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Property Name Raven Rock Historic District
Reference Number 15000774
State New Jersey
County Hunterdon
Town Delaware Township
Street Address Route 29; Quarry Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 11/10/2015
Areas of Significance COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000774.pdf
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The Raven Rock Historic District possesses significance under Criteria A and C in the areas of community development and architecture with a period of significance of c. 1800 to 1935. The hamlet, exemplifies the smallest of the agglomerate settlements that developed in the region during the 18th and 19th centuries around such focal points as a mill, church, crossroads store or tavern to serve the dispersed agricultural community, but declined as economic activity concentrated in places better served by transportation connections and geography. The district's architectural significance derives from its assemblage of modest early stone and frame buildings whose construction, form, detailing and spatial organization are representative of the rural region's domestic architecture during the 19th century, its tavern and dwelling/store being of particular note. The period of significance begins c. 1800, by which date a mill hamlet had begun to coalesce there, and ends c. 1935, in which year the local post office closed and around which time quarry operations ceased. Notwithstanding the loss of some early fabric to modern alterations, the Raven Rock Historic District retains its essential integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association. In addition, although Criterion D significance is not claimed, archaeological resources relating to the area's 18th- and 19th-century material culture also may be present in the environs of district buildings and sites.

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