Phillips Park

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From: Rider's Newark 1916

This park is a portion of an old camping ground twice used by the American forces during the Revolution, first in 1776, when Washington and his staff spent three or four days in Newark during the retreat to Trenton, and while part of his army went on to Springfield to camp, one detachment encamped here, and, secondly, in 1779, Gen. Anthony Wayne encamped on this ground for some time, and held many conferences with his officers in the old Phillips farmhouse. The triangular plot forming the present park was presented to Newark by John Morris Phillips, a descendant of this family.

In May, 1916, a large boulder, bearing a bronze tablet as a memorial to Gen. Washington, Gen. Wayne and the soldiers who fought under them, was placed here by the Nova Caesarea Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution.