FIRST -- Colony of Settlers of Finnish Blood - Pennsville, NJ
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N 39° 40.307 W 075° 30.231
18S E 456786 N 4391450
Quick Description: A large bronze tablet is set inside an even larger, roughly hewn, red stone monument bearing the history of this region and the first recorded arrival of Finnish immigrants.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 11/25/2010 6:26:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMA708
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Zork V
Views: 2

Long Description:

This historic marker is very old, over 72 years old and it still looks terrific. The N.J. historic marker can be found in front of the St George's Episcopal Church, on the left side, standing in the grass, about 4 feet tall.

I found this on the site listed below: For many years the Finns on the New Jersey side made the trip to Fort Christina to attend church. Finally the east shore settlers set up their own churches, first at Raccoon Creek, Swedesboro and then one at present Churchtown. With the passage of time, both churches became Episcopal parishes. St. George's Parish retains the name which it had when the first Finns and Swedes built a log church about 24 feet square on the site. Its present church was selected by the New Sweden Tercentenary Commission of New Jersey as the Appropriate site for the dedication of a memorial plaque on June 30, 1938 commemorating the pioneer settlement of this section of which the largest was that of Finn Point.

The marker reads

1638 ..............................1938
Near Here
300 Years Ago and Later
Lived the First Colony Of
Settlers of Finnish Blood
Upon This Continent **
To Their Memory and To
The Love of Freedom And
Justice that They Handed
Down to Their Descendants
This Tablet is Erected
June 30, 1938
New Sweden Tercentenary
Commission of New Jersey
D. Stewart Craven, Chairman

FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 1/1/1638

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