Some of the counties in the state of New Jersey are Essex, Sussex and Cape May. Middlesex County is another New Jersey county that includes the East Jersey Old Town Village, a preservation and reconstruction of life in the county during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Essex County's history dates back to the 1600s when settlers first arrived and purchased land from natives. The East Jersey legislature formalized the creation of Essex County in 1682. Essex County is the first U.S. county to boast a county park system. The county's modern park system features public parks, golf courses, tennis, ice skating and a zoo.
Sussex County takes its name from Sussex, England. Newton is the county seat of Sussex County, and the county includes Hamburg, Hopatcong, Ogdensburg and Stanhope. Sussex is the northernmost county in the state of New Jersey.
The Lenni Lenape Native Americans made summer homes in Cape May before the arrival of Europeans. The Native American influence in the county continues today, as several of the paths cleared by Native Americans developed into modern roads. The 1st Cape May County Militia organized in 1775 and took part in the Battle of Germantown. British ships occupied the Delaware Bay during the War of 1812. Several militia groups organized in Cape May during the U.S. Civil War.
Middlesex County historical attractions illustrate the merchant culture that dominated the county in the 18th and 19th centuries. Residents of Middlesex County also take credit for developing the first antibiotics and the modern band-aid. Pharmeceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson remains a major business presence in the county.