“Ladies and gentlemen, this is Carl Phillips again, out at the Wilmuth farm, Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. Professor Pierson and myself made the eleven miles from Princeton in ten minutes. Well, I – I hardly know where to begin to paint for you a word picture of the strange scene before my eyes, like something out of a modern “Arabian Nights.”
Well, I just got here. I haven’t had a chance to look around yet. I guess that’s it. Yes, I guess – that’s the thing, directly in front of me, half buried in a vast pit. Must have struck with terrific force. The ground is covered with splinters of a tree it must have struck on its way down. What I can see of the object itself doesn’t look very much like a meteor, at least not the meteors I have seen. It looks more like a huge cylinder.”
The words above were broadcast the evening of October 30, 1938 and were from the Orson Welles radio show “War of the Worlds”. Although the stories of widespread panic the night of the broadcast are for the most part untrue, the radio broadcast did resonate with Americans, tense during the buildup to World War II.
Today visitors can view the spot where the aliens mentioned in the radio show landed. The local community has erected an eight foot high bronze monument to this unique event. Inscribed with a description of the evening and a picture of the alien craft from the story, the monument stands in a quiet location near a pond.
Know Before You Go
South side of Cranbury Rd just east of Mill Rd. In Van Nest Park, between the parking lot and the pond.