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New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Black Creek Site

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Heritage Tourism
Grant Award: $18,750 (2009); $5,107 (2018)
Grant Recipient: Vernon Township Historical Society
County: Sussex
Municipality: Vernon

The Black Creek Site is an archaeological site consisting of 40 acres of field, partial woodland, and a creek. Its period of significance spans nearly 10,000 years, extending from approximately 8,000 BC to 1740. It is believed that the Black Creek Site served as a hub of Native American subsistence pursuits, settlement behavior and social activities. The site is also important for its associations with a major legal challenge to the NJ Register Act. 

Acquired by Wawayanda State Park from Vernon Township, the site now features a hiking trail and an outdoor classroom. The Black Creek Site is in good condition and is maintained by the township under direction of the Historical Society. 

The 2018 grant helped fund the fabrication of six wayside interpretive signs. The 2009 Trust grant helped fund the preparation of an interpretive plan for the site. 

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