Hardyston Township, New Jersey

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Hardyston Township is a Township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 6,171.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 32.6 square miles (84.5 km2), of which, 32.1 square miles (83.1 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.4 km2) of it (1.68%) is water.

In terms of physical geography, nearly all of Hardyston (excluding the portion of the Township west of Hamburg along Route 94) lies within the New York-New Jersey Highlands, part of the greater Crystalline Appalachians that extend as far south as the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hardyston is home to portions of Hamburg Mountain (east of Franklin) and Pochuck Mountain (near Scenic Lakes) within this region. The remaining northwestern portion of the township lies within the Ridge-and-valley Appalachians. The prominent feature in the ridge-and-valley portion of the Township is the Wallkill Valley, through which the Wallkill River flows northeast to New York state.

History

Hardyston Township was set off from portions of Newton Township by Royal Charter on February 25, 1762.[7][8] It was named after Josiah Hardy, who was royal governor of New Jersey from 1761–1763.[9] The original British spelling of Hardiston was Americanized to Hardyston after the American Revolutionary War.[10]

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