American Road Trip Talk

Grovers Mill, NJ and The War of the Worlds

The tiny community of Grovers Mill, New Jersey was made famous by Orson Welles’ October 30, 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, where it was depicted as the first landing site of a Martian invasion. The Martians never actually showed up but that didn’t stop much of the nation from becoming terrified as the fictional attack was accepted as real by thousands of listeners. Karl Petry knows the spot and shares the story of The Night That Panicked America.