The War of the Worlds Martian Landing Site Monument

Did you know that town where the Martians landed in Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast War of the Worlds was an actual place? The 1890’s H.G. Wells’ novel, of the same name, was adapted and modernized into a series of frantic radio bulletins. By happenstance, scriptwriter Howard Koch closed his eyes and dropped the tip of his pencil randomly on a map of New Jersey. It landed on the very real Grover’s Mill.

Initially, the fame or infamy – as some felt – was unwelcome but the town eventually embraced its place in pop culture history. So, for a day trip, I drove down to the very Grover’s Mill of New Jersey, the first town ravished by the Martian invasion, to find the landmarks celebrating the broadcast.