In fall 2022, our library received a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) to produce a small community history project. We decided to investigate how our community had changed and evolved after the last 20 miles of Route 287 from Montville to the New York border was completed (in 1993) and then when Exit 55, leading directly into Wanaque, was opened in 1996.
In April 2023, I participated in a showcase of all the projects funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. To see just our Route 287 presentation, visit the library’s YouTube channel to watch the video. You can also download a PDF of the presentation here. If you want to watch the entire community showcase and learn about the other projects that were completed at the same time, visit NJCH’s Community Showcase video.
My thanks to everyone who participated in this community history project by filling out surveys, submitting to interviews, sharing memories and scrapbooks with me, and providing perspective. I am so grateful to you. And my thanks to Ronnie Perry, the person who took this photo of Rt 287 when it was under construction.
If you spot any errors, please let me know. If you have any feedback, feel free to email me at martin @ wanaquelibrary.org if you want to provide feedback.
Mary Martin, Library Director