Wortendyke, New Jersey

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Wortendyke, New Jersey
Wortendyke Railroad Station
Wortendyke is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Location of Wortendyke, Bergen County, New Jersey
Wortendyke is located in New Jersey
Wortendyke (New Jersey)
Wortendyke is located in the United States
Wortendyke (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°59′51″N 74°09′01″W / 40.99750°N 74.15028°W / 40.99750; -74.15028Coordinates: 40°59′51″N 74°09′01″W / 40.99750°N 74.15028°W / 40.99750; -74.15028
Country United States
State New Jersey
BoroughMidland Park
Elevation266 ft (81 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)201
GNIS feature ID881955[1]

Wortendyke is a residential and commercial unincorporated community located within Midland Park, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States.[1][2]


Wortendyke was established in 1796, originally named "Newtown", and then "Godwinville".[3][4]

A Methodist church was organized in 1805.[4]

A cotton mill was opened in 1812 by Cornelius Wortendyke. In 1875, his grandson, Cornelius A. Wortendyke, oversaw an extensive enlargement to the mill, as well as the addition of the largest silk mill in New Jersey.[4][5]

The mills were located along Goffle Brook, and employed more than 500 people, many of them immigrants from the Netherlands. The cost of the workers' transportation to the United States, as well as their housing costs, was deducted from their pay.[5][6]

By the early 1880s, Wortendyke had the largest school in the Township, and a population of 300.[4][7][8]

When the New Jersey Midland Railway was built in the 1880s, Cornelius A. Wortendyke was its president, and had the railway's principal shops located in Wortendyke. The Wortendyke Railroad Station is still located in the area.[9]

Historic sites[edit]

The Wortendyke-Demund House, constructed in 1797, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 10, 1983.[10]

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Wortendyke include:


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wortendyke
  2. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed May 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Van Valen (1900), History of Bergen County, New Jersey, Forgotten Books
  4. ^ a b c d e Clayton, W. Woodford (1882). History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey: With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Everts & Peck. pp. 109, 205, 206, 208.
  5. ^ a b Brown, T. Robins; Warmflash, Schuyler; DelGiudice, Jim (2001). The Architecture of Bergen County, New Jersey: The Colonial Period to the Twentieth Century. Rutgers University. pp. 42, 85. ISBN 9780813528670.
  6. ^ Parrillo, Vincent; Parrillo, Beth; Wrubel, Arthur (1999). Ridgewood. Arcadia Publishing. p. 19. ISBN 9780738501895.
  7. ^ Industries of New Jersey. Historical Publishing Company. 1882. pp. 118. OL 24332547M.
  8. ^ Annual Report. New Jersey State Board of Assessors. 1890. p. 137.
  9. ^ Kaminski, Edward S. (2010). New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad in New Jersey. Arcadia Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 9781439638972.
  10. ^ NEW JERSEY - Bergen County, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed May 19, 2015.