HUNTERDON COUNTY

County Offices
71 Main Street
Flemington 908-788-1221
www.co.hunterdon.nj.us

Chamber of Commerce
14 Mine Street, 2nd Floor
Flemington 908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

 

Major Highways
Interstate 78, Route 202

Scenic Hunterdon County claims a unique harmony of rich history, rolling farmland, rural charm, and contemporary commercial and industrial activity. Although the region owes much of its early growth to appealing geography and fertile farming valleys, hard work and careful planning have also forged a strong and vibrant economy.

Although many residents are commuters to employment centers outside of the county, the completion of the five-mile stretch of Interstate 78 attracted new businesses and corporate headquarters to the area, creating thousands of local job opportunities. Small to mid-size businesses as well as a bevy of new outlets and retail centers have joined corporate giants in providing a stable, diverse economy.

Farmland still covers more than half of Hunterdon County, and agricultural concerns produce millions of dollars worth of diverse crops annually. Tourism is a vital industry in Hunterdon County, where visitors enjoy fine museums, colonial and Victorian architecture, vintage taverns and restaurants, bed-and-breakfast inns, and abundant options for shopping.

 

Services
Community services and healthcare facilities are not only easily accessible but of the finest quality. A county Helpline serves as a master referral agency, giving residents 24-hour assistance and information. This 211 number is especially helpful to newcomers. State-of-the-art healthcare services are anchored by Hunterdon Medical Center, a 176-bed community hospital that provides a full range of preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic inpatient and outpatient services. The medical center is a teaching institution affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The Hunterdon Regional Healthcare system encompasses the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, a regional breast care program, the Maternity and Newborn Care Center, home health care, senior services, the sleep disorders center, and a complete array of cardiac care services. The Hunterdon Health & Wellness Center integrates fitness, disease prevention, rehabilitation and health enhancement.

Hunterdon County operates a quality education system of public school districts but also offers educational alternatives in private schools, both parochial and independent. Public schools have worked to expand their offerings of vocational-technical education, alternative and special needs education, adult education, and new courses and methodologies. Extracurricular activities balance academics with sports, debate, theater, art, music, and drama. The Center for Educational Advancement, acknowledged as the finest vocational training facility in New Jersey, also trains a significant number of adults for competitive employment.

Raritan Valley Community College is a valuable resource for residents of Hunterdon and Somerset counties, offering more than 70 associate degree and certification programs. Other highly respected institutions within a reasonable commute are Rutgers, Princeton, Centenary College, the College of St. Elizabeth, the County College of Morris, Don Bosco College, Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rider College, and Westminster Choir College.

 

Lifestyle
Graced by a landscape of rolling hills and enchanting rivers, Hunterdon County offers outstanding recreation opportunities. Everything from active sports such as hiking, boating, fishing, tennis, and golf to spectator sports and passive recreation are available. Thousands of acres of state, county, and municipal parks provide first-rate facilities for swimming, hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, or fishing. Dramatic gorges, meandering creeks, deep woodlands, and sparkling waterways set the backdrop for outdoor adventures. Some of the popular destinations include Voorhees State Park in Glen Gardner, Round Valley Recreation Area in Lebanon, Spruce Run Recreation Area in Union, the Delaware-Raritan Canal Park in Stockton, and the Hunterdon County Arboretum in Clinton.

Ballfields and league sports, public and private golf courses, tennis courts, equestrian facilities, ice-skating rinks, swim clubs, senior and youth centers, and active YMCA and YWCAs give Hunterdon residents a place to relax and socialize. More than 60 horse farms are tucked away in Hunterdon’s hills and valleys, where many race horses are bred and cared for in highly sophisticated barns. Shopping opportunities range from outlet centers like Flemington’s Liberty Village to the charming main street communities along the Delaware and the South Branch of the Raritan. Here in these hidden treasure troves are antique shops, boutiques, and specialty stores filled with a wealth of collectibles, crafts, furniture, and other unique creations.

Hunterdon County is able to please every taste with entertainment and cultural amenities, including music, dance, theater, art exhibitions, museums, and historical sites. The County Library in Flemington serves as one of the cultural focal points, sponsoring artistic, multimedia, and photography exhibits as well as free outdoor summertime concerts. Residents enjoy regular performances by local talent from symphonies and choral groups to chamber music. The Hunterdon Arts Center in Clinton serves as another hub of cultural activity, showcasing a variety of events, antique shows, and fine art exhibits. More than 25,000 visitors annually enjoy the displays or special events held at Clinton Historical Museum Village.

Hunterdon County offers a variety of housing options in picturesque communities from Lambertville to Lebanon, with a variety of lifestyles guaranteed to suit every taste and income level. Many choices for luxurious and convenient living are available at a cost that compares favorably with that of Hudson Valley suburbs. Professionals, families, and retirees all enjoy a stable, livable home in Hunterdon County, from handsome condominiums near the center of Flemington to a serene country estate in Holland’s Fox Hill.

Warm and friendly, well-established and deeply rooted in a cooperative spirit, the communities of Hunterdon County leave little to be desired. Whatever amenities are not waiting just beyond the front door will be available a short drive away in a neighboring municipality. Whether your ideal is a tranquil, village atmosphere or a more urban environment that pulsates with cultural attractions, Hunterdon County is a serene and beautiful place to call home.

 

Alexandria
Municipal Offices
908-996-7071
www.alexandrianj.gov
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Nestled in Alexandria’s picturesque valleys on the southern slope of the Musconetcong Ridge are beautiful farms and villages that include Mt. Pleasant, Everittstown, Little York, and Pittstown. Alexandria is ideal for those who desire a rural lifestyle within close proximity to major urban amenities. Adding to the charm of the township are several vineyards and wineries. Two small airports are located here, along with scattered retail and commercial activity. Nearby Flemington provides expanded shopping facilities. Recreational amenities include local parks and ponds as well as sports fields, with golf courses and swimming pools available nearby.

 

Bethlehem, Bloomsbury
Bethlehem Offices
908-735-4107
http://bethlehemnj.org
Bloomsbury Offices
908-479-4200
www.bloomsburynewjersey.com
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Still heavily agricultural, Bethlehem Township is home to the hamlet of West Portal and features many graceful historic homes. Also gracing this area is the 150-acre Tower Hill Park and the 200-acre Charlestown Reservation. Picturesque valleys, generous open space, charming historic homes, strong civic spirit, local festivals and peaceful residential areas of single-family homes add to Bethlehem’s appeal. Just north of the Musconetcong Gorge Nature Preserve is the small, tranquil borough of Bloomsbury. Surrounded by a scenic patchwork of rolling hills, the borough boasts a strong community spirit and well-attended special events and festivals. The preservation of lovely Victorian homes adds to the ambiance. Recreational sites close to home include Spruce Run State Park and reservoir.

 

Clinton, High Bridge, Lebanon
Clinton Town Offices
908-735-8616
www.clintonnj.gov
Clinton Township Offices
908-735-8800
www.clintontwpnj.com
High Bridge Offices

908-638-6455

http://highbridge.org
Lebanon Offices
908-236-2425
www.lebanonboro.com
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Clinton Township encircles Lebanon Borough and neighbors Clinton and High Bridge but also includes several charming hamlets to blend rural charm with bustling commerce. The charming town of Clinton preserves elegant Victorian architecture including an 1810 mill that houses the Hunterdon Historical Museum and another historic structure that serves as the Hunterdon Art Center. High Bridge Borough provides an equally tranquil residential haven, and Lebanon Borough features Victorian homes and quaint farmhouses. The colonial architecture of these boroughs and lavish celebrations add to their small-town charm. Nearby Round Valley Reservoir is deal for everything from camping to water sports. Miles of hiking and biking trails begin in High Bridge, and nearby Raritan River runs through the breathtaking Ken Lockwood Gorge into Lake Solitude. Another popular recreational site is the 63-acre Hunterdon Country Arboretum.

Delaware, Stockton
Delaware Offices
609-397-3240
www.delawaretwpnj.org
Stockton Offices
609-397-0070
www.stocktonboronj.us
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Delaware Township stretches over 37 square miles, encompassing rolling farmland and Ball’s Island State Park as well as hamlets like Sergeantsville, Rosemont, Sandy Ridge, Headquarters, Locktown, and Raven Rock. Popular events dot the calendar, including the annual house tour that showcases historic residences. Stockton Borough is another jewel in the string of Delaware River towns. Prallsville Mills, a collection of historic mill buildings, now hosts a series of concerts, exhibits, and lectures. The historic Stockton Inn, favored by artists and musicians, is the “old hotel with a wishing well” in the song by Rodgers and Hart.

 

East Amwell
Municipal Offices
908-782-8536
www.eastamwelltownship.com
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Rural and picturesque, East Amwell remains predominantly a farming community in spite of residential growth. The township is dedicated to preserving its open space through farmland preservation programs and low-interest loans for recreation areas. The largest of the villages, Ringoes, forms the base for railroad that runs steam-engine excursions from Lambertville to Flemington. In addition to local shopping facilities, residents often shop at the mall and outlet stores in Flemington. Recreational facilities range from parks and sports fields to outdoor adventures at Sourland Mountain Reservation.

 

Flemington
Municipal Offices
908-782-8840
www.historicflemington.com
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

The county seat of Flemington Borough is the heart of government, law, and commerce in Hunterdon County. The Greek Revival courthouse gained international attention in the 1930s Lindbergh infant kidnapping and murder trial. Known as a trading center since the mid 1700s, Flemington maintains a strong commercial economic base. In conjunction with surrounding Raritan Township, it has emerged as a popular discount and specialty shopping district renowned for its factory outlets. The borough preserves its small-town charm in many vintage structures.

Franklin
Municipal Offices
908-735-5215
www.franklin-twp.org
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Preserving unspoiled beauty and charm, Franklin Township blends the finest characteristics of Hunterdon County. A significant portion of this land remains devoted to farming, ensuring residential developments that offer a rural flavor and true country charm. An active YMCA, nearby reservoirs, parks, nature centers, multi-purpose trails, tennis courts, golf courses, and country clubs combine to provide recreational opportunities. Expanded shopping is available in Flemington. Just outside of Pittstown, one of the area’s first communities, Sky Manor Airport offers a wide range of activities such as skydiving and hot air ballooning.

 

Glen Gardner, Hampton
Glen Gardner Offices
908-537-4748
http://glengardnernj.org
Hampton Offices
973-383-5570
http://www.hamptontownshipnj.info
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Graced by Spruce Run Creek, popular with anglers, the quiet borough of Glen Gardner also claims the historic Pony Pratt Bridge. Charming houses and balconies that are built close to the street add to the 19th-century appearance of the cityscape. In the last two decades of the 20th century, townhouses and single-family homes sprang up on the outskirts of the borough and essentially doubled the area’s population. Adjacent Hampton Borough is actually “newer” than New Hampton. Resting on the highlands of Hunterdon County, the borough offers tranquil residential neighborhoods. The Spruce Run Recreation Area is nearby for outdoor recreation and water sports.

 

Holland
Municipal Offices
908-995-4847
www.hollandtownshipnj.gov
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Bounded by two rolling rivers, the Delaware and the Musconetcong, panoramic Holland Township offers a scenic backdrop for residential development. Fine old houses nestled in lush hills and valleys harmonize with an attractive variety of newer construction in pleasing architectural styles. In addition to the area’s natural beauty and generous lots, residents of Holland enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in the county. 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 are popular local attractions.

 

Kingwood, Frenchtown
Kingwood Offices
908-996-4276
www.kingwoodtownship.com
Frenchtown Offices
908-996-4524
http://frenchtownboro.com/
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Still primarily agricultural, the sprawling 35 square miles of Kingwood Township has the lowest population density in the county. Strong civic pride, community involvement, and shared holiday festivities highlight the tranquil lifestyle of this long-established community. Reflecting the artistic taste of neighboring Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the borough of Frenchtown along the Delaware River is home to fine antique stores, art galleries, specialty shops, and wonderful restaurants. Tree-shaded streets are lined with stately 19th-century homes and the downtown district has undergone a delightful renaissance.

 

Lebanon, Califon
Lebanon Offices
908-638-8528
www.lebanontownship.net
Califon Offices      
908-832-7850
www.califonborough-nj.org
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Rural, hilly, and bounded to the northwest by the meandering Musconetcong River, Lebanon Township covers 32 square miles with a growing residential community. Historically agricultural in nature, the township has managed to preserve its country atmosphere in spite of considerable expansion in recent years. The landscape is rich with mountains, forests, streams, and rivers. State parkland, preserves, and the South Branch of the Raritan River provide prime fishing spots. The small borough of Califon along the Raritan River features many homes on the state’s historic register. Although famous for trout fishing, Califon does not allow fishing from one of the few remaining 19th century wrought-iron truss bridges in the heart of the village.

 

Milford
Municipal Offices
908-995-4323
www.milford-nj.us
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

North of Frenchtown along the Delaware River is the borough of Milford, named in the late 19th century for a mill and a ford across a stream. The borough saw a business boom in the 1980s, fostered in part by the progressive direction of the Milford Community Group. Today, the community maintains a hometown charm in a setting where many local businesses are family owned and operated. Residents are justly proud of the heritage and culture of “Milford on the Delaware.” Considerable local industry ensures a strong industrial base. Major shopping malls are close to home.

 

Raritan
Municipal Offices
908-806-6100
www.raritan-township.com     
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Distinguished as the most populous of the Hunterdon County’s municipalities, Raritan Township experienced a real growth surge in the 1980s. Home of leading industries, Raritan Township surrounds Flemington to serve as the region’s commercial center. Raritan is strategically located to offer easy access to both New York and Philadelphia. A pleasing blend of townhouses and single-family homes characterize this area with its semi-rural to suburban flavor. Villages include Copper Hill, Stanton Station, Voorhees Corner, Reaville, and Clover Hill. Diverse recreational amenities and facilities add to the quality of life.

 

Readington
Municipal Offices
908-534-4051
www.readingtontwp.org
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Readington is not only the county’s largest township geographically, it was one of the first to be settled. The community has retained much of its rural nature, with Whitehouse and Whitehouse Station providing the pleasures of small-town living. The undeniable influence of three major highways has made this area prime territory for industrial and corporate office complexes, including the world headquarters for Merck & Company. Local retail facilities are expanded by Flemington’s many outlets. Readington hosts the annual New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg-Hunterdon airport and Deer Path Park, where the Hunterdon County YMCA is located.

 

Tewksbury
Municipal Offices
908-439-0022
www.tewksburytwp.net
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Pastoral scenes harmonize with beautiful luxury homes in Tewksbury Township, making it one of Hunterdon’s most attractive and affluent municipalities. Township residents are fiercely proud and protective of the historical nature of their community. The villages of Oldwick and Potters­ville, in particular, were named to both the State and National Historic Registers. Although scattered retail shops provide daily conveniences, the nearest major shopping center is located in the White House/Somerville area. Quality recreational amenities include a 200-acre wildlife area and a 100-acre nature area.

 

Union
Municipal Offices
908-735-8027
www.uniontwp-hcnj.gov
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Union Township boasts an excellent school system, family-oriented communities, numerous youth programs, and a revitalized business district. Although the township remains primarily a mix of farmland and residential development, the presence of Interstate 78 has attracted a number of businesses. In addition to local retail establishments, residents can find goods and services in nearby Clinton. The vast recreational amenities of panoramic Spruce Run State Park add to Union’s overall attraction, encouraging outdoor recreation from hiking to water sports.

 

West Amwell, Lambertville
West Amwell Offices
609-397-2054
www.westamwelltwp.org
Lambertville Offices
609-397-0110
www.lambertvillenj.org
Chamber of Commerce
908-782-7115
www.hunterdon-chamber.org

Stretching over 22 square miles, the county’s southernmost community of West Amwell Township is growing slowly. Primarily rural with dairy farms dotting the landscape, its historic villages include Rocktown and Mount Airy, boasting a picturesque 1754 church and tavern from the Revolutionary War era. Lambertville is one of the county’s oldest communities and its only city. Popular with tourists for its fine restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries, Lambertville showcases fine Victorian homes. The annual Shad Festival draws thousands of visitors.

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