New Jersey and railroads go way back, all the way to 1815 when the state granted John Stevens of Hoboken the first railroad charter in the U.S. Although Stevens’s New Jersey Railroad was never constructed, the Camden & Amboy Railroad, under the direction of Stevens’s sons, began service between South Amboy and Bordentown in 1833, the first of many railroads to lay track across the Garden State. This program provides a glimpse of a New Jersey long gone—one in which you could get practically anywhere by rail.
Presenter Mike McCann, during his 21 years with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, examined the histories of properties. He reviewed aerial photographs from 1930 to the present under a stereo microscope while in the process of determining whether land qualified for New Jersey’s Green Acres Program. Since his retirement, he has created presentations of scanned aerial images highlighting the changes that have occurred in the landscape of the region. Mike enthusiastically shares his wide-ranging knowledge, fun quirky facts, and riveting stories in his magnificent shows!