got started in November 2004. We're a voluntary non-profit community website, started by a resident of Roxbury Township, New Jersey.
Our theme is the history of our Township. We add more info
to this site several times a year, and keep the Ledgewood Historical Park
schedule updated. We're always ready to post info & images others have
sent in as well. Here are some basics about us:
1. This site seeks to serve
our community by providing pages of
historic Roxbury Township photographs and sketches on the rich history
of our community. This website is focused on the history of the
Roxbury Twp. communities of Ledgewood, Succasunna, Kenvil & Lower
Berkshire Valley. For Landing & Port Morris historical articles
& photos, click this link
for our sister website: www.LandingNewJersey.com
2. This site, unlike the various fraudulent "your community website" (which
looks the same for every town), has no hidden commercial agenda. The
minimal web hosting costs are borne by the Editor. We have achieved very
rankings in major search engines including Google, Yahoo & MSN for
searches involving local history, as well as several links in Wikipedia,
the largest updated electronic Encyclopedia.
3. This site is free, non-political, non-partisan and family-friendly. While I
appreciate (usually) those who serve in public office, your humble Editor/Owner
has no political aspirations. Also, since there are some who are wondering, no, I'm not writing or gathering material for a future
Roxbury history book to be sold for profit. This Editor is driven
by the conviction that the history of the community belongs to, and
should be freely & easily available to the community. (Ok,
Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now)
4. We invite your ideas and contributions to this site in the form of
remembrances of Roxbury history, photos we can scan and share with
etc. As of October 2011, there are 12 pages whose content came totally from readers, Thanks !
5. The site design was created from scratch and is edited from our beautiful
Roxbury Township NJ studios overlooking scenic Lake Hopatcong. (well, to be
honest, in the winter you can see some of the Lake through the trees
from our spare bedroom)
We greatly appreciate and work
the dedicated volunteers of the Roxbury area Historical organizations: The Roxbury Township Historical Society
and The Roxbury Historic Trust. Full contact & membership
information for these two fine organizations are shown on our Main
Page. In March 2006 we began to host the website pages
of The Roxbury Historic Trust and work
with them and others to increase involvement and interest in historical
Most of the historical articles
on the site were researched and written by the Editor, always noting
sources at the end of the article.
is my favorite Jersey website! Stop by my place in Princeton if
you're in the area, I'll make us some blintzes"
163 Visitors in May 2005, an average of 5 per day !
311 Visitors in August 2005, an average of 10 per day !
1,016 Visitors in October 2005, an average of 32 per day !
1,143 Visitors in December 2005, an average of 37 per day!
2,264 Visitors in August 2006, an average of 73 per day!
3,182 Visitors in
April 2009, an average of 106 per day!!
Visitors in August 2012, an average of 119 per day!
Visitors in November 2012, an average of 139 per day!
Visitors in November 2013, an average of 169 per day!
Visitors in November 2014, an average of 183 per day!
individual visitors viewing the website.
"Visitors" is defined by my hosting service as those who view
at least 2 pages of the website. Each visit produces dozens of
"hits", i.e., graphics, pages or images within the site that are viewed.
"hits" to show site popularity is meaningless and
misleading. "Page Views" are a bit more telling, but still
misleading. "Visitors" are the real and most honest gauge)
Us and Genealogical Inquiries:
Increasingly we receive requests to spend hours of time researching someone's ancestors who lived in Roxbury. The
simple response is that while this website has content contributed by many
in our community, it is a volunteer effort led by a
person with a very full-time career and family responsibilities who is already over-committed to a
variety of non-profit Boards and good causes. Heck, I've barely done my own family history. May
I gently suggest you begin your own family research by using the major
search engines: Google, Yahoo & Bing. The most comprehensive
Genealogical resource on the Internet is Ancestry.com, a paid
subscription service that while not cheap, has tons of info on YOUR family that you didn't
even know existed. If you email me and CLEARLY tell me you've done all that,
AND, tell me what you've learned so far, THEN
I'll take a look through whatever Books & Data CD's I have on local
history and see if your 'name' appears. My family thanks you for understanding.
Our email address is at the bottom of this page.
(no e-mails are answered
during NY Yankees pennant races)
is for you to contact the The Roxbury Township Historical Society. They
have an extensive Library of Roxbury Twp historical material, as well as
members who have lived here for over 50 years who may have answers to your
questions. Contact: Roxbury Township Historical Society, PO Box 18,
Succasunna, NJ 07876. tel# 973-584-6931 or 973-584-2676.
Own Roxbury High School Yearbook And We'll Post It !
Yes, We would be happy to post your scans of your Roxbury High School
Yearbook. We need others to scan their books, as that effort is just too
time-consuming for one volunteer (me) with a full time job and family to
handle alone. We will make separate pages for it like all the other years
have. About tech matters:
1. Make sure your scanning software is set to produce the highest possible
quality jpg scan, with the least amount of compression. This adjustment is
often buried deep in the OPTIONS or SETTINGS menus in the scanner
software. With today's Broadband High-speed Internet, we want the best
quality, NOT the smaller file size.
2. Set the .dpi to approx 100 for one test scan, and 150 for another test
scan. Sometimes there are PRESETS at 96 and 150 dpi, that's fine. DO NOT
RESIZE AFTER SCANNING. We need the original scan, saved as the best
quality jpg to use on the website. I'm asking for these 2 tests of the
same Yearbook page so we can determine how to proceed with your set-up.
Scan in full color, not black and white, as there is color even in most
black and white printing, we may need that for sharpness.
3. After I receive your 2 tests of the same one page, I'll choose one and
let you know,
and then you can complete the scanning of as many pages as you would like.
These scans can be placed in a virtual folder, and zipped up for e-mailing, or burned to
a CD and mailed to us in New Jersey. There is no cost, no money is
exchanged, it's community volunteerism all the way!
Feel free to email with any questions, MB, Editor