Introduction to Leonia, New Jersey
Leonia was settled in 1668 by Dutch and English farmers. African slaves formed a majority of the farming community's population. The area was known as the "English Neighborhood" during the Revolutionary War. Following the arrival of the train in 1859, the community was renamed "West Fort Lee." In 1864, the settlement was given the name "Leonia" in honor of General Charles Lee who played a significant role in the Revolutionary War. The area experienced a sudden burst of cultural and economic growth in the late 1800s. Gradually, transportation facilities increased, and Leonia attracted many creative thinkers, including five Nobel Prize winners.
Leonia and Nearby Attractions
- Bergenfield Museum
- Civil War Drill Hall
- Sylvan Park
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Central Park Zoo
- New York Aquarium
Things To Do In Leonia
Leonia is home to several places of historic interest including the Cole-Allaire House, Civil War Drill Hall and Armory, and Vreeland House. Artifacts of historic importance are showcased in the Bergenfield Museum, New Jersey Naval Museum, and Fort Lee Historic Park & Museum. Sylvan Park, Overpeck County Park, Lakeview Park, and Wood Park are popular parks in Leonia. Opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking are also available at the nearby Branch Brook Park, Palisades Interstate Park, and Dahnert's Lake County Park. In addition, the community celebrates the Leonia Day festival in May every year.
Air transportation is available from Stewart International Airport.
City Higher Education
Colleges near Leonia are Fairleigh Dickinson University, CUNY City College, Yeshiva University, and Columbia University.