A brief history of Mahwah NJ
Mahwah is the northernmost and largest municipality by geographic area (26.19 square miles (67.8 km2)) in Bergen County, New Jersey. The name "Mahwah" is derived from the Lenape language word "mawewi" which means "Meeting Place" or "Place Where Paths Meet" The area that is now Mahwah was originally formed as Hohokus Township on April 9, 1849, from portions of the former Franklin Township (now Wyckoff). While known as Hohokus Township, territory was taken to form Orvil Township (on January 1, 1886; remainder of township is now Waldwick), Allendale (November 10, 1894), Upper Saddle River (November 22, 1894), and Ramsey (March 10, 1908). On November 7, 1944, the area was incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature as the Township of Mahwah, based on the results of a referendum held that day, replacing Hohokus Township. New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Mahwah as its ninth best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 25.88 square miles (67.04 km2), including 25.39 square miles (65.76 km2) of land and 0.49 square miles (1.27 km2) of water (1.90%). It is the largest municipality in Bergen County by area, more than 2½ times larger than the next-largest municipality, Paramus, and covering 10.6% of the total area of the entire county.
Mahwah is near the Ramapo Mountains and the Ramapo River. Interstate 287 passes through Mahwah, but the only point of access is at the New Jersey–New York border, where 287 meets Route 17. U.S. Route 202 runs through Mahwah from Oakland to Suffern, across the state line.
Several state and county parks are located in Mahwah, including Campgaw Mountain Reservation, Darlington County Park and Ramapo Valley County Reservation, all operated by Bergen County. The Ramapo River runs through the western section of Mahwah.
Mahwah is bordered by the municipalities of Allendale, Franklin Lakes, Oakland, Ramsey, Upper Saddle River and Wyckoff in Bergen County; Ringwood in Passaic County; and Airmont, Hillburn, Ramapo and Suffern in Rockland County, New York.
The Mahwah Township Public Schools provides public education for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of six schools, had an enrollment of 2,947 students and 266.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2017–18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Lenape Meadows Elementary School with 429 students in grades PreK-3, Betsy Ross Elementary School with 204 students in grades K-3, George Washington Elementary School with 190 students in grades K-3, Joyce Kilmer Elementary School with 455 students in grades 4–5, Ramapo Ridge Middle School with 700 students in grades 6-8 and Mahwah High School with 901 students in grades 9-12.
The district's newest building, Lenape Meadows, was opened in 2002 and changed the way the district divided up grade levels. Since the K-3 grades are broken up by location in the township which determines the elementary school to attend, before Lenape Meadows was built, students of that section of town attended Commodore Perry School. Commodore Perry School, Betsy Ross, and George Washington originally only housed the K-2 grades and the entire 3rd grade class attended Joyce Kilmer. The construction of Lenape Meadows added enough room for 3rd grade students as well, allowing Betsy Ross and George Washington room to house their students for 3rd grade, too.
Public school students from the township, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district
Mahwah NJ Restaurants
IIn 1992, the Kunisch’s acquired the Mahwah Bar & Grill and celebrated the arrival of the fourth generation, sons Chris & Craig, and daughter Katie, to help run the business. This building was rich in history as well. Formerly a general store and gin mill, it was a gathering place for the nearby workers of the American Brake Shoe & Foundry and the Mahwah Ford Plant. It was home to one of the first televisions in town and neighborhood kids would gather out front to peer into the windows in hopes of seeing the likes of Mickey Mantle on TV. Like the AB&G before it, this local pub made the transition to family eatery. The original tin ceilings, as well as one of the oldest bar structures in the state are still in place, even after a full renovation in 2011. A beautiful sixty seat outdoor patio is a favorite gathering place.
2018 US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. Home value data includes all types of owner-occupied housing.