The area was originally populated by the Lenni-Lenape Indians. According to town historical records, the Lenni-Lenape Indians held their high councils in Budd Lake in the vicinity of High Street. Peter Garbut and Francis Breck were the first white settlers to arrive in 1713. The township was formed in 1871 when it split from Roxbury Township.
Flanders is located in Morris County, one of the fastest growing counties in the region. Nestled amid rolling hills, broad valleys and glittering lakes approximately 30 miles northwest of New York City, the area is known as the Highlands and is a popular destination for families.
Part of the Appalachian Mountain range, the Highlands are characterized by alternating flat-topped ridges and deep-striking valleys. While a major state road bisects the area, country roads wind through woods, along streams, up and down hills. Open land is preserved by both local municipalities and county governments.
Within two years of Morris County's creation, the Townships of Hanover, Pequannock and Morris were formed, followed in 1740 by Roxbury Township and in 1749 by Mendham Township. Several years after its founding the community of West Hanover was renamed "Morristown" and designated the county seat of government.
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