Boats At Rest, Packanack Lake, Wayne NJ USA

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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taken September 2012 in late afternoon. Packanack Lake, Wayne NJ USA. Packanack Lake is a lake community in Wayne, New Jersey, United States, located 30 minutes northwest of Manhattan.

The Packanack community began long ago when Native Americans farmed, fished and hunted in the area. One tribe, the Pacquanacs, are still remembered in the very name Packanack which is said to mean appropriately “land made clear for cultivation”.

In 1780, it was farming country and marshlands not far from the Continental Army encampment of French and American soldiers. Close by were the headquarters of General George Washington at the Dey Mansion and Major-General Marquis de Lafayette at the Van Saun House. They still can be seen today.

The Packanack area sits on two ridges running in roughly a north-south direction separated by a valley of marshland that in 1928 would be cleared of trees and brush; blocked at the south with an earth and clay dam to form Packanack Lake. That was when Mr. Joseph T. Castles, who had purchased 26 farms or approximately 700 acres (2.8 km²) of these ridges and valley in 1925, began laying the groundwork for the development of a community. The lake itself is man-made. Roads were built, water and sewer mains were laid and a sewage disposal system constructed. The real estate firm of Packanack Lake, Inc. was formed and work began on the clubhouse as well as seventeen log cabins and small Cape Cod homes. The clubhouse, which was renovated in 2005, is located on the west beach along with a post office, restaurant/pub, florist, and a deli.

Notable residents (past and present):

  • Kim Alexis, (model) resides on the east side of Packanack Lake on Lake Drive East.
  • Tom Cruise, (actor and producer) resided on the east side of Packanack Lake on Lois Court.
  • Ron Duguay, (hockey player) resides on the east side of Packanack Lake on Lake Drive East.
  • Donna Kane, (theater actress) resided on the east side of Packanack Lake on Elmwood Terrace.
  • Floyd Vivino, (comedian) resides on the east side of Packanack Lake on Overlook Ave.

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