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History Hike into the Woods

INTO THE WOODS…One of the few places in Union County untouched since Colonial times is the Ash Brook Reservation, which played an important role in the Battle of the Short Hills in 1777. The American forces sought to lure the British and Hessian troops through the Ash Swamp in order to buy more time for General Washington to get his soldiers back up to safety in the Watchung Mountains.  On Four Centuries In A Weekend, a special exhibit will be set up on Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, near the Vo-Tech Schools campus, with volunteers on hand to explain the battle and provide tours of the preserve.

For more information about Four Centuries In A Weekend visit the County website at, email the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at or call 908-558-2550.