History of Vernon Township
Sussex County, New Jersey
mid-1700s -- McAfee first settled.
1871 -- the arrival of the railroad in McAfee. Quarrying and limestone burning developed quickly,. The limestone was quarried on the Chardavoyne farm in McAfee.
c. 1880 -- a creamery was built along the recently laid tracks of the Lehigh & Hudson River Railway.
early 1890s -- Simpson's Hotel located in McAfee.
1894 -- the creamy along the railway was replaced by another building.
1906 -- the New Jersey Lime Company was working a massive limestone quarry.
by World War I -- the limestone in McAfee was only being quarried for use in the blast furnaces of the Bethlehem Steel Company in Pennsylvania.
1920s -- the Simpson's Hotel was owned by L. C. Ruban.
1930s -- after a major fire the Hovencamp's Hotel (formerly the Simpson's Hotel) was dramatically altered and called the George Inn. (It still stands.)
1965 -- the Great Gorge Ski Area began full operation as the first ski facility in Vernon Township. There is an almost 1,000 foot drop down Hamburg Mountain here.
early 1970s -- completion of Route 80 west to Sussex County opened the county to fast population growth.
(Source: Wayne T. McCabe. 2003. Images of America: Sussex County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Press.)