Before European settlers began to colonize the area around 1664, this part of New Jersey was inhabited by the Native Lenni Lenape people. Rahway was colonized relatively early, and it was well established by the time America declared its independence from the British crown. This area was exposed to some war-related activity during the Revolution, though that battle that took place here was named after Rahway's original settlement name of Spanktown, which apparently came from a story of domestic abuse. Fortunately the name eventually changed and Rahway was formally incorporated with its current name in 1858.
Rahway River Park
Though this part of New Jersey can experience harsh winters, summers in this area are typically hot, humid, and mostly dry, making it perfect weather to get out and do something involving water. Going to a pool is always a fun option, but if you would like to try something a bit more adventurous, the Rahway River Park is a great place to start. This river park gives residents access to the Rahway River for canoeing and flatwater kayaking, in addition to fishing. There is also a playground for kids and plenty of places to relax along the banks of the river.