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Ebenezer Byram

In 1744 Ebenezer Byram and family moved to Roxiticus in Morris County from East Bridgwater, Plymouth Colony. He was fifty-two. It was late in life for him to make this move. In the mid-1700’s the average life expectancy was close to his age in the mid-fifties. Why did...

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275th Anniversary

Happy 275th, Mendham Township! On the 29th of March of this year, the Township of Mendham celebrates 275 years of officially being a town. Morris County, originally formed in 1738, was first made up of three townships: Morris, Hanover, and Pequannock.  Mendham...

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History of Ralston Cider Mill

Origin as Nesbitt Grist Mill In 1818 Mary Ann Ralston, daughter of John Ralston, married the nephew and namesake of her father’s business partner Hugh Nesbitt. She had grown up at a time when the Roxiticus area (now called Ralston) became of thriving industrial...

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Naming Mendham

There are names for municipalities large and small, including hamlets, villages, towns, and cities. There are even names where streets meet. How are these names picked? The story of who, what, where, when, and why varies from place to place. What about Mendham...

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6 East Main Street, Brookside

6 East Main Street is an interesting building in Mendham Township. Owing to the presence of low hills and narrow valleys, along with an abundance of water, a mixture of commercial buildings and residential structures were built in the Brookside area over the past two...

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Hartshorne Fitz Randolph

Hartshorne Fitz Randolph was an important 18th century leader in Mendham Township. He lived in a turbulent time of political unrest. Political boundaries were shifted as New Jersey sought to rationalize local government. Hartshorne was a Quaker, a man of peace in a...

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Original People

The land that we call Mendham Township today, in the era before the Europeans arrived, was occupied by a people who lived in harmony with the land. This native population had slowly traversed our continent from the Bering Strait. What we call New Jersey became the...

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The “Rock-A-Bye Baby” Railroad

Today, Mendham Township and Borough are bedroom communities with over twelve thousand residents, who live in a mixture of historic homes and more contemporary houses mostly built after WWII. There are several high-end housing developments, along with mansions...

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Community Club of Brookside

“Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.” – Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant               1923 offered a rare opportunity to the residents of Brookside in Mendham Township. This was a community still in transition...

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Jonathan Pierson Loree, Civil War Soldier

This Memorial Day we commemorate Jonathan Pierson Loree, a Civil War soldier who was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia on May 13th and died at Carvers General Hospital in Washington, D.C. on May 30, 1864. The Loree family was among the earliest...

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