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Wayne in Passaic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wayne Township

1847           1997

 
 
Wayne Township Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, January 27, 2013
1. Wayne Township Marker
Inscription.
Indian peoples inhabited this land from about 10,500 B.C. up to the early historic period. At the time of the European Settlement, they were referred to as the Munsee Delawares.

In 1694 Arent Schuyler, on a fact finding mission to the Indians in the Upper Delaware Valley, passed through and admired the beauty of the Pompton River Valley area.

In 1695 a syndicate of eight, including Schuyler, purchased the Indian rights to this valley from the natives and the land rights from the East Jersey Company.

First a part of Essex County, Wayne was made part of Saddle River Township, Bergen County, in 1710. Following the formation of Passaic County in 1837, Wayne was made part of Manchester Township. In 1847 the New Jersey Legislature divided Manchester, and Wayne Township was created. The Township was named after General Anthony Wayne, Revolutionary War hero from Pennsylvania.

The elected members of the first Township Committee in 1847 were Chairman William S. Hogencamp, Garret Berdan, William W. Colfax, John M. Demarest and George Ryerson.
 
Erected by Wayne Township Sesquicentennial Committee.
 
Location. 40° 55.7′ N, 74° 13.88′ W. Marker is in Wayne, New Jersey, in Passaic County. Marker
Wayne Township Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, January 27, 2013
2. Wayne Township Marker
is at the intersection of Valley Road and Nellis Drive, on the right when traveling south on Valley Road. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the Wayne Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 461 Valley Road, Wayne NJ 07470, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kipp – Nellis Farm (here, next to this marker); Samuel Van Saun House (approx. half a mile away); Van Saun House (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Theunis Dey (approx. 0.9 miles away); Washington Headquarters (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Washington Headquarters (approx. 0.9 miles away); Headquarters of General George Washington (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Dey Mansion (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Wayne.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Marker at the Wayne Public Library Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, January 27, 2013
3. Marker at the Wayne Public Library
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 232 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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