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The Stowaway Park Association consist of 40 homes located in a secluded area of West Milford Township in New Jersey. The Smith family who worked the area as farmland constructed our development in the 1970’s. In the 70’s the land was parsed out and sold as 40 individual plots.

West Milford Township has a current population of 26,759. West Milford Township is in Passaic County. West Milford was settled by the Lenni Lenape Indians, a peaceful tribe, that sold their land to the English and moved south. Later, English, Dutch, and German settlers realized the potential and wealth of West Milford from trapping and mining and began to develop communities.

The forest provided fine habitat for wildlife which was prolific. Animal pelts that were extremely valuable in the Old World were easy to come by in West Milford; thus, trapping became a main source of income for the early settlers.

Notable People

  1. Chuck Burgi (born 1952), drummer and session musician.
  2. Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823–1900), Hudson River School landscape painter, referred to as "America's Painter of Autumn".
  3. Lennie Friedman (born 1976), offensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns.
  4. Sam Garnes (born 1974), former safety for the New York Giants and New York Jets.
  5. Jeremy Glick (1970–2001), passenger/hero of United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.
  6. Larry Hand (born 1940), defensive end and defensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions from 1965 to 1977.
  7. Billy Howerdel (born 1970), founding member, guitarist, songwriter, and producer for the bands A Perfect Circle and Ashes Divide.
  8. Derek Jeter (born 1974), shortstop for the New York Yankees.
  9. Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of Sesame Street and winner of seven Emmy Awards for her work on the program.
  10. Laurene Powell Jobs (born 1963), widow of Steve Jobs and founder and chair of Emerson Collective.
  11. Danielle Rose Russell (born 1999), actress who has played supporting roles in films such as A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), Aloha (2015), Pandemic (2016) and Wonder (2017).
  12. Kevin Walker (born 1965), former linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals.
  13. Donna Weinbrecht (born 1965), First woman to win the first gold medal awarded in the first Olympic mogul competitions.
  14. Tom Wopat (born 1951), actor who played Luke Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard.

Stowaway Park Waterfall

The first industry in West Milford came with the discovery of iron ore. The essential resources necessary for the iron industry were moving water and wood which were in abundant supply and furnaces sprung up throughout the town. A few still remain as testimony of the Township's early development. The Township's development continued as people discovered the beautiful countryside, lakes, streams, and mountains, and West Milford emerged as an early resort community. Summer cottages began to spring up everywhere, particularly along the lakefronts. It remained a summer community until the late 1960's when its potential as a year round residence was realized. Wise planning in the following years will help maximize the Town's growth without sacrificing its semi-rural character.

Important Historical Dates

1834 Town Incorporated
1850 Railroad Service Established
1972 Jungle Habitat Opens
1990 A&P Supermarket Opens
2003 The movie "The Station Agent" was filmed.