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Germans in New Jersey
Early in the nation’s history, the Garden State became home to thousands of Germans fleeing religious persecution. These Germans primarily settled in the upper Raritan Valley region. The towns in this region currently known as Long Valley and Oldwick were actually once referred to as German Valley and New Germantown. These German immigrants brought with them their industriousness, craftsmanship, and their coveted brewing skills, which would have a profound impact on the state. Due to the positive influence, Germans had on New Jersey, in 1983, the German Valley region in Long Valley was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Since being added to the register, sites in the region are now preserved and protected by the federal government. The preservation of these original buildings by German immigrants allows visitors the opportunity to experience the history of the region and the impact this immigrant group had on the state.
However, for those that are more interested in modern-day German culture and liveliness, there are plenty of opportunities. One opportunity to experience German heritage is by visiting Germania Park, a German-American cultural club founded in 1895 in Dover. The club fosters and promotes German language, music, culture, and traditions through their language school, Gesangverein (singing club), and festivals. Their Gesangverein offers members a fantastic opportunity to sing German songs and participate in performances, stage shows, and formal concerts. Another great thing about this club is that guests and members don’t have to wait until fall for Oktoberfest. Germania Park hosts two annual Oktoberfests beginning in June and September. In addition, there are also various Biergartenfests throughout the summer months. Whether visiting heritage sites, learning the language, or attending a festival, New Jersey has no shortage of opportunities to experience German culture.