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Sussex County Markers
New Jersey (Sussex County), Andover — Andover Furnace
Named for Andover, England. Begun in 1760 by Allen and Turner. Pig iron from here made fine steel for Continental Army. — Map (db m63375) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Andover — The Iron Master’s Mansion
      Built by the English company of Allen & Turner about 1700, whose iron works were confiscated in 1778 by order of the Continental Congress. First master of record to occupy it was John Hackett. — Map (db m63376) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Andover Borough — The Iron Works at Andover
Purchased from a large tract of land belonging to William Penn, William Allen and Joseph Turner started their iron works here in 1760. Slaves and indentured servants were employed to extract and process iron ore to produce fine grade iron. The iron mined here was esteemed as being excellent for production into steel. The mines, forges and furnaces at Andover were confiscated by an Act of the Continental Congress on January 15, 1778 as its owners were loyal to the British Crown. George . . . — Map (db m27297) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Andover Borough — The Lackawanna Cutoff
The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad started construction on an eleven million dollar connection between Port Morris and Columbia, NJ in 1910. Completed within less than two years, it was an engineering marvel of its time, given that it was built without earth-moving machinery, and its use of reinforced concrete. During the Cut-Off's construction, the railroad purchased the original Huntsville Schoolhouse and built a new structure, rather than change the alignment of the rail . . . — Map (db m27310) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Bevans — The Village of BevansDelaware Water Gap Nat’l Recreation Area
Dutchman Peter Van Nests, first Sandyston Surveyor of Highways, settled here around 1767 at the intersection of rural roads that he had surveyed. The community, Peters Valley, became one of several small villages that supported nearby farms through the late 1800s. The village grew with the general store, which opened in 1830, and the Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1838. In time, houses and shops lined the roads of the village, now called Hen’s Foot Corners to describe its . . . — Map (db m16802) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Branchville — Branchville, NJIncorporated 1898
On or about the year 1690 William H. Beemer settled here on 1,000 acres of land and built the first mill. James Haggerty purchased this land in 1793 and built additional successful mills lending the area the name known as "Brantown" due to the many mills located here. Named "Branchville" in 1821 by Schoolmaster Samuel Bishop. The post office opened in 1824. William H. (Billy) Bell established a railroad line in 1869. In 1882 a devastating fire ravaged most of the Village of Branchville. Charles . . . — Map (db m26446) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Branchville — Stokes State Forest
Governor Edward C. Stokes established the Board of Forest Park Reservations in 1905. The new forestry commission acquired 5,432 acres on Kittatinny Mountain in 1907 to create the E. C. Stokes Reserve. Stokes State Forest grew to 12,429 acres by 1933 and included camp and picnic sites with stone fireplaces, 50 miles of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, and 30 miles of scenic drives. The Civilian Conservation Corps made improvements between 1933 and 1942, including construction of . . . — Map (db m16817) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Branchville — Sussex Railroad
In 1869, due to the efforts of a prominent Branchville resident, William H. Bell, the Sussex Railroad was completed, ending in Branchville borough. The line, finished by Bell himself, was for a time referred to as the “Branchville Railroad.” The first passenger train arrived on July 3, 1869. Among the facilities located on this site, were the Branchville Station, Engine House, Livestock Chute, Water Tower, and a 57-foot diameter turntable. This turntable was used to turn . . . — Map (db m8094) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Byram Township — Amity School
The Amity School was built in 1840, and in continuous use until June 1936. When it was built, Byram Township included part of current Sparta Township, and all of Stanhope and Hopatcong Boroughs. Stanhope Road did not reach from Green Road to Tomahawk Lake. Students came from areas now known as Tomahawk Lake, Seneca Lake, Byram Cove, Bear Pond and Lackawanna Road. The building was sold in 1940 to William Roleson, then to Katherine Spranger Riker, whose son William is the present owner. Students . . . — Map (db m26433) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Byram Township — Cat Swamp Hijacking and Murder
In this area, on Cat Swamp Hill in Byram Township, at about 6:00 a.m. on June 14, 1921, the Sussex Print Silk truck was hijacked. Albert Koster drove onto the scene on his motorcycle, was mistaken for a state trooper, and murdered. The gang escaped with $11,000 of bolt silk. Through the work of Franklin Police Chief Herbert C. Irons, the killers were eventually captured. County Sheriff Linus Littell and Prosecutor Lewis Van Blarcon persevered through two years of trials to obtain convictions of . . . — Map (db m26354) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Flatbrookville — Old Mine Road
Connecting Esopus (Kingston) on Hudson River with Pahaquarry Copper Mine Length 104 miles – Built about 1650 Daniel Decker Ferry established 1756 Moved to Rosenkrans 1898 Lower Walpack Reformed Church one-fourth mile west Built 1737 – Moved to Flatbrookville 1898 Marked by Chinkchewunska Chapter D.A.R. Sussex County Historical Society Marker presented by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Decker — Map (db m16810) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Frankford Township — Augusta Hill Baptists
In 1750, several families left the Congregational Church of Mansfield, CT relocating to New Jersey with William Marsh, their spiritual leader. Building a log meeting house here, they associated with the Baptist faith in 1750. As the church prospered, members were released to establish congregations in Wantage, Hamburg and Newton. In 1830, the congregation relocated to Lafayette, citing a better location for river baptisms. The cemetery was used for three generations of the Morris family, . . . — Map (db m26434) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Franklin — Dr. Samuel Fowler(1779 - 1844)
Dr. Samuel Fowler, born in Newburgh, NY, and came first to Hamburg after medical studies in Philadelphia. He established mills, a blacksmith shop, tannery, and a furnace to process ores from mines owned in Franklin Furnace. He became a noted and respected mineralogist and developed early industrial uses for zinc ore. He discovered the rare mineral Franklinite and its fluorescent qualities that made Franklin minerals famous. He was esteemed as one of the leading scientists in the United States. . . . — Map (db m26449) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Fredon Township — Fredon
Fredon Township, incorporated in 1904 became the last town in Sussex County and the only so named in the Country. Fredon, a name proposed for our nation in the early 1800's means a place of peace and freedom. The Route 94 crossroads, known as Coursen's Corners, became a town center in the early 1800's when the Coursen Family had a school, store and blacksmith shop here. The Fredon Post Office operated from 1834 to 1901. The Paulins Kill forms the town's Western Border. The East-West Jersey . . . — Map (db m26453) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Fredon Township — Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church
In 1887, bordering "The Great Road" (Rt. 94) where Warren and Sussex Counties meet at an elevation 880 feet, a church and manse were erected as the third location of this Presbyterian congregation, built in the Victorian Queen Anne style by Simeon Cooke of Newton. In 1750 the congregation began in a log church one mile southeast of here. Land was eventually purchased and a second church built in 1786 on this ridge between two valleys. In 1889 this yellow church was incorporated in Sussex County under its present name. — Map (db m27282) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Green Township — Thomas Woolverton's Tavern
In 1735, Royal Governor Jonathan Belcher ordered Sussex County's Government and Courts to be moved from Log Gaol to the tavern - house of Thomas Woolverton (1717-1760). Justice of the Peace and Tax Collector, until a permanent Courthouse was erected in Newton in 1765. This move arose from disputes between County Freeholders and Jonathan Petit, a surveyor and land-speculator, who attempted to secure personal and economic benefit from locating the County Seat on his lands. Due to ongoing . . . — Map (db m27284) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Hamburg — Joseph Sharp's Iron Works
In 1768, Joseph Sharp erected a forge and furnace on the Wallkill River. The village around the Sharp Iron Works became known as Sharpsborough, later becoming Hamburg. Due to the expensive nature of the venture and competing forges, Sharp abandoned the property in 1774. Stephen Ford used it to secretly produce cannonballs for the British during the American Revolution. After reclaiming the property, Joseph Sharp Jr. built the stone grist mill in 1808. Sharp's mill provided the flour for the . . . — Map (db m26457) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Hampton Township — Twin Bridges
Two rudimentary bridges were built to cross the Tockhockonetcong (now the Paulinskill) as Jonathan Hampton ordered the construction of the Military Road in 1756. An essential supply line to the frontier fortification in the Delaware Valley, the Military Road was maintained until 1760. A permanent pair of bridges was built when the abandoned lands and mills, formerly owned by Benjamin Barton, a Loyalist, were bought by Henry and Peter Bale around 1790. A mill, located between the two bridges, . . . — Map (db m27283) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Hardyston — George Washington Encampment1779 – 1912
In this field, General George Washington encamped for a night on a march from Newburg to Morristown in 1779 to meet General Lafayette. With him was an aide, Lieutenant John Kays of Sussex County, a soldier of the American Revolution. This memorial was erected by Marchioness Ellen Kays McLaughlin, a member of the Newton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a Grand Daughter of John Kays. — Map (db m8070) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Hardyston Township — Snufftown - Stockholm
Settled c.1750. Named from early inhabitants fondness of snuff tobacco or perhaps because "snuff" was a euphemism for liquor. Windham, Stockholm and other important forges produced iron goods. Paterson & Hamburg Turnpike (organized here 1806) brought trade and hotels. New Jersey Midland Railroad (1873) took "Stockholm" (originally a hamlet one mile eastward) for its station name, which gradually replaced "Snufftown". Much of village razed following establishment of Newark's Pequannock Watershed . . . — Map (db m30659) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Highland Lakes — High Breeze Farm
This property is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.

High Breeze was the last farm on Wawayanda Mountain. The main house dates back to 1828. From 1860 to 1986, the 160 acre farm was home to four generations of the Barrett family. The farm never had plumbing, central heat, or telephone service, and until 1986 Luther J. Barrett operated High Breeze almost as a time capsule of 19th century farming. The State of New Jersey purchased the property in 1981 and added it to Wawayanda State Park. — Map (db m81865) HM

New Jersey (Sussex County), Hopatcong — Home of Hudson Maxim
Maxim Park was the estate of famous inventor, Hudson Maxim. Purchased by Maxim in 1901, the property included a spectacular Venetian boat house, guest cottages, a laboratory, ice house/observatory, servant's quarters, tennis courts and garage. Maxim lived here until his death in 1927 and his widow kept the property until her death in 1953. While the main house and boat house were removed in the 1950's, Maxim's observatory, garage and two guest houses still survive today. — Map (db m26455) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Lafayette — Northwest New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial1959 - 1975
Dedicated to the men and women of northwest New Jersey who served in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, those who died in the service and those still missing. — Map (db m50646) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Lafayette — The Lafayette Foundry1836
On this site stood the LaFayette Foundry, built in 1836 by Alexander Boyles. This operation employed many laborers and the success of the industry resulted in the sale of building lots along Union Turnpike (now Route 15) by Joseph Northrup, Jr. and Mr. & Mrs. John Cummins. This growth contributed to the establishment of Lafayette by the N.J. State Legislature on March 20, 1845. By the 1850 Census population grew to 927. Thereafter, the foundry business and population declined. The building was . . . — Map (db m88587) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Layton — Layton, New Jersey
Layton, once known as Laytons, was originally named Centreville. This village was settled by John Layton in the early 1800's. The first business here was owned by blacksmith Simeon Fisher, followed by Abraham Bell who established a carpenter's shop and tavern. "Squire" Layton opened a store here in 1835. The Centreville M.E. Church was incorporated on Feb. 16, 1828. Elizabeth (Shay) Faurot was the first interred in the adjoining churchyard in 1831. John B. Layton petitioned the U.S. Postal . . . — Map (db m60343) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Layton (Sandyston Township) — Bevans, New Jersey
Originally named for early settler and surveyor Peter Van Neste in 1761. Nicknamed Hen's Foot, The Corners, and finally Bevans for its Postmaster James C. Bevans in 1829. The Peter's Valley Society for Literature was est. Jan. 1, 1813. The Dutch Reformed Church at Peter's Valley was built in 1838. The Universalistic Church was gathered in 1847. The historic "Old Mine Road" and Delaware River are to the West. Peter's Valley flouring mill ruins on the Big Flatbrook lie nearby. Bevans was lost to . . . — Map (db m36284) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Montague Township — Brick House Village
This central hamlet for Montague, a township created in 1759, was named for the Brick House Hotel - a colonial tavern, hostelry and stage coach stop built in the 1700's. It sat at the convergence of two turnpikes with Old Mine Road and near the Delaware River ferry crossings, later replaced by the Milford Bridge. By 1880, this village boasted a store, two churches, burial grounds, two blacksmiths, a wheelwright and a new school. The hotel was demolished in 1953 for a new bridge approach. The . . . — Map (db m26416) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Defenders of the Union1861-1865
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New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — George Washington Tree
This tree planted in memory of George Washington by the Chinkchewunska Chapter D.A.R. 1932 — Map (db m8090) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Henry W. Merriam(1828 - 1900)
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 . . . — Map (db m26454) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Home of Thomas Anderson
Admitted to New Jersey Bar as Counsellor 1765. Appointed first Surrogate of Sussex County by Royal Governor William Franklin, 1768 Office held by reappointment until death 1805. Acting Clerk of Sussex County 1770-1777. Assistant Deputy Quartermaster General during Revolutionary War. Placed by Society Daughters of Colonial Wars in the state of New Jersey, 1958 — Map (db m8077) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Moody’s Raids
Newton was the scene of raids made by the Tory, James Moody. Washington’s Asst. Quartermaster, Thomas Anderson, stored supplies here. Oct. 1779, his troops marched here and during the Indian Campaign Gates stationed a detachment here. — Map (db m63378) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Newton GreenA Birthplace of Democracy
The Courthouse Yard was a central part of landowner Jonathan Hampton’s Town Plot in 1762. It was used for political meetings, corporal punishment, militia trainings, public entertainments, and a common pasture. Until 1858 voters in township elections indicated their choice by moving either up or downhill on the Green for a head count. The 90-ton granite Civil War Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument was erected in 1895. In eternal gratitude to all those from Sussex County who have served in our armed forces. — Map (db m8085) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Newton Green
The only Colonial county seat in New Jersey where a court house on its original site fronts a town square or public Green. In 1908 architect J.J. Vreeland added an upper story and Classical porch to the County Clerk and Surrogate Offices, built by Brink & Knox in 1859. It became the County Park Building in 1930. The Romanesque Revival Hill Fountain was built of local limestone in 1895 by gift from Joshua Hill, a native of Sussex County. — Map (db m27307) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Old Newton Burial Ground
Oldest portion dedicated in 1762 as part of Town Plot. Enlarged about 1820. Job S. Halsted donated 3/5 acre in 1837 to Presbyterian Church. Enclosed by wall in 1837. By 1876, burials estimated at 5000 including many of the earliest settlers of the County. — Map (db m63382) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Sussex County
To commemorate the establishment of Sussex County by Act of the Legislature, June 8, 1753. To Commemorate the setting up of the Court of General Sessions and the Inferior Court of Common Pleas by decree of Governor Jonathan Belcher in the name of King George II, October 13, 1753. and To commemorate the building of the first Court House on this site in 1765. This tablet is erected by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey in 1949 — Map (db m8089) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Sussex County Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorial 2005 Honoring all Veterans - Past, Present and Future — Map (db m31927) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — The Hill Memorial
The Hill Memorial Headquarters of the Sussex County Historical Society Built 1916 in Renaissance Revival style by gift of Joshua Hill. Dedicated June 8, 1917. Listed 1985 on State and National Historic Registers as the oldest Museum Building in New Jersey. — Map (db m8091) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Newton — Unknown Soldier of the Revolution
Erected to an unknown soldier of the Revolution Chinkchewunska Chap No 24 DAR NJ — Map (db m8073) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Ogdensburg — Old Schoolhouse and Firehouse Museum
Built in 1910 as Ogdensburg's fifth public school, it was adapted for re-use in 1930 as the Borough's first firehouse. In 1989, with the aid of two state grants, the Ogdensburg Historical Society adapted it for re-use and dedicated it as the Old Schoolhouse and Firehouse Museum. After 97 years, the Museum continues to serve the Borough of Ogdensburg as an historical learning and preservation center, and as a meeting hall. On June 10, 2006 it was dedicated as an Ogdensburg Historic Site. — Map (db m27303) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sandyston Township — Hainesville, New Jersey
The original name of "Sandyston" was changed to honor N.J. Governor Haines in 1845. This hamlet was created on a 1,000 acre plot purchased from the Gardner Tract by Simon Courtright before the Revolutionary War. Ownership passed to Peter Hotalen, then John Shay, and in 1825 to Parshall Howell who opened the first hotel and established a post-village with mail delivered by a four-horse stage. John D. Everitt was the first schoolmaster in 1815. The "Shaytown Cemetery" was created in 1812 on lands . . . — Map (db m26413) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sandyston Township — Old Mine Road
Built about 1650. Bell House – has housed nine generations of same family. Minisink Village – white men and Indians lived together. Minisink Island – in river to the west. Westbrook Fort – during French and Indian War in rear of barn. Ennis House – Home of first school teacher in Sussex County one-half mile south. Normanock Fort – During French and Indian War one mile south. — Map (db m27279) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sandyston Township — The Westbrook - Bell House
Johannes Westbrook, who was among the earliest permanent settlers of the Minisink region, built this homestead around the year 1701. It was subsequently fortified when incidents of hostility increased between the residents of New York and New Jersey during the height of the "Border War" between the two colonies. Ownership of the land was finally secured from its Lenni Lenape owner for five pounds sterling and a generous measure of rum. It is the oldest house still standing in Sussex County. — Map (db m26414) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sparta — Krogh’s
This Property has been Placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m71028) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sparta — Lake Mohawk Memorial
This memorial was dedicated by the Lake Mohawk Country Club and the families of its founders, Arthur D. Crane and Herbert L. Closs, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Lake Mohawk, the largest man-made lake in New Jersey. The Crane Company purchased this 25,000 acre reservation in 1925. The dam stemming the waters of the Wallkill River was completed on August 26, 1926, and on March 17, 1928, water flowed over the spillway, thus Lake Mohawk was born. Also instrumental in the creation of Lake . . . — Map (db m71024) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sparta — Sparta
A colonial village raided in 1781 by James Moody’s Tories. The band plundered the home of a patriot leader, Robert Ogden, Sr. — Map (db m63373) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sparta — Sparta War Memorial
Erected by James B. Titman Lieut. and R.O.M. of 27th and 33rd Regiments New Jersey Volunteers War of 1861-65, in memory of all the Brave Heroes who served on land and sea in defense of their country in any of the wars of the United States [Rear of Monument: ] “These were valiant men of might in their generation.” — Map (db m35068) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sparta — The Works of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Concentrating Company
On this site in 1891, Thomas Edison developed an enormous complex of mines, crushers, separators, and subsidiary buildings that came to be known as “Edison” or, more properly, “The Works of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Concentrating Company.” This company produced briquettes of concentrated iron ore. The plant finally closed, never to reopen, on September 30, 1900. In its highest level of activity, the plant employed nearly 500 men. Thomas Edison himself had lost . . . — Map (db m35063) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Stanhope — Stanhope, NJ
Stanhope was a major port of commerce on the Morris Canal in Sussex County, enabling the expansion of the ironworks industry. The Morris Canal, a man-made engineering achievement, operated 1831-1924, and linked the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, primarily transporting anthracite coal to fuel New Jersey industries. The availability of this coal led the Sussex Iron Company to construct in Stanhope the first iron blast furnace of its type in the United States. — Map (db m27299) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Stillwater — Casper Shafer(1712 - 1784)
Casper Shafer, a German emigrant settled this area circa 1742. By 1750, he built this stone house, later fortifying it with a stockade during the French and Indian War. His first grist mill, built 1743, was located upstream, replacing it in 1764 with a larger structure at the present site. This profitable enterprise shipped goods by flatboat down the Paulinskill and Delaware Rivers to Philadelphia. The mill rebuilt in 1844 after a fire was the last operating grist mill in New Jersey. A strong . . . — Map (db m26448) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sussex — High Point Monument
Height 220 Feet Base 34 feet square at the platform and 19 feet square where apex begins. The base of the monument is erected on the highest point in the State of New Jersey Altitude 1803 feet above sea level. Corner stone laid June 8, 1929 1930 < Second Plaque > This monument is erected by Colonel and Mrs. Anthony Kuser to the glory and honor and eternal memory of New Jersey heroes by land and sea and air in all wars of our country. — Map (db m23645) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sussex — High Point: An Early Haven for Sightseers & SportsmenHigh Point State Park
Early Settlement Were Sparse Since prehistoric times the rugged landscape of the Kittatinny Ridge has made it more a place to visit than a place to live. Native Americans hunted the forests and fished the lakes here, but their villages were located in the more fertile river valley below. By the early 1800s a few settlers built farmsteads amongst the rocks. These hardy mountain dwellers survived by logging the forests for cordwood and charcoal, growing crops and raising livestock. The . . . — Map (db m24545) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sussex — Public Parks: Refuge & Recreation for AllHigh Point State Park
The First Public Park Was an Urban Oasis When Europeans first arrived in America the land seemed limitless. However, by the late 1800s settlements stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific. More people were living in crowded cities and needed an escape from city life. To create such an escape, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central Park in 1857. It was the first major public park. People Followed the Roads and Rails to Parks The Federal government began to set aside . . . — Map (db m24583) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sussex — Sussex Borough, New Jersey
Sussex Borough was settled by Peter Decker about 1742. It was incorporated from Wantage Township as the Borough of Deckertown on October 15, 1891. The name was changed to Sussex Borough on March 2, 1902. The Sussex Presbyterian Church, the oldest Church in Sussex Borough was organized in 1839 with 28 members. One of the oldest hospitals in Sussex County opened in Sussex Borough as the Dr. Alexander Linn Hospital in 1918. The last stagecoach ran on June 29, 1872. — Map (db m27298) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sussex — The Gift of a State ParkHigh Point State Park
High Point – One of New Jersey’s First State Parks Like many early parks, High Point was privately owned for many years. During the early 1900s it was the summer estate of Anthony Kuser and his wife, Susie Dryden Kuser. Senator John F. Dryden, founder of Prudential Life Insurance, also owned a substantial amount of the land. Devoted conservationists, the Kusers and Drydens ultimately decided that their estates should become a public park for all to enjoy. High Point State Park was . . . — Map (db m24581) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Sussex — The Kuser Lodge: An Inn, A Mansion, A MuseumHigh Point State Park
The Kuser Family Transformed the High Point Inn Twin brothers John and Anthony Kuser, purchased the High Point Inn and the surrounding property in 1910. The sprawling mountain resort became the summer retreat of Anthony Kuser and his wife, Susie Dryden Kuser. The Kusers tore down more than a third of the 300-foot building to convert the rustic, Adirondack-style inn into their private summer home. They remodeled what remained in the Colonial Revival style with massive columns and large . . . — Map (db m24594) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Vernon — Sand Hill Road and Route 94
In 1799 Peter Tompkins kept an inn and tavern in a former tailor shop at this corner. Sometime after 1811, when Vernon Turnpike (Route 94) was incorporated, the Stewart House was built next door. In the mid 1800's the inn was removed and the house enlarged toward Sand Hill Road. Named Willow Tree Farm, a large ell was added by the Truesdell family in 1907. The Stewart House now sits across Sand Hill Road having been moved from this location in 2010. — Map (db m41081) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Vernon — St. Thomas Episcopal Church
This church was constructed in 1847 at a cost of $1,500 and was officially incorporated in May of 1848. Records of the parish date back to 1832. Many of the well-known local families were early benefactors, such as Rutherford, Dekay, Price, Baird, Allen, and McCamley. This is the oldest extent church building in Vernon Township and is a landmark example of the mid 10th century Carpenter Gothic Architecture. This church was closed in 1971, then served as the home of the Vernon . . . — Map (db m27300) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Vernon Township — Price's Switch Schoolhouse
Built in 1840, Price's Switch School was the last one-room schoolhouse to operate in Sussex County. The building originally stood on Route 94, a quarter mile north of Price's Switch Road, but was moved to its current location in 1883. It is the only schoolhouse that survives today completely intact with its coal stove, desks, chalkboards, and outhouse, just as it was in operation when its doors closed in June 1958. Thousands of children and adults visit the school to learn about early . . . — Map (db m27301) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Walpack — Old Mine Road
Connecting Esopus (Kingston) on Hudson River with Pahaquarry Copper Mine Length 104 miles – Built about 1650 Pahaquarry Copper Mines Southern end of Old Mine Road Mine opened by Dutch about 1650. Moses Van Campen House – Built 1755 one mile north. Marked by Chinkchewunska Chapter D.A.R. Sussex County Historical Society Marker presented by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Decker — Map (db m16812) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Walpack Center — Wallpack, N.J.
Wallpack Township, formed in 1731 out of Hunterdon County, included the present townships of Montague, Sandyston and the former Pahaquarry. The Delaware River forms the western boundary and the Old Mine Road, supposedly built by Dutch miners before 1664, traverses the township. Anna Symmes, Mother-in-law of President William Henry Harrison, is buried in the Old Shapanack cemetery. In 1757 Jonathan Hampton constructed this road through the village to connect Elizabethtown and Morristown . . . — Map (db m49024) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Wantage — Old Clove Church1787
The Dutch Reformed Church of New Brunswick granted men of this community permission in 1787 to establish a congregation here. In 1817 this small group affiliated with three other churches and became the First Presbyterian Church of Wantage. Second Plaque: The Old Clove Church Erected 1829 Was placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1982. — Map (db m20546) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Wantage Township — DAR Van Bunschooten Museum
This house was built in 1787 as the home of the Reverend Elias Van Bunschooten, a Dutch Reformed Minister. He was a farmer, mill operator, and large land owner. The farm was part of a 1000 acre plantation. The Dutch Colonial house is post and beam construction. Out buildings include a Wagon House, Ice House and a Privy. The home was given to the Chinkchewunska Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Ramsey in 1971. The house and out buildings were listed on . . . — Map (db m30664) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Wantage Township — Goldsmith MaidQueen of the Trotters
Here in the Clove in 1857 a filly of Hambletonian lineage was foaled on the farm of John B. Decker. When fully grown, a bay standardbred mare 15 hands, she was bought by Alden Goldsmith of Washingtonville, NY and won her first harness race at Goshen on September 7, 1965. Trained and driven by Budd Doble, Goldsmith Maid won 95 of 121 races from Boston to Sacramento. Best time 2:14 made at Boston in 1874. Estimated earnings $364,200, a record until the 1940's. The Maid won her last race at age 20 . . . — Map (db m26353) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Wantage Township — Kilpatrick's Reenactment
At the invitation of Major Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (1836-1881), a native of Wantage, over forty thousand veterans of the American Civil War and guards were treated to four days of festivities from August 25-28, 1878. On the final day of the encampment, a re-enacted battle involving four thousand men, took place. The roar of cannons was heard over twenty miles away. Kilpatrick, an 1861 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, was unsuccessful in his campaigns for Governor . . . — Map (db m27305) HM
New Jersey (Sussex County), Wantage Township — Lusscroft
Enos Brink farmed this foothills at the head of the West Branch of the Papakating Creek from 1835 to 1871. James Turner (1859-1939), of Montclair, retired executive of Arbuckle Brothers, a NY coffee and sugar company, built Lusscroft between 1919 and 1930. He donated 1,050 acres in 1931 to create the North Jersey Dairy Branch of the NJ Agriculture Experiment Station, which operated until 1970. Research in artificial insemination and genetic improvements to dairy cattle, grassland farming and . . . — Map (db m26451) HM
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