A journey back to St. Joseph's Village, Rockleigh, NJ


St. Joseph's Village was built in 1958 by the Sisters of St. Joseph od Peace to give care and a home to nearly 200 dependent children who through various misfortunes have been unable to live in a normal home life. The complex was organized around the metaphor of a village. There were cottages for the children to live under the supervision of a sister and a lay prefect simulating an extended family. In separate buildings all linked by a corridor that runs seven eighths of a mile, the children had a school, chapel, infirmary, a cafeteria, library, general store, barbershop, beauty parlor, gymnasiun/auditorium, outdoor play areas, and a swimming pool. Journey with us now as we explore the village's history, detail its facilities, and see what is there today...

  • History & Overview

    This article traces the history of the vilage from its predisessor of three seperate orphanage, through the years of the Village in Rockleigh, NJ, and finaly its closing and the countys after use of the buildings.    [see]
  • Brochure & Post Cards

    While we do not have many pictures of the Village we surely do not have enough to properly illustrate this website — this was way before the convenience of digital photography. However we do have a color brochure and several post cards which give us a look at what the Village looked like at its "Sunday Best." [see]
  • Buildings & Grounds

    In a series of articles, we explore how the Village buildings and grounds were used by Bergen County for a viriety of social and health care programs. [see]
  • The Site Today

    What did the site look like through the years after St. Joseph's Village closed and was sold to Bergen County for various social services programs? In this section, a series of articles will answer that question. The featured article is a virtual tour that takes you an a very complete walk through the entire complex as it was years after the SJV closed. Much of the original aprarance of the buildings and grounds remained almost as they were.    [see]