National Park NJ Residential Real Estate Properties
Single Family Homes, Townhomes, and Condos in National Park New Jersey Gloucester County which is located in Southern New Jersey
National Park is a borough in Gloucester County, New Jersey, Despite its name, National Park is neither a national park nor associated with one. In 1777, during the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Army under command of George Washington constructed two forts on the Delaware River to block the approach to Philadelphia: Fort Mifflin on the Pennsylvania side and Fort Mercer on the New Jersey side in what is now National Park. The fort was named in honor of Brigadier General Hugh Mercer who had died earlier that year at the Battle of Princeton. A park, monument, and museum commemorate the fort on its original site. On October 22 of that year, in what is known as the Battle of Red Bank, an attack by 900 Hessian troops, serving under British Major General William Howe, who then occupied Philadelphia, was repelled, with heavy losses on the Hessian side (including the death of their commander, Colonel Carl Emil Kurt von Donop) by the 600 Continental defenders under Colonel Christopher Greene. After the loss of Fort Mifflin, Fort Mercer was abandoned without a fight when Lord Charles Cornwallis landed 2,000 British troops nearby on November 18. Beginning in 1895, the area was commercially developed as National Park on the Delaware as a religious resort / retreat for members of the Methodist Episcopal Church by James E. Lake, a reverend who also formed Ocean City, New Jersey. National Park was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 15, 1902, from portions of West Deptford Township. National Park borders West Deptford Township and the Delaware River.
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