Bogota, NJ


If you’re a newcomer to Bogota, getting settled in this or any other new town can be a bit nerve-racking, to say the least, but it can also be exciting. Just when you have actually moved in and unpacked, it’s time to find the nearest restaurants, drug stores, grocery stores, and you may need new furniture. If you’re looking for a furniture store in Bogota, NJ, you’re out of luck. There aren’t any as of writing this.

Are You New to Bogota and Need Furniture?

Good thing FOW is not too far away for all of your furniture and home accessories needs. We are less than 20 minutes away via Route 17 South in Lyndhurst, NJ.

If you prefer more of a contemporary and Mid-Century modern furniture styles rather than traditional, we can help.

With our custom upholstery options, you can create rooms with tons of your own personality. Whether you prefer leather or fabric as your upholstery choice, we have over 100 custom options. Many of our bedroom and dining room collections can be ordered in a few finishes as well. We’re a furniture store that is all about customization.

 

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If you have or plan to have little ones, our kids’ furniture collections are not only functional but are available in a variety of finishes so that they can create their own sanctuary. From student loft beds with storage drawers that are part of the staircase, to captain’s beds with plenty of spacious storage drawers, to bunk beds, we are your one-stop-shop for kids’ furniture.

Now, a little about Bogota…

Introducing Bogota, New Jersey 07603

Your first stop when visiting Bergen County should be Bogota in New Jersey because once you see this charming township you won’t want to leave! Just move right on in to enjoy the splendor that this small Bergen County haven has to offer.

 

Welcome to Bogota

 

Bogota is a unique and historical borough in Bergen County, New Jersey. The area was originally formed back in November of 1894 and it came together from portions of Ridgefield Township during the phenomenon of “Boroughitis” that was sweeping across Bergen County. Parts of Bogota were also taken to create the Town of Teaneck.

 

Map of Bogota
Map of Bogota

 

The area of Bogota is incredibly small. It’s only around .813 square miles with enough housing to account for 8,332 people. However, this community-first borough is a delightful and quiet place to live for the locals and a wonderful destination to visit if you’re looking for an insight into the history of New Jersey.

Where the Name “Bogota” Comes From

The borough of Bogota was originally named to honor the very first family to settle in the area. The Bogert family was the very first American family to come to Bogota after it was originally inhabited by Native American tribes. Some historians also suggest that the name might be considered a portmanteau of Banta and Bogert, as Banta were yet another early family to join the settlement.

For those who are interested in the development of Bogota over the years it’s still possible to visit the Bogert House, which is located in Demarest. The house was built during the 1740s and it achieved its position as a historical landmark in the National Register of places with historical significance during January of 1983.

Bogota’s population grew quickly due to the large influx of merchants and shop owners, as well as the railroad that brought in other industry. From 1895 to 1920, the population grew from 250 people to nearly 4000.

Schools began cropping up and as the population got ever larger even more were added. A total of six historic schools now line Bogota’s streets: Steen, Bixby, Bogota High, Trinity Lutheran, Bogart Memorial, and St. Joseph’s. Over the course of the 20th century Bogota survived the devastating effects of the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, among other trials.

Before it Was Bogota

Before the Bogota was known as Bogota, it was largely inhabited by a group of people that preferred to be known as the “Hackensack” Native Americans. These individuals lived in tribes around the area that would come to be known as Bogota for several centuries long before the Dutch and other Europeans arrived to colonize the areas. History tells us that the tribes that occupied Bogota were part of the Lenape Nation.

In the history of Native American culture Bogota has a significant role to play. It was the site of two very crucial trails on the Native American map and these trails still exist today with new names. You can find them at Fort Lee Road and River Road. According to historians and experts, these areas were often used as fishing grounds and hunting locations for Native Americans in search of food. Additionally, they were occasionally used as places to set up camp while individuals hunted for food to take home to their families.

Before it was defined as a borough, in the early days of Native Indian presence, Bogota wasn’t considered to be a good site for a village because the Hackensack River meant that people couldn’t move easily to the west of the village when they need to expand their hunting grounds or collect firewood.

The Achter Col Colony

For those with an interest into the Native American background of Bogota there’s a special location to visit at the intersection of the River Road and West Fort Lee Road. Back in the 1600s, when the area was still considered to be a part of a larger space known as “New Netherland”, a ninety-foot long trading post for fur and a farmhouse was built by a man called Johannes Winckelman.

 

Achter Col Colony
“Achter Col” Colony. Photographer: Bill Coughlin

 

This incredible building was used to shelter cattle and settlers alike. During the war of the Native Americans that took place during 1643, the area housed and protected Dutch soldiers that were colonizing the land. However, during the night of September 17th, 1643, a group of Hackensack and Tappan Indians worked together to burn the trading post and the famous to the ground.

Though you can’t visit the farmhouse or the trading post itself, you can still see the area that used to be known as “Winkelman”, in honor of the man that built the historical site.

Today’s Bogota

Today, this humble borough is mainly industrial, with some commercial and residential areas still blossoming. Residents can enjoy outdoor recreational activities and youth groups. Children will love the brand new playground at the park, as well as a flurry of sports and other after-school activities. For more information on moving to Bogota and settling in, visit Bogota’s official website.

Need a Furniture Store near Bogota?

Newcomers to this lovely town may still have difficulty finding local furniture stores in Bogota, NJ, because there aren’t any as was stated earlier. So take a less than 20 minute ride to our showroom in Lyndhurst and see what we have to offer. You can always browse our website (www.FOWfurniture.com) before actually visiting us in person. See you soon!

 

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