Signal Hill

Signal Hill (HM1RQZ)

Location: Matawan, NJ 07747 Middlesex County
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N 40° 24.323', W 74° 17.031'

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In 1779, a system of 23 alarm posts was established throughout the State. These alerted local militia to assemble at predetermined locations. In Old Bridge, a hill west of Higgins Road was used as one of these signal posts. The exact nature of the signal system is unknown. It is believed this particular elevated site was used to send signals to the Patriots regarding enemy troops moving from Raritan Bay toward Cranberry (now known as Cranbury). In fact, generations of local families have referred to this site as Signal Hill. You will note that one can see Raritan Bay and Staten Island in an unobstructed view from this hill.

It is said that his system of signal posts was so efficient that when the British Fleet headed out of Raritan Bay, on its way to Philadelphia, the alarm had been received by Philadelphia before the Fleet's arrival.

This Historic Marker is a gift to the people of Old Bridge from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 2009.
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Date Added Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 560767 N 4472998
Decimal Degrees40.40538333, -74.28385000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 24.323', W 74° 17.031'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 24' 19.38" N, 74° 17' 1.86" W
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Area Code(s)609, 732, 848
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4075 County Rd 516, Matawan NJ 07747, US
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