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Check Out A Piece Of New Jersey History

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New Jersey is filled with a ton of history and the Garden State has some pretty wild places that people can visit right in our own backyard.

For example, Napoleon Bonaparte's brother, Joseph Bonaparte, AKA Joseph Bottles lived in Bordentown, New Jersey. He had a sprawling 1500 acre estate equipped with secret tunnels and passageways leading from his mansion into the Delaware River.

Joseph Bonaparte had the nickname Joey Bottles because he would throw lavish parties on the grounds for all to attend. Actually, his house was considered the second grandest house in America behind the White House, but the mystery lies underground.

There are many conspiracy theories as to what these secret tunnels were used for. The tunnels could have been built as underground escape passages in case Bonaparte was under attack, as he had many enemies. Some say they were used to bring supplies from the Delaware into the house.

Archaeologist Michael Gall explained how exciting this property is for the history of New Jersey.

"This property in particular has been described as the crown jewel of historical archeology in the state," he said.

 

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