Historical society will mark 40th anniversary

Members have been dedicated to preserving local history

The Battleground Historical Society's dedication to preserving the history of the Manalapan-Englishtown area has stretched over more than a generation. The group will celebrate its 40th anniversary later this month.

According to the society's Internet website, www.thevillageinn.org, the organization was founded on Nov. 19, 1969, under the leadership of Evelyn Harrod and Stanley Lehrer. The group was named the official historical society of Englishtown.
Dorothy McCue, a trustee of the historical society, said the highlight of the group's history has to be saving the Village Inn, which sits at the corner of Main and Water streets in Englishtown.
"When Manalapan Township put the Village Inn up for sale, rumor had it that the site would become a gas station. We were able to save and refurbish the inn, and the members of the Battleground Historical Society take a lot of pride in being its caretakers and proprietors," McCue said.

James S. Brown's book "Manalapan in Three Centuries" states that the Village Inn, once named the Herbert Inn after one of its early owners, Daniel Herbert, was founded circa 1726. Gen. George Washington established the Herbert Inn as his headquarters in 1778 during the Battle of Monmouth. The papers for Gen. Charles Lee's court martial are dated from the Englishtown site.
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