The Morris County community of Montville covers a nine-milelong area bounded by the Rockaway River to the west and the Passaic River to the east. Montville Township was formed in 1867 from land set off from Pequannock Township, and incorporates the hamlets of Pine Book and Towaco (formerly known as White Hall). Set within the foothills of the Hook Mountains, the area has always been known for its plentiful, clear springs, deposits of limestone and iron ore, and fertile soil. Long traversed by the Lenni Lenape people, it drew Dutch patentees to hide-trapping, tanning, and eventually farming. During the Revolutionary War, General Washington frequented the Doremus House in the northwestern part of Montville. The Morris Canal, built between 1824 and 1831, provided an inland waterway to transport coal west from Pennsylvania across New Jersey to the Hudson River. Montville celebrates this community’s long and multifaceted history.
Author Bio: Montville presents the rich history of this community, using the archives of the local historical society, contributions from private individuals, and the illustrative, engaging work of a renowned New Jersey historical writer. Patricia Florio Colrick is a preservation advocate and historical preservation specialist based in Spring Lake, where she is president of the Preservation Alliance of Spring Lake and past president and trustee of the local historical society. Colrick, who is the author of Arcadia’s Spring Lake and Hoboken, worked directly with the members and material of the Montville Historical Society to create this photographic history.
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