All Roads Lead to Pittstown, the eighth local history book by popular author and speaker Stephanie Stevens, is off the press. Copies are available from the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Building One of the Route 12 County Complex, Flemington; the Hunterdon County Historical Society, 114 Main Street, Flemington; and the Readington Township Library, 255 Main Street, Whitehouse Station. The price is $5.
The book highlights the personalities and actions of 18th and 19th century men who controlled and created the village while making history. At the crossroads of activity, Pittstown swirled with action in the fight for American independence and some 70 years later was the hub of manufacturing in Hunterdon.
In particular, she highlights three men who, in turn, created and controlled Pittstown: Charles Hoff, who founded Hoff’s Mills; Moore Furman, Deputy Quartermaster General of New Jersey who renamed the village Pitts Town; and Hiram Deats, an entrepreneur who became the county’s first millionaire. The surprising stories she tells of other 18th century figures of history whose actions touched Pittstown include Christopher Ludwig, James Parker, Gen. Burgoyne, and Brigadier Gen. John Sullivan.
In the 19th century, the arrival of train service in Pittstown proved a boon to the surrounding peach farmers who could then ship their product to large metropolitan markets in one day. When the trains stopped running, Pittstown drifted into the quiet village it is today with only memories of its past glory.
The Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission develops programs to promote interest and participation in and understanding of local arts, culture and historic events. Financial support for the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission’s general operations and programs is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.