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Shabakunk

COORDINATES

MUNICIPALITY

COUNTY

VISIT ORDER

40° 14' 57.930" N   /   74° 46' 26.112" W

TRENTON

MERCER

46  |  65B

NOTES

The Shabakunk is a tributary creek of the Assunpink, and meanders through parts of Lawrence, Ewing, Trenton, and Hopewell.

While pretty diminutive in size and presence in the area, the creek does hold a bit of history from the Revolutionary War:


Under the command of Colonel Edward Hand, a successful delaying action was fought at the Shabakunk Creek near Lawrence Road which prevented British forces from reaching Trenton before nightfall on January 2, 1777. This skirmish was part of the Second Battle of Trenton. [reference]

 

We had initially visited one of the small blue 'point of interest' signs detailing its history next to the Notre Dame High School in Lawrence, but its placement made for a bit of an underwhelming photo— the creek isn't even visible through the brush surrounding the sign.

We decided to keep looking for a better spot to check off our list, and this small and somewhat featureless park about 2 miles away at least offered a sign with a bit more character.