Franklin in Sussex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A First and Last
Franklin has held valuable minerals for over 1 billion years. Mining of iron began in the 1760s and the first school was a log structure near the Baptist Church, replaced by a brick school in 1871 when iron production increased and railroads arrived. Mining for zinc intensified around 1912 with world-class size operations and the need for skilled labor calling for the first vocational-technical school in the country to be built to educate workers. Construction bean in 1914 beside an old oak tree on this hilltop site, which had been home to athletic fields for the rugged Franklin Miners baseball and football players. Increased population required expansion in 1922, in 1926 with a high school, and again in 1960, including Vernon, and Jefferson. Several generations of students-parent and child-have gone from kindergarten through 12th grade in this same building: this was the last K-12 school as such in New Jersey changing when Wallkill Valley Regional High Scholl opened in 1982 for grades 9-12. Franklin School still serves the Borough, educating the children of Franklin on the hilltop beside the oak tree.
Donated by Franklin Alumni
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
Location. 41° 7.031′ N, 74° 34.998′ W. Marker is in Franklin, New Jersey, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Ave. and School Plaza, on the left when traveling east on Washington Ave.. Located in front of Franklin Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 Washington Ave, Franklin NJ 07416, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franklin Furnace (approx. half a mile away); Dr. Samuel Fowler (approx. ¾ mile away); Joseph Sharp's Iron Works (approx. 2.1 miles away); George Washington Encampment (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Sterling Mine (approx. 2.4 miles away); Old Schoolhouse and Firehouse Museum (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Works of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Concentrating Company (approx. 3.8 miles away); Snufftown - Stockholm (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2021, by Raymond Siwek of Morristown, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2021, by Raymond Siwek of Morristown, New Jersey. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.