Brief History of Ho-Ho-Kus
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The history of Ho-Ho-Kus is over three hundred years old.
Originally, before the Dutch, English and Polish arrived,
the land was occupied by the Lenni Lenape Indians. We grew
from five families in 1712 to 4060 in the 2000 census. As
the population grew, so did the number of businesses. From a
modest business area that contained a general store, post
office and an overnight stage coach inn to today where there
are numerous stores housing a diversity of small businesses
and professional offices. The inn of long ago is now borough
owned and for many years has been leased as a restaurant.
The early residents were mainly farmers and were successful,
prosperous and building attractive homes. In addition to
farming, industry became prevalent with the introduction of
the grist, wool and cotton mills. These mills flourished due
to then swiftly running waters of the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook and
the Saddle River. With the advancement of technology, so
went the mills. Although the mills are no longer many of the
buildings are now occupied and the site is an industrial
Two wars temporarily changed much of the life style as the
Revolutionary War and the Civil War, would at times, pit
neighbor against neighbor. In the recovery period after the
wars, roads were developed and the Erie Railroad came in
1878. This improvement brought new settlers called summer
residents from New York City to enjoy the luxury of a
suburban community with the swimming and boating amenities
provided on Sylvan Lake. The Sylvan Lake dam broke in 1892
and with that went the summer trade. But, another resident
came to town - called the commuter.
Ho-Ho-Kus grew, new homes were built and developments
established. N.J. State Highway 17 was widened and the
building of the Garden State Parkway brought new families to
the area. Understandably, the school population grew and
several additions have had to be added to the building.
Today, the pre-k to grade 8 school has a population of
approximately 600. The three churches, Catholic, Protestant
and Episcopal, have long been established.
Throughout the years, history tells us about the Race Track,
the floods of 1903, 1945, 1977, two hurricanes, newly
established Memorial Park, the gazebo and a new borough
hall. As the town flourished, so did the number of
volunteers. Elected officials, recreational participants,
scouting advisers, service clubs members and emergency
medical personnel all serve without compensation or
benefits. Employees are of the highest quality, well trained
and share a pride of being a part of the town.
In the real estate market homes in Ho-Ho-Kus usually are at
a premium. The borough is fiscally sound enjoying the
highest possible rating for a community of our size.
Families continue to move here because they like what they
find here. Many tend to stay even after children have left
the nest. Ho-Ho-Kus continues to provide the qualities of
family life and community pride and involvement that were
first brought here by the Dutch, English and Polish. There
is no doubt that Ho-Ho-Kus is deep-rooted in the annals of
history - the past and the yesteryears.
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Additional Historical Data from the Master Plan