Turkey Day!

(Note the giant turkey sign in the back)

Happy Turkey Day from Turkey!

We’re not called Turkey anymore. But we used to be! See that turkey sign in the background? It reads: “290th Anniversary; Settlement of Turkey, New Jersey; 1720-2010”.

To quote a local pamphlet (In & About Union County… From Berkeley Heights to Winfield. 2010. Presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; p. 13), “According to local tradition, the name of this settlement was originally Turkey, but the name was changed to New Providence after the balcony of the church collapsed without causing loss of life.”

Pretty nifty, huh?

The Salt Box Museum (mostly shown here for its giant turkey sign in the background) is a haven of history for this town. I think. I haven’t been inside yet.

Anyway: I hope ya’ll in the United States (and elsewhere!) are having a peaceful Thanksgiving.

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