Randolph has seen many changes since its official incorporation in 1805. From its earliest history Randolph Township was a largely agrarian society with many farms dotting the landscape. Some farms still exist today in the township and contribute to the country feel that pervades the town. At other times in the history of the town, iron mines and forges were a significant part of town life and business. Following the iron boom the town returned to its farming roots for many years. Early in the 20th century many families from New York moved west to Randolph and continued the farming tradition that had started many years earlier. Later in the 20th century, thanks to its rolling hills and lakes, Randolph became a destination for people looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city of life. Randolph became home to several resorts that hosted such notable acts as Phil Silvers, Frank Sinatra, Henny Youngman and Jan Pierce and boxers Max Baer, Floyd Patterson, Jim Braddock and Rocky Marciano trained or fought at Sains’ Hotel on Brookside Road. Two of the town’s last resorts remained opened into the 1970’s before closing their doors.
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