Forked River, New Jersey: Painted Rock - American Flag Rock

Random boulder along a road through the remote Pine Barrens is maintained with patriotic paint job and surrounded by flags. Was painted regularly (and mysteriously) with holiday and other cheery themes right up until 9/11/2001.

Address:
Rt. 539, Forked River, NJ
Directions:
North of Rt. 72 for 5.7 miles, between mile marker 19 and 20, southbound side.
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American Flag Rock

There's a rock painted like an American flag along the roadside in the middle of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It's surrounded by American flags, service flags, and POW/MIA flag. No info posted as to why it's there.

[Vince, 05/20/2012]

The rock was supposedly abandoned in the sandy, rockless Pine Barrens by a tractor trailer truck transporting boulders to Barnegat lighthouse. Painted mysteriously for years (and finally revealed to be mostly the work of Edward Gillesheimer), since 9//11/2001 it has manifested a patriotic theme painted by others.


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In the region:
Smiley Face Water Tower, Marlton, NJ - 28 mi.

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