Monmouth Battlefield State Park is 3 mi. w. on SR 33 Bus. Rte. One of the longest Revolutionary War battles was fought here on June 28, 1778, when British troops on their way to New York were met by Gen. George Washington's troops from Valley Forge. The Americans matched British regulars in pitched battles for the first time. Exhibits at the visitor center relate the conflict. Guided tours of the Craig House, a 1746 farmhouse, are available.The privately owned Battleview Orchards, which have been farmed by the same local family since 1908, also are on the grounds. Visitors may pick their own strawberries in late May, cherries in late June, nectarines and peaches from mid- to late July, apples in early September and pumpkins in early October.Picnicking is permitted.
Hours: Park open daily 8-8, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; 8-6, day after Labor Day through mid-Oct. and early Apr.-day before Memorial Day weekend; 8-4:30, rest of year. Visitor center open daily 9-4. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.