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 event conceived by Roxbury Township Historian Marge Cushing as a way of celebrating the township's 280th Anniversary.
The public is invited to arrive at any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the day of the tour, starting at the Roxbury Public Library. The free brochures will be available in the gazebo outside the library – itself a piece of Roxbury history.
Cushing said part of her motivation for proposing the history tour was the cancelation this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, of the annual Home for the Holidays street fair on Main Street. That event was supposed to take place Dec. 5.
“In view of the fact we couldn’t have Home for Holidays, and since it is our 280th Anniversary, I thought, `Why not have a walking tour?’” Cushing said.
'Movers and Shakers' of Roxbury's Early Days
A 5-member committee was formed to work out the details. “It evolved very, very nicely; very easily,” she said. “It’s worked out very beautifully. I sweated a lot to get as much information in this brochure as I could. I was a teacher and I always like get out good stories about things.”
Those who participate in the tour will “stroll along the sidewalks of Main Street ... and learn all about the interesting history of Roxbury Township,” said a statement announcing the event. Stops along the way will include the burial sites of Native Americans, former Gov. Mahlon Dickerson and soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War and Civil War.
“See where George Washington visited his troops and where a tavern/stagecoach stop still stands,” added the statement.
Cushing said she hopes the tour and brochure will help “acquaint residents with the people who started the township … The people who were the movers and shakers.” She said she has a vision about the walking tour’s long-term impact on people who drive on Main Street daily but might have little knowledge about its history.
“My point is, when this is over, when the walk is over, and people are sitting in traffic on Main Street, they will have something to think about,” said the historian.
Parking will be available at library which will also be hosting a by-appointment book sale that day. Succasunna United Methodist Church’s thrift shop and holiday market will also be open.
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