King Store 1826
Riggs Saltbox House c.1770
Grey School 1903
We're the Roxbury Township History Website!
This website celebrates the history of Roxbury Township in Morris County, New Jersey. Our town was founded in 1740 and has a rich heritage. Originally a center for Iron Mining and forges that supplied George Washington and the Continental Army, our community grew with the cutting of roads east and west and the building of the Morris Canal in 1827. Roxbury was a major hub for the Canal, with Lake Hopatcong as a water source. Four inclined canal planes and two locks were located within Roxbury, with many businesses established during the 19th century to service the canal. Local explosives plants would supply dynamite for the mines and railroad building and employ generations of Roxbury Township residents. By the 1880's the railroad would overtake the canal for commercial transportation and Roxbury exploded in growth with two major, and competing rail lines. By 1890 Roxbury was 'the' gateway to the busy resorts of Lake Hopatcong, one of the region's most popular summer destinations for over 50 years. The coming decades brought a 'boom time' of new train stations, schools, homes and businesses, yet always in an orderly sort of way.
This site is also growing and we're adding pages of historical photos and articles on local history. We have several pages that were sent in by readers. We'll add Roxbury High School Yearbook pages as they become available and presenting the results here. We welcome YOUR scans of YOUR RHS Yearbook, see the 'About' page for info before starting. Even though this website started in 2004, a special feature is a 'look back' at how this site looked in 1912. Sound impossible?, well just click on the "1912 Webpage" button to the left. This website is focused on the Roxbury Twp. communities of Ledgewood, Succasunna, Kenvil & Lower Berkshire Valley. For historical info on Landing & Port Morris, see our sister site: www.LandingNewJersey.com
This is also the home of The Roxbury Historic Trust website pages. Together we're increasing involvement and interest in historic preservation. RoxburyNewJersey.com is a non-commercial community website. We welcome submission of Roxbury historical info in the form of remembrances, articles and photo scans. Visit again!
You've already seen 2016,
now you can experience 1916 at the King House & Store
Historic King House Homestead, King Canal Store, Colonial Saltbox House
Our new exhibit
presents information about innovation and innovators in Roxbury
Township. Featured is Roxbury’s No 1 ESS, the first reliable Electronic
Switching System telephone exchange, which opened in June 1965,
50 years ago. A model of the central office and artifacts from
it are displayed. Tours of the King House and King Store Museums will
be available throughout the afternoon.
Roxbury Historic Trust, Inc - 209 Main Street, Ledgewood,
website works co-operatively with, greatly appreciates and highly
commends the work of the dedicated volunteers of
the Roxbury area Historical organizations. These 2 groups form
The Roxbury Township Historical Society owns and operates the historic "Silas Riggs Saltbox" House, dating from the years just after the Revolutionary War. Located at 213 Main Street in Ledgewood, it is open on the second Sunday afternoon of each month April thru December. They have published books on Roxbury Township History and sponsor an evening lecture series, open to the public, as well as the very popular "A Saltbox Christmas", an Open House with an Olde Fashioned Soup Supper, held in early December. Roxbury Township Historical Society, PO Box 18, Succasunna, NJ 07876. tel 973-584-6931 or 973-584-2676.
The Roxbury Historic Trust has responsibility for the "King Canal Store" & the "King Home Museum" at 209-211 Main Street in Ledgewood. The Store and the Homestead Museum are open for tours on the second Sunday of the months of April thru December, from 1-4 PM. Overseen by volunteers from the Trust, this is well worth a visit. Operated by Theodore F. King from 1874 through 1928, the Store was originally built in 1826 and retains it's turn of the Century appearance. The Trust is also restoring the adjacent 1881 Victorian House built by the King family. A newly restored Parlor and Exhibition rooms are open to the public. Roxbury Historic Trust Inc., 209 Main St, Ledgewood, NJ 07852 tel# 973-927-7603 or 973-584-7903. The Trust is very active and invites new members!
We urge you to support your Community heritage by becoming a member of one or both these fine groups
Timeline - Roxbury
Website of 1912 - Morris
Canal - 1940
Hercules Explosion -
High School 1955 Yearbook
1958 Yearbook - Class of 1959 - 1935 Yearbook - www.RHSClassof65.com - Riggs Family Descended from British Royalty!
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