Wayne is a 27-square-mile town in Passaic County, New Jersey that has a population of approximately 55,000. It used to be inhabited by Native Americans who farmed the meadowlands and fished and hunted in the streams and woods. The town gets its name from General Anthony Wayne, a hero of the Revolutionary War.
Wayne has several historic sites, such as the Schuyler-Colfax Historic House Museum. The house is credited to settler Arent Schuyler and is the oldest house in Wayne. It’s also one of the only colonial homesteads built around 1700 on the nation’s east coast.
There is also the Dey Mansion. Construction on the house started in 1740 by Dirk Dey and was completed by his son, Colonel Theunis Dey. The mansion was used for General George Washington’s headquarters in 1780.
The Wayne Public Library offers many programs for children, teens, and adults, as a way to encourage all ages to be actively involved with their local library.
Wayne has a New Jersey Transit train station on the Monclair-Boonton Line, a ride that’s just over an hour from New York Penn Station.
If you’re in the mood to shop, you can visit the Willowbrook Mall, which provides many options for entertainment, shopping, and dining.
Wayne’s Division of Parks and Forestry maintains over 1,800 acres of parkland, which includes fourteen neighborhood playgrounds; two large, multi-component playgrounds; and two swimming facilities with playgrounds. This division also takes care of six baseball fields, 33 softball fields, three football fields, two turf multi-purpose fields, 12 tennis courts, and two platform tennis courts. Wayne’s Division of Recreation provides numerous activities all year for residents to enjoy and also has a travel and tourism program.
The Wayne Township Public School District includes nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools.