North Jersey Highlands Historical Society

Keywords: New Jersey History, New Jersey Archaeology, New Jersey Genealogy, New Jersey Highlands, New Jersey Skylands, New Jersey Historic Sites, Iron, Iron Mining, Iron Furnaces, Forges, Ringwood, West Milford, Pompton, Greenwood Lake, Wanaque, Ramapo Mountains, New Jersey Hiking, Ringwood Manor State Park, Long Pond Ironworks State Park, Erskine Militia, Industrial Archeology, The Highlander Magazine.

For over forty years the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society has been dedicated to the study and preservation of regional history in the North Jersey Highlands. Our members have diverse interests including, the American Revolution, archaeology, canals, genealogy, hiking, historical research, iron mining, Native American culture, nature study, railroads, and even truss bridges, but all share a deep love of the region.

The Society's monthly meetings feature a speaker followed by refreshments and fellowship. (There are no speakers in October, when officers are elected and December which is an open forum "show and tell".) Meetings are always at 8:00 pm on the last Wednesday of the month and held at the Long Pond Old Country Store, Route 511, West Milford, New Jersey. (Scroll down for directions) Special events include hikes and field trips as well as the opportunity to participate as volunteer docents in the Victorian Spring and Victorian Christmas celebrations at Ringwood Manor State Park.

A research and genealogical library is open to all. For library hours and assistance with the collection, please write or E-mail and address your inquiry to the "Library Chairman". Members may publish their work in the society's award-winning annual magazine, The Highlander. Reprints of Highlander articles are available for a nominal fee. (Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of sample articles.)

Annual dues are $15 for individuals, 20$ for families. Make checks payable to the NJHHS. For more information please contact us at the address below.

North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
PO Box 248
Ringwood, New Jersey,

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Directions to the Long Pond Ironworks Country Store / Visitor Center.

From Interstate 287: Follow route 287 northbound to the New York State border. Take I-87 (New York State Throughway) northbound to exit 15A. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Route 17 northbound. Take the exit for Sloatsburg Road which leads to Ringwood. Follow Sloatsburg Road (Rockland County Route 72) over the mountain (be sure to look for the remains of the Sterling Mountain Railroad) and past Ringwood Manor State Park. At the ball field, turn right onto Margaret King Highway. At the end of Margaret King Highway, turn right onto route 511. Follow route 511 across the Monksville Reservoir causeway. The Country Store / Long Pond Ironworks Visitor Center will be on the right. Look for the brown New Jersey State Parks sign. Yes, there are shorter routes but until you know the area, it is best to use this one.

From Route 23 in Northern Passaic or Sussex Counties: Take Union Valley Road (Route 513) north from the highway and follow it approximate 8 miles to the junction with Marshall Hill Road. Take the right fork onto Marshall Hill Road. (If you miss it, don't worry, just turn right when you come to Greenwood Lake and follow route 511 southbound. But don't miss this turn, it's about a six-mile swim otherwise.) After passing the large church on the right and shortly afterwards, the entrance to the airport, Marshall Hill Road merges with route 511. Follow route 511 south and the visitor center will be on the left just before the Monksville Reservoir causeway.

Recent Articles published in The Highlander


From Farms to Factories, Shaping Paterson's Urban Form
The Ironworks at Split Rock
A Dugout Canoe Discovered in Pompton Plains
A New Look at Old Troy, Location of the 18th Century Forge


Ironworks, Mines, and the Hudson River Chain
The Iron Industry in Bloomingdale
Republican Nationalist in the McKinley Era (Garret Hobart, Vice President)
An Inscription at Mombasha Lake
Forging a New Nation, the Blacksmith and American Life


High Point State Park
Simeon S. Post's Patent Truss Bridges
Murder on the Highlands, the Execution of Captain Joshua Huddy in 1782
Petersburg, the Ringling Estate and Circus Animals
James M. Ryerson, Schoolmaster

A complete 40 year index of The Highlander is available for 3.00$.

Genealogical Subjects appearing in The Highlander. Reprints are available for a nominal fee, please write or E-mail for details.

Albert Berdan, 1983. Archaeological data recovery in Wayne, NJ.
Julius Smith, 1977, Pompton Lakes NJ, Industrial Pioneer.
Simeon S. Post, 1995, Truss Bridge Builder.
Erwin, 1981, Archaeological Investigations in Newfoundland, NJ.
Lt. Col. Joseph Barton, 1975
Lt. James Moody, 1978 - 1979
Sussex County Militia in the War of 1812, 1971
William Cook, 1969
Wilkinson Token, 1983
William Cole, 1968
Robert Colfax, 1974
Crayon J. Percy, 1967
Slater, mill owner in Riverdale, NJ, 1967
Ebenezer Erskine, 1967
John Jacob Faesch, 1726 - 1799, 1979
John Wilkinson, Ironmaster, 1983
William Jackson, 1991, Early History of Rockaway's iron industry
John Brereton, 1987
Lucas Ryerson, 1974, Clockmaker and Sillversmith
Mills - Ludlum Feud, 1970
Tannie Sisco, 1970, Drummer Boy in the American Revolution
Philip Moran Freneau, 1984, Poet of the Revolution.
Reeve, 1982, Bloomingdale NJ, Mad Dog Bite Cure.
William Roome, 1993, Mapmaker
Samuel Ryerson, 1977, Loyalist
James M. Ryerson, 1995, Schoolmaster
Henry Van Allen, 1973, House described.
Sarah Card Strait, 1985
Margery Ryerson, 1989