ALLAMUCHY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – Allamuchy Township is marking the 150th anniversary since its incorporation, and the Warren County Board of County Commissioners is helping to celebrate the township’s sesquicentennial.
Commissioner Director Lori Ciesla attended the Allamuchy Township Council meeting Wednesday night to present a proclamation recognizing the milestone and noting it was a time “to honor the past, celebrate the present, and look towards the future.”
Originally part of Independence Township, Allamuchy Township was incorporated in 1873.
The area’s terrain was formed by the movement of glaciers carving the landscape more than 10,000 years ago and the earliest known inhabitants were the Lenni Lenape tribe. Allamuchy is named after Lenni Lenape Chief Allamuchahokkingen and the name translates to “place within the hills.”
The earliest non-native settlers in the area were the Quakers, who arrived in the 1700s. Once home to grist mills, a saw mill, and a grain distillery, Allamuchy Township was on the route of the Morris Canal and also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad as slaves fled to freedom before and during the Civil War.
Allamuchy Township’s rich history is a testament to the enduring spirit of its residents, who have tirelessly worked and innovated to create a welcoming and flourishing environment for all who call it home.
A prime agricultural area, Allamuchy Township has managed to maintain its rural atmosphere in an ever-changing world through Open Space and Farmland Preservation programs.
“Please join Allamuchy Township and the Warren County Board of County Commissioners in acknowledging this milestone while celebrating the accomplishments and contributions that have shaped the township over the past 150 years,” county officials said.