Franklin Township (Hunterdon)
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About Franklin Township (Hunterdon)
While there are several Franklin Townships in New Jersey, the Hunterdon County locale is decidedly rural in nature. Measuring about 23 square miles, Franklin has embraced its agricultural heritage by successfully preserving over 2,300 acres of farmland. Officially established in 1845, residents have called this part of the state home since pre-Revolutionary times, with homes and farms dating back to the 1700s still in existence.
About 3,200 residents are spread throughout small township communities with names like Allens Corner, Cherryville, Grandin, Kingtown, Landsdown, Oak Grove and Sidney.
Two charming villages in Franklin are Pittstown, with three churches from the 1700s, and Quakertown, home to one of New Jersey’s few remaining Friends Meeting Houses.
Franklin Township borders the South Branch Raritan River to the east and is surrounded by Alexandria Township, Union Township, the town of Clinton, Clinton Township, Raritan Township, Delaware Township and Kingwood Township.
Snyder Research Farm is a 390-acre property owned by Rutgers University. This solar-powered farm produces a bounty of flowers, herbs, vegetables, pork and beef. As a research facility of the university, it develops new varieties of disease-resistant grasses, vegetables and fruit trees which in turn benefit farmers and homeowners. They host an Open House and Great Tomato Tasting event at the end of every summer, as well as educational programs and special events.
Sky Manor Airport in Pittstown offers hot air balloon rides high above the scenic Hunterdon County countryside. The facility also provides flying lessons, helicopter and airplane tours and an on-premise restaurant. Known as “the best little airport in the east,” it is located at 48 Sky Manor Road.
The Pittstown Inn at 350 Pittstown Road has been part of the local landscape for over 250 years. Originally called Hoff’s Mill, the Inn’s name was changed during the Revolutionary War to honor William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham. Alternately used as a community center, stage coach stop and mail delivery point, it is currently a gourmet restaurant in the heart of this antique hamlet.