As early as , large numbers of German immigrants came to Pennsylvania.
The villages flourished with the opening of the first public road in the county that passed through Upper Milford on the way to Philadelphia. Notable landmarks in the community serve as a reminder of the area's rich history. A statue of Lenape chief Lapowinsa watches over Jasper Park in Vera Cruz, the location of one of the most significant archeological sites in eastern Pennsylvania. The Zionsville area features several picturesque old churches.
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Powder Valley has the preserved site of the Stahl Brother's Pottery, and the countryside is still dotted with many bank barns and stately homes of early German farm families. Its approximately eighty square miles of mountains and lakes have delighted visitors for more than a century.
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Cropsey, who married local resident Maria Cooley, captured many West Milford landscapes in their autumnal splendor. In the late s and early s, many resorts opened in the township and railroads brought wealthy vacationers from New York City to enjoy the countryside.
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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 In West Milford, previously unpublished images of these places and events bring the past to light, providing insight into the township's rich and diverse history.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 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.
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