There are no cul-de-sacs in Bottle Hill—and not a lot of back-fence socializing, either. This dauntingly linear residential district, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is bisected by Ridgedale Avenue, a noisy vehicular stream that flows past the housing of three centuries. Ridgedale started as a path for the Lenape tribe and was later an important Revolutionary-era thoroughfare. (The borough of Bottle Hill was renamed for James Madison in 1834.) Houses include 18th-century “East Jersey Cottages” and 19th-century styles ranging from Italianate to Queen Anne. More recent suburban types include the Dutch Colonials common in the state.
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