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November 3, 2006


Contact: Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994
Darlene Yuhas (609) 984-1795



(06/67) TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today announced that Rockingham, the final headquarters of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War, will receive $50,000 toward ongoing efforts to restore the site as an 18th-century farmstead.

“New Jersey is proud to be known as the Crossroads of the American Revolution,” Commissioner Jackson said. “As we take another step toward preserving this major landmark in our nation’s struggle for independence, we also are reminded that many other historic sites throughout the state need care. Next week, New Jersey voters will have an opportunity to demonstrate their concern for these sites, our state parks and wildlife management areas.”

The funding will be used to construct a foundation for a historic barn donated by the Rockingham Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the preservation of Rockingham. The addition of a barn and other amenities will return the farmstead to its likeness during the time General Washington and his wife Martha occupied the property. While residing at Rockingham in 1783, General Washington learned that America gained freedom from British rule and wrote his Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States.

The site is significant in the newly designated Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, announced recently by the National Park Service. New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt was a key sponsor of the legislation that designated New Jersey as one of the nation’s newest National Heritage Areas.

On Nov. 7, New Jersey voters will be asked to consider a constitutional amendment that would provide a dedicated source of funding - $15 million a year until 2015 and $32 million annually beginning in 2016 - for maintenance and capital improvements at historic sites, state parks and wildlife areas. Without requiring any new taxes, Public Question 2 would allow revenues already generated through the Corporate Business Tax Fund to be used for maintenance and capital-improvement projects.

Voters' approval of Public Question 2 would guarantee a stable source of state funding every year for such projects at sites throughout New Jersey.

To learn more about Public Question 2, visit




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