Introduction to Rockaway, New Jersey
The first settlers arrived in the early 1700s, at which time the settlement was known as "Rockaway Village." By the 1760s, the area was a center for manufacturing, trade, and religion. It had a grist mill and a saw mill, and there were also numerous mines that necessitated roads to be constructed in order to access. During the Revolutionary War, the village had numerous farmers, miners, and forgemen. Rockaway was an important iron manufacturing area, and following the British enactment of the Mercantile Acts, considerable Revolutionary activity occurred in the community. In the 1830s, the Morris Canal was constructed, and Rockaway Borough was incorporated in 1894.
Rockaway and Nearby Attractions
- Hackettstown Historical Museum
- Edison National Historic Site
- Campgaw Mountain Reservation
- Reeves-Reed Arboretum
- New Jersey Botanical Garden
- Turtle Back Zoo
Things To Do In Rockaway
Morris Museum, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morris Plains Museum, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and Whippany Railway Museum showcase exhibits which reflect the historical and cultural background of the region. The Edison National Historical Site includes Thomas Alva Edison's laboratory, while Morristown National Historical Park preserves the area occupied by the Continental Army during the Revolution. Tourne County Park, Silas Condict Park, Hopatcong State Park, and Hedden County Park are several of the popular parks in the area. They feature nature trails and provisions for camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Wild West City, a theme park, is another popular attraction. In addition, Rockaway offers easy access to Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Glen Rock Arboretum, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and Turtle Back Zoo.
The closest major airport is Newark Liberty International Airport.
Rockaway Higher Education
Colleges near Rockaway include the County College of Morris, Drew University, William Paterson University of New Jersey, and Seton Hall University.