Historical Society of Rockaway Township

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Photos from last year's event at the Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House celebrating Rockaway Township's 175th Anniversary! ๐ŸŽ‰
05/09/2020

Photos from last year's event at the Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House celebrating Rockaway Township's 175th Anniversary! ๐ŸŽ‰

Some photos from our RT 175 Anniversary Open House on May 4th!

Throw back to our Groundbreaking Ceremony for the West Wing of the Ford-Faesch House:What a wonderful day filled with ex...
05/08/2020

Throw back to our Groundbreaking Ceremony for the West Wing of the Ford-Faesch House:
What a wonderful day filled with excitement & support!
It's hard to believe that this photo has us all standing in the space that is now the West Wing!
#RockawayTownship #RockawayIronSpirit
#HistoricalPreservation

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the West Wing of the Ford-Faesch House was AMAZING! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
We are truly humbled by the amount of support & love shown at the event!

This event didn't just explain the archaeology or the upcoming construction to rebuild the West Wing - it was a celebration of the MANY wonderful people that have put in their time, effort and skills since the HSRT was founded in May, 1973.

One of the driving goals of the HSRT has been to stabilize the Ford-Faesch House to keep it from falling into complete ruin - and in the early 1970's, it was certainly on the verge.

The grant for the West Wing will see the outside of the house brought back full circle to its creation as a Georgian-style Manor House built in 1772!

So much has been accomplished by so many hardworking people - thank you to everyone that has helped to make this dream a reality!

An enormous thank you to the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust for the West Wing Grant and investing yet again in this amazing house!

And of course, the most gigantic thank you to Rockaway Township for all that they continually do to ensure that Rockaway's History can be told and come alive, especially through the Ford-Faesch House.

Photos from the event coming soon! ๐Ÿ“ธ

Some sad news to announce today: Author and researcher, Larry Lowenthal, passed away on March 12th, 2020.Larry is a loca...
05/05/2020
Larry Lowenthal Obituary - Brimfield, MA | The Republican

Some sad news to announce today:
Author and researcher, Larry Lowenthal, passed away on March 12th, 2020.
Larry is a local hero to us as the author of "Iron Mine Railroads of Northern New Jersey": the go-to reference for much of our local mining and railroad study.
Larry's passing is a huge loss to the historical community but we are so grateful for the vast impact that his contributions have made.
We wish his family, friends and colleagues our deepest condolences.

Larry Lowenthal slipped quietly away from life at home on March 12, 2020. Born in New York City on March 1, 1940, he earned a Masters from Yale, and spent his whole life in pursuit of his two passions

Our Mining Museum Grand Opening was 4 years ago! We'll have more updated exhibits inside (and outside ๐Ÿ˜‰) when the coast ...
05/05/2020

Our Mining Museum Grand Opening was 4 years ago!
We'll have more updated exhibits inside (and outside ๐Ÿ˜‰) when the coast is clear to hold events again.
Rockaway Township and the HSRT are proud of our mining heritage and can't wait to share some new artifacts with you! โ›โš’โ›
Till then, may you all remain healthy & safe!
#RockawayIronSpirit #RockawayTownship #IndustrialHeritage #Mining #IronMining #IronOre #MHATW

This Saturday!!!
Don't forget to come visit our new Mining Museum and celebrate the dedication of our new Well House!

Grand Opening of the Mining Museum & Dedication of the Well-House!!!

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Time: 1P.M. - 4 P.M.
Location: Ford-Faesch House
629 Mt. Hope Road
Rockaway, NJ 07866

This event is free and open to the public!
Please come visit and celebrate with us!

The HSRT would like to give an enormous thank you to Rockaway's Firefighters!We appreciate all that you do and sacrifice...
05/04/2020

The HSRT would like to give an enormous thank you to Rockaway's Firefighters!
We appreciate all that you do and sacrifice for your community and its residents.
Thank you - not just today but every day!

May the 4th be with you, but it is also International Firefighters Day.

We volunteer our time to serve the community with pleasure and are grateful for all your thanks.

We had a "BLAST" at Dr. Owens' presentation on the 1926 Lake Denmark Explosion back in 2016!
05/03/2020

We had a "BLAST" at Dr. Owens' presentation on the 1926 Lake Denmark Explosion back in 2016!

Amazing presentation last night by historian, Dr. Patrick Owens, with additional information from archaeologist, Jason Huggan, both of Picatinny Arsenal!

Thank you so much for the informative slideshow, maps and scrapbook! We had a wonderful turn out!

Last year's flowers blooming in preparation for our Rockaway Township 175th Anniversary Event at the Ford-Faesch Ironmas...
05/03/2020

Last year's flowers blooming in preparation for our Rockaway Township 175th Anniversary Event at the Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House. ๐ŸŒผ

The Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House is abloom ๐ŸŒทand ready to celebrate Rockaway Township's 175th Anniversary TOMORROW!

Join the HSRT, Picatinny Arsenal, Nor-Bu Lodge & the Green Pond History Association to celebrate:
May 4th, 12-3 PM @ the Ford-Faesch House!

Although it was a cold & rainy day, signs of Spring still abound at the Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House. ๐ŸŒฟ
04/27/2020

Although it was a cold & rainy day, signs of Spring still abound at the Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House. ๐ŸŒฟ

There continues to be vandalism occurring in Walpack's Historic District. ๐Ÿ’”If you see something, say something.
04/26/2020

There continues to be vandalism occurring in Walpack's Historic District. ๐Ÿ’”
If you see something, say something.

WHS would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of support. Vandalism of any kind is disgusting. Wanton destruction of invaluable and irreplaceable history is completely unacceptable and repulsive. The Walpack Historical Society as well as the Historic Property Stewards (HPS) work hand-in-hand with NPS to protect and interpret the history of our area. Together with the tireless DEWA Ranger Staff who has been extremely responsive to our concerns and pleas for help, we fight a constant battle against vandalism. The efforts of our volunteers who work the New Jersey side of DWGNRA have helped substantially reduce vandalism, but they cannot be everywhere all the time. We also have donated cameras installed in various locations and more going up all the time. These volunteers also help educate the public about the areaโ€™s history and answer questions when they are out and about. The friendly face you saw in Walpack Center, on the trail or at another historic site within DEWA was probably a volunteer making sure our historic treasures are safe.

Many of you have reached out and asked how you could be of help. As a small, nonprofit historical society run entirely on volunteerism, help of any kind is always needed and many of you have already done so by sharing our story as well as the news of the unfortunate rash of vandalism we are experiencing throughout the DWGNRA across social media. Please continue to do so. Your voices are more powerful than you know. For those of you who wish to contribute on a greater level, we need the eyes and ears of good people to keep watch over DWGNRA. We are not asking that you break quarantine restrictions or travel unnecessarily, but if you happen to be enjoying all that DWGNRA has to offer, be a good citizen. If you see something, say something. Report suspicious behavior and vandalism to DEWA NPS DISPATCH 570-426-2457. If you wish to become more involved after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, both WHS and HPS are always looking for volunteers.

We would also like to thank everyone who has expressed an interest in donating cameras. We will have someone reach out to you directly. If you do not hear from us soon, please send a direct message. We are also in desperate need of batteries. All of our cameras require batteries and some of them drain batteries faster than others. Finally, members and donations are our lifeblood. If you wish to make a donation it may be mailed to Walpack Historical Society, P.O. Box 212, Layton, NJ 07851.

We are deeply touched by your outpouring of support. Please continue to spread the word that wanton destruction and vandalism of our historic places is disgusting and will not be tolerated.

Regards,

WHS Officers, Trustees and Volunteers

WHS is a qualified IRS 501 (c) 3 organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

#walpackhistory #walpacknj #NPSVolunteers #MyDWGNRA

04/25/2020
Influenza 1918 | American Experience | PBS

Influenza 1918 is available to watch for free from PBS:

"In September of 1918, soldiers at an army base near Boston suddenly began to die. The cause of death was identified as influenza, but it was unlike any strain ever seen. As the killer virus spread across the country, hospitals overfilled, death carts roamed the streets and helpless city officials dug mass graves. It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000 โ€” until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun."

It was the worst epidemic in American history, killing over 600,000 โ€” until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun.

Wonderful information on Picatinny Arsenal's Cannon Gate stonewall!
04/24/2020

Wonderful information on Picatinny Arsenal's Cannon Gate stonewall!

And finally, one last post for this week on some scenery from the Spring Walking Tour. As mentioned previously, this tour is being delayed to a later date TBD in the Summer or Fall timeframe due to COVID-19. The tour is limited to PAHS members only.

Today, we show the Cannon Gate stonewall constructed by mason Thomas Robinson in 1885 for $2.75/day. This wall demarcated the Arsenal's property from 1880 until 1941 when the gov't purchased Spicertown.

Additionally, next to this wall is the former halfway house as it was called due to its middle location within the grounds of the Arsenal's Golf Course.

We hope you enjoy these photos and stay safe during these truly historic times we are currently going thru.

Some fascinating information about the Wharton & Northern Railroad in Picatinny Arsenal!
04/23/2020

Some fascinating information about the Wharton & Northern Railroad in Picatinny Arsenal!

Hello Again! The Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society Spring Walking Tour across the Golf Course is planned for a later date TBD due to COVID-19. Here are some other images we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you.

The Wharton & Northern Railroad was established in 1887 and extended from Wharton to Charlotteburg in the Green Pond area. As it ran thru Picatinny, the Wharton & Northern had five stations across the Arsenal, one of them was within the vicinity of the Golf Course along a spur from the Picatinny railine. See attached photos for further reference, along with the article that is definitely fun to read! Hope you enjoy these tidbits and Stay Safe!

Happy Earth Day! ๐ŸŒŽ
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! ๐ŸŒŽ

Happy Earth Day!

Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society
04/21/2020

Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society

Tomorrow would have been the Picatinny Arsenal Historical Society Spring Walking Tour across part of the installation's Golf Course. Due to COVID-19, this tour is being postponed to a later date still TBD. We wanted to take this opportunity to share some photos of what would have been discussed during the tour.

This year marks the 99th anniversary of the Golf Course. The course began its 'slow evolution in 1921, when one Captain
Hartrick...persuaded the commander, Major J. H. Pelot, to permit a four-hole affair using 3-inch cartridge cases for cups, bamboo fishing poles for flag staffs, and cartridge cloth for flags. By 1925, the course had nine holes and was able to host its first tournament.' Prior to 1921, the area was used for a landing field and a parade ground. Photos shown below are historic views of the landing field and the Pro Shop, along with a 1965 course map.
Text courtesy of Picatinny: The First Century by Dr. Patrick J. Owens (pg. 77), also see https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/picatinny-first-century.

Happy New Jersey Day!
04/17/2020

Happy New Jersey Day!

#DidYouKnow? According to the 2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes Title 36 - LEGAL HOLIDAYS, Section 36:2-3, today is New Jersey Day! "The Governor of the State of New Jersey is requested to issue annually an appropriate proclamation designating April 17 as New Jersey Day and calling upon all citizens and residents of this State to commemorate and observe said day as the anniversary of the beginning of unified government in New Jersey by directing, and participating in, programs recalling our heritage and its meaning to New Jersey today and in the future." How will you celebrate?

From Picatinny Arsenal's Archives:April 1882 ๐ŸŒท
04/14/2020

From Picatinny Arsenal's Archives:
April 1882 ๐ŸŒท

A few images from some of Picatinny Arsenal's oldest records โค๏ธ

Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Bound Brook.
04/13/2020

Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Bound Brook.

Today in #NJhistory: #OTD, April 13, 1777, the Battle of Bound Brook took place. It was a surprise attack conducted by 4,000 British and Hessian troops who marched from New Brunswick toward a Continental Army outpost (of about 500 men) at Bound Brook, #NewJersey during the #RevWar. American reinforcements arrived in the afternoon, but not before the British plundered the outpost and began the return march to New Brunswick. The British objective of capturing the entire garrison was not met, although prisoners were taken. #SpreadTheHistory

Fascinating information about our New Jersey State Flag from Shippen Manor!
04/13/2020

Fascinating information about our New Jersey State Flag from Shippen Manor!

On a gloomy and rainy Monday, how about a #FunwithFlags post, #ShippenManor style?

The NJ State flag is buff (yellowish-tan color) and dark blue (Jersey blue), the colors Gen. Washington chose for the flag of the NJ army regiments during the American Revolution. Each regiment was required to carry two flags-- the US and their respective State flags.

At the center of the flag is the state coat of arms at the center, which shows a shield with three plows and a horse head above it. (The horse's head was shown on early NJ coins.) Two women, flanking either side of the flag represent the goddesses of Liberty and Agriculture (Ceres). On the ribbon banner at the bottom, it says "Liberty and Prosperity" and "1776", which represents the year that the Colonies declared their independence from British rule. Liberty carries a liberty cap on her staff and Ceres holds a cornucopia filled with harvest produce. The coat of arms, which is also found in our state seal, was most likely designed by Francis Hopkinson, a member of the Continental Congress OR by the French artist, Pierre Eugene du Dimitiere before being adopted by the State Legislature on 3 Oct 1776.

The state flag was formally adopted on 26 March 1896. And, a law in 1938 clarified that the right to display the flag was not limited to the governor alone. It is also the only one of the fifty state flags to have buff as a background color, although it is usually shown incorrectly as yellow.

NJ Flag Law: https://www.netstate.com/states/symb/flags/nj_flag.htm
Title 52 State Government, Departments & Officers

52: 3-1. State flag color
52: 3-2. State flag to be headquarters flag
52: 3-3. Display of flag on state house
52: 3-4. Display of foreign flag unaccompanied by national flag prohibited; exception; violation misdemeanor
52: 3-5. Preservation of historic flags
52: 3-6. Display of state flag
52: 3-7. Historic flags; repairs & preservation
52: 3-8. American Night on National Flag Day.
52: 3-11. Flag at half-staff

https://www.state.nj.us/nj/about/symbols/

04/08/2020

๐Ÿคฉ WOW! We just finally hit *1000* likes for our page!!!
...And how extra amazing that it occurred today, on Rockaway Township's 176th Anniversary!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

We so greatly appreciate everyone who has liked our page and follows our adventures!
Thanks for helping us keep Rockaway's & New Jersey's History Alive!
#RockawayTownship #RockawayIronSpirit #HistoricalSocietyofRockawayTownship #LocalHistory #NewJerseyHistory

๐ŸŽŠ It's Rockaway Township's 176th Anniversary today!! ๐ŸŽ‰We love Rockaway, its residents and of course, its history! We hop...
04/08/2020

๐ŸŽŠ It's Rockaway Township's 176th Anniversary today!! ๐ŸŽ‰
We love Rockaway, its residents and of course, its history!
We hope you're all staying healthy & safe! ๐Ÿ’š
#RockawayTownship #RockawayIronSpirit

๐ŸŽ‰Happy Official 175th Anniversary to Rockaway Township!!!๐ŸŽ‰

Rockaway Township was incorporated on April 8th, 1844.

The first RT Meeting Minutes reflect the election of the township officers and resolutions for raising $200 for the 1844 budget as well as the importance of catching and killing wolves, wildcats and other dangerous animals.

๐Ÿ˜จ Rockaway's first Clerk, Charles H. Beach, made at least three mistakes on these minutes:
โ€ข Referring to March 5th as Spring.
โ€ข Writing "Township of Rockaway" twice in the official formation of RT when the initial mention should have referred to "Hanover Township"
โ€ข Incorrectly referring to Township Moderator/Assessor Albert H. Stanborough as "Stansbury".

Do you recognize any of these last names...? ๐Ÿ˜‰

We may be a bit biased in having exceptional love & pride for our local historic structures, but this a golden rule:If y...
04/08/2020

We may be a bit biased in having exceptional love & pride for our local historic structures, but this a golden rule:
If you see any vandalism occur - especially to historic structures or locations - please report it.
Walpack's post says it all - when there's destruction or vandalism to a historic property, something is lost to *ALL* of us.

We need your eyes in DWGNRA. There has been a rash of break-ins up and down the New Jersey side of the recreation area. Windows have been broken, cellar doors have been ripped off and at some of the historic properties wanton and disgusting vandalism has occurred. The DWGNRA has so much to offer to so many people. The historic properties and villages offer a unique snapshot of what it was like to live here long ago and not so long ago. Every time someone illegally enters a building or destroys a piece of a property something is lost to all of us. It is illegal to enter any property that is not open to the public. It is also extremely dangerous as many of the structures have weakened over time. What looks like a perfectly safe place to walk might actually be a trap. We are asking that anyone who travels through and around DWGNRA be on the lookout for vandalism. Please report suspicious activity and damage to NPS. You can also send a direct message to WHS and we will help get the information to the correct people. Please do not confront anyone yourself. Surveillance cameras are in place and more are being installed. Together we can help preserve our history.

#walpackhistory #walpacknj #MyDWGNRA

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Any story surrounding this property and impressive stone wall on Mt Hope near the Ford โ€“ Faesch House? I pass it all the time on my bike, and I always wonder if there is any interesting backstory.
Can anyone tell me about the Lake Side Hotel in Lake Denmark? This photo is from 1905. Although it looks similar to the Green Pond Hotel, it is not.
Just a brief mention of Mt Hope Mine
Does anyone have any information/ photos on Camp Hibernia when it was a Girl Scout Camp?
GREENPOND
Thank you for a great tour! Stony Brook 4th grade
At 1:00 pm we will remember the 33 men that drowned in the Cumberland River in May of 1863. The ceremony will take place at the Civil War Statue on Church Street in Rockaway Boro. We now have new information on the recovery and burial of 27th NJ soldiers that will be announced at our ceremony on Saturday May 25th. All are invited to attend. Captain John Covert 27th Reg't New Jersey Co F Reenactment Group
Hello. I'm the teacher advisor for the Morris Hills High School News Paper "Hilltopper." We are looking to do a feature about the history of the school and need information about the original owners of the property and possibly pictures of the old house. We only have the old wall in front and driveway to go on now. It would be a great then and now story. We know the school was built in 1953. Can anyone offer additional information? Mr. C
From todayโ€™s New Jersey Sunday Herald
โ€œBorrowedโ€ these pictures from another site. This was where Shop Rite currently is prior to Two Guys.
Egberts lake has some photos in the welcome sign introducing the lake. It is such a shame that they are getting ruined by the weather. Hopefully they are not the originals.