The History of Denville, NJ

The personal injury attorneys in Denville, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group have kindly presented the following article about the community's past for your reading pleasure.


The Township of Denville is situated in the central region of Morris County in the state of New Jersey. The township covers 8,153.6 acres and includes 5.86% of water, such as Lake Estling, Indian Lake, Holstein Lake, Cedar Lake, Rock Ridge Lake, and Rockaway River. The nearby communities are Rockaway, Victory Gardens, Mountain Way, Boonton Township, and Mountain Lakes. 


The region was home to several campsites of the Lenape Native Americans. They traveled along the Minisink Trail that cut across the township. Route 10 and Mount Pleasant Turnpike follow the early path. 

During the early 17th century, the English and Dutch began settlements in the area. William Penn began the land surveys in 1715. Several forges and mills were erected along the river from 1730 to 1760. The main industry was the Job Allen Iron Works. The residential and lakefront community began to take shape with help from the Hussa family and A.B Crane & Co. 

Historical Landmark

Located just off Cooper Road lies the oldest continually operating farm in the county, The Ayre Knuth Farm. The farm began around 1793 by Daniel Ayres, a descendant of Irish immigrants. His grandfather, General Joseph Jackson, was the founder of Rockaway. The farmland was gifted to Ayres by his father-in-law, a prominent landowner David Garrigus. The first primary crops were grasses, grains with cattle and sheep being the main livestock. 

Today the farm covers 51.8 acres, of which one-third is used for recreational fields, such as seasonal soccer. Only one-third of the property is still cultivated as the remaining is used as a site for historical structures such as:

  • farmhouse
  • outbuildings
  • ruins

The grounds are available for tours. During the Christmas season, fresh-cut Christmas trees are available for purchase. 


There were 16,635 people, 6,432 households, and 4,509 families counted within the township in 2010. The racial breakdown of the township's residents was the following:

  • 89.49% white
  • 1.42% African American
  • 5.31% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.12% Native American
  • 6.52% Asian
  • 0.01% Pacific Islander
  • 0.78% other races
  • 1.67% two or more races

The median income for households in the neighborhood was $103,435 in 2010. The median family income was $122,600. Men averaged an annual salary of $85,571 versus $61,382 for women. Some commonly held occupations within the working residents include:

  • 14.8% management
  • 13.4% administrative
  • 9.7% sales
  • 7.1% education
  • 7.0% business
  • 6.5% healthcare
  • 5.7% computers and math

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