When U.S. 1 vacated the ramshackle farmhouse at the corner of Mapleton Road and Route 1 in 1992, we moved to a more corporate environment on Roszel Road, and we thought we had left Mapleton Road behind us. But we keep finding stories along this little country road that runs from Route 1 to Kingston.
It changes its name along the way to Seminary Road but, whatever you call it, it has always been a bucolic drive, with the canal and the Millstone River or Lake Carnegie on one side, and St. Joseph’s Seminary and the Princeton Nurseries’ land on the other.
Through the years naturalist, writer, and poet Carolyn Foote Edelmann has provided many a nature tale of her sojourns on this stretch of the canal and Carnegie Lake. In fact, if you have this year’s U.S. 1 Calendar on your wall, you will see her nature photographs taken here. The November page will show the Millstone River near the Mapleton bridges.
Water is a perennially good subject, and for us, the Millstone River, the canal, and Carnegie Lake are the equivalent of the three rivers in Pittsburgh. We investigated impure water at the Millstone River apartments in 1986, put Jim Amon of the D&R Canal Commission on the cover in 1991, and did a story on fishing from the Millstone River with a photo of Safeguard Business Systems’ Jim Cramer in his skiff.
Old houses on Mapleton Road provided fodder for two cover stories, one on the Benjamin Gray House and how it turned into office space, and another piece on the man who hoped to take apart an old house and move it south.
More people learned about this road when, to the north, Princeton Forrestal Village was built, followed by Windrows (the healthcare complex) and Barclay Square (the apartment complex). At that point some of Mapleton Road’s fans began to wonder whether the acres down by the water could remain untouched.
Happily a substantial portion of the land between Mapleton and the road will be preserved, thanks to an agreement that is documented in Edelmann’s article, which begins on page 14 of this issue. That story leads to listings for houses currently on the market. Those listings, provided by the listing real estate brokers, are of course subject to changes in prices and availability.
In a story on Richard Teplitsky’s appearance at a recent NJ CAMA meeting (U.S. 1, October 11), we identified him as the director of communications for Lucent Technologies. He writes to say his exact title is director of communications for global sales & services. He also clarifies that he does not teach at Temple, but rather “serves as an industry advisor to the strategic and organizational communications department” there.
Teplitsky was quoted as saying that research has shown that power tech consumers are willing to spend, on average, $72, or half of their at-home food bill, for communications services. He wants to be clear that he was not referring to all consumers, but was saying that “some” Americans “may” gladly pay half of their average individual at-home food bill each month to reap the richness of the Internet, cell phones, and cable television.
Mapleton Road has a quirk that is so Princeton — its gerrymandered Princeton zip code. It lies in Middlesex County and in the township of Plainsboro, but somehow over the years it has managed to retain its 08540 zip code. Let’s hope it continues to maintain its bucolic serenity as well.