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at Blairstown, from thence to the west side of John Lanternian's house,
from thence passing between Abram Lanternian's and Ahram Rice's to
whore John V. Cornell and Barclay Larowe's lino crosses the road near
J. V. Cornell's barn, from thence to the most easterly corner of Alexan-
der Docker, Jr.'s barn, thence to the stone bridge at I. Swayze's, the


place of beginning, lnclndlng nil the within

i.i .h trict.

District No. 3. — Beginning m the lower Mile of the bridge ut Iihiim-
njwn, thence along the line ill Dlatt Icl No. 2 to the roe

neU'ebarn, from thence to the i mtheost Tiei of Wllllnm W Inl

lot] from thence to the noi thwesl coi ncr of Lb

then i i" the rood whero Wlllluin Teol's and Froceo's lino cruaaea the

ri.ui! lii-t\vi-<-ii Willi. mi 'I'.-i-I'h ami s u - . 1 1 1 In-.' l-m — . from thi

nutbwcal corner of Alfred Gwinnup's farm, ft thence to the weal end

of A. Qwii p'« houao to Paul In 1 ! i. up Panlln'a lull to

the place "t beginning, Including nil tin- within roads ami inhabttanta
in -ni.l diatlict,

'..,. I, Beginning on the I'milin'- Kill where the Hardwick
Paulln 1 Km to the lov ei coi m

i.i i in, from ill-' i the line between John La Bai and Jacob

BnoTer to the north from Blairatown t • Coluni'

bin, from thence t.. tin- Hardwlca line, fifteen rods north of the » - -.i- 1
Dear Isaac Lannlng'B, from thence nlong tlie Hnrdwlok line ta the place
of beginning, including nil the wlthli ids and inhabitants in said

.it nrt rods math m!" it.

LanJng'a, thence nlong the II i Diatrlcl No. I i .

..ii |.

op the cr.'i'l* to where tl Id saw-mill Blood, thouce up the road to

Isaac IIall'» atablo, Irom thence to the Hardwick lineal ur Charlea

Win!. ramie's house, tl ■.. along tl"- Hardwick line t" Hfti

north of the road near ls;un- Lannlng'a, tho corner of Diatrlcl No. ' and
the place of beginning, includini nil the within roada and Inl

: Hard Winter-
mute's i Be, corner of Dietrlct No. 6, thonce along Ii f Dial

th of .I"- .1. U.nt
thence to uppei rarm when Charles K irk. -n

now Uvea, thence to the brhl I iiw-inlH, thence due north

iin.\ tl. up the Pahamiariy line to the Hardwick

liiM- I.. Charlea Wintermnte'a, tin place ' beginning, Including nil the
within roada and inhabitants in said diatlict

tin Paulln'B Kill, on the line between John
I.n Bar nnil Jacob Sn •■■ r, Ihi nci al >ng the Inn "i Diatrlcl No
north i.i. . Ilug from Blairatown to Columbia, thence to

the bridge at Durling's Mill, Ihouce up the creek to where tin' old saw-

i, tl ce on tho norl tdlng to Daniel Vau-

gharfa, to ten rod* north <-t Jacob Ran tence to the lower

Chiiatopbot Klrkol trden, thooce due south to Pniilin's
Kill, tin n I I beginning, including nil

th.. within roada mi. I Inhabitants in -ni.l dlatrli i.

ipher Kir-
nth i" tin- Paulln'B Kill, thence down the
Paulln'e Kill to opposite WW trn, thence from the Widow

Klnuoy'a born to the blidgi .nl' Vauacoten'a, thence to Walnut Vallej
ichool-house, thence to J. K-.-r- tliird barn, th

. road leading t - Titman's
aaw-mlll, th

i the upper

corner or Charles KlrkofTa orchard, thence to ton rods north
use, thonce to the lowei cornor of ChiiBtophor Ktrki
dan, th- placeof I id Inhabl

District ,Vo. 0. — Beginning nl Walnut Vallej

i. ..ni In-

north t.. to., r i iwn -.ml Una !••

Knowlton lino, thence along th.- Kuowlton line to »

well's ini in. thonce to Walnut Vallej - i l-house,the

nl Inhabitant! i i

l-l -.., thence

the rood to Daniel \ mi ■ ■ - !•■ the

Wii." hi >'» barn and lo Panlln'a Kill. town tl.- Paulln'B K ,11

K noa It .n Una to

where it u John i owi II the linn of

No. 9 to Wnlnnt Vnlloj hool-honao t.- the i lai

tds nnil InhabltanlB in Bald dlatiii t.
Inafrti l V, .111.

,' mg the Hue ■ ■! Dlatti t s... In to the Boulh
aide ..f .1 I'. Bran
in..., thence to II II

bai n. ih.n ii !■'- fai m, thence

■ — t Diatii i No. I to Panlln'e Kill m-ar A-Gwlnnup'
n th.. Paulin's Kill t.. .1. n. Branda' bridge to th- pi
ginning, lnclndlng all th- within roada ami inhabitant]

'. . IS.— Beginning at th- Knowlton lln i

.1. I>. Brand's farm, thence along th- It f Dlatrict N<>. u to th- nortfa-

■ u Lawn ui Bhai i'- i... m, the
John Mn_

William Tin-man'- farm, thence i" William Tinaman
along th- ii.. i- line to th- Knowlton line near Daniel
along the Knowlton line tn .'. D. Branda' farm t.. ti,- place ofbeglnnlng,
Including all the within mads ami Inhabitants in Bald IJ

nor of William I
i to the northwi il

William Tinaman'a farm lo the uppor corner of John Hagerty's meadow
ami to the northweal cornel of Lawrence Sharp's farm, thence along th-

i Dlatrli ' No, 9 to the road in Uu south Idi

Bteen'a lot ■ "- ,i v. < lornell'a i arn, t

the Hue of Dlatrict No. j to th- moat easterly corneroi Alexander

i.i I thence I

tile li f Diatrlcl No.l,naBaing between Elijah

ind widow of Tbomaa Weet'a, tlience along th- Ho]
William Tinaman'a bonao, th- place of beginning, Including all the
within roods ami Inhabitants in Bald diatlict.

Divisions, alterations, additions, and creations of
mail districts have taken place from year to year,
until there are a1 present twenty road districts in this
township. We give the firsl and lasl apportionment
for moneys for support of roads, which shows the dif-
ference between cost of roads in 1845 for !:'. districts,
ami in 1880 I'm- 20 districts.

The ni ■- "T overseers, number of mil.- in ili~-

t ri<-t . and amount of money apportioned for 1 6 15, the
Srst year of the organization of the township, areas
follows :

.lj,r.7 19, 1846.
Dlatrict. Miles.

No. 1. Jacob Weal I' ,

" -j. [sane Lambert 4'.. -Hi.'".

" :.. 1'hilip Haul. o '

'■ I. Matthias Vow 2

" 5. William llnr.lln

i. i 71 .

" 7. George r". Snovei 4

" s. Cornelius Stout 4

•' '.'. Geral '. Lit .1 errj 4

•• In. William \ Ho Inel ........ 1

•• II. Josephs. Smith S 40.0U

" 12. Bartley Titmau &

- imuel T, Tiuamnn

The following i- the Dumber of district, nam.' of
overseer, and amount of money apportioned to each
for I B80. Tin aumber of mill- were nut given in tho
records :

afore* 1
Dlatrli t

s ■ 1 Abi .a, Swlahi 1

•■ ■■. I - . Wlldrlck IM.Oli

" 4. Roderick B. Andrna I

J. 1 - Smith

" 6. Mom- B, Crtaaman

7. Lemuel Snovei

■■ a, Joehun Jonea

\ Tilman 1

" in. Aiithonv I.,

•• 11. 1 '

•■ IS. Jol Cook

" 13. Uezandei Docker

■• 11. Mi -it V. Teal

" lo. laaai D. Lanterman ..

•• 1... ii..i.it\ Sava 1

" IT. T. I.. Lewi 41.00

•' lv John Ihll

-mill, S1.00

•• 20, James 1; Harris



The iron-arch bridge spanning the Panlinskill at
Blairstown village was built in 1877, by the Cincin-
nati Bridge Company, for §2075.

"Ax Act to transfer certain portions of the townships of Freliiighuysen
and Hardwick, in the comity of Warren, to the township of Blairs-
town, in the county of Warren.
"1. Be it exacted by the 8 note and General Assembly of the State of New
Jersey, That all that part of the townships of Freliughuysen and Hard-
wick, in the county of Warren, included within the following described
boundaries, — to wit : beginning at a point in the line between the town-
ships of Blairstown and Freliiighuysen, where the centre line of the
public road near the residence of Lemuel Crisman crosses 6aid line, and
runniug thence by the centre of said road in a northeasterly direction to
the junction of the road leading from James V. Vau Camp's to Paulina,
on the hill near the Paulina school-house; thence, crossing the Paulins-
kill, in a course north twenty-six degrees west eighty-four chains and
thirty-two links to a heap of stones on the north side of the road leading
from John Koukle's to Philip W.Squier's, both in the township of Hard-
wick, about six chains east of John Konkle's residence ; thence by a line
north forty-five degrees' west twenty-six chains and ten links to a heap
of stones in the line between the townships of Blairstown and Hardwick ;
thence by the line between Blairstown and the townships of Hardwick
and Frelinghuyseu, in a southeasterly direction, to the place of beginning
—be, and the same is hereby, transferred and set over from said townships
of Freliiighuysen and Hardwick, and is attached to and made part of the
township of Blairstown, in 6aid county of Wan-en, and subject to all
laws, rules, and regulations to which said township of Blairstown now
is or may hereafter be made subject, and all persons residing within the
boundaries of the aforementioned tract of land shall be entitled to all the
rights and privileges, and subject to all the duties and obligations, of resi-
dents of said township of Blairstown, and that the boundary line between
the said townships of Freliiighuysen and Hardwick and the township of
Blairstown shall henceforth be, in part, as hereinbefore set forth and

"2. And be U enacted, That all taxes heretofore assessed in said town-
ships of Freliiighuysen and Hardwick, or either of them, upon any lands
lying within the boundaries of the tract of land by this act transferred
to the township of Blairstown, or upon any person residing within said
boundaries, shall continue to be payable and collectable by the proper
officers of said townships of Frelinghuyseu and Hardwick, respectively,
and all and every process of law necessary or convenient for the collec-
tion of such taxes may he exercised by the proper officers of said town-
ships of Frelinghuyseu and Hardwick, or either of them, who are now
authorized to carry on the same.

" 3. And be it enacted, That the lands hereinbefore described and set over
to said township of Blairstown shall, until otherwise directed by the
proper authorities of the last-named township, be and form a part of the"
road district of the township of Blairstown, in the county of Warren, in
which the village of Blairstown lies.

"4. And be it enacted, That the several township officers of the town-
ships of Freliiighuysen and Hardwick shall (except as hereinbefore pro-
vided) cease to have or exercise any jurisdiction or authority over the
lands hereinbefore described and bounded and set over to the township
of Blairstown, and the township officers of said township of Blairstown
shall have full jurisdiction aud authority over said lands and the inhabi-
tants thereof.
" 5. And be it enacted, That this act shall take effect immediately."


the " Gem of the Paulinskill," is romantically situ-
ated on the right bank of that stream, nine miles from
ils confluence with the Delaware River, thirteen miles
from Newton, the county-seat of Sussex County, and
fifteen miles nearly due north of Belvidere, the seat of
justice of Warren County.

The village of Blairstown is the natural centre of a
large l>asin or scope of country, extending from Co- !
lumbia, on the Delaware, to above Stillwater, in Sus- !
sex, and from the Delaware at Flatbrookville to the !

Jenny Jump mountains. Its merchants and business
men have ever been noted for their enterprise and
sagacity, and from the first until the present time
have commanded a large share of the trade of the sec-
tion of country indicated ; and not only so, but a large
amount of goods are sold annually to parties living
in Monroe and Pike Cos., Pa.

The exact date of its settlement by civilized man
will probably never be known, but there can be no
doubt about its being among the earlier settlements
within the limits of Warren County.

The original name of the place, so far as we have
been able to learn, was "Smith's Mills." Many
years before the Revolutionary war a man of that
familiar name — Smith — had a large grist-mill and a
saw-mill on the grounds now belonging to Hon. John
I. Blair, above H. D. King's blacksmith-shop, on the
other side of the brook. The meadow now inclosed
by " Blair Walk" was then overflowed by the dam,
some of the timbers of which may still be seen in the
brook under the high bridge on said walk.

The road leading to these mills passed through
where Mr. Blair's house now stands. To the grist-
mill the inhabitants of Pahaquarry (which is over the
mountain) brought their grain on pack-horses, thread-
ing the intricate forest-paths in single file. This mill,
which performed no other operation than grinding,
the bolting being done by hand, was still standing at
the beginning of the present century.

Subsequently, nearly all the land now embraced
within the village limits was owned by one Jacob
Buttz, or Butts, as the name was then universally
spelled, who had a bridge across the Paulinskill,
from which circumstance the place was known as
" Butts' Bridge."

March 3, 1819, Return J. Meigs, Jr., being Post-
master-General, a mail-route was formed "from New-
ton, in Sussex County, by Stillwater, Marksboro', and
Butts' Bridge, to Columbia Glass Manufactory, on the
Delaware;" but we cannot find that the office of Butts'
Bridge was really established until June 29, 1820, at
which time William Hankinson was made postmaster.
Mr. Hankinson kept the office in his storehouse, which
stood on the hill, a little west of north of where the
dwelling of the Misses Teel now stands.

At that time the village consisted of the storehouse
just mentioned, a long, low dwelling-house, built by
George F. Lineback (now spelled Linaberry ), formerly
a merchant at Hope, and occupied as a dwelling and
storehouse combined previous to the erection of the
William Hankinson storehouse; it was taken down ■
by Mrs. Hankinson to give place for the house now
occupied by the Misses Teel, part of the frame being
used in the erection of the house now owned by Mrs.
Simeon Cooke, which is undoubtedly the oldest frame
now standing in the place, and that of the store part
in the suburban residence of J. and A. G. Ball ; a log
farm-house and tavern, which stood about midway
between the east door of Mr. Blair's residence and the



Boor-yard fence; a small frame building, about LG by
20, at the fool of the hill, where Mrs. Cooke's barn

stands, built and used aa a school-1 se,— the first,

probably, :ii this place, — and which, in L819, was re-
knoved a little to the south and converted into a black-
smith -shop; a one-and-a-half-story fra Iwelling

nearly on the site of the residence of Andrew \.
jBnover, bul nearer the street; and another on the
pide hill, a little above Mrs. [saac B. S« isher'a house.
'I'll is was ill'- sum total of the village in 1819.

The Mr. Lineback, or Linaberry, before spoken of
had a Btore here some time previous to 1810, and a
Mr. Conover kept store on the hill in 1805. William
Bankinson was in business here from Nov. 1~>, 1810,
lo Jan. 31, 1816; Messrs. William) Green & Bankin-

I u least from March 26, 1815, to March 29, L822;

between Feb. 1. 1815, and the spring of 1819, Joseph
and Aaron Green (twins). Charles F. Linaberry, son
<>f the one spoken of as building the long, low store
and dwelling, and a Mr. Bennett, a Methodist preacher,
Bach kept Btores here. We have nol been able to learn
ul the exact dates, or the order in which they suc-
ceeded each other, but J. .^ A. Green were probably
in the mercantile business during the year 1818. Ii.x .
Mr. Bennett, in addition to keeping store and preach-
ing, was nominally the village pedagogue, though his

ems to have had entire chariTe of the school.

Mr. Bennett was killed bj his horse running away as
be was coming down Oxford Mountain on his return
from Philadelphia, where In- hail been to purchase
f-' Is.

Mr. Blair came to Butts' Bridge in L822, and com-
menced business in partnership with bis cousin, John
Blair, then and for many years after a prominent
merchant in Hope township, in the storehouse of
William Bankinson.

At tin- end of t«o years, John 1. Blair purchased
hi- .-oil-in'- interest in the business, and in the winter
:i built the historic storehouse on tin- east of
bis present residence, and partly on the ground cov-
ered by the house in which Mrs. Rachel Raub now

ii -i occupying tho -a Max I . I s;: 1. Iii this

building he continued, under various firm-names, to
earn on an enormous business, pari of the time hav-
jng moio or less interest in stores at Lawrenceville
i now Paulina), Marksboro', Johnsonsburg,and I hint -
ville, a cotton factory mar Marksboro', and two flour-
Ing-raills, until aboul 1845, when his growing in-
terest- claimed hi> attention. Be -lill retained an
interest in the business at Blairstown until April 22,
In 1872-78 a portion of this building was n -

vrd to iis present central location, and is now

occupied by Yetter A < Iraig as a store, post-office, and
tin- Blairstown railway office.

lugusl 2">. 1825, during the postmaster-generalship

of Hon. John McLean, the nam.- of the post-office

inged to that of " < (ravel Bill," to accord with

tin- name of the village at thai time, and John I.

Blair appointed postmaster. Be continued in office

until the appointment of Benry Space, in July, L851,

a torn was superseded bj Miss A. L. Bowell

now Mr-. Dr. Johnson , June 5, L856, and she was

Miccceded by Mar-hall Hunt. Feb. II, 1862, and he

by John l>. Vail, April 1. 1875

The nam.- of the village was changed to Blairstown
by a voir of tin- citizens at a public meeting held
.Ian. 24, 1889, and a corresponding change in tin- des-
ignation of ill.- office Boon followed, but the title of
Gravel Hill had taken such a hold upon the people
that it i< even yet occasi illy used by tin- older hi-

The progress of the village ha- from lie- lir-t been

gradual hut continuous. The present hotel was built
in imi by George Vanscoten, a brother of the vet-
eran postmaster at Walnut Valley.

Tli.- -lor,- now occupied hy K. 8. Stoll was bnilt by
S. H. Lanterraan in 1857, now known ,-i- the Bunnell
Block, after the division of the real estate of the late
Margaret Bankinson, and first occupied by the firm
id' Rice & Lanterman, the successors of Andrew .1.
Bice, xx ho in March, 1856, succeeded Messrs. Wyman
& Bdnghart, who in May, 1855, started the first oppo-
sition -ton- in the village, in the building occupied
by 1». W. Shoemaker, druggist. The Strickland Block,
mux occupied hy William King, dr., general mer-
chant, and Bunnell & Quick, confectioners, was built
in 1870.

"Mechanics' Hall." a three-story frame building,
|o hy on feet, \xa- built hy John Snover in 1862.
This hall was built to replace it- namesake, also a

thr. tor? building . : . L> C f-et which stood in

the forks of the road at the opposite end of the park,
built in lsili), and destroyed hy fire April 16,1861.
The present hall xvas lor many year- the scene of
lively time-, and at a later date was occupied succes-
sively by the congregations of the Methodist and
1 erian Churches while building their respect-

ive houses of worship.

The -tone arch bridge aero - the I'aulinskill fiats,

at Blairstown, was built by John Quick in the sum-
mer of 1840, for the BUm of Soon.

I Oie of the early merchants in tin- place was John

Bunnell, Esq., who owns the Bunnell Block, where

he kepi a -ton- for thirteen year-.

The building now occupied by Mr-. Kaub :i- a rc-i-

dence was built in 1834, and occupied a- a storehouse
for several year-.

The William Snover storehouse, west of the hotel,

wa- built in L872, and mux occupied by Smith & Wil-

The pi i-i iii this place was 1 >. W. Shoe-

maker, who located here in 1875, in the Btore just

if the hotel.
The pioneer I a \ .- rn - k eeper was Jacob Butts, who
kept tavern in the old log house that Btood nearly on

the Bite now occupied by Bon. J. I. Blair's residence
as early as 1815, and in 1*21 the tavern was kept by
.la - Ridgeway. Out in front of the old log tavern



stood the '"whipping-post," a foul relic of barbarism,
as late as 1825 or 1830, and persons now living in the
village have on many occasions seen the sentence
of the law executed at the old post.

The present hotel has been owned by the following
parties since it was built in 1S40 : George Vanscoten,
sold in 1843 to John Hull, Hull sold in 1850 to John
Snover, Joseph Snover purchased of the heirs of John
Snover, and sold it in 1865 to Isaac Rosenkrans, and
Rosenkrans sold to Stephen Cortelyou, the present
owner. It is now kept by James P. Larowe.

The site now occupied by Andrew Snover's barn is
supposed to have been occupied at one time by the
Indians as a burial-place.

As late as 1835 there was a stone wall on the south
side of Main Street, from the bridge down to the
lower end of the village, and on the north side was a
rail fence. A large orchard formerly covered the lot
and vicinity where now stands the Presbyterian

In 1876 a stone hog-pen stood on the site now oc-
cupied by the Bla.irst.own Press building. The latter
building was erected in 1880, and occupied in Jan-
uary, 1881.

In 1846 the previously unsatisfactory mail facilities
were very much improved by the formation of a new
tri-weekly route from Morristown to Stroudsburg by
way of this place, the contract for carrying the mail
in a four-horse coach being awarded to John L. Wood,
Esq., who made the first trip over the road November
2d of that year.

The first daily mail to Blairstown was established
in 1860. On the 2d of July of that year a stage left
Blairstown for Waterloo, and another for Columbia,
to return on arrival of the morning mail-train from
New York and Philadelphia. In 1872 a route was
established to Hackettstovvn, and after about eight
months changed to Newton, as at present. These
lines were continued daily (Sundays excepted) till the
Blairstown Railroad was completed, when the Co-
lumbia route was discontinued, since which time the
mail arrives daily by rail. A daily mail-stage also
runs between this place and Newton, in Sussex
County, with William Morrison as proprietor and

In January, 1881, there were in the village of
Blairstown two churches, Presbyterian and Metho-
dist ; academy ; district school-house ; public hall ;
" Blairstown Hotel," kept by James P. Larowe ; Blairs-
town Press, by Jacob L. Bunnell ; four general stores,
by Yetter & Craig, William King, Jr., Stoll & Sava-
cool, Smith & Wilson ; two groceries, by Bunnell &
Quick, Charles M. Keepers ; one tailor, George Mc-
Guinness ; three blacksmiths, Mattice McConnell,
Augustus Carter, H. D.King; one carriage-manufac-
turer, L. C. Drake; one jeweler, E. H. Freeman ; one
dentist, L. W. Johnston ; one druggist, D. W. Shoe-
maker ; two physicians, J. C. Johnson and M. N.
Armstrong; two shoemakers, C. IT. Strickland and

William King ; one marble-dealer, W. H. Drake ;
justice of the peace and insurance agent, P. D. Bun-
nell ; coal-dealer and commissioner of deeds, W. C.
Howell ; postmaster, John D. Vail.

The Blairstown Press has been published in this
village since 1877 by Jacob Z. Bunnell.*


is a small hamlet located in the narrow valley of Jack-
sonburg Creek, one mile northwest from Blairstown
village, in School District No. 76. This place was set-
tled as early as 1800 by Joseph and Zebedee Stout,
and Cornelius Stout located here soon after. There
was at one time considerable business done at this
place. There is at present a school-house, black-
smith- and wheelwright-shop, store, and about twenty
dwelling's. There is also a grist-mill, owned by Sam-
uel McConachy, and a distillery, operated by I. F.


located near the mouth of AValnut Creek, was so
named from the fact of the large number of black-
walnut trees once growing in that vicinity. In 1812,
when black-walnut lumber was in good demand for
the manufacture of gunstocks, this valley was stripped
of its noble black-walnut trees, and the lumber made
from them converted into gunstocks for the Ameri-
can army. In 1827 a post-office was established at
this place, named "Walnut Valley," and Daniel Van-
scoten appointed postmaster. His commission was
signed by John Quincy Adams, President of the
United States, and John McLean, Postmaster-Gen-
eral. His name has ever since appeared on the books
of the postmaster-general's office as postmaster at
Walnut Valley, — a much longer period than any
other man living can boast of holding the same posi-
tion. Although Mr. Vanscoten is in his eighty-fifth
year, and having been postmaster at this place for
fifty-four years, and also kept a tavern in the same

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