Landing, once a bustling port on the Raritan River, has all but
disappeared from the landscape. Only the names Landing Lane and the
Landing Lane Bridge hint at the community that once flourished and spread
to the east and west along River Road.
Landing was a bustling town, dense with businesses, rich with a variety
of trades and skills. Here imports arrived from Europe and the Caribbean,
while goods and produce of New Jersey were loaded on ships for export.
was exciting, international and
cosmopolitan. But the Revolutionary War took its toll: the Delaware
and Raritan Canal siphoned trade and New Brunswick won the coveted
terminus of the railroads. These developments tolled a death knell for the
invite you to enter the world of Raritan Landing, as told
through the objects and artifacts of its citizens, the soldiers who camped
here, and the stories uncovered through archaeology.