Stephen Freeman’s home in Tinicum Township, Bucks County, has a distinctive vantage point. His property gives him a clear view of the Devil’s Tea Table, as 12-foot-high natural stone slab on the cliffs of the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, reports Bridget Wingert for the Bucks County Herald.
Two legends surround the formation, one tied to the Jersey Devil and one associated with a Lenni Lenape chief who was killed onsite by enemies.
It’s now in jeopardy from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
A road-improvement project along NJ Route 29 includes a rockfall mitigation phase designed to make the area safer. The work, far below the Devil’s Tea Table, includes blasting precipitous overhangs, removing vegetation and applying draping material to hold loose boulders in place.
Freeman worries that the measures jeopardize the geologic wonder, robbing him of a key component to his unique view. He also cites it as unnecessary, providing evidence that rockfalls are relatively minor and limited to the shoulder of the road.
Local communities supporting his stance on the project have united, forming the Devil’s Tea Table Alliance. A recent Facebook posting contained a resolution from Kingwood Township — just north of the landmark — that agrees with Freeman’s call for the landmark be left alone.
More on the future of the Devil’s Tea Table is in the Bucks County Herald.