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Newton in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Henry W. Merriam

(1828 - 1900)

 
 
Henry W. Merriam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cheryl (Rome) Thom
1. Henry W. Merriam Marker
Inscription. President of the H.W. Merriam Shoe Company, he relocated his factory from New York City to Newton in 1873. The nation's largest producer of ladies' and children's shoes, it was also the largest employer in Sussex County with over 350 employees. Held in high esteem by his workers, Merriam was a pioneer in labor relations: generously distributing part of the profits to employees on his birthday and other holidays, providing loans for his workers to build homes, retirement pensions and paid holidays.

Merriam's Home, built in 1883, is an example of "exuberant Victorian architecture," Upon his death in 1900, the home was bequeathed to the Presbyterian Church for the housing of retired ministers.
 
Erected 2003 by Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sussex County Historic Marker Committee.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey, Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders marker series.
 
Location. 41° 2.974′ N, 74° 44.885′ W. Marker is in Newton, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of Sparta Avenue (County Road 616) and Merriam Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Sparta Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 69 Sparta Avenue, Newton NJ 07860, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Henry W. Merriam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 16, 2013
2. Henry W. Merriam Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Moody’s Raids (approx. half a mile away); Old Newton Burial Ground (approx. half a mile away); The Hill Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); George Washington Tree (approx. 0.6 miles away); Home of Thomas Anderson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Newton Green (approx. 0.6 miles away); Defenders of the Union (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sussex County (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newton.
 
Also see . . .  The Merriam Home. History and pictures about the Merriam Home. (Submitted on February 8, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Persons
 
Henry W. Merriam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 16, 2013
3. Henry W. Merriam Marker
Old Henry W. Merriam Shoe Factory and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cheryl (Rome) Thom, February 4, 2010
4. Old Henry W. Merriam Shoe Factory and Marker
The Merriam Shoe Factory was put through an adaptive re-use several years back and is now an apartment complex entitled "Merriam Gateway".
Henry W. Merriam house postcard image. Click for full size.
5. Henry W. Merriam house postcard
Henry W. Merriam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cheryl (Rome) Thom, February 4, 2010
6. Henry W. Merriam Marker
Although the Merriam House has changed owners at least twice since Henry Mirriam's death, it continues to be a retirement home. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the state.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cheryl (Rome) Thom of Newton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 912 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Cheryl (Rome) Thom of Newton, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Cheryl (Rome) Thom of Newton, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   6. submitted on , by Cheryl (Rome) Thom of Newton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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