Battle of Short Hills March

Event Details

Battle of Short Hills March

Time: October 18, 2014 from 8:30am to 2pm
Location: Near Metchen Train Station (start)
Street: 349 Main St.
City/Town: Metutchen
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Phone: 973-214-1811
Event Type: walk, hike, march, metuchen, washington, revolutionary war, short hills, bloody gap, union county, parks, freewalkers
Organized By: Paul Kiczek (FreeWalkers) / Gabe Gluck (Union County Parks)
Latest Activity: Oct 9, 2014

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Event Description

Join us for an historic walk of 13 or 20 miles(allow 2 extra hours) - or create your own mileage challenge along the way - as we follow an historic battle and military retreat into the Watchung mountains.

We walk  about 13 miles  starting in Metuchen following the route of Lord Sterling and his American revolutionary war soldiers who engaged Cornwallis' troops in Metuchen on June 26, 1777. A running battle ensued in what is now Edison and Scotch Plains before retreating to the safety of the Watchung Mountains. The battle is commonly referred to as the Battle of Short Hills although it has nothing to do with the area now known as Short Hills-which had its own share of memorable battles.

The Freewalkers, in cooperation with Union County Parks, is sponsoring this Battle of the Short Hills walk. The hike, is part of the County’s Four Centuries In A Weekend celebration, ends at the Deserted Village in the Watchung Reservation, where there will be a host of activities and historic tours that Saturday, and Sunday with most historic sites along the way open and staffed with local.

For those who would like to walk fewer miles they can join the group along the way and leave whenever they want. Once at the Deserted Village, there is an option of riding vans supplied by Mountainside, Westfield, and the County, to the Westfield train station to make their way home. And for those who want to walk longer, there is another 7-mile route through the Reservation and along the cross-county and the East Coast Greenway to the Cranford train station.

Join this unique walking adventure and relive the times when our nation was created and important battles were fought for our independence. Bring the family and your friends too. The event is FREE and open to everyone!

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