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A Permanent Exhibit at East Jersey Old Town Village

​Raritan Landing, once a bustling port on the Raritan River, has all but disappeared from the landscape. Only the names Landing Lane and the Landing Lane Bridge hint at the community that once flourished and spread to the east and west along River Road.

Raritan Landing  was dense with businesses and rich with a variety of trades and skills. Here imports arrived from Europe and the Caribbean, while goods and produce of New Jersey were loaded on ships for export. It was exciting, international and cosmopolitan. But the Revolutionary War took its toll: the Delaware and Raritan Canal siphoned trade and New Brunswick won the coveted terminus of the railroads. These developments tolled a death knell for the Landing.
Now a permanent exhibit, we invite you to enter the world of Raritan Landing, as told through the objects and artifacts of its citizens, the soldiers who camped here, and the stories uncovered through archaeology.
Ask for your copy of these limited editions:
Voices from Raritan Landing, An Educational Guide to a Colonial Port Community​, the stories of 26 people who lived and worked at Raritan Landing in the 18th century.
Rediscovering Raritan Landing​, an introduction to archaeology and the Landing, an original children's story written and illustrated by Christee Curran.
Raritan Landing Classroom Activities Guide, this guide was created as a companion to the exhibit Raritan Landing...Uncovering a Forgotten Past. It was written by archaeologists to inspire students and teachers to explore the rich history of Raritan Landing.
The Village is a project of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Middlesex County Office of Arts & History.
Funding provided in part by New Jersey Historical Commission/Division of the Department of State and Federal Highway Administration.

Artifact collection provided by New Jersey Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration.
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Explore this Historic Site

East Jersey Old Town Village
1050 River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854 
Phone Number: (732) 745-3030
TTY: (732) 745-3888
New Expanded Hours:
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Open until 8pm, Thursdays in
June, July and August
Saturday and Sunday: 12 - 4pm

Text CULTURE to 56512 for Living History Interpreter Schedules!​
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