Introduction to Boonton, New Jersey
The first settlement in present day Boonton, dates back to the early 18th century. In 1747, Obadiah Baldwin operated an iron refining forge, and workers in the mill settled in the surrounding area with their families. In 1761, the community was named "Boone-Towne" in honor of Thomas Boone, the Colonial Governor. In 1770, Samuel Ogden established Boonton Iron Works which supplied iron products to the military during the American Revolutionary War. Following the construction of the Morris Canal in the 1820s, the New Jersey Iron Company launched operations in the village which led to the growth of a new community by the name of "Booneton Falls." Gradually, more industries were established in the region, and on March 16, 1866, the community of Boonton was officially formed from portions of Pequannock Township and Hanover Township. It was reincorporated as a town on March 18, 1867.
Boonton and Nearby Attractions
- Boonton Historical Society Museum
- Edison National Historic Site
- Washington Rock State Park
- Staten Island Zoo
- Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
Things To Do In Boonton
Boonton is home to the Boonton Historical Society Museum, and the New Jersey Firemen's Home & Museum both of which have various artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the historical and cultural heritage of the region. Morristown National Historical Park, which was occupied by General George Washington's troops during the Revolution, is a site of historic interest near Boonton. The town also offers easy access to several other museums and historic sites like Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morris Museum, Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Grover Cleveland Birthplace, and Edison National Historic Site. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Turtle Back Zoo, Old Troy County Park, West Essex Park, New Jersey Botanical Garden, and Eagle Rock Reservation are other popular destinations in the area.
Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.
Boonton Higher Education
Drew University, William Paterson University of New Jersey, County College of Morris, and Seton Hall University are the nearby colleges.