Page updated on 2/1/2023. If you have updated information on your municipality's history programs, please contact Bill Truran.


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Sussex County citizens and visitors,

Welcome to Sussex County history. This page is intended to be a foundation upon which to present our rich heritage. Here we recognize and list the places and organizations whereby a person can find ways to enjoy what we have. The purpose is to build a bridge from the past, to be appreciated and enhanced today, and preserved for future generations.

Bill Truran
Sussex County Historian
billt1425@gmail.com


News, Updates, and Announcements

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Historic Marker Program (February 2023)

Sussex County Historic Marker Program

The awardees will be provided assistance by the County to share in the cost as provided in the agreement, and are able to use the Sussex County sign format.

The marker selection committee consists of Ron Tappan, Keith Nelson, Holly Sollitto, and myself, Bill Truran.

I am pleased to have been supported with an informal subcommittee by renowned Sussex County historians Ron Dupont, Mario Poggi, Jennie Sweetman and Wayne McCabe.

Thank you for your support in keeping our Sussex County history alive and recognized.

View All Historical Markers Historic Marker Request Form Take the Historical Marker Tour


Young Historians Program (February 2023)

Sussex County Young Historians Program

There is a need to pro-actively engage our next generations in the preservation of our common history. Sussex County would benefit from citizens working to achieve preservation. We introduce a program to recognize those who would actively work toward this goal. Please help us raise new historians.

Young Historian Application


Historic Marker Update (February 2023)

I am happy to state the we have awarded three Sussex County historical markers for 2020.

They are:

  • Greendell Train Station, Green Township, sponsored by the Lackawanna Cutoff Historical Committee (submitted by Mr. Keith Smolin)
  • The Newton Academy, Newton, sponsored by the Sussex County Historical Society (submitted by Ms. Wendy Wyman)
  • Wawayanda Furnace, Vernon, sponsored by the Vernon Historical Society (submitted by Ms. Jessi Palladini)

The awardees will be provided assistance by the County to share in the cost as provided in the agreement, and are able to use the Sussex County sign format.

View All Historical Markers Historic Marker Request Form Take the Historical Marker Tour


Event Board

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Contact: William R. Truran to add your event.


Special County Programs

Babe Ruth in Sussex County: Photos and Stories (COMING SOON)

Sussex County Rails to Trails (COMING SOON)

Pathways of the Revolution - 250th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence (COMING SOON)

Western Highlands Scenic Byway

Contact: Bill Truran for more information.


Local History Organizations

Andover Borough

Branchville Borough

Byram Township

Franklin Borough

Fredon Township

Hardyston Township

Hopatcong Borough

Lafayette Township

Montague Township

Newton Town

Ogdensburg Borough

Sandyston Township

Sparta Township

Stillwater Township

Sussex Borough

Vernon Township

Walpack Township

Wantage Township


Museum Tour Videos


County Historical Organizations

Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council  
Interactive Map of County Historical Sites
Sussex County History Alliance
Sussex County Historical Society  


Visit the Sussex County Wikipedia page to learn about county history, indigenous peoples, geology, and much more.


Sussex County Historian: William R. Truran
Sussex County Board of County Commissioners