New Illustrated Booklet. The early days of Passaic, NJ, and its various communities -- Acquackanonck, Boardville, Little Falls, Manchester (Totowa), Mead's Basin, Passaic, Paterson, Pompton, Ringwood, Ryerson, West Milford, and Whinokie -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this New 38 Page Booklet reprinted from two hard to find books: the 1847 edition of John Warner Barber and Henry Howe's Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey and New Jersey, a Guide to Its Present and Past, a WPA project published in 1939. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the fine print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. The Howe/Barber history covers the development of this area until about 1844, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glympse from a 1939 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Among the many and varied topics in the booklet are: Early settlers; a physical description of the county; Early Dutch and Swedish Settlers; Natural Curiosities; Passaic Falls at Paterson, as Described by an Early Visitor; Rise and Fall of Society Incorporated to Mfg. Cloth at Paterson in 1791; First Sunday School in NJ; Early Churches and Ministers; Death of a Young Bride at the Falls; Revolt of Jersey Troops at Pompton in 1781, two executed, one pardoned by Gen. Howe; British Emissary's Error; Maps of the area; Special Sections on Passaic and Patterson, including a Map of Patterson; and other bits of history and trivia. The booklet contains delightful hand-drawn sketches by Barber and Howe depicting Manchester, Patterson (full page) and Passaic Falls.
Passaic County, NJ
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey / Passaic County History
Authors: John Warner Barber and Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1847
Original Publisher: Louis H. Everts
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