“Union County: Battleground for Freedom”


Union County, created in 1857, and originally a part of Essex County, played a major part in America’s War for Independence. Its strategic location on the Passaic River and close proximity to Staten Island transformed this peaceful region into a battleground. From 1775 until 1783 countless skirmishes and battles engulfed towns and their residents, truly making it a Crossroads of the American Revolution. The dramatic stories of this conflict are preserved today by historic sites and structures throughout the county.

Union County: Battleground of Freedom is a series of downloadable audio podcasts utilizing 3 of the area’s most historic sites as the background to tell the story of Union County during the American Revolution. They can be combined to create a complete audio driving tour. Each entertaining narrative is approximately 6 minutes in length and pulls listeners in with its dramatic story and engaging sound effects.

To listen to our podcasts, click the links below:


“Union County: Battleground of Freedom” is made possible through a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State; the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association; the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce; and Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University.