Plainsboro, New Jersey: Tombstone of Elsie the Cow
- Heron Court, Plainsboro, NJ
- A few miles northeast of Princeton. Exit US Hwy 1 (north or south) at Scudder's Mill Rd, then turn right at the first light. This turns into Plainsboro Rd. After going over a small bridge, take the first right into the Walker-Gordon housing development. Take the first two rights (last one onto Heron Court) and park at the end of the dead end. The headstone is to the right next to the little gazebo, down by the pond.
Pay your respects at the gravestone of the most famous commercial cow in history. Her farm is now a townhouse development. The town museum maintains an exhibit. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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The gravestone of Elsie the Cow has been moved, and was rededicated in a ceremony on June 27. The headstone was displaced and put in storage a few years ago when the farm where it stood was turned into a housing development.... [07/25/1999] Complete News Story
Yes, the farm is being developed. However, the headstone has only moved a few hundred yards as the crow flies.
Take the Scudders Mill Road exit off Route 1. At the first traffic signal turn right; after you cross a small bridge, turn left at the next residential street, Pasture Lane. At the T, turn left onto Jeffers Road. The head stone is at the end of the street.[Scott, 01/02/1999]
More on Elsie the Cow's grave.
Sorry to let you know, but about 6 months ago, Elsie's remains were exhumed and her tombstone removed -- all to make way for yet another insipid suburban housing development in Plainsboro. I can see the headlines now, " RESIDENTS HAUNTED BY MYSTERIOUS COW BELLS."[Susan, 01/24/1998]
Elsie the Cow's grave: Although the history remains true, the site doesn't. Alas, following the demise of the Farms in the 70s, construction has begun for housing. To my knowledge, the preservation of this site was not in the minds of the developers.[Wayne R. Smith, 12/21/1997]
We visited it in January 1996. Since then, it's possible that the headstone has moved up the road a bit. From a newspaper account: "Although Mr. Jeffers said Wednesday he is uncertain exactly where the cow is buried, he said Elsie's grave is near the Jeffers' house on Jeffers Road, where the gravestone now stands."