Posted Thursday, June 1st, 2017
HIKE CELEBRATES BOONTON TOWNSHIP’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY
This Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, enjoy a 3.5 mile hike in celebration of National Trails Day and Boonton Township’s 150th anniversary year. This celebratory hike is sponsored by Boonton Township, the Morris County Park Commission, and the Historical Society of Boonton Township.
Lead by guides from the Morris County Park Commission, the hike will cover the northern section of Rockaway Valley, beginning at Kincaid Woods over the Mine Ridge and finishing at the RVA Fields walking path. Explore the rural beauty while learning about the area’s historical significance.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary, Boonton Township was incorporated in 1867 and covers eight square miles of pleasing vistas, fields nestled between wooded hills, and lovely old farmsteads among modern private homes. It was assembled from three very old Townships: Rockaway, Hanover, and Pequannock.
In 1748, this unsettled wilderness was purchased by Frederick DeMouthe from William Penn. A few families moved in to farm, work forges and sawmills, live off the land mining and making charcoal, and then some working on the Morris Canal after 1830.
The early 20th century witnessed pioneers in communications technology establishing thriving business on the valley floor providing good jobs for the Township residents while serving world markets.
“This hike is a rare opportunity for everyone of all ages to enjoy National Trails Day exploring some of the most historical trails in the area, but to also to join in the celebration of Boonton Township Sesquicentennial Anniversary,” said Russ Felter, the Park Commission’s Manager of Park Projects.
“The historical stories heard along the way will be fascinating offering insight to the area’s development.” Felter continued, “We will even explore the topics about the bandits who hunted the rugged ridge and the ‘tar rope gang’ whose hideout was nearby at Bear Rock.”
This leisurely hike is FREE for all participants, and a shuttle service will be available between locations. Water and snacks are complimentary at RVA. For more information, please call Russ Nee at 973.631.5136 or visit morrisparks.net.
If you are looking for an out-of-area Trails Day adventure, take a look at the NJ DEP’s list of statewide trails events.