Walpack Township, New Jersey

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Walpack Township is a Township in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 41. Walpack Township is one of only four municipalities in New Jersey with a double-digit population, and it places fourth behind Tavistock (population 24) and Pine Valley (population 20), both in Camden County, and New Jersey's least populous Teterboro in Bergen County with a population of 18.[6]

Walpack Township dates back to October 26, 1731, when it was first mentioned as Walpake in Hunterdon County. The area covered by the present-day township was set off to Morris County upon that county's creation in 1739, and became part of the newly-formed Sussex County in 1753. As of April 15, 1754, Walpack's boundaries were defined as a "precinct". Walpack was formally incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Montague Township (March 26, 1759), Sandyston Township (February 26, 1762) and the now-defunct Pahaquarry Township in Warren County (December 27, 1824).[7]

The current Walpack Township is named from a corruption of the Lenape Native American word "wahlpeck," which means "turn-hole," or an eddy or whirlpool. This word is a compound of two Native American words, "woa-lac" (a hole), and "tuppeck" (a pool).[8]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Walpack Township as its 18th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[9]


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