A Brief History of Towaco, NJ

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Towaco is an unincorporated community that is situated in the eastern section of the Montville Township in Morris County, New Jersey. The town has a single ZIP code, 07082. The community's neighbors include Lincoln Park, Fairfield, Lake Hiawatha, Pompton Plains, and Taylortown. Interstate 287 and US Route 202, also known as Main Street or Main Road, are the major roadways that cut across the community. 


The Native American Indians were the first settlers in the area, followed by the Dutch. Although it would end up being named after the Native American term for hill, TaWagh, it was also referred to as “Whitehall” and “Glenview” at different times. 

One of the early Dutch settlers included Martin Van Duyne, who owned land that he would transfer to his son, James Van Duyne. Van Duyne built a home on the land, just off of Waughaw Road, around the time he married his wife, Hester, around 1758. They had their first daughter in 1785 and would later have a son, Ruliff. The house, now known as the James Van Duyne Farm House, was passed down through many generations. A small graveyard is situated on the property and is home to the burial sites of the following family members:

  • James Van Duyne
  • Hester Van Duyne
  • Ralph (Ruliff) Van Duyne
  • Cornelius Van Duyne


The area is home to the German company Baumer of America, Inc. This American branch was founded in 1929 and employs 26 members. However, the parent company in Germany was founded in 1919 by Albrecht Baumer in Wuppertal. The company is a leading manufacturer of equipment for the foam industry, specifically polyurethane foam. 

Also within the community is several sections of greenery that have been preserved. In addition, is the Bill Reilly Memorial Park that offers many amenities to the residents, such as ball fields and playground equipment. 


In 2010, the area that falls under the Tabulation Area of ZIP Code 07082 was 5,384. The neighborhood is a slightly ethnically diverse neighborhood. The majority of the residents are white, followed by Asian. English, in addition to Chinese, is the most predominantly spoken language. Some common ancestries within the community's population are the following:

  • Italian
  • Irish
  • German
  • English
  • Polish

The annual median for the households in the greater region was $119,493 in 2010. This was an increase from $94,557 in 2000. The household income for a family was $143,811, with a margin of error of $17,082. The occupational makeup of the working community was the following:

  • 19.57% executive, professional, and management occupations 
  • 13.80% service and sales professions
  • 11.27% office, technical, and administrative support roles

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