The community that is now Lincoln Park has existed since colonial times. This small community further grew with the construction of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad's Boonton Branch (present-day Montclair-Boonton Line). It was formerly part of neighboring Pequannock. The borough was founded as a township under the name Beavertown on March 11, 1922. The town was reincorporated as the borough of Lincoln Park in February 26, 1925. It was named after President Abraham Lincoln.
U.S. Route 202 is the primary road through the borough, linking it with Montville and Wayne. Comly/Ryerson Road link the borough to Pequannock, while Chapel Hill/Pine Brook/Two Bridges Road link it to Fairfield. Lincoln Park can also be easily accessed from Interstates 80 and 287, as well as U.S. Route 46 and New Jersey Route 23 using these roads.
NJ Transit provides service from Mondays to Saturdays on the 871 bus route to Willowbrook Mall in Wayne and Morristown. Buses in each direction arrive four times per day. One can transfer to an express bus bound for Port Authority Bus Terminal at Willowbrook.
Lakeland Buses also provides occasional service on weekdays, with buses heading directly to New York City in early mornings, and buses on the return trip arriving in the late evening.
The Montclair-Boonton Line has a station in the borough. This is not the best way, however, as trains are limited to weekday rush hour service, and a transfer is required further down the line in order to reach New York Penn Station. This will not be a problem however if you are arriving from Hoboken. Additionally, the station is not wheelchair accessible due to its odd layout. Mountain View station, although it has equally lousy service, is also close to Lincoln Park (and ADA-compliant, too!). However, it is relatively far from the center of the borough.
Driving by car is the only quick way to get around. Walking around the center of the borough is easy, as it is relatively small in size. Walking up certain roads can be quite a workout however, as they cross over Hook Mountain, which is part of the Watchung Mountain group. There are multiple bus stops around, but bus service is rare, making it an impractical way to get around.
- John Dods Tavern, 8 Chapel Hill Rd (Next to the main business district). This old tavern was built in 1770, and it has since become a dentist's office. It was mentioned as a landmark for routes in letters sent to George Washington by his allies.
- The Two Bridges. This area was once referred to as the "two Bridges", or "the Fork of Passaic", in Revolutionary War letters; one of the bridges is today used as the main route linking the borough with Fairfield. The area directly adjacent to it was also used as a Revolutionary War campsite.
- Walk along the old Morris Canal. The historic Morris Canal formerly ran through the borough, and its remnants are still scattered along its former path. The proper way to walk along the Morris Canal in Lincoln Park is to take the bus to or park your car near the bridge over the Pompton River. Then, walk along U.S. Route 202 until you reach the Main Street intersection. Cross Main Street then proceed to walk along Beaverbrook Road. Turn left when you reach the entrance to the condos and you will notice a large board demarcating the canal's path. Cross the road with care, and walk the remainder of the right-of-way via a portion of the Morris Canal Greenway. This will take you to Plane 10 East, located on the Montville border.
- 1 [dead link] Noches de Colombia, 466 Boonton Turnpike, ☏ . Colombian restaurant with catering and car delivery. Serves great Pandebono.
There are no places to stay in Lincoln Park. Therefore, you must stay in other towns. There are hotels in Fairfield and Wayne where Lincoln Park can be easily reached.
The local newspaper is The Star-Ledger, along with others. The town is served by radio and TV stations mostly in New York.
|Routes through Lincoln Park|
|Parsippany ← Montville ←||S N||→ Wayne → Suffern|
|Dover ← Montville ←||W E||→ Wayne → New York City|