Sussex & Wantage
In the beautiful rolling hills of northwestern New Jersey’s Sussex County is a rural farming land. Wantage Township has been providing fruits of nature since before the Revolutionary War, and the town of Sussex (formerly known as Deckertown), within Wantage Township, represents the vibrant center that has sent the products of the fields off to the nearby great cities. The cattle and horses raised in Wantage, the corn and wheat of the farms, were shipped from Sussex, known as “a great milk shipping center.” Within these pages, Wantage and Sussex are depicted in images and words. The dairy cows and creameries of the past are shown; the world-class horses raised here are described and pictured. A setting of country and town are presented side by side.
Set between the Kittatinny Ridge and the Hamburg Mountains, Wantage was settled some time around 1730 and became a township in May 1754. Wantage has contained the hamlets of Beemerville, Libertyville, Mount Salem, and Colesville; as well as the village of Deckertown. Deckertown was a part of Wantage Township until October 14, 1891 and then the name Sussex Borough was authorized on March 2, 1902. Some family names that have been prominent are: Decker, Kilpatrick, Cortwright, Beemer, Martin, Havens, Dunn, Titsworth, Von Bonschooten, Space, and Kanouse. The famous horse “Queen of the Trotters” Goldsmith Maid was born here.
Author and local historian William R. Truran has provided a rich content that is a resource for understanding the many colorful stories of Wantage and Sussex. A college professor, engineer, and avid student of local history, Truran has combined the many images and the historical content of the past so that it evokes the way of life that existed during a younger time in America.