THE HISTORY OF RAHWAY
history of Rahway begins with the settlements of Elizabethtown
and Woodbridge. The early settlers of those places were the
founders of Rahway which began as outlying acreage and
The name “Rahwack” with
several variants in spelling , appears to have been in use for this
vicinity in very early days and is traditionally ascribed to an Indian chief
who dwelt here.
By the 18th century, Rahway
consisted of four distinct communities: Upper Rahway, Bridge Town, or Lower
Rahway, Leesville, and Milton.
Throughout the War for
Independence, Rahway was the scene of several skirmishes. In January 1777,
the Battle of Spanktown, Rahway’s most notable battle, was fought on St.
Georges Avenue in the vicinity of the Union County Park. The battle lasted
twelve hours with the Americans getting the best of the British.