(1712 - 1784)Casper Shafer, a German emigrant settled this area circa 1742. By 1750, he built this stone house, later fortifying it with a stockade during the French and Indian War. His first grist mill, built 1743, was located upstream, replacing it in 1764 with a larger structure at the present site. This profitable enterprise shipped goods by flatboat down the Paulinskill and Delaware Rivers to Philadelphia. The mill rebuilt in 1844 after a fire was the last operating grist mill in New Jersey. A strong supporter of American Independence, Shafer was one of three delegates from Sussex County to serve in New Jersey's first legislative assemblies (1776-1779).
|Series||This marker is part of the New Jersey: Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders series|
|Placed By||Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Sussex County Historic Marker Committee|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 7:05am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 510503 N 4542529|
|Decimal Degrees||41.03391667, -74.87505000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 2.035', W 74° 52.503'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 2' 2.10" N, 74° 52' 30.18" W|
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|Area Code(s)||201, 973, 908, 862|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 920-926 Main St, Newton NJ 07860, US|
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