Events Of The Past Which Helped Create Our Township As It Is Today


1696..Arent Schuyler and others purchased the Pompton Patent from the Lenape Indians and the Duke of York.


1710..West bank of Pequannock River Settled by Le Mattre, Comley and Van Ness Famlies.


1740..MARCH 25, PEQUANNOCK, THE LARGEST MORRIS COUNTY TOWNSHIP, WAS CREATED BY THE FIRST COURT TO SIT IN MORRISTOWN.


1776-83..Constant movement of American Continental Army along Kings Highway.


1781..Rochambeau's French Army camped in Pompton Plains going to and from the Battle of Yorktown.


1789..Jackson Avenue authorized by State Legislation.


1804..Jefferson Township separated from Pequannock Township.


1807..Newark-Pompton Turnpike opened as a toll road.


1811..Legislation in Trenton formed "Bog and Vly Company" to drain the land and create East Big Ditch & West Ditch.



1830..Pequannock Township had 4,451 people (including slaves), 8 stores, 9 sawmills, 5 gristmills, 37 tanning vats, 2 distilleries, 14 forges, 690 horses and mules, 2,265 cattle, Township paid $574 State Tax, $1,285 County Tax.


1831..Randolph separated from Pequannock Township and became Dover in 1844.


1844..Rockaway separated from Pequannock Township.


1867..Boonton Township, Boonton and Montville became separate Boroughs.


1874..Boulevard created.


1895..Wharton separated from Pequannock Township.


1901..Butler separated from Pequannock Township.


1915..Pompton Plains Fire Association (Engine Co. No. 1) organized at Mandeville Inn. George Atwood first Captain.


1922..Turnpike paved with concrete. (Was New Jersey Route 23). Riverdale, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park separated from Pequannock Township.


1923..Pequannock Township Engine Co. No. 2 organized.


1930..First Township Offices opened consisting of Municipal Clerk and Police Office.


1951..First Master Plan adopted for Township.


1953..P.V. Park opened - first public recreation area.


1954..Chilton Memorial Hospital opened on Turnpike.


1956..New Municipal Building dedicated; two wings added later.


1957..January 1st - Council/Manager form of government took effect.

1980..Pequannock Township had 13,776 people, Township paid $1,152,526.13 County Tax, Total School Budget $4,902,077.78, and $1,367,664.34 Total Town Budget.