Oxford Township, Warren County

 

Oxford Township is located in Warren County. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 2,514. It part of the eastern-most region of the Lehigh Valley.

 

The origin of the name and the exact date of the township's creation is in dispute. One source says that the township was named for the University of Oxford in England, and was formed in either 1753 or 1755,[19] but other sources claim that the township was named after an early settler named John Axford, who came to settle in the area with others between 1735 and 1739.

 

Oxford Township was formed from portions of Greenwich Township on May 30, 1754, while the area was still part of Sussex County. It was incorporated on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of townships by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. Mansfield Township became part of the newly formed Warren County on November 20, 1824. Over the centuries since its creation, portions of the township were taken to form Knowlton Township (February 23, 1763), Franklin TownshipHarmony Township and Hope Township (all on April 8, 1839), Belvidere (April 7, 1845) and White Township (April 9, 1913).

 

Oxford Furnace, constructed in 1741, was the third furnace in Colonial New Jersey and the first constructed at a site where iron ore was mined. Other furnaces used ore extracted from bogs in South Jersey, impure deposits called bog iron. Oxford Furnace operated the longest of any of the Colonial-era furnaces, not being "blown out" until 1884. In 1835, it was the site of America's first successful use of the hot blast in which preheated air was blown into the furnace, cutting production time. Though worn down by time, much of the site still stands. Oxford Furnace is listed on the State and the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Table of Contents

1.  Township Information

2.  Education

3.  Preschools and Daycares

4.  Sports and Recreation

5.  Places of Worship

6.  Transportation

7.  Points of Interest

8.  Newspapers

 

1.  Township Information

Oxford Township is governed under the Township form of government. The three-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one seat coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting held during the first week of January, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another to serve as Deputy Mayor.

Oxford Township Site https://www.oxfordtwpnj.org/

Police   Oxford Township uses the services of the Washington Township, Warren County’s force   http://www.washington-twp-warren.org/departments/police_department.php 

Fire      Oxford has a volunteer fire department.  What a great way to get involved in your new community!  http://www.ovfd.com/

Emergency Services  Another volunteer service organization and another opportunity to become a member of the community.  https://www.facebook.com/39rescue/

Library   https://www.warrenlib.org/

Warren County Site     http://www.co.warren.nj.us/

 

 

2.  Education

The Oxford Township School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Oxford Central School. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its one school had an enrollment of 413 students and 30.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.8:1.

Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades are served by the Warren Hills Regional School District, which is a district for grades 7-12 that also serves students from the municipalities of Franklin TownshipMansfield TownshipWashington Borough and Washington Township, with students from Oxford Township attending on a tuition basis as part of a sending/receiving relationship. Schools in the district (with 2012-13 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Warren Hills Regional Middle School (grades 7 and 8; 616 students) located in Washington Borough and Warren Hills Regional High School (grades 9 - 12; 1,246 students) located in Washington Township.

Students from the township and from all of Warren County are eligible to attend Ridge and Valley Charter School in Frelinghuysen Township (for grades K-8)] or Warren County Technical School in Washington borough (for 9-12),] with special education services provided by local districts supplemented throughout the county by the Warren County Special Services School District in Oxford Township (for PreK-12)

 

Oxford School    https://www.oxfordcentral.org/

Warren Hills High School   https://www.warrenhills.org/highschool

Ridge and Valley Charter School  http://www.ridgeandvalley.org/

Warren County Technical School    http://www.wctech.org/wcts/

Warren County Community College   http://www.warren.edu/

Centenary University   http://www.centenaryuniversity.edu

 

3.  Preschools and Daycares

Oxford Township School District Preschool  https://www.oxfordcentral.org/prek-information.php

Tree of Life Preschool    http://www.thetreeoflifepreschool.com/

The Ginger Tree Preschool of the Arts    https://www.thegingertreeschool.com/

The Goddard School    https://www.goddardschool.com/nj-ny/clinton-route-31-nj

Kindercare   https://www.kindercare.com/our-centers/oxford/nj

Little Bears Learning Center    http://www.littlebearslearningcenter.com/

Good Shepherd Christian Academy    https://www.gscacademy.com/

 

4.  Sports and Recreation

Oxford Recreation  http://www.oyanj.org/

Summer Camp   http://ussportsinstitute.com/summer-camps-nj/summer-sports-camps-warren-county/oxford-township-area.html

Sport Squirts   http://sportssquirts.com/nj-sports-camps-new-jersey/571-warren-oxford-township-preschool-kindergarten-sports-classes-activities

Oxford Township Recreation   https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports---Recreation/Oxford-Township-Parks-Recreation-100352890034959/

Warren County Parks  https://warrenparks.com/parks/

Local Summer Camps and Parks   http://www.tricountyresourcenet.org/search/recreation-and-social-programs-volunteer-opportunities-directory-hunterdon-somerset-and-warren-counties/

Oxford Bikeway  https://www.traillink.com/trail/oxford-bikeway/

Oxford Parks and Recreation   http://www.oxfordrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29571

Merrill Creek Reservoir  https://merrillcreek.com/

Oakwood Lanes  http://www.oakwoodlanes.com/

 

 

5.  Places of Worship

Saint Lukes Lutheran Church  https://stlukeswashington.com/

Saint Patrick and Saint Rose Catholic Church  http://www.stpatrickrose.org/

St. Rose of Lima Church  https://discovermass.com/church/st-rose-of-lima-oxford-nj/

Jewish Center of Northwest NJ   http://www.jcnwj.org/

Blue Army Shrine   https://www.bluearmy.com/the-national-shrine/

Saint Theodore Catholic Church  http://www.sttheodorenj.com/

First Presbyterian Church of Washington  https://www.washingtonfpc.org/

Faith Discovery Church   http://www.faithdiscovery.com/

Beit Brachot   Messianic Fellowship  http://beitbrachot.org/

The Presbyterian Church of Harmony  http://tpcnh.org/

Episcopal Church of Saint Luke and Mary  http://www.stlukestmary.com/

Worship Church  http://worshipchurch.us/

Buttzville United Methodist Church    http://buttzvillechurch.org/

The Ministry of Salvation Fellowship   http://theministryofsalvationfellowship.org/

Anawim Community  http://www.anawim2.com

Oxford Second Presbyterian Church     http://www.oxford2nd.org/

 

6.  Transportation

Oxford is conveniently located between major commuter routes.  It is closest to Route 80. Route 31 passes through the township, using Route 31, one can travel north to Routes 46 and 80 or go south to Routes 57, 22, and 78.

 

Warren County Shuttle Service http://www.co.warren.nj.us/Humanservices/transportation.html

Warren County Bus Routes    http://www.usbusstation.com/new_jersey/warren_county_bus_routes.htm

NJ Transit   https://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo

Warren County Transportation Services  http://www.njtgo.com/counties/Warren/Transportation/Warren_County%20Transportation.html

 

7.  Points of Interest

Shippen Manor   https://warrenparks.com/wcchc/

Oxford Furnace   http://www.njskylands.com/hsoxfordfurnace

Oxford Lake          https://www.lakelubbers.com/oxford-furnace-lake-988/

NJ Fish Hatchery https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pequest.htm

In Flight Balloon Adventures   http://www.balloonnj.com/

Explore Warren County   http://www.explorewarren.org/

Paintball Depot    https://paintballdepot.com/site/

Land of Make Believe    https://www.lomb.com/

Latoka Wolf Preserve   https://www.lakotawolf.com/

United Astromony Club of NJ  http://www.uacnj.org/

Things to do with Kids in Warren County  https://www.jerseyfamilyfun.com/things-to-do-with-kids-in-warren-county/

New Jersey Skylands   http://www.njskylands.com/

 

8.  Newspapers

Warren County News https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/

NJ.com Warren County Wanderings  https://www.nj.com/warren/

Warren County Reporter   https://www.nj.com/

Easton Express   https://www.lehighvalleylive.com