Trailside Offers Lecture on the Jersey Devil, Nov. 19


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to offer a  lecture about the Jersey Devil for adults, 18 years and older, at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Thursday, November 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“This is a good opportunity to enjoy an evening at the Nature Center while learning about the Jersey Devil, a legendary figure frequently referenced in literature,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

Dr. Angus Kress Gillespie, a Rutgers University American Studies Professor, offers a talk, illustrated with photographs, drawings, and maps, that brings together different reports of this legendary creature, along with current claims of sightings. As the story goes, the Leeds family lived in a small community at the coastal edge of the Pine Barrens. The year was 1735. Already having given birth 12 times, Mother Leeds was about to give birth to the child who would become the legendary Jersey Devil.

This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fee for this workshop is a suggested donation. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the event. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information about this event or other upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.