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Rockaway, New Jersey, USA - First Presbyterian Church Organized 1758

Rockaway, Morris, NJ

Rockaway was formed as a borough on June 19, 1894, from portions of Rockaway Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. Additional portions of Rockaway Township were annexed by the borough in 1908.

The borough shares its name with the Rockaway River and the neighboring township. The name is derived from a Native American term, variously said to mean "place of sands", "creek between two hills" or "bushy" / "difficult to cross".


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First Presbyterian Church
Organized 1758
Rockaway, New Jersey, USA

First Presbyterian Church
Organized 1758

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1844 - Rockaway Township incorporated
1854 - Rockaway township
Rockaway township, near the centre of Morris county, New Jersey, is situated on the Rockaway river and on the Morris canal, about 7 miles N. of Morristown. This town is situated in the richest iron region of the state, and has extensive manufactories of that useful metal. There are several forges, rolling mills, foundries, and steel furnaces. The Mount Hope mining property, near this place, was sold a short time since for $80,000. The Morris and Essex railroad passes through this town.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
Rockaway was formed as a borough on June 19, 1894, from portions of Rockaway Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day.
1895 - Rockaway
Rock'away, a post-village in Rockaway township, Morris co., N.J., on a river of the same name, on the Morris Canal and the Morris & Essex division of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, 9 miles N. by W. of Morristown, and 3 miles N.E. of Dover. It has 3 churches, a rolling-mill, an iron-foundry, a forge, and a grist-mill. The township contains mines of iron and a village named Mount Hope. Pop of the township, 6033.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Rockaway:
Tour Historic Sites:

Ford-Faesch Manor Museum: Explore this historic 18th-century mansion that now serves as a museum showcasing the area's history and culture.

Rockaway Train Station: Visit the beautifully restored Rockaway Train Station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hike and Enjoy Nature:

Tourne County Park: This park offers excellent hiking trails, picnic areas, and scenic views of the New York City skyline.

Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area: A great spot for hiking and wildlife observation, with numerous trails and beautiful views.

Shop and Dine:

Rockaway Townsquare Mall: A large shopping center with a wide range of stores, restaurants, and entertainment options.

Downtown Rockaway: Explore the charming downtown area with its quaint shops, boutiques, and local restaurants.

Outdoor Activities:

Rockaway River Country Club: If you enjoy golf, check out this beautiful 18-hole course with scenic views.

Fishing and Boating:...

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