East Amwell Township, New Jersey

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East Amwell Township is a Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 4,455.

East Amwell Township is located in the southeastern corner of Hunterdon County where it borders both Somerset and Mercer Counties. It includes the unincorporated area of Ringoes, the oldest known settlement in Hunterdon County. Amwell Township was established by a royal patent from Queen Anne in 1708. Its territory comprised 200 square miles (520 km2) and included present day Delaware Township, Raritan Township, Readington Township, East Amwell Township and West Amwell Township and portions of Clinton, Lebanon and Tewksbury Townships. In 1846, Amwell was split into East and West Amwell and in 1954 a final adjustment was made to the two township's boundary lines.

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Geography

The northern areas of East Amwell are in Amwell Valley, while the southern sections are in The Sourlands region.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 28.7 square miles (74.4 km²), of which, 28.7 square miles (74.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.14%) is water.


History

During the American Revolutionary War, a small but important skirmish occurred in East Amwell when local militia under Capt. John Schenck ambushed a party of British dragoons near Larison's Corner. The "Ambush of Geary" helped rein in British scouting parties in Hunterdon County in the crucial weeks before Washington's crossing of the Delaware on December 25, 1776.[5]

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