Borough of Wharton

10 Robert St * Wharton* NJ * 07885 M-F: 8:30am-4:30pm

The Morris Canal, which stretched from Newark to Phillipsburg, passed through Boonton, Dover and Port Oram (which would later become Wharton) while carrying anthracite coal from Pennsylvania to the Hudson River. Port Oram was chosen to develop an ironworks industry and serve as an important port town.

Historical Highlight:

In 1902, Port Oram was renamed Wharton in honor of Joseph Wharton, a Philadelphia Quaker who went on to create a business empire that included iron smelting in Wharton. After his death in 1909, Wharton endowed the University of Pennsylvania with its business school.


Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
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