7 Blocks around Perth Amboy station in New Jersey

7 Blocks

July 6, 2012 8:45:16 AM PDT
Next stop on the New Jersey Transit's North Jersey coast line?Perth Amboy. And the first point of interest is the station itself. The building built in the 1920's is listed on the national register of historic places.

The city is rich in history, but there is a reason it's called the city by the bay, and it's located just beyond seven blocks of the station.

Raritan Bay draws thousands of boaters and sightseers alike every year.

"It's beautiful?it's a wonderful place to be. I don't think there is anything prettier in the world than our view from Perth Amboy," community leader Barry Rosengarten said.

From the second oldest yacht club in the country you can watch everything from regattas to sailing classes.

Just south of the yacht club is Hummingbird Garden and a butterfly garden lovingly tended to by neighborhood volunteers.

"The Hummingbird Gardens were designed with flowers to attract hummingbirds, so if you are sitting here early in the morning you can see them here all milling around," Lisa Nanton, a volunteer at the garden said.

But if you are a history buff, Perth Amboy does not disappoint. About 6 blocks from the station is the sole remaining royal governor's mansion in the country.

It is where the last royal governor of New Jersey under British rule lived. It is called the pro-prietary house. In fact for 84 years, Perth Amboy was the state capital.

Seven blocks from the station is city hall, the oldest municipal building in the United States still in service.

"Perth Amboy is celebrating this year [turning] 329 years old," Mayor Wilda Diaz said.

A bill of rights arch commemorates where the Bill of Rights was first signed and ratified in the United States.

A block and half away is the St. Peter's Episcopal Church where among many historic and famous figures you will find the burial location for the first African American to ever vote in the country, Thomas Mundy.

Before you head back on the train, stop by the Raritan Bay coffee shop located at the station itself. Here you can take in some local art, check out the tourist center and enjoy a good cup of Joe.

"We are 22 miles from Manhattan and all major roads of New Jersey criss cross, virtually at Perth Amboy," Tracy Jordan of the Raritan Bay coffee company said.

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