By Susan Kronberg | Special to NJ Advanced Media for
on August 18, 2015 at 11:53 AM, updated August 18, 2015 at 12:49 PM

As Elizabeth’s Mayor Christian J. Bollwage has declared, “We’ve been celebrating in Elizabeth for 350 years … and we’re just getting started.” The city will mark its 351st birthday in October, and that’s a lot of history to commemorate.

Founded in 1664, Elizabeth is New Jersey’s first capital city and is home to the battlefields of a number of pivotal conflicts during the American Revolution. Historical reminders are everywhere in Elizabeth, from its monuments and statues to its museums and architecture. The facts and artifacts are fascinating, and you don’t need a time machine to immerse yourself in its rich history; a sturdy pair of walking shoes will do.

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