New Book About Kenilworth Includes Story About JFK Visit

Front of Kenilworth Borough Hall. Credits: P. Boyle

KENILWORTH, NJ - A fifth book has been published by Walter Boiright, a native of Kenilworth and town historian. The book titled "Kenilworth Memories", a new history book contains hundreds of photos and stories about the town and people who have made an impact on the borough.

Boiright comments,  “There are dozens of new stories never told before and new discoveries of days gone by.  Among new revelations and perhaps the most fascinating is the story of a Kenilworth girl who once dated John F. Kennedy during WWII.  JFK actually came to Kenilworth looking for her.”  

Other book topics are bandits and shootings, an assassination at borough hall, when airplanes took off and landed in Kenilworth, WWII in Kenilworth, the 200-year journey for Kenilworth to finally get its own high school, and filming of silent movies in Kenilworth.

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The book also delves into when Kenilworth was mostly a Jewish town; the old Rahway Valley Railroad; the Great Train Robbery controversy; the true story of Tin Kettle Hill; local African-American history updates; fires and disasters; Mudville, Boom-Town and other housing developments.

There also are sections dedicated to Kenilworth families.

The book is published by Historic Signs, Inc., an IRS tax exempt, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving local history.  Books can be ordered for $20.00 each and will be distributed in Kenilworth during late November at a central location at a time and date to be announced.  For an additional $6.00, books can be sent via Priority Mail anywhere in the USA.  

Book order forms can be obtained by sending a request to or by picking one up at the Kenilworth Public Library and the Borough Clerk’s Office. 

To order by regular mail individuals may send their request to: Historic Signs, 7 Spring Lake Blvd, Waretown NJ 08758.  Checks are payable to Historic Signs.

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