the Bucuk family in 2010 from former Township Mayor Abby Fair, was built circa 1760, and the land on which it stands was once part of property held by William Alexander, Lord Stirling, who was the state’s General Surveyor. 

It was later owned by Elias Boudinot, a president of the Continental Congress who as later the state’s first Congressional representative.

Markers have also been erected at the sites of Noe Pond on Southern Boulevard, and the tract that held Madame Bey’s boxing camp on River Road.

The markers are part of an ongoing effort by the Historical Society to raise the level of awareness of  Townships residents to the historical richness of the area in which we live. 

The Society would welcome any contributions to our project.  Contributions can be sent to Ken Hetrick, Treasurer, P.O. Box 262  Chatham, NJ 07928.


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