New Jersey’s reputation has been overshadowed by reality television, but the feisty spirit of the Garden State will prevail long after “Jersey Shore” has faded from the world’s collective memory. More Revolutionary War battles were fought here than any other state. The Old Barracks Museum in Trenton commemorates the site where British soldiers were housed until 1776, when Washington’s troops crossed the Delaware and defeated them at the Battle of Trenton. New Jersey was home to the poet Walt Whitman who played host to celebrities of the day, including Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. His house in Camden remains furnished with his personal possessions and is open to the public. In Asbury Park and Atlantic City you can explore the stomping grounds of New Jersey’s favorite son, Bruce Springsteen. Monmouth University houses a collection of over 15,000 books, concert programs and other artifacts chronicling the career of “The Boss” himself. The New Jersey State Museum features a planetarium, a natural history section, over 12,000 works of fine art and a cultural history collection that documents the lives of New Jersey residents from the 17th century to the present. In New Brunswick, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is ranked one of the nation’s best academic medical centers. It trains over 500 nursing students annually.