Hancock House (Lower Alloways Creek Township, New Jersey)


Hancock House (Lower Alloways Creek Township, New Jersey)

The Hancock House is a historic structure in the Hancock's Bridge section of Lower Alloways Creek Township, New Jersey. It was the site of the 1778 Hancock's Bridge massacre. [ [http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/historic/hancockhouse/hancockhouse-index.htm NJDEP-Parks and Forests-Centennial of NJ State Historic Site ] ] The site is on the National Register of Historic Places.

History

Built in 1734 for Judge William and Sarah Hancock, the house featured a blue glazed brick pattern, which gave the year of construction, 1734, and the initials of the couple for whom is was built, 'W S' for William and Sarah. William died in 1762, and passed th house to his son William, also a judge.

The Massacre

British troops, frustrated by rebel resistance, crossed Alloway's Creek in the early morning of March 21, 1778. They entered the house in the early morning of March 21, and attacked all the members of the local militia. Under the orders of Major J. G. Simcoe they were to "spare no one"

References

External links

* [http://coastalheritagetrail.tripod.com/hancock_house.htm The Story of the Hancock House]


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