Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey

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Washington Township is a Township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 17,592. Its one of six municipalities (five of which are townships) in the state of New Jersey with the name Washington. Washington, New Jersey, in fact is only 10 miles (16 km) away. To add to the confusion, Washington Borough is surrounded by another Municipality that is also called Washington Township.

Washington Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 2, 1798, from portions of Roxbury Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Chester Township as of April 1, 1799.[7]

Washington Township has the distinction of occupying the largest area of any municipality in Morris County. U.S. Route 46, County Route 513, and County Route 517 pass through town. It is only minutes away from Interstate 80 in the neighboring community of Mount Olive and U.S. Route 206 in Chester.

Long Valley is a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Washington Township. The Long Valley section — the heart of the township — was called German Valley when it was first settled in the 18th century by people from Saxony, in Germany.

Schooley's Mountain is an unincorporated community in Washington Township named for the Schooley family, who owned a considerable amount of land there during the 1790s. The Schooleys Mountain section was a famous resort in the 19th century because of its natural springs.[8]



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