City of Rahway
1 City Hall Plaza
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 827-2000



Although the origin of the name Spanktown is not certain, it appears the term was used in military communications when referring to this strategic area in the first half of 1777.

Abraham Clark, who lived on a farm north of Rahway, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This important patriot is buried in the Rahway Cemetery.

Once a new nation, the individual states were given the authority to mint their own currency. In New Jersey, the first state mint was located in Rahway and it was here the first coin was struck bearing the inscription “E Pluribus Unum” (from many come one), words used on every U. S. coin today.

Indeed, Rahway must have prospered following the war, for in 1794 a French traveler recorded the following in his diary:
The winding layout of Rahway gives it an outstanding appearance. It is rich in charming situations, with pretty and diversified gardens and small clean houses that have the double character of town and country houses. There are fruit trees of all kinds; and the elegance of the women corresponds to the light caleches they drive. Everything about the place made us regret leaving, and impressed us unforgettably.


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