The Past Still Present

Revolutionary War New Jersey in Photos

A new coffee table book by Al Frazza

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A Visual Exploration of New Jersey’s Rich Revolutionary War History.

The Past Still Present: Revolutionary War New Jersey in Photos is sure to please local history enthusiasts, Revolutionary War era buffs, proud New Jerseyans, or anyone who simply enjoys beautiful photographs. It is also the perfect commemoration of the upcoming United States Semiquincentennial for New Jersey residents who want to understand and celebrate the history around them.

The photos in this beautiful hardcover coffee table book depict the many aspects of New Jersey’s connections to its Revolutionary War past. There are images of statues, monuments, historic houses, and cemeteries, as well as nature photos taken at the sites where battles and encampments once occurred. Locations related to famous figures such as Washington, Hamilton, and Franklin are juxtaposed with other places connected to ordinary local citizens who lived through the upheaval of life during the Revolutionary War. Through these images and their captions, we see the past is still with us — in the buildings, roads, rivers, and nature that surround us.

The photos were all taken by Al Frazza, the creator of the RevolutionaryWarNewJersey.com website, photographed during his travels to document and catalogue the Revolutionary War historic sites in his home state.

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The Past Still Present: Revolutionary War New Jersey in Photos


“First came the RevolutionaryWarNewJersey.com website, then the book State of Revolution: My Seven and a Half Year Journey Through Revolutionary War New Jersey. Now Al Frazza completes the trilogy with The Past Still Present: Revolutionary War New Jersey in Photos, a stunning array of color views, featuring many of the sites from his revolutionary road trips. Avoid the temptation to page through this volume quickly, but rather study each photo carefully to both enjoy the art and to appreciate how much Revolutionary War history still exists in New Jersey. From Fort Lee in the north to Turtle Gut Inlet in Wildwood, Frazza presents both familiar and new scenes, historic buildings, and numerous monuments, all combining to offer a 250 year overview of the Cockpit of the Revolution. Whether you are a student of the period or simply a Jersey advocate, this volume deserves a place in your library. Very well done!”
– Bill Welsch, President of American Revolution Round Table of Richmond, and Co-Founder of the Congress of American Revolution Round Tables


“Historian Al Frazza has done it again! The author of 2022’s State of Revolution: My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey Through Revolutionary War New Jersey, his helpful nudge to readers that Revolutionary War history is everywhere one turns in the Garden State, has just published a companion piece, The Past Still Present: Revolutionary War New Jersey in Photos.
“In about 150 pages of beautiful, serene, and informative photographs taken by the author himself, Frazza takes readers on yet another tour across the state, through cemeteries and colonial buildings, battlefield sites and waterfronts, in a visual search for New Jersey’s Revolutionary War past.
“All in all, The Past Still Present: Revolutionary War New Jersey in Photos is a notable and singular accomplishment, reminding us, should we ever happen to forget, that we have so much to be proud of here, as residents of a major player in the American Revolution and just the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.”
– David Brighouse, Owner/Publisher of TAPinto Rahway and TAPinto Clark


“In his book, The Past Still Present: Revolutionary War New Jersey in Photos, Al Frazza gives an amazing account of the rich history of New Jersey through beautiful photos. This book is a must have for anyone who is interested in the history of New Jersey or the Revolutionary War. It also serves as a great resource for teaching the subject or a guide to use to go out and visit these historic places on your own. This book is a wonderful remembrance of the brave men and women who fought or served our country in other ways for the cause of freedom and a wonderful reminder of how much of that history is still alive today.”
– Ashley Ziccardi, Honorary Chapter Regent of the Chinkchewunska Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), and the Curator of the DAR Van Bunschooten Museum


“New Jersey historian Al Frazza first focused his interest in the Revolutionary War by exhaustive research and then by creating the website RevolutionaryWarNewJersey.com, which tells of and illustrates Revolutionary War sites in all of New Jersey. Much of this information brilliantly now appears in a hardcover coffee table book titled, The Past Still Present.
“Historic sites in each of New Jersey’s twenty-one counties appear in the book, along with historical information about the sites, including information about the wartime participants. This is a perfect book or gift for all those interested in the early history of our nation, illustrated with beautiful photographs of places they may wish to visit and discover for themselves.”
– Beverly Haaf, Editor and Publisher of the Beverly Bee newspaper, Burlington County, NJ


“More battles and skirmishes were fought, and George Washington spent more time in New Jersey than any other state. Al Frazza spent seven and a half years creating the definitive chronicle of New Jersey Revolutionary War sites. His masterful work can be found at RevolutionaryWarNewJersey.com. From his journey, he has created The Past Still Present: Revolutionary War New Jersey in Photos. With excellent photos of New Jersey’s many heritage gems, this coffee table book should be in every New Jersey home and library and gifted to anyone interested in the American War for Independence.”
– Roger S. Williams, State Historian, New Jersey Society, Sons of the American Revolution


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