Washington Borough, Warren County

 

Located in Warren County, Washington Borough is at the intersections of Routes 57 and 31.  It is equal distance from Route 78 to the south and Routes 80 & 46 to the north. With in a couple of miles are the towns of Phillipsburg, Clinton and Hackettstown, all which have shopping and public transportation (train stations and buses), thus making it a convenient location for commuters.

 

Washington Borough itself has a bustling Main Street, with lovely wide sidewalks and array of shops, businesses and eating establishments.

 

Incorporated in 1868 and named for George Washington, it is one of the 10+ communities in New Jersey named for the first president.  It is surrounded by the township of Washington, and nearby is Washington Township, Morris County (aka Long Valley).

 

The community grew during the 19th century as a result of the transportation routes that ran through or near the borough. The Morris Canal ran along the north end of town and two rail lines of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad crossed within the borough

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the borough became a mecca of musical instruments manufacturers, the manufacture of organs in particular. A bustling downtown developed around these businesses. Many of the Victorian style houses in the borough, as well as Taylor Street School and Warren Hills Middle School (formerly Washington High School) were built during this period.

The 1990s saw a population boom in Warren County, which continues today, as high real estate prices and property taxes in New Jersey's northeastern counties push buyers to look further west.

 

Table of Contents

1.      Borough Information

2.      Education

3.      Places of Worship

4.      Business District

5.      Recreation

6.      Fun Things to Do

7.      Youth Organizations

8.    Community Organizations

9.       Newspapers

   10    Transportation

 

1.   Borough Information

Washington Borough follows the council-manager form of government.  The elected council is responsible for establishing policies, passing local ordinances, voting appropriations and developing an overall vision for the borough. Under this form of government, the mayor performs ceremonial duties and is an elected position by the voters.

 

The elected council appoints a city manager to oversee the daily operations and attends the council meetings but does not vote.

Washington Borough http://www.washingtonboro-nj.gov/index.html

Washington Township Police Department  http://www.washington-twp-warren.org/departments/police_department.php

Policing is provided by Washington Township for the Borough of Washington.

Washington Borough Fire Department  http://www.83fire.com/

Washington Borough Rescue Squad  https://83rescue.org/

Washington Borough Business District  https://www.washingtonbid.org/

Washington Borough Library http://washboropl.org/

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

Warren County Chamber of Commerce  https://wccbi.org/

 

2. Education

Students in PreK – 6th Grade attend Washington Borough Public Schools. Taylor Street School houses PreK -2 and Memorial School has grades 3 – 6th.

For 7th – 12th grades attend the Warren Hills Regional School District, which serves students from Washington Borough, Washington Township, Franklin Township, Mansfield Township and Oxford Township.  Grades 7&8 attend Warren Hills Regional Middle School and grades 9-12 attend Warren Hills High School.

Students from the borough and from all of Warren County are eligible to attend Ridge and Valley Charter School (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).

Washington Borough Schools https://www.washboroschools.org/

Warren Hills Regional Middle School  https://www.warrenhills.org/middleschool

Warren Hills Regional 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/

Warren County Special Services School District  http://wcsssd.org/

Centenary University  http://www.centenaryuniversity.edu/

The Goddard School (Clinton Preschool)  https://www.goddardschool.com/nj-ny/clinton-route-31-nj?gsitknr=%{TOKEN}&_ga=2.62275950.392826928.1572468119-1643554086.1572468119&_gac=1.187692506.1572468174.Cj0KCQjw6eTtBRDdARIsANZWjYZlw4TtcAxKsDPInTgjQn3RpU3R6iTEGFMzc6vjMuw9rDIipwCeyHwaAhADEALw_wcB

Warren County Tech Preschool Program  http://www.wctech.org/wcts/Public%20Services/Sprouts%20Pre-School/

 

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

Greenwich Nursery School  https://www.greenwichnursery.com/

 

Childcare Centers https://www.nj.gov/dcf/families/childcare/centers/Warren.shtml

 

3.Places of Worship

Washington Borough has several places of worship along the main streets in the borough and there are others a short distance away.  Other options can be found in the nearby towns of Hackettstown, Mansfield, Clinton, Washington Township and Phillipsburg.

 

Beit B’rachot Messianic Fellowship  http://beitbrachot.org/

Chapel at Warren Valley  http://www.thechapelnj.org/

Church of Christ http://washingtonnjchurchofchrist.com/

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

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

St. Joseph Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen http://www.stjosephwashingtonnj.org/index.html

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church https://www.stlukeswashington.com/

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church https://www.facebook.com/St-Peters-Episcopal-Church-Washington-NJ-9AM-Service-133494043354736/

Washington United Methodist Church http://www.washingtonnjumc.org/

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

4.  Businesses

Washington Borough has a vibrant Main Street shopping area with wide sidewalks. There are numerous restaurants, shops and businesses.  Nearby are several strip malls and larger malls such as the Phillipsburg Mall. There is a large shopping area surrounding Phillipsburg in Lopatcong on Route 22. Nearby the town of Clinton has a charming downtown shopping area, as does Hackettstown.  Mansfield has several strip malls including a 24 hour Walmart. There is also a Home Depot, Kohls, Marshalls, Target and various other stores. The large Bridgewater Mall is about a 30 minute ride.

Washington Borough Business District  https://www.washingtonbid.org/business-directory

Phillipsburg Downtown Association https://www.phillipsburgdowntown.com/

Phillipsburg Mall https://www.phillipsburgmall.com/

Strykers Crossing Shopping Center https://www.larkenassociates.com/commercial-leasing-nj-pa/strykers-crossing-shopping-center/

Greenwich Center https://www.madisonprop.com/greenwich-center

Bridgewater Mall https://www.madisonprop.com/greenwich-center

Clinton https://www.visitclintonnj.com/

Hackettstown Businesses https://hackettstownbid.com/explore/shopping/

 

5 Recreation

I’ve listed the township main link here.  You will be amazed at all the recreation this small town has to offer! There is a Borough Pool, swim lessons, Swim Team Aqua Zumba, Adult Zumba, Girls Softball Clinic, Lacrosse Clinic, Summer Sports Camps, Men’s Basketball, Youth Loccer, Karate/Self Defense, 5K Runs for Kids, Street Hockey Youth Basketball, Adult Baseball, Adult Softball, Easter Egg Hunt,  Girls’ Softball, Tennis Lessons, Soccer for all ages, etc.  In addition Warren County has an abundance of County and State Parks.

 

Washington Borough Recreation  https://www.washingtonboro-nj.gov/recreation/seasons.html

 

Warren County Parks  https://warrenparks.com/

Jenny Jump State Forest https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/jennyjump.html

Voorhees State Park https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/voorhees.html

Columbia Trail https://www.traillink.com/trail/columbia-trail/

Spruce Run Recreation Area https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/spruce.html

Round Valley Recreation Area

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/round.html

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area  https://www.nps.gov/dewa/index.htm

 

6.   Fun Things to Do

In addition to all the County, Local and State Parks, there are numerous other fun activities only minutes away.

   

Stryker Airsoft Indoor Arena  http://www.strykerairsoftnj.com

State Fish Hatchery at Pequest https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/peqvisit.htm

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

Four Sisters Winery https://www.foursisterswinery.com/

Warren County Farmers Fair http://www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org/

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

Mad Lavender Farm https://madlavenderfarm.com/

Bushkill Falls https://www.visitbushkillfalls.com/

Crayola Experience https://www.crayolaexperience.com/

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area https://www.shawneemt.com/

Blue Mountain Ski Area https://www.skibluemt.com/

Red Mill Museum Village https://theredmill.org/

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

Surf’s Up Paddle Boarding https://surfsuppaddleboarding.com/

Villa Roller Rink http://www.villarollerrink.com/

Excel Roller Skating Rink https://www.facebook.com/pages/Excel-Roller-Skating-Center/135712396480444

 

 

 

7. Youth Organizations

In addition to all the recreational activities offered by the town, there are sports clubs for all ages for basketball, soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, etc.  There are also local Girl Scout, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops.  The YMCA is locatedin Phillipsburg.  Due to the rural nature of the area, 4 H is a large organization.

 

Warren County Wrestling

 https://www.warrencountywrestling.org/ 

Warren Hill Robotics Association https://warrenhillsroboticsassociation.com/about/

Warren Hills Youth Basketball https://www.leaguelineup.com/location.asp?url=whybl&locationid=190183

Warren Hills Youth Baseball https://www.whyba.net/

Warren United Soccer Club http://warrenunited.bonzidev.com/home.php

PeeWee Football https://www.wcmfl.net/wtpanthers

Midget Football https://www.wcmfl.net/page/show/2440129-wcmfl-teams-2016-

Boys Lacrosse https://www.wtyanj.com/boys-lacrosse

Girls Lacrosse https://www.wtyanj.com/girls-lacrosse

 

Warren County Girls’ Softball Association https://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=wcgsa

Cub Scouts https://www.scoutlander.com/publicsite/unithome.aspx?UID=8642

Boys Scouts https://www.facebook.com/bsa7081

Girl Scouts https://www.scoutlander.com/publicsite/unithome.aspx?UID=11177

Big Brothers Big Sisters https://www.northjerseybigs.org/

4 H http://warren4-h.org/

YMCA  https://www.gv-ymca.org/location/easton

 

 

8.   Community Organizations

Opportunities are plenty to join a large array of organizations and become involved in Washington Borough.  Be sure to check the Washington Borough website for memberships available on various government committees or recreational committees.

 

Stone Soup Symphony  https://stonesoupsymphony.org

NORWESCAP https://norwescap.org/

Washington BoroughPTA https://www.washboroschools.org/pto/

American Legion https://www.belviderelegion.org/

Washington Kiwanis https://www.facebook.com/Kiw0911/

Washington Historical Society http://www.apgarindustrieswebdesign.com/historical.html

Warren County Community Singers https://www.wcsingers.org/

Toastmasters International https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club/01140672-Warren-County-Toastmasters

Lions Club of North Warren https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/northwarren/

New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs https://njsfwc.org/the-club-pages/washington/

Daughters of the American Revolution https://www.dar.org/national-society/become-member/membership-interest-form?ID=2061NJ

Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima https://www.bluearmy.com/

Elks https://www.elks.org/lodges/PhotoGallery.cfm?Lodgenumber=2331&albumid=1396

Fraternal Order of Masons https://www.masonpost.com/nj/mansfield36/

 

 

 

9.   Newspapers

Though most news is delivered on-line, there still are a few local newspapers available, as well as online resources to keep you up to date.

Washington Borough News Online https://www.nj.com/warren/

Washington Borough Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/WashBoroWarren/

The Express Times https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/

Star Gazette http://www.discoverourtown.com/NJ/Hackettstown/Publications/warren-reporter-and-star-gazette/124326.html

Star Ledger https://www.nj.com/starledger/

 

10.                    Transportation

Washington Borough is at the crossroads of Routes 57 and 31, and a few miles from Routes 78, 22, 46 and 8, which makes it ideal for commuting by auto.  However, nearby are several train stations and bus service.  There is a NYC direct bus that leaves from Clinton daily.  Using the links below will give you various options for commuting via mass transportation.

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

Warren County Transit http://www.co.warren.oh.us/transit/

Warren County Bus Stations and Schedules http://www.usbusstation.com/new_jersey/warren_county_bus_routes.htm