Roxbury Roots and History

April 9, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Like it or not, the blasts from locomotive horns still echo through parts of Roxbury as N.J. Transit trains, and those on the Dover and Rockaway River Railroad, traverse the township. But rail activity in Roxbury these days is meager compared to the industry's heyday when Port ...

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ROXBURY, NJ — The iconic but long dormant Tom’s Diner on Route 46 in Ledgewood was demolished today while its former owner, town officials and the property’s new owners watched. A wrecking crew tore into the dilapidated structure and, piece by piece, deposited twisted metal, wood and cinder ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – An important section of the former Morris Canal in Roxbury would be preserved under plan endorsed by township officials. The Roxbury Mayor and Council voted Tuesday to offer $15,000 toward the potential preservation of the remains of Morris Canal Inclined Plane 1 East, off ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – The miniature train that last carried children around Horseshoe Lake Park about 40 years might live again, but not in Roxbury. The locomotive, along with the narrow-gauge tracks and ties that once carried it, are being donated by the township to the Bergen County Parks Department ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Work began last week on a new home for the school bell formerly housed in the rooftop cupola atop the Roxbury School Board building. The bell, which once alerted the neighborhood that school was in session, is being placed in a display on the lawn in front of the 116-year-old ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – They’ve been unused, overgrown and crumbling eyesores for years, but soon the former tennis courts between Lincoln-Roosevelt School and Franklin School in Succasunna will be removed and replaced with pavilions for outdoor classrooms and other uses. The Roxbury school board, on ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – History is Amy Curry's passion and profession, so the Landing resident said she is honored by her recent nomination to serve on the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Board. The 11-member board makes recommendations to the county freeholders on the funding of historic ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury history buffs are putting the final touches on a brochure that will serve as a guide to a self-guided walking history tour of Main Street in Succasunna. The 6-fold brochure will contain information about 24 historical buildings and sites featured in the Dec. 5 tour, an ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Township officials recently took an important step toward the restoration and rehabilitation of a historic former schoolhouse in the Lower Berkshire Valley section of Roxbury. The Roxbury Mayor and Council approved a capital ordinance appropriating about $64,000 to pay for ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – An important piece of the former Morris Canal, situated in Ledgewood and choked with weeds, will soon receive major restoration. Known as Morris Canal Incline Plane 2 East, the 19th Century structure in Roxbury’s Morris Canal Park will see restoration of its stone-lined raceway, ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Once a bustling hive of activity – especially on beer-splashed Friday nights - Roxbury’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in Kenvil could soon be a thing of the past. The members of Kenvil VFW Post 2833 will soon be deciding whether to put the building up for sale, said Jeff ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Two historic buildings in Roxbury are among 28 across Morris County recommended by an advisory panel to receive historic preservation grants, the county said today. The former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W) station in Landing and the King Homestead Museum in ...

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