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James Parker Press Park

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<p>The Parker Press Park is a noble effort. The small park and the recreation of a printing press office on it was built in 1976 as an attempt to pay tribute to James Parker, a Revolutionary War patriot and a Woodbridge Founding Father.</p>
<p>Thing is, nobody knows exactly where his printing press was located, so the Rahway Ave. site is a good compromise.</p> <p>Parker brought the first printing press to New Jersey. He was a printing colleague of Benjamin Franklin, and Parker published New Jersey's first magazine. He also printed broadsides, books, and even New Jersey currency, with a distinctive tobacco leaf on it and the words, "To Counterfit Is To Die."</p> <p>But like his printing press, nobody knows exactly where he is buried. It's somewhere in the White Church cemetery, but the headstone disappeared long ago.</p> <p>The park is fenced off and opened irregularly. It host arts and crafts festivals, children's events, beer fests, and serves as a Civil War encampment.</p>
428 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
(732) 634-4500
  • Hours: Irregular; call municipal building for details.
  • Accessible: yes
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