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A Guide To Its Present And Past
Compiled and Written by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of New Jersey
American Guide Series

Originally published in 1939
Some of this information may no longer be current and in that case is presented for historical interest only.

Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

Tour 6
South from the Northwest Corner – Ross Corner

ROSS CORNER, 16.1 miles (500 alt.), consists of two large dairy plants on a branch of the Lackawanna R.R. and two modern service stations at the highway intersection.

US 206 is united with State 8 (see Tour 5) between Ross Corner and Newton.

US 206 turns sharply R., running southward through farm lands. Clumps of trees and domelike mounds dot the landscape. The mounds were left by the great North American glacier. Lakes of this region are attributed to the scooping out of the soil by the ice mass.

At 20.9 miles is the junction with a macadam road.

Right on this road, swinging through hilly farm country with some exceptional views, to PAULINS KILL LAKE, 3 miles, with boating facilities and scattered summer homes. Left at 4.4 miles at the junction with a macadam road to the junction with a graded road at 5.1 miles R. on this road to EMMANS GROVE, 5.5 miles, part of 536-acre SWARTSWOOD STATE PARK. Ample parking and picnicking accommodations are provided in a grove of evergreen and deciduous trees on a point jutting into SWARTSWOOD LAKE. Noteworthy is a large BED of JAPANESE LOTUS, one of the few successful growths in this country. The plants are said to have been imported by a missionary.

The lake was named for Capt. Anthony Swartwout, British officer who had earned the hatred of the Indians by his active service in the French and Indian Wars. In 1756 a party of 13 Indians came from Pennsylvania to seize Swartwout and two of his neighbors in the thinly settled wilderness around the lake. The raiders captured a young man, Thomas Hunt, and a Negro servant. Stealing up to the Swartwout cabin, they shot Mrs. Swartwout as she went out to the milkhouse. Swartwout leaped for his rifle and musket; he killed two or three Indians and wounded others before he was taken. The Indians marched him a mile from his home, then slit his stomach and fastened one end of his entrails to a tree. Four of his children were slain at the spot before Swartwout, beaten and mutilated, was forced to end his life by winding his bowels on the tree as he walked around it. The Negro, Hunt, and two surviving children were carried away. The Negro escaped from Canada, and Hunt was exchanged after three years for some French captives. Swarthwout's little daughter grew up with the Indians and married a chief. The son learned of his parentage when he reached manhood. He returned for a visit to the settlement, and then went back to the forest to spend the rest of his life.

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