Today Mount Rose is just a crossroads in the woods between Princeton, Pennington, and Hopewell but, in 1875, it was selected as the starting point for a comprehensive survey of New Jersey, the first topographical survey of a U.S. state ever published.

Eminent Princeton University archivist John Delaney will describe the rich history of New Jersey through its cartography at the Hopewell Train Station on Wednesday, March 4, from 7:00-8:00pm. His presentation incorporates state and local history and emphasizes the unique journey New Jersey took from 1666 to 1888.

Delaney’s presentation will be based on his newly published book, Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888. This robust, heavily illustrated book commemorates the 350th anniversary of the state’s naming. Both of the book’s two editions will be on sale and available for signing by the author.

John Delaney recently retired from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University Library where he was curator of its Historic Maps Collection.

The presentation is free and sponsored by Hopewell Public Library as part of its Wednesday Night Out series.

All are welcome and advance registration is not required. For more information, call 609-466-1625 or go to

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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