One can imagine General George Washington gallantly riding his horse during the American Revolutionary War and leading his army to victory. George Washington, who was born on February 22, 1723 in Westmoreland County, Virginia, became the first president of the United States in 1789. He was responsible for creating our free nation and liberating the 13 colonies from the rule of King George III. He brought the greatest thinkers and patriots together to create the constitution of the United States. Since General George Washington came to Newark, New Jersey, he is immortalized in our great city.
General George Washington traveled on horseback to Newark, New Jersey and fought for our freedom in the American Revolutionary War. At Washington Park in Newark, New Jersey, a park named in honor of President George Washington, there is a bronze statue; John Massey Rhind created the sculpture in 1914. During the American Revolutionary War, Washington also camped at Elwood Park in Newark, with his soldiers, in 1776.
There is a legend that says Washington, who was a friend of Samuel Plume’s grandson, stopped at the Plume House, the second oldest house in Newark, built in 1728, after the battle of Long Island in November 1776. When Washington stayed five days in Newark, it is very likely that he was a guest at the Plume House. The Plume family was very patriotic and richest family in Newark.
Washington also visited the children at the Lyons Farms Schoolhouse, a school that was built in 1784, which is still well preserved and now located at the Newark Museum garden. One can imagine how excited the youngsters were when they saw Washington.
Our city of Newark has a very rich heritage and the fact that Washington, our forefather, came to Newark is a fascinating story that we can pass on to future generations.