Trolley 1910
King Store
                      ledgewood NJ Roxbury
King Store 1826

Riggs Saltbox House c.1770
Grey School
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 Roxbury 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:

This is also the home of The Roxbury Historic Trust website pages and Roxbury Township Historical Society webpages. Together we're increasing involvement in historic preservation. is a non-commercial community website. We welcome submission of Roxbury historical remembrances, articles and photo scans.

Roxbury Historic Museums Openings: Second Sunday each month - 1 to 4 pm,
April to December.  209 & 211 Main St, Ledgewood, NJ - Voluntary donation.
Museums at Drakesville Facebook: News & Photos

Emma & Theodore King Welcome You!

You've seen 2024, now you can experience 1924 at the  King House & Store and experience 1824 at the Salt Box House

Special: Colonial Riggs Saltbox House
Open Saturday, May 4, 2024, Noon to 4 pm

Roxbury Township Historical Society Webpages

Roxbury Historic Trust, Inc  -  209 Main Street, Ledgewood, 07852
#973-927-7603 - Admission free, donations appreciated.
Newsletter archive on Trust page.

Historic Ledgewood photos:
Pastor Holwick's 'Main Street Ledgewood Then & Now' and  Historical Photos from Ledgewood Baptist

President Theodore Roosevelt in Roxbury !!

Drakesville Times Newsletter 14 - December 2017


Triple Lake Dude Ranch

Morris Canal in Roxbury

 Living History Day 2008 Photos!

This 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 Museums at Drakesville Historic Park, Ledgewood, New Jersey - call beforehand for updated hours

The Roxbury Township Historical Society  operates the historic "Silas Riggs Saltbox House", a Revolutionary War era building. Located at 213 Main Street in Ledgewood, it is open on the second Sunday afternoon of each month April thru December. They publish books on Roxbury Township History, sponsor a lecture series and host the very popular "A Saltbox Christmas", an Open House with an Olde Fashioned Soup Supper, held on the first Friday in 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.  They are open for tours on the second Sunday of the months of April thru December, from 1-4 PM. 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 also runs 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 active and invites new members!

We urge you to support your Community heritage by becoming a member of one or both these fine groups

History Timeline  -  Roxbury Website of 1912   -   Morris Canal   -   1940 Hercules Explosion   -   Letters to the Editor
EXHIBIT: VICTORIAN GIRLS ROOM  -   Recognizing Miriam Morris  -  Riggs Family Descended from British Royalty!
Book Review: "DOG HEAD SWORD OF SUCCASUNNA" - Roxbury Fireman Harry E. Davenport

2004-2024 Please do not reproduce or use on another website without permission, which we are happy to grant.
This site is a voluntary community public service of, a non-profit local history website. A link to the "official" Township website is on our "Links" page.

To contact the Proprietor of this site, see the ABOUT US  page