New Jersey Has A State Rock And It Has A Fascinating History

Every state has its own official symbols and designations…birds, bugs, fruits, mottos…but there are also some unofficial state items just waiting for a status upgrade. In order to become official, the state Legislature has to adopt the item and sign documentation to acknowledge that recognition. These promotions to official status often occur for tourism or history-related reasons, though there are certain official items I can’t explain (New Jersey’s state dance? The Square Dance.). Though these designations may not seem like a big deal, the debates behind them can get pretty heated.

In 2003, there was a big battle over the state fruit. Some thought it should be the tomato, certainly Jersey staples. Others argued the blueberry was more significant and, ultimately, it won out. When it comes to state rock, there’s only one contender…

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

If you’ve got some free time and are interested in making a lasting impact on local history, you can organize a group and campaign to make the state rock official – or maybe you’d prefer we have an official state dessert like Missouri. They chose the ice cream cone, but I think the Garden State should have something like Blueberry Pie, or perhaps the cannoli…what do you think?

If you want to get your hands on that New Jersey rock kit I mentioned earlier, you can purchase them here. You’ll get 17 rock and sediment samples, a 20-page booklet, and a geologic map of New Jersey for $16. How fun! If you’re interested in expanding your adventures beyond the Garden State, subscribe to our bucket list newsletter.