Here in New Jersey, we are surrounded by American History.

From major battles in Morristown, Princeton, and Trenton...to skirmishes everywhere in between.

We are so used to this (or unaware, possibly), that we take little notice.

I was walking on a recent sunny afternoon when I came across the Historical Marker seen at the top of the page.

Read it. (Craig Allen photo)

I read the marker...and learned something.

I can almost see tents...mess kits...and campfires... (Craig Allen photo)

I didn't know that the troops encamped where the Manville (Somerset County) Public Library stands today...(and throughout the general area, as the marker states).

Do yourself a favor...the next time you see a Historical Marker, take a few moments out of your hectic New Jersey life...and read it.

Here in New Jersey, we live, work, and walk in the footsteps of history.

New Jersey was...and is...an important part of this story we call "America."

After all, New Jersey is the "Crossroads of the Revolution."

I've had this since I was a kid. (Craig Allen photo)

And, some of our New Jersey towns have "nicknames," too.

NJ towns and their nicknames

Now, let's go back in time to "America's Playground," the NJ shore city that gave the world Salt Water Taffy...

Travel back in time to a colorized Atlantic City circa 1919

Atlantic City was once considered 'America's Playground,' one of the most popular destinations along the eastern seaboard. This video shows what the boardwalk looked like during its peak. These are some standout screengrabs.

Isn't New Jersey really a great place to live, after all?

The many reasons why we're so happy living in New Jersey

New Jersey was recently ranked as the happiest state in the country by a Wallethub survey. What makes us all so happy here in the Garden State? That's the question Steve Trevelise posed to his social media following, here's some of what they came up with.