Archive for the ‘Somerset’ Category

Now there’s something you don’t see every day

Now there's something you don't see every day

Ran across this beefed up Subaru near a cemetery I was investigating.

The Belle Meade Depot

The GSA-Belle Mead Depot was located in Hillsborough and had several purposes thru its history. It was primarily a warehouse and there were numerous railroad lines running into the facility. During WWII, the facility was used as sort of 20th century Guantanamo, housing Italian POW’s. After the Vietnam war, the property was then turned over to the GSA from the Army until it was closed in 1991. In 2009 the Belle Meade Depot property was transfered over to the Somerset County Improvement Authority. Bought for $15M, the 369 acre property will be jointly owned by the county and the town of Hillsborough. it is hoped that after any contimination is removed (which cost another $20M) the property will become ball fields and recreational areas.

I visited there in 2007 with the intent to scale the most notable thing on the property: a giant water tower. I went there with several friends and we scouted the property which was very close to some ball fields. After scouting out a handful of remaining buildings that were in serious disrepair, we headed for the tower. I have to say that this was not a smart move. We didn’t know the structural stability of the tower, or more importantly the ladder. Like stupid spider monkeys we one by one climbed up and were treated to an amazing 360 degree view of the area. At the time there was a geocache up on the top, easily one of the riskiest geocache finds ever. Still, this isn’t the stupidist or riskiest thing I’ve ever done in my explorations. All the pictures are up on flickr

UFO reported in Somerville, NJ area

it was definitely a UFO. Cause it’s an unidentified flying object. Whether it’s of alien origin remains to be seen.

a 12 foot tall fiberglass cow…

The 12 foot tall fiberglass cow that sits on the Middlebush dairy farm was originally built in the 1960’s for about $5,500 for the Cream o Land Dairy. After many years they asked the MIddlebush dairy farm owners if they could store if for them temporarily, and for 20 years it stayed at the Middlebush farm. When Cream o Land asked for it back, Middlebush said sure, if ythey pay for 20 years storage. From then on, the iconic cow was the official property of the Middlebush dairy farm

The cow sits on a trailer bed and used to be taken out for parades and social  events but lately this cow is content to just stay in its pasture, and mingle with 80 or so real Holstein cows…

NJ’s Oldest Tree

This tree is generally considered the oldest living tree in NJ, pegged at over 600 years old. It is located on the grounds of a church which has a graveyard that dates back to the 1750’s. It is so big and so weak that it cobbled together with cables, allowing different sections of the trees to support other sections. There are also supports from the ground stabilizing the larger, lower hanging branches.

Old barn and tractor

Found this old barn on what is now some sort of public park land property. Wonder how old the tractor is?

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Veil Family Cemetery

This tiny family plot is located on the side of the road in Bernards Twp.

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