West Milford

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West Milford has always been known for its natural beauty. Its approximately eighty square miles of mountains and lakes have delighted visitors for more than a century. In the mid-1800s, renowned Hudson River School painter Jasper F. Cropsey, who married local resident Maria Cooley, captured many West Milford landscapes in their autumnal splendor. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many resorts opened in the township and railroads brought wealthy vacationers from New York City to enjoy the countryside. West Milford also has a rich industrial history; ironworks produced cannonballs, stoves, and other items for the Continental militia during the Revolutionary War, including links for iron chains strung across the Hudson River to block access by the British fleet. In West Milford, previously unpublished images of these places and events bring the past to light, providing insight into the township's rich and diverse history. Featured items include images of the 40-room stone mansion Cross Castle, the flight of the airmail rocket Gloria, Idylease Inn during its construction, and the historic town center. Postcards created of local landmarks during West Milford's tourism heyday are included, as well as rare correspondence and letter cover images from the West Milford Museum's Jasper F. Cropsey collection.
ISBN: 9780738505039
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Lifetime West Milford resident Samantha Vaughan is a member of the West Milford Historical Preservation Commission and the West Milford Heritage Committee, and is the founder of Friends of the West Milford Museum. She holds a juris doctorate degree from Fordham University, has worked in Ireland at a Belfast law firm, and has coauthored a journal article on Northern Ireland human rights issues. Join her on this unique journey through West Milford's past.
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