I’m sure lots of people who grew up in an old east coast town can say their hometown was special, but I know mine was. Growing up in Union, you were surrounded by lots of history and special things.
The 3rd town settled in New Jersey back in 1667.
Home of the ‘Battle of Connecticut Farms’ – one of the last battles of the Revolutionary War
A Revolutionary War cannon still stands at the triangle near the center of town – and I may or may not know some of the people involved with temporarily ‘relocating’ it during the early 80’s
A cemetery behind Connecticut Farms Church, filled with Revolutionary era gravestones – you used to be able to do rubbings, but they’ve since ended that practice.
Named an all-American city in the mid-70’s
Home of the world’s tallest watersphere
The ‘Flagship’ (if you are from the area, you understand)
Home to nationally-ranked football teams in the early 80’s.
Hometown of Joe Collins, Elliot Maddox, and Larry Kubin.
But, all of it paled in comparison to being the home of the Smarties factory!
It’s right next door to the high school, so it was something you saw every day. No self-respecting teen living in Union could go trick-or-treating and not stop by Lousons Road after school on Halloween. Unheard of!
All these years later, no matter when I see them, I wax nostalgic for home.