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The History of Lake Hiawatha, NJ

The personal injury attorneys in Lake Hiawatha, NJ, at NJ Injury Guys, kindly present the following article on the neighborhood's history.

Lake Hiawatha

Lake Hiawatha is located in the eastern region of Morris County, New Jersey. It helps make up the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, along with Lake Parsippany, Mount Tabor, and Rainbow Hills, to name a few. Rolling Acres and Lower Montville are north of the unincorporated community, and Troy Hills is to its south. The Rockaway River forms the eastern border, while Knoll Road creates the northern edge. 

Early History

The formation of the area's highlands is credited to a collision of volcanic islands with the North American plate. Approximately 450 million years ago, the movement of the plates further formed the separation of the African plate from North America and the southern Appalachians. The melting of the Wisconsin Glacier formed both Lake Hiawatha and Lake Passaic. Although the Rockaway River flows over the fault line, most of the lake water has drained and formed swamps and low-lying meadows. 


Before the area was colonized by the Dutch and English in the 18th century, it was home to the Lenni-Lenape American Indians. The area was referred to as Pasippanong, translated to the place where rivers come together. After the European settlers took control of the area, it became part of the Hanover Township. Camps were established in the Lake Hiawatha region in the 1920s.

The New York Daily Mirror Newspaper sold lots for $98.50. It quickly became a summer resort area by 1932. People would flock to the area along the Rockaway River for the sandy beach, pavilions, and barbeque areas. Yearly development would begin in 1935, along the only roads during the time: 

  • North Beverwyck Road
  • Dacotah Avenue 
  • Nokomis Avenue

During this developing time, the fire department was also raising money for a local station. By the end of 1935, they bought a fire engine and stored it behind a house owned by Thomas Broadway, where the Lake Hiawatha Post Office stands today). In order to raise money, the volunteers held several fundraisers, such as a boxing match and a Minstrel show. The Minstrel show consisted of the firefighters dancing, singing, and a comedy show and brought in over four hundred people. In addition to the money raised and a generous donation by Benjamin Kline, they were able to buy land on which they built a two-bay building. 

Parks and Recreation

The area is home to several parks both inland and along the river. Volunteers Park, located on Crescent Drive, offers the following amenities to its guests:

  • illuminated basketball courts
  • playgrounds
  • large picnic areas with grills
  • skate park

Another park in the area is Lake Hiawatha Park, located on Lake Shore Drive near Lake Hiawatha. The park offers gazebos and play areas and is home to a memorial dedicated to two Vietnam Vets that were residents.


The population, encompassing the entire region that falls under the 07034 zip code, was 9,360 in 2010. The area is moderately diverse, and 39.43% of its people were born outside of the United States. Most speak English, but the people also speak Spanish and the Languages of India. Ancestries the residents identify with include:

  • Asian
  • Italian
  • German
  • Irish
  • Polish
  • English

Education is important to the residents, and as many as 46.26% of the adults have at least a bachelor's degree. The breakdown of occupations of the working residents is the following:

  • 12.91% technical, office, and administrative support positions
  • 12.36% sales and service occupations
  • 9.50% executive, professional, and management roles

To learn more: A Historical Look at Montville, NJ

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Gabriel A. DiLeonardo, Sr., Esq.
Date Published: May 5, 2021
Gabriel DiLeonardo, Esq. is a New Jersey licensed attorney-at-law. He helps people who suffer injuries get justice through personal injury lawsuits.
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