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History of Wayne

Van Riper

Wayne Museum Website

The recorded history of Wayne Township began in 1947 during the centennial celebration of its organization, which occurred at the Casey House on Hamburg Turnpike, April 12, 1847. The centennial organizing committee uncovered so much local factual historical data that the governing body, The Township Committee, appointed the Historical Committee. The Committee functioned until the early 1960’s when Wayne Township adopted the Mayor-Council form of government. The Historical Committee was changed to a Commission, responsible to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Historical Commission’s major functions are to uncover and preserve any material pertaining to the history of the community; cooperate with township officials in the preservation of records and archives of the township; and the preservation of historic buildings, monuments, and markers.
The Wayne Historical Commission meets at Town Hall, 475 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 on the third Tuesday of the months of May, September, and January.

The Historical Commission and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite the public to attend our meetings, events and programs listed under Activities – Historical Commission and House Museums.

Please e-mail or call 973-694-1800 x 3260 for more information.