Revolutionary Front Line 1763-1783


Everyday farm life was interrupted by skirmishes and battles between Colonial and British troops fighting for independence from England. While most people believed in the Patriot cause, others (Loyalists or Tories) supported the King. After 1776, active Loyalists went to Staten Island, which was held by the British.

Driven by their desire for freedom, many men left their families and farms to join the Continental Army. Numerous raids, battles and skirmishes occurred throughout the area. The Battle of Connecticut Farms (in what is now Union Township) and the Battle of Springfield, both in June 1780, marked the close of the war in New Jersey.

Abraham Clark, farmer and self-educated lawyer, was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, where he voted for and signed the Declaration of Independence demonstrating that leadership, even in Colonial America, did not depend on wealth or birth.


Drake House Museum

602 West Front St., Plainfield www.drakehousemuseum.org


Drake House

  • 7′x9′ Civil War painting
  • The opulent Harberger library





Abraham Clark House

101 West Ninth Ave., Roselle

Abraham Clark House


  • Granite boulder with a tablet honoring Clark





Osborn Cannonball House

1840 Front Street, Scotch Plains


Osborn Cannonball House


  • Formal gardens
  • Changing exhibit of period clothing



Cannon Ball House

126 Morris Avenue, Springfield


Cannon Ball House

  • Cannonball that struck house
  • Period rooms with antiques and artifacts
  • Garden
  • House has been repainted using historic colors




Caldwell Parsonage

909 Caldwell Ave., Union


Caldwell Parsonage House

  • Personal effects of Union’s founding families
  • Features two centuries of clothing, furniture and other materials