1838 - Train Tidbit- Morristown to NY commences in Jan. 1838. Elizabethtown to Plainfield starts in 1839. Summit to Bernardsville via Passaic Valley & Peapack RR starts 33 years later.
The 1892 Bernards Twp tax book is filled with family names that are now synonymous with local streets – Allen, Childs, Cross, Dayton, Haas, Schley and Whitenack, to name a few. A fairly typical taxpayer was Josiah Allen, who lived on a 23-acre Allen Road farm that later became the home of the late Irwin Richardt. Allen had property and personal items assessed at $500 and $100, respectively, for a total value of $600. His property tax for the year was $3.80, including a dog tax of 50 cents.
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