GRIFFITH PARK
corner of Powerville Road and N. Main Street, Boonton, Morris County, NJ


Directions:

Traveling North on 287, take exit 39 for Intervale Road (Mountain Lakes). At the end of the ramp turn Left and cross over I-287 to the traffic light. Turn right at the light onto Fanny Road. Proceed straight to the second stop sign. Turn right onto West Main Street. Bear left at the "Y" onto Powerville Road. Go past the turn for the Tourne (McCaffrey Lane). Turn right onto North Main Stree and park on the left.


History:

(Macasek, Joseph J., 1997, "Guide to the Morris Canal in Morris County." Morris County Heritage Commission)

1794 -- William Scott builds a forge near the dam in what is now Griffith Park.

1825 -- Scott constructs a home for himself just across the river (just across Powerville Road just a little above the intersection of North Main Street and Powerville Road). The home is now part of the Sarah Frances Nursing Home.

1831 -- Morris Canal finished.

1836 -- a rolling mill added across the road from the parking area at the park. The mill produced hoop iron (450 tons a year).

Scott died and the works were acquired by Thomas Willis, whose father was a superintendent of the Old Boonton Iron Works.

A shoddy mill converted old woolen rags into roofing felt. (The site of the Ultra Punch & Die Co. was once occupied by the Powerville Felt Roofing Company.)


Trail:

Across from the Powerville Hotel, you can follow the Morris Canal route paralleling the Rockaway River. Between Boonton and Powerville, the canal followed North Main Street. In front of the old Powerville Hotel, the canal crossed under a bridge and entered Guard Lock 11 East.

Above the dam is Slackwater Pond. It provided waterpower for the forge and rolling mill. It was deep enough for canal boats to be floated across. Boats going west passed through a guard lock that kept the water level in the canal constant.

In the middle of the Slackwater Pond above the dam is a Mule Bridge Pier, a cylindrical stone pier supporting the bridge that carried the towpath across the pond. The mules crossed the bridge and pulled the boats across the slackwater to the lift lock on the other side.

At the northwest corner of Slackwater Pond is a private area that was once the site of Lock 10 East.

At the northwest corner of Powerville Road and Old Denville Road (Route 603) is the site of Lock 9 East.

Since the canal level was 15 feet higher, locks 9 and 10 East raised the boast so that they could continue to Denville.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Picea sp. (spruce)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus palustris (pin oak) 4/27/00
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Alnus sp. (alder)
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) 4/27/00
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells) 4/15/00 4/27/00
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)

Vines:
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape vine)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 4/27/00
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress ) 4/27/00
Galium aparine (creepers)
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny daylily)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Narcissus spp. (Daffodils) 4/27/00
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf crowfoot) 4/27/00
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 4/27/00