County Receives $10,000 Grant for Red Bank Battlefield Project
(Woodbury, NJ) -- Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco announced today that the New Jersey Historical Commission has approved a grant of $13,032 to support the Red Bank Battlefield Signage Project.
Director Damminger said, “The grant will be used for the fabrication of new battlefield signs to be installed at the remains of Fort Mercer. The new battlefield signs will offer visitors a walking tour of the battlefield and will feature information about the fort, the soldiers who fought in the battle, the naval engagement on the Delaware River, and the impact the battle had on the Whitall family.”
In her announcement letter to Director Damminger, Sara R. Cureton, Director of the New Jersey Historical Commission stated, “The New Jersey Historical Commission’s budget for this round has remained limited, though the number of applications has risen dramatically. In this round, the Commission received more than twice the number of applications it received at this time last year, with funding requests totaling over four times the amount of funding available, so Red Bank Battlefield is to be highly congratulated on this success.”
Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco said, “Fort Mercer played a pivotal role in the American Revolutionary War and Gloucester County is proud to be stewards of this historical battlefield. The remains of Fort Mercer are located within Red Bank Battlefield Park along with the James and Ann Whitall House and both visited by thousands each year. This grant will help the county can add to the positive educational experience our visitors have at Red Bank Battlefield Park.”
Gloucester County is providing a $7,000 match. The signs will be installed this summer.