Trolley Ledgewood Roxbury Township NJ
Trolley 1904

King Store 1826

Riggs Saltbox House 1770-1805
Grey School Succasunna NJ
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 2 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 RHS 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:  www.LandingNewJersey.com

We cooperate with The Roxbury Historic Trust and host their website pages. We're working together to increase involvement and interest in historical preservation.  RoxburyNewJersey.com is a non-commercial community website. We welcome submissions of Roxbury historical info in the form of remembrances, articles and photo scans. Visit again soon!


You've already seen 2014, now you can experience 1914 at the  King Buildings,
and experience 1814 at the Salt Box House!

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Drakesville Historic District on Main St Ledgewood,
next open house will be Pathways of History weekend:

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 10 AM thru 4 PM
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Noon thru 4 PM

Historic King House Homestead, King Canal Store, Colonial Saltbox House

NEW EXHIBIT:  Our new exhibit presents information about innovation and innovators in Roxbury Township. Featured is Roxbury’s No 1 ESS, the first reliable Electronic Switching System telephone exchange, which opened in June 1965, almost 50 years ago. A model of the central office and artifacts from it are on display. Tours of the King House and King Store Museums will be available throughout the afternoon.
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The Saltbox House, King Canal Store & King Home will be open on this date for free tours at 209-213 Main Street, behind the former Ledgewood Circle.

NEW!  DRAKESVILLE TIMES NEWSLETTER 8 - May 2014

Roxbury Historic Trust, Inc  -  209 Main Street, Ledgewood, 07852
973-927-7603  -  Admission free, donations appreciated

Be sure to see this webpage of historic Ledgewood photos:
Pastor Holwick's 'Main Street Ledgewood Then & Now'
and  Historical Photos from Ledgewood Baptist

Tribute to Roxbury Fireman Harry E. Davenport
 Living History Day 2008 Photos!

History of RIGHTER FAMILY and DAIRY FARM

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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.

The Roxbury Township Historical Society  owns and operates the historic "Silas Riggs Saltbox" House, dating from the years just after the Revolutionary War. Located at 213 Main Street in Ledgewood, it is open on the second Sunday afternoon of each month April thru December. They have published books on Roxbury Township History and sponsor an evening lecture series, open to the public, as well as the very popular "A Saltbox Christmas", an Open House with an Olde Fashioned Soup Supper, held in early 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.  The Store and the Homestead Museum are open for tours on the second Sunday of the months of April thru December, from 1-4 PM. Overseen by volunteers from the Trust, this is well worth a visit. 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 is also restoring 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 very 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
  Roxbury High School 1955 Yearbook  -  1958 Yearbook    1935 Yearbook     
www.RHSClassof65.com 

©2004-2014 RoxburyNewJersey.com. Please do not reproduce or use on another website without permission, which we happily grant.
This site is a voluntary public service of RoxburyNewJersey.com, 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