Wednesday, October 12, 2011
At the end of summer, I met my daughter in the town of Freehold and we went out to Monmouth Battlefield to hike around the meadow. It was vastly different from the last time I was there, a year ago, for the Battle Re-enactment. This time we were the only visitors in the park and it was still, hot and peaceful. During the Re-enactment visit, the lot set-aside for the encampment was filled with both visitors and re-enactors, sutlers hawking all sorts of Colonial wares, and camp followers. I would suggest two visits - one for the big Re-enactment and another one to simply enjoy the pace and beauty of the area. The visitor's center is excellent with a very good film to explain the battle and its significance to the Revolution. To those who work at Whitall House, it has significance becaue Hugh Mercer was killed here during the Battle. The Revolutionary Fort built on Whitall Land during the Battle for the Delaware was named after Mercer.