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Saltz Hotel Randolph

A Change of Air: A Brief History of Randolph’s Resort Past

In the late 19th century, Randolph, as a resort destination, flourished as doctors from New York City and Philadelphia recommended the area for its healthy climate and clean air. To sustain the influx, early Jewish residents established boarding houses which transformed into hotels as demand increased. Many visitors settled, attracted by the affordability of surrounding […]

Lake Hopatcong Camp Cool

Taking the Waters: A Brief History of Lake Hopatcong’s Resort Past

Attempting to escape noxious city air and dusty plough fields, many people reinvigorated themselves annually by visiting sea or lakeside resorts. As class distinctions grew, leisure travel expanded and, by 1850, over 9,000 miles of railroad had been laid primarily throughout the eastern U.S. Upscale hotels became more acceptable accommodations for sensible Victorian travelers, rather […]

Arnold Tavern

Morris County Taverns

Long recognized for distributing spirits and information in equal measure, taverns played an important role in the history of Morris County. Tavern-keepers were well respected members of their communities; their establishments not only offered shelter, but served as gathering places and municipal buildings for fledgling towns. Throughout the eighteenth century, Morris County taverns changed to […]