Harold Norbury

Every once in a while I come across a story of an East Amwell resident that bears repeating. Such was the strange and uplifting tale of Harold Norbury as told in a Democrat article from 1961. Born in Ringoes in 1886, Harold Norbury worked on local farms and when he...

The Ringoes Pottery

  If you stand in the front yard of East Amwell School and look south, down the driveway of the now horse farm and up the side of the hill to what was known as Dawlis Mills, you can see the area of where the colonial Ringoes Pottery once flourished. In 1913 the...

“The Hill of Missing Men” – The Dark Side of the Sourlands

Up until recent times the Sourlands were not only inhospitable but plain dangerous to wander around in. They did not get the name of “the hills of missing men” or “the Bermuda Triangle of Central Jersey” for nothing. In several articles about the area in the 1800’s...

The Rise and Fall of Lt. Col. William Chamberlain

When the Revolutionary War began the ranks of the Hunterdon Militia swelled with Amwell men. One such participant was William Chamberlain. Chamberlain’s parents, Lewis and Lucretia came over the Sourland Mountains from Hopewell and settled on land along the stream...

Ringoes Vigilant Society

Yes, Vigilantes in East Amwell! For over 54 years, from 1885 until 1939 there existed in East Amwell, The Ringoes Vigilant Society. It was set up as “a society that would pursue and apprehend horse thieves, robbers, tramps and incendiaries, or other such criminals or...

The Strange Ministry of Rev. Andrew Morton

In the recent East Amwell Cemetery Tour, I told the story of St. Andrew’s Church in Ringoes and of the strange ministry of its earliest priest, Rev. Andrew Morton. Taken from “A History of East Amwell, 1700-1800” it bears repeating again. In the early 1700’s, English,...