DEATH IN THE SOURLANDS – THE BRUTAL MURDER OF TED CRUSE

On January 13th, 1874 two black men from the Sourland Mountain area of East Amwell were taken into custody for the murder of Theodore Cruse, Jr., also black.  Israel Morocco and George Thompson, were charged with the stomping on the abdomen of Ted Cruse and then...

The Three Brothers and Knitting Betty Rocks

There occurs in East Amwell two very distinctive rock formations that are the subjects of tales of ghosts and specters. The Three Brothers rock formation is on the west side of Reillyville Road almost across the street from the Sourland Preserve.  It is a formation of...

Ed Quick – Justice of the Peace

One of the many jobs that local historian Ed Quick had was Justice of the Peace. In the Quick Collection is his “General Criminal Docket of East Amwell” spanning the years 1941-1948. This book holds all the arrests occurring  in the Township during that period. Below...

Murder in the Sourlands

Up until recent times the Sourland Mountains were a place to avoid – unless of course you lived there. From colonial times until well after the Lindbergh Kidnapping in 1932, people stayed out of the Sourlands because of its reputation as an area where people...

The Wertsville Store Ledger of 1863

It always fascinates me what can turn up regarding East Amwell historical memorabilia. Recently I was at dinner with members of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum Board (SSAM) when one of its members said that at a recent book signing an unknown woman...

A Mystery in a Bottle

Every day or so I check “Ringoes” out on ebay to see if there are any “finds” that the Historical Society might want to buy. Over the years we have purchased many items that are now in our collections. Recently I saw a medicine bottle marked “Dr. A.M. Hart, Ringoes,...