“Dawn’s Rest” was, in the early part of the 20th Century, one of many places that a weary traveler could put up his feet and relax for a spell. Back in the day, Pequannock — in fact, the whole of north Jersey — was tranquil and restful. It offered a respite from busy city life (by comparison).
Mrs. Dawn’s place offered “large, airy rooms” just a short walk from the railroad station. Naturally, all the meals were “home cooked”, including vegetables from a no doubt sizable garden out back. And it was open all year, guaranteed to be “an ideal winter home for settled people”.
Dawn’s Rest, Pompton Plains, looking south (early 1900s)
We have a pretty good idea where Dawn’s Rest was once situated: on the Turnpike, just south of Jackson Avenue. This 1937 Sanborne map marks it as “vacant”.
Today, there’s a strip mall at that location. It’s between the Little Food Inn and the Lutjen building.
So who was “Mrs. A. Dawn”? I can’t seem to find her in either the Ancestry or FamilySearch genealogy databases. Maybe it was a pseudonym.