Hunterdon County was established on March 22, 1714.
The First 275 Years of Hunterdon County - 1714 to 1989 (Downloadable book published by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission) - The book was published in 1989 in commemoration of the 275th Anniversary of the founding of Hunterdon County.
The Lenni Lenape Indians or “Original People” lived in Hunterdon County.
Col. John Reading holds the distinction of the first settler in Hunterdon County.
John Holcombe was also one of the earliest settlers, living in Lambertville in 1705.
Hunterdon County is named for Governor Robert Hunter for the name of his old world home, Hunterston rather than merely his surname.
Originally a member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders was required to have free rights (ownership) to property and/or land to be able to server as a member.
The first courthouse in Hunterdon was built in May, 1792, prior to that the County Courthouse was located in Trenton.
The first County Welfare Board was established in 1932.
Peaches began large scale production in Hunterdon during the 1850’s.
The Capners of Flemington sold cheese to Martha Washington when Philadelphia was the national capital.
The first man to ever ship day old baby chicks was Hunterdon hatcheryman Joseph Wilson of Stockton.
John Deats of Hunterdon invented the Deats Plow in 1828.
The original Fulper pottery is located in Flemington, bought by Abraham Fulper from Samuel Hill in 1850 (when it was known as the Stangl Pottery). The Pottery location was home to to a Phfaltzgraph pottery/dinnerware outlet for many years and in 2012 turned into an Artician Studio and Resturant Location and is now called the Stangl Factory.
The bridge over the South Branch of the Raritan River at Clinton was built by William Cowin of Lambertville.
According to a county newspaper account, Samuel Van Syckle, born in Hunterdon, was the originator of the pipeline transmission system in 1865 which was laid between Oil Creek and Pithole, Pa.
Flemington received its first post office in late 1794.
John Ringoes tavern in Ringoes was the scene of many meetings of the rebellious patriots who in 1766 organized the Hunterdon Chapter of Sons of Liberty, propelled by the indignation of the Stamp Act and other oppressions perpetrated by the British.
In 1939 the first Cooperative Artificial Breeding Association in the Nation was formed at the suggestion of E.J. Perry. The Hunterdon County Board of Agriculture was the sponsor.
The huge rock jutting out on Goat Hill overlooking Lambertville and New Hope is called Washington’s Rock. It was used as a lookout spot a few weeks before Washington’s Christmas night crossing of the Delaware.
When the revolution began, Hunterdon had more mills than any other county in NJ.
William Paterson began his career as a young lawyer in Hunterdon County, later becoming a Justice of the US Supreme Court, US Senator, Governor of New Jersey and writer of both federal and state constitutions and also has a state university named for him.
Washington was known to have stayed at the Holcombe house in Lambertville on June 21 and 22, 1778, hosted by Richard Holcombe.
The oldest dwelling still standing in Hunterdon is thought to be the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead's main house north of Lambertville, circa 1711, which was left to the Hunterdon County Historical Society.
The Oldest Lutheran Church in New Jersey came to “New Germantown” or Oldwick in Tewksbury Township, the Zion Lutheran Church, 1760.
The first Hunterdon County Fair was held on February 11, 1865, sponsored by the Hunterdon County Agriculture Society.
The county seat of Hunterdon was moved to Flemington in 1790.
Total population of Hunterdon according to the 2010 census was 128,349.
The Volendam Windmill Museum of Milford is the only remaining Dutch-style grain-grinding windmill in NJ.
Commute distance: Approximately 1 hour from Philadelphia, 1 hour from New York City.
There are 14 libraries in Hunterdon County.
There are 352 Preserved farms in Hunterdon County as of December, 2011 totaling 28,709 acres of land.
The County has 246 bridges.
There are 1,850 Drainage Structures in Hunterdon.
There are over 8,100 acres of County Parks as of April 2012.
The total area of Hunterdon County is 437 Square Miles.
As of April 2012, there are approximately 650 active county employees and many volunteers who work within over 35 departments, divisions and agencies.
Elizabeth Lukens Potts, who lived in Pittstown, was the great-grandmother of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Frederick Charles Devonald (1867-1933) worked with Thomas Edison in his
Frances Englemann Large founded the Hunterdon County Chapter of the American Red Cross on March 17, 1917 at Flemington. She wrote a letter to President Wilson about the need for this social service agency in Hunterdon. The fact that there were so many community minded people about prompted the President to Issue a Charter for the Chapter. The chapter has been in continuous operation for 87 years.
Check out GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for Fun at: http://gis.co.hunterdon.nj.us/GIS_for_Fun.htm
Merv Griffin Television host, musician, actor and medial mogul had a weekend home in Lebanon Township. He was also the originator the long running game shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortun,. The production company for Wheel of Fortune is still called Califon Productions.
Daniel Morgan, the revolutionary war general was born in New Hampton (Lebanon Township) in 1736. He left at age 16, and eventually settled at Winchester Virginia. He organized a company of riflemen (who were famed for the accuracy of their rifles due to curved "rifled " grooves in the barrels), was involved in a number of campaigns, and was eventually promoted to Brigadier General. He was the victor at the Battle of Cowpens, at Kings Mountain, South Carolina. "Morgan's cunning plan at Cowpens is widely considered to be the tactical masterpiece of the war and one of the most successfully executed double envelopments of all of modern military history." - from Wikipedia. Morgan County in the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia (any more??) are named for him.
Michelle Smith was raised in Lebanon Township, and became one of the top woman softball players in the world. She won gold medals in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.
Mary Decker (Slaney) was raised in Lebanon Township, but her family moved when she was about 10. She was a world class runner, was favored to win the gold in the 3000 meter in the 1984 Olympics, but tripped after a collision with Zola Budd. The photo of her on the ground after the collision is one of the more famous Olympic photos.
Bernie Worrell is listed as a resident of Lebanon Township. He is listed in Wikipedia as a keyboardist and founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and later Talking Heads. He was been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic.
John Marshall, the discoverer of gold at Sutter's Mill in California in 1848, was from Lambertville.
Lee Van Cleef started his acting career with a local theater company in Clinton.
OFFICIAL SEAL OF THE COUNTY: The first mention of the 'Official' County Seal is in the minutes of a 1841 Meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Unfortuneatley, there are no copies of this seal to be found. All the Seals used throughout the years depict the farming community of our County.
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