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About Vernon Chamber of Commerce

Vernon Chamber of Commerce

The Vernon NJ Chamber of Commerce is the collective voice of area businesses. It gives us strength and influence when advocating important positions on issues at all levels of government local, county and state. The Chamber serves as a watchdog for business interests and constantly keeps an eye on issues that affect or could affect your business.

2024 10th Annual Street Fair

Main Street
Vernon Township, NJ
Saturday, September 14th
11am - 3pm

Join Us in Celebrating a Decade of Community Spirit!

I'm thrilled to announce that we are gearing up for the 10th Anniversary of our beloved Street Fair! This milestone event promises to be bigger and better than ever, and we need your help to make it a success.

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to join our organizing committee. This is your chance to be part of something special, to contribute your talents, and to help create unforgettable memories for our community.

Why Volunteer?

- Make a Difference: Your efforts will directly impact the success of this landmark event.
- Meet New People: Connect with fellow community members who share your passion.
- Have Fun: Enjoy the rewarding experience of bringing joy and excitement to Vernon.
- Gain Experience: Develop new skills.

Whether you have a few hours to spare or can commit to more, every bit of help is valuable. Together, let's make the 10th Anniversary Street Fair a spectacular celebration of Vernon’s community spirit!

Interested? Please contact us at 973-737-5955 or to sign up.

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm!


About Vernon

A Thriving Community

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Sussex County, Vernon Township thrives as a vibrant community, embracing over 24,000 residents who proudly call it home. Beyond its residential charm, countless individuals traverse Vernon annually, whether for a rejuvenating day retreat or to traverse the scenic Appalachian Trail. Originating as an independent township on November 19, 1792, Vernon's expansive 68 square miles have remained unchanged over two centuries. Despite this steadfast boundary, the township's demographics have undergone a remarkable transformation. Once a modest hamlet with just 1,548 inhabitants in 1950, Vernon experienced a steady rise in population from the 1960s, fueled by the introduction of the ski industry. Presently, with a robust community of 5,451 students, Vernon boasts the largest school system in Sussex County, a testament to its dynamic growth and enduring appeal.(Photo: Appalachian Trail: Bob Breese/


Historical Excerpts

On April 19, 2009 the Vernon Township Historical Society held a dedication for the new historic marker at High Breeze Farm on Barrett Road. The historic marker for this important landmark, which is on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places site was purchased through donations by the VanDien family, relatives of the Barretts who owned High Breeze Farm; the Myrtle Hanke Fund, a memorial fund set up for the beloved late trustee and curator of the Society; and by the society.


- Hi Breeze Farm

St. Thomas Episcopal Church was founded in 1847 and is the oldest church structure in Vernon Township. It is a quaint church that sits below Route 94 on the southbound lane in Vernon, NJ. It is a board-and-batten construction with a belfry that is mounted at the rear of the building. The church’s design is Carpenter or Rural Gothic. The congregation was incorporated a year after it was built. It sits near a cemetery, vicarage, parish house, and a new St. Thomas Church.


- St. Thomas Church

Friends of Wawayanda State Park, an Officially Recognized “Friends” Organization (ORFO) of the state, is a sister organization of the Vernon Township Historical Society. All members of the Society are members of “Friends.” The official purpose of the Friends of Wawayanda State Park is to restore, preserve, and promote historical and cultural resources in our state park, such as the Wawayanda Iron Furnace, High Breeze Farm, and the Black Creek Site. We have several events each year to raise funds for that purpose.

- Friends of Wawayanda State Park

The Black Creek Site in Vernon Township is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. The site is one of only three Native American sites in New Jersey listed on the historic registers.More than 6,000 artifacts dating back 10,000 years were found at the Black Creek Site. These artifacts represent the Early Archaic to the Late Woodland Periods.The Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Indians of New Jersey joined efforts with local residents to nominate and preserve the Black Creek Site.

- Black Creek Site


Vernon Township's destiny has always been shaped by its geography. On the east are the rough and rugged Wawayanda and Hamburg Mountains. To the west is Pochuck Mountain and beyond lie the Wallkill River and meadowlands. Between the two lies narrow but fertile Vernon Valley. This geography is a product of the last ice age when a mile-thick glacier plowed over Vernon.







As told by Richard M. Stevens of Greendell

So join me, if you care to, for a seat-of-the-pants, completely idiosyncratic barnstorming tour of historic Vernon Village--some old, some new, some long-gone, with the caution that far more research needs to be done to fully understand the history of the sites herein mentioned. Sources for this include: a 1920 newspaper article by Henry B. DeKay, giving his recollections of Vernon Village going back into the 1850s; the 1860 Map of Sussex County; aerial surveys, and a plotting of historic deeds in the village. 


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