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Alexandria Township

Travel west toward the setting sun through rural farmland on the southern slope of the Musconetcong Ridge and you will come to Alexandria Township, nestled between small towns along the Delaware and the Interstate 78 corridor. The township is home to several villages, Little York, Everittstown, Pittstown, and Mt. Pleasant, as well as two small airports, Sky Manor and Alexandria Field.

www.alexandria-nj.us
Population: 4,849

Bethlehem Township

The Musconetcong River and the valley it creates border Bethlehem Township. Incorporated in 1798, Bethlehem is still heavily agricultural. The township is home to the hamlet of West Portal, to many graceful historic homes, and to the 150-acre Tower Hill Park and the 200-acre Charlestown Reservation.

www.bethlehem.nj.us
Population: 3,922

Bloomsbury

Perched at the most northwestern tip of the county, Bloomsbury is a quaint village of about one square mile surrounded by a scenic patchwork of rolling hills. Community spirit runs high in Bloomsbury, where the town hosts a popular Halloween parade, a fall Crafts Festival and a variety of other town-wide events. Many of its Victorian homes are on Hunterdon’s historic preservation list.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/bloom.htm
Population: 886

Califon

The town name was shortened from the original "California" in honor of a resident returned from the Gold Rush. Many homes in this small borough that straddles the South Branch of the Raritan are featured on the state’s historic register. Fishermen flock to Califon for the trout, but there’s no fishing from one of the region’s few remaining 19th- century wrought-iron truss bridges in the heart of the village.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/califon.htm
Population: 1,053

Clinton

Stand on the bridge beside the waterfall, and experience a sense of the area’s history, when Clinton was a mill town and beautiful Victorian homes were built. On the left bank, the famous red mill, with its huge waterwheel, built in 1810, and today serving as the Hunterdon Historical Museum. On the right bank, the substantial stone building, once a grain mill and now the Hunterdon Art Center.

Clinton is a town for all seasons, from the spring Pansy Festival to November's Dickens Days with merchants and visitors in period costumes, and the annual Christmas Parade on the first Friday evening in December. Just off Rt. 78, Clinton’s Main street serves as the heart of the one-square-mile town, with tea rooms, coffee shops and restaurants, art and antique stores, a leather shop and bookstore and even an old-fashioned 5-and-10-cents store.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/clinton.htm
Population: 2,630

Clinton Township

This municipality is a 34-square-mile area that includes Round Valley Reservoir, completely encircles Lebanon Boro and abuts both Clinton and High Bridge. Situated at the intersection of modern Route 31 and Interstate 78, the township includes the hamlets of Annandale, Allerton, Cokesbury, and Readingsburg, blending rural charm with a bustling commercial environment. Residential developments, a full range of faith communities, a number of youth sports leagues, a municipal recreation department, and a lively senior citizens’ group serve the growing population. It is also home to the Hunterdon Country Arboretum, a 63-acre park with greenhouse and formal gardens.

www.township.clinton.nj.us
Population: 13,424

Delaware Township

Established in 1838, Delaware Township is bounded on the southwest by the Delaware River, across from Bucks County. The rural community, still retaining much of its beautiful farmland, has two principal creeks: The Lockatong, crossed by an excellent metal truss bridge and the Wickecheoke, by the State’s only remaining 19th century covered bridge.

A post office, housed in what used to be a butcher shop, and the township government, in a 225-year old municipal building, are in Sergeantsville, in the heart of the township, also home to the Sergeantsville Inn and many charming old houses. On the 4th of July, the township celebrates the Great Crate Race, and its annual Thanksgiving in the Country tour is widely known. There are several other hamlets in the township, including Rosemont, Sandy Ridge, Raven Rock, and Locktown, as well as Ball’s Island State Park.

www.historyweb.com
Population: 4,586

East Amwell Township

In 1708, Amwell Township was established by Royal patent of Queen Anne and contained 130,000 acres, almost half of present day Hunterdon County. Set in a valley at the base of the Sourland Mountains, East Amwell remains primarily agricultural, and a number of its working farms have been spared from development by state and local preservation efforts. Ringoes, the township’s biggest village, is the home depot of the Black River and Western Railroad, which runs a steam engine excursion train between Lambertville and Flemington. Other hamlets in the township include Weert’s Corner, Larison’s Corner, and a portion of Reaville.

www.eastamwell.hunterdon.nj.us
Population: 4,507

Flemington

Since 1785, Flemington has been Hunterdon’s county seat, home of the courthouse, the County Clerk, and some of the other county offices, although the County Freeholders now meet a few miles west in Raritan Township. Much of its small-town charm is reminiscent of an earlier era; two-thirds of the borough’s structures are listed on the state and national historic registers.

In 1935, the world shone a spotlight on sleepy Flemington when the trial of Bruno Hauptmann, who was charged with the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son, was held in the old Main Street courthouse. Since that event, Flemington has sprouted over 100 outlet and specialty stores, and grown popular as a shopping destination.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/fleming.htm
Population: 4,203

Franklin Township

Right smack in the heart of Hunterdon, lies Franklin Township, established in 1845 as an agricultural community, but settled in the early decades of the 18th century by Quakers moving north from the Trenton area. Like several Hunterdon municipalities, it has no towns, only hamlets, including Cherryville and Oak Grove, and two villages, Pittstown and Quakertown, with post offices. Quakertown has one of the state’s few remaining Friends meeting houses built of stone. Franklin’s agricultural heritage is encouraged by on-going farmland preservation, which now protects 1,156 acres, and by protective right-to-farm ordinances. Seventy percent of Franklin is under farmland assessment and Rutgers’ Research Farm is there, on 377 acres donated by residents.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/franklin.htm
Population: 3,097

Frenchtown

Frenchtown, along the Delaware River, is home to antique stores, art galleries, specialty shops and fine restaurants. The town was named for a Swiss founder who local residents thought was French. Once a manufacturing and trading center, the borough, with its tree-lined streets and 19th-century houses has undergone a renaissance, thanks to downtown renovation and growing tourism trade. The original Presbyterian Church built in 1845, now houses the town library and municipal offices.

www.frenchtown.com
Population: 1,501

Glen Gardner

Glen Gardner was never a sleepy farming community, even before the coming of the railroad in the mid-19th century. It was originally known as Sodom, from the wild behavior of some of its residents, and later as Clarksville. Route 31 and Spruce Run Creek, source of sport fishing for many years, divides the town. Sweeping upward from School Street is one of the County’s bridges, Pony Pratt Bridge, listed on the National Register. Charming houses and balconies, built close to the street, help the town retain a 19th-century look. In the 1980’s, townhouses and single-family homes built on the outskirts of town doubled the borough’s population.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/ggardner.htm
Population: 1,956

Hampton

Hampton rests on what is commonly referred to as the "highlands" of Hunterdon County. A former railroad town, the borough was originally named Junction because it grew up around the junction where the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western met the Central Railroad of New Jersey. The area had been a gathering place as far back as when Native Americans camped the banks of the Musconetcong, which forms the northern border of the borough. Today, the borough is a mix of highway development and quiet residential streets.

community.nj.com/cc/hamptonboro
Population: 1,567

High Bridge

With a cascade of older homes set among a cluster of steep hills, High Bridge offers many delights for visitors and its mix of old-timers and young families. The Union Forge Iron Works opened here in 1742. As the Taylor-Wharton Ironworks, it was, that until its closing in 1972, the longest running, privately held ironworks in the United States.

Miles of hiking and biking trails begin in High Bridge on the north end of Main Street at the Columbia Trail. The South Branch of the Raritan River, one of the "ten best trout streams" in America, according to Field & Stream, runs through the breathtaking Ken Lockwood Gorge into the quiet serenity of Lake Solitude.

www.highbridge.org
Population: 3,785

Holland Township

With the Musconetcong River to the north and the Delaware River to the West, Holland Township offers a richly varied topography of valleys, hills, streams and woodlands. Holland’s economy was dominated by agriculture and the paper industry until the latter part of the 20th century. Oak Hill Golf Course and the Riegel Ridge offer recreational opportunities.

The Volendam Windmill, a full-size working replica of a Dutch windmill, and Edelweiss Farm, where one may view llamas, reindeer, emus, kangaroos, and other fascinating animals, are popular stops for tourists and locals. With fine old houses tucked among its hills and valleys, the township offers beautiful scenery, sizable lots and the lowest tax rate in the county.

www.hollandtownship.org
Population: 5,194

Kingwood Township

Kingwood Township remains three-quarters agricultural and has the lowest population density in the county - 106 people per square mile, according to the 2000 Census.

Kingwood is bordered by the Delaware River and a high rocky ridge. Here, highway builders had to blast through rock to finish the "missing link" of Route 29, and finish the state highway from Trenton to Frenchtown. Baptistown, Barbertown and Byram are among the few hamlets in this largely rural municipality, which also includes a significant portion of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Park.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/kingwood.htm
Population: 3,895

Lambertville

Lambertville, one of the oldest communities in Hunterdon County and its only city, has become a popular destination for tourists who frequent its restaurants, antique shops and art galleries. The riverside town is noted for its many fine Victorian homes. In the 19th century, the town was a commercial and industrial center. The many industrial buildings and elegant structures date to the time when flax, paper, flour, rubber, rope, twine and cotton mills, as well as spoke and iron works and bridge-building plants flourished here. Lambertville’s annual Shad Festival, held in April, attracts thousands of people for shad dinners, entertainment, arts and crafts and exhibits.

www.lambertville.org
Population: 3,852

Lebanon Borough

The small borough of Lebanon is dotted with stately Victorian homes and farmhouses reminiscent of Lebanon’s agricultural heritage. The Commons at Lebanon, a townhouse community, offers an example of Colonial-style architecture that blends with the many older structures of the town. Village activities include the May Fishing Derby, the October Halloween Parade, the December Tree Lighting, and in January, the Burning of the Greens on Twelfth Night. By far, the biggest event of all is the Fourth of July Parade, the county’s largest. Nearby Round Valley Reservoir offers hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and camping. The serenity of the water, the beauty of the wildlife and breathtaking views combine to make Lebanon Borough a great place to live or visit.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/lebnboro.htm
Population: 1,125

Lebanon Township

Rugged, hilly Lebanon Township, bounded by the Musconetcong River, is the northernmost township in Hunterdon. It contains the villages of Woodglen, Changewater, and Bunnvale. The Township Museum, located in New Hampton, was built as a one-room schoolhouse in 1823. Voorhees State Park, with 500 wooded acres, features picnic sites, hiking trails, and camping facilities as well as the New Jersey Astronomical Association’s observatory.

www.lebanontownship.net
Population: 6,056

Milford

Milford, on the banks of the Delaware, was named in the late 19th century for a mill and a ford across a stream. The borough is home to a thriving Farmer’s Market on summer weekends, and a healthy commercial district includes a number of shops and restaurants, including the Ship Inn, New Jersey’s first licensed brewpub in half a century, and The Baker, a nationally known distributor of fine breads.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/milford.htm
Population: 1,193

Raritan Township

Raritan Township is Hunterdon’s most populous municipality. The township surrounds Flemington, and forms a commercial center of the county. Raritan Township is home to the villages of Copper Hill, Stanton Station, Voorhees Corner, Reaville and Clover Hill, which sits astride the Hunterdon-Somerset County line. Several industries are headquartered here, including Johanna Foods, Inc., Hunterdon Medical Center, and Stanton Ridge Golf & Country Club.

www.raritan-township.com
Population: 21,010

Readington Township

Readington is Hunterdon’s largest municipality geographically and the second largest in terms of population. It may also have been the first to be settled, by English and Dutch colonists moving west from Somerset county. Readington retains much of its rural nature, with small towns like Whitehouse, Whitehouse Station, Three Bridges and Potterstown dotting the hills and valleys of the township. The hamlet of Centerville, with a couple of pre-Revolutionary War buildings, got its name because it was the center point on the Old York Road between New York and Philadelphia. Three major highways - routes 22 and 202, and Interstate 78 -- have made it a prime spot for industrial and corporate office complexes, including Merck & Co.’s world headquarters. Readington is home to the annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg-Hunterdon airport and Deer Path Park, where the Hunterdon County YMCA is located.

www.township.readington.nj-us
Population: 16,211

Stockton

Stockton, on the banks of the Delaware, is Hunterdon’s smallest municipality and home of the state’s oldest and smallest school. Prallsville Mills, a collection of 18th- and 19th- century buildings that once processed grain, lime and flax, now offers a series of concerts, exhibits and lectures. The historic Stockton Inn, long a favorite of artists and musicians, is the "old hotel with a wishing well" in the song by Rodgers and Hart.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/stockton.htm
Population: 561

Tewksbury Township

In the northeast corner of Hunterdon County, is Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon’s wealthiest municipality with scenic views, luxurious homes and numerous villages and hamlets, including Fairmount, Pottersville, Cokesbury and Vernoy. The most visible of the villages is Oldwick, which changed its name four times since its founding in 1753. Here you’ll find the Oldwick General Store and the Tewksbury Inn, as well as the oldest Lutheran church in the state, which dates to 1749. At the bottom of Hell Mountain, nestles Mountainville, with many homes listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

www.tewksburytwp.net
Population: 5,739

Union Township

Union Township in northwestern Hunterdon was named for the old Union Forge, an iron foundry that manufactured cannon balls for Washington’s army during the Revolution. The foundry was constructed on a site now covered by Spruce Run Reservoir. Remaining rural and residential, the township, with Route 78 crossing through it, has attracted large businesses such as Foster Wheeler Corp, home to its international headquarters. The Clinton Wildlife Management Area and part of the Union Forge Nature Preserve overlook Spruce Run Reservoir.

www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/mun/union.htm
Population: 6,403

West Amwell

The southernmost municipality in Hunterdon County, West Amwell is still largely rural, and home to the historic villages of Rocktown and Mount Airy, with its picturesque church and a stone storehouse and tavern from the Revolutionary War era.

www.westamwelltwp.org
Population: 2,59

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