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Homes in South Amboy

One of the oldest towns in New Jersey, South Amboy’s quaint suburban community sits at the mouth of the Raritan River, eyes set on New York City. Known to the Lenape as “Ompoge”, meaning “level ground” or “standing upright”, South Amboy was settled first by the Dutch as a signaling station to aid in the defense of New Amsterdam; a task it came just shy of succeeding at in 1664 when the British conquered New Netherland. The Dutch were forced to abandon South Amboy, though Scottish settlers would take their places in 1684 with the settlement of Perth Amboy. Still a vital military installation well into the late eighteenth century, South Amboy is mentioned several times by name in the correspondence of General George Washington, the town an enduring consideration as he cautiously monitored British ships on the Raritan. Rural and sparsely populated at the end of the Revolutionary War, South Amboy’s growth was spurred on by the opening of the Camden & Amboy Railroad in 1831.…

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Homes in Sayreville

A vibrant community on the banks of the Raritan River, Sayreville is a truly unique town with a history spanning tens of thousands of years. The site of many a paleontological expedition, Sayreville was once home to Deinosuchus, a forty foot crocodile which lived and hunted in the area during the Cretaceous Period. Less terrifyingly, the oldest bird fossil yet uncovered in North America was found here, a partial feather encased in amber. Sayreville’s first human residents were the Lenape. Hunting along and around the Navesink, the Lenape lived on the banks of the South River, cultivating corn, potatoes and squash in the rich soil which would come to define the Garden State. Sayreville was not discovered by Europeans until 1656, when Dutch surveyor Adriaen van der Donck noted the vast population of indigenous peoples living here. The Dutch, with their limited involvement in North America, were content to leave the Lenape alone. It was not until the British takeover of New Ne…

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Homes in Perth Amboy

Seated at the intersection of the Raritan River and Arthur Kill Strait, a low-lying strip of land with a long and storied waterfront, Perth Amboy was known to the Lenape as “Ompoge”, meaning “level ground” or “standing upright”. On the border between New Jersey and New York, Perth Amboy was chosen to be the capital of the East Jersey colony in 1686 when the first Scottish settlers arrived. Anglicizing “Ompoge” to “Ambo”, the town was christened Perth Amboy in honor of East Jersey’s original proprietor, James Drummond, Earl of Perth. The town stayed the capital of East Jersey until 1703, when East and West Jersey were unified into New Jersey. Thereafter, Perth Amboy became the alternate capital after Burlington, and remained so until 1776. A crucial way-station between New York and New Jersey, Perth Amboy survived on ferry and boat traffic, finding new life at the start of the twentieth century when Eastern and Central European immigrants came to work at the many newly const…

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