Introduction to Sparta, New Jersey
Sparta, New Jersey, in Sussex county, is 16 miles NW of Parsippany, New Jersey and 31 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is included in the Newark metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 18,080 people lived in Sparta.
When European colonists first discovered this area it was occupied by the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. These Dutch explorers also noticed the presence of red ores in this region and tried to mine them. But they failed in their attempts to extract copper from these ores. The area had its first permanent settler, Robert Ogden, in 1778. For over a hundred years zinc, iron and limestone were mined in this area.
Sparta and nearby Attractions
- Grover Cleveland Birthplace
- Ringwood Manor
- New Jersey Botanical Garden
- Turtle Back Zoo
- Franklin Mineral Museum
- South Mountain Reservation
- Wild West City
- Hidden Valley Resort
Things To Do In Sparta
Sparta is a residential community which offers all amenities needed for a wholesome life. It is a beautiful township that is dotted with lakes and surrounded by mountains. Hiking is a popular activity and the various lakes also serve as picnic areas.
Newark International is the nearest major airport.
Sparta Higher Education
Higher education is available at Sussex County Community College, Drew University and the Caldwell College.