Hackensack’s "Main Street"
Journeys into Hackensack
Today we share some words from on the earliest days of Main Street:
“Almost from the beginning of our country there was a main Street—called King's Highway at
that time. People were living and working on lower Main Street within sixty years of the second
oldest European settlement in the United States (Jamestown 1607). Due to the building of the
Dutch Reformed Church and the establishment of Hackensack as the county seat, there was a
slow but steady increase in the population. Colonial Hackensack had about thirty homes in the
village which was in the present lower Main Street area. They were red sandstone homes and
there were neighborhood shops, all well-kept”.
“In the early 1800's, Main Street had deep ditches on either side, the road rounded up
and was covered with gravel. Sidewalks were cow paths and people walked on them singly.
(State Street had wagon tracks through the center—the balance of the street
was grass, no sidewalks)”
Info. Source: http://www.hackensack.org/filestorage/6876/8442/8444/1976_History_Book.pdf
Image credit: hackensack.org