Did you know? Seven Little known facts about Parsippany
Parsippany is often cited in magazines as one of the best places to live, which we all already knew. But there are a ton of fun facts that surprised me – and I grew up here! Here are seven things you may not know about Parsippany
- The name Parsippany comes from the Lenape Native Americans and means “where the river winds through the valley.”
- There are three notable Revolutionary War historic sites in Parsippany: Livingston-Benedict House, the Vail Memorial Cemetery, and the Benjamin Howell House and eight additional sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Tabor was founded as a Methodist retreat in 1869 and governed itself as a separate municipality for more than 100 years, before being absorbed into Parsippany.
- Gustav Stickley, an icon in the Arts & Crafts movement, made his home in Parsippany from 1910-1917.
- Parsippany is a relatively young town. It was formed in 1928 as part of a referendum that split East Hanover and Parsippany from Hanover Township.
- There was a lake in Lake Hiawatha! In 1930, a dam was built across the Rockaway River that formed Lake Hiawatha. Although it was not a large lake, it was quite a popular summer destination and a gazebo and man-made beaches were added, near where the Lake Hiawatha Swim Club is today.
- Back in 1930, you could purchase a parcel of land for $98.50.