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This list is not a complete one--there are additional historic places of note that will be added soon.

George Craft III House - built about 1885, it was the home of Quaker author, Elizabeth Gray Vining, in 1951 and 1952. She wrote her book "Windows for the Crown Prince," while living here. (Private Residence)

Death of the Fox Tavern -
located on King's Highway in Mount Royal; built in 1727; located in Mount Royal. Used as a recruiting station during the American Revolution; meeting place of the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club; Col. Bodo Otto, Jr. a surgeon in General George Washington's army died here. [this building has now been deemed eligible for the New Jersey Historic Register, it is a Private Residence]

Eglington Cemetery - located on King's Highway in Clarksboro; the oldest (still in continuous operation) cemetery in the United States. Located in Clarksboro. Originally the land was set apart as a cemetery by John Eglington in his last will and testament in 1776. Jeffrey Clark and other members of the Clark family (for whom Clarksboro is named) are buried here. Their original burial ground was at the corner of the lot where the Death of the Fox Tavern now sits, extending under the railroad track to the corner of what is now Gattuso's garage lot. [Ordinarily cemeteries, birthplaces, graves of historical figures, typically are not be considered eligible for the National Register. However this cemetery has importance to our township on a local level, due to many of our founding residents being buried here].

Haines Pork Shop -
located on King's Highway in Mickleton; built around 1865 it is possibly the oldest business in Mickleton, still in existence (and being used for its original purpose).

William Harrison House - located on Kings Highway in Mickleton, This house is believed to have been built c1746 for William Harrison on land heired from his father, Samuel Harrison. (Private Residence)

Lippincott Cemetery - the ancient burial ground of the Lippincott family, notably of Restore & Deborah (Cooper) Lippincott. Located in Clarksboro, it is located within the Shady Lane complex.

Margaret Wells Anderson House - Stone portion believed to have been built c1770 for Margaret Wells Albertson on land heired from her grandfather, William Harrison. Margaret and her husband Aaron Albertson lived there from 1770-1784 (Private Residence)

Justice-Peaslee House - located on King's Highway in Clarksboro; built by Nicholas Justice/Justison ca. 1747 of hand hewn pine; owned by Thomas Clark from 1777-1809 (Clarksboro is named after his family, Private Residence).

Little Red Schoolhouse - built in 1810 as a Friend's School, and the first school house in Mickleton. Currently maintained by the Mickleton Society of Friends, through their Little Red Schoolhouse Committee. [Listed on the HABS and HAER] [A community building owned by the Mickleton Friends]

Mickleton Friends Meeting House - located on the corner of King's Highway and Democrat Road; built in 1799 on a 2-acre plot, donated by both Samuel Mickle and Samuel Tonkin. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [National Historic Register]

Otto-Tonkin House
[aka Bodo Otto House] - located on King's Highway in Mickleton and was built before 1771; was the home of Col. Bodo Otto, Jr. (who was stationed at Valley Forge with General George Washington) and his family. The "Battle of Saunder's Run" was fought nearby. The British partially burned this house. [Township commemorative marker, National Historic Register, Private Residence]

Peaslee, Main House -
located on Kings Highway, this house was built in 1876 by the Peaslee family. It was the birthplace of Ambassador Amos J. Peaslee (an international lawyer and ambassador to Australia from 1953-1956 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower). A debate society at Swarthmore College is named after him. [Submitted to the NJ Historic Register for eligibility, Private Residence].

Mantua Creek Bridge -
In 1777, the bridge in Mount Royal that passed over this River was destroyed by American patriots in an attempt to slow the advance of the British army. It was rebuilt in November 1777 by the British. [Township commemorative marker]

Mount Royal Inn -
located at the crossroads of King's Highway and North Street; an early inn built about 1762; in 1869 it was used by the U.S. army as its headquarters in New Jersey. [Township commemorative marker]

Solomon's Graveyard - located on Wolfert Station Road in Mickleton, NJ; established in 1741 by Solomon Lippincott as a Quaker burial ground. Many of the township's early settlers and founders are buried here. [See notation above under "Eglington Cemetery" notes].

St. Peter's Churchyard/Colonial Cemetery - located on King's Highway near the crossroads in Mount Royal; through primary evidence it is known that this lot was the location of St. Peter's original church and cemetery when it was established there. The stone wall surrounding this cemetery are from the original St. Peter's Church built about 1767. Some of the early settlers of East Greenwich are buried here. A description of this original church can be found at the St. Peter's Church link below.

St. Peters Protestant Episcopal Church -
originally built of stone in Mount Royal. This new (current) church was built in Clarksboro in 1845. The stones from the older church were used to wall in the church yard and cemetery that still exists in Mt. Royal (see above). [Listed on the New Jersey Historic Register]

Zion United Methodist Church -
the current structure in Clarksboro was built in 1883, although the history of this congregation goes back to at least 1770. The graveyard behind the church dates back to at least 1859.

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