Photo by Anthony Lawson

Sitting just off a sharp bend on Cozy Lake Road is a homestead that pre-dates Jefferson Township and the founding of the country. That would be unique enough but one of its earliest structures is a curious stout field stone building sitting in the passing river. With a recent change in ownership, the thick vines that once engulfed it have been pealed back to display its rustic charms. What may not be known by many is that the original purpose of the structure was a "milk house" where dairy products produced on the once flourishing farm land was stored and cooled by the nearby river.

A quite reflective spot in Jefferson Township is the Rockaway River just below the Longwood Lake Dam. The water rushing over the falls creates a soothing sound that blocks out all the outside world's distractions. Peace and solitude are the perfect winter surroundings for a fisherman and his dog to enjoy Jefferson's serene nature.

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Anthony Lawson is a New Jersey Press Association multiple award-winning photographer. He has been actively capturing the spirit of Jefferson Township for over a decade; first in the “AIM Jefferson” and now in “The Jefferson Chronicle”. A 25 year resident of the township, he has a four-decade long photography career which included event photography, landscape art, and most recently photo journalism. He can be reached at anthony.lawson@thejeffersonchronicle.com.

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