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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

North Plainfield couple donated Washington Rock Park

View from Washington Rock, dated 1907. (Courtesy Plainfield Public Library)

Satellite view of Washington Rock today (Google Maps).
An email from Susan Fraser of the Plainfield Garden Club is worth sharing --

We also loved all the recent coverage of the Centennial celebrations on the saving of Washington Rock.  However, we were sad that Mrs. McCutchen's name was not associated with what we call "our first conservation project."  She was one the NJ DAR chapter directors and it was she and her husband, Charles, that purchased the rock to save it.  They deeded it back to the state of NJ a year later.  Remember discovering the McCutchen Celtic Cross on top of the hill at Hillside Cemetery last year?  It was so exciting to see that it was placed in the site line of Washington Rock -- one of the McCutchens' great legacies to Plainfield and New Jersey.  Here is the direct link to her album:

Feel free to share this info with your readers....

The Plainfield Garden Club has a long history of involvement in the community and has been responsible for the maintenance of the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park since its inception.

The McCutchen family were members of the Plainfield Friends Meeting, lived in North Plainfield, and were responsible for the founding of what was the McCutchen Home in North Plainfield.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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