Washington Township is a long established area in northern New Jersey's Bergen County. The county is New Jersey's most populous and the township is centrally located within it, plus you can be in upper Manhattan within an hour. However, resident's relish their more rural community, and although they maintain a very close link to the largest city in the US, this small-town revels with an independent spirit that is proud of where it comes from with a clear vision for the future. Let's take a moment to explore the roots of this beautiful piece of New Jersey and get to the heart of Bergen County.
At The Very Root...
The township was first established by an act of the New Jersey legislature in 1840. The community's ties to the Indian settlements that littered the area before the Washington Township was founded are evident through names like Pascack and Kinderkamack that serve as street names even today. First colonized by the Dutch, the township holds within its boundaries one of the few remaining examples of early Dutch architecture, the aptly named Seven Chimneys.
Build between 1745 and 1750, Seven Chimneys is famously named for the overabundance of chimneys that protrude from its roof, and also for serving as a temporary residence for two US presidents. Allegedly George Washington made the house his home during the revolutionary war and the one and only Theodore Roosevelt made the west wing his home while writing articles for then owner William B. Howland, publisher of both the Independent and Outlook, two New Jersey Newspapers.
With such a history of providing for such high profile and staunchly patriotic visitors, it's clear that the independent spirit of this community is deeply entrenched in its character and history. Nowhere is this independence and community spirit more clear than with the founding and ongoing production of Washington Township TV (WCTV). The local station features local coverage of community and sporting events run completely by volunteers. In addition, WCTV provides electronic billboard telecasts to Washington Township as well as several other communities in surrounding Bergen County. The station features a great deal of local content and its volunteers have been recognized for their contributions.
The Garden State toll road parkway essentially cuts the community in two but ensures quick and easy for residents and visitors to many of the larger centers in New Jersey and neighboring New York State. Although the township maintains close connections to some of the largest cities in the state, they remain staunchly dedicated to maintaining the small town feel of their community, resistant to any form of industrial incursion.
The neighborhoods within the township fancy their community as very family-focused and host several activities to promote and cultivate this tight community feeling. The township puts on a Memorial Day parade each year, as well as a special Town Festival celebration, designed as a community celebration geared toward family-fun with many fun events for the whole family.
The Township of Washington is a modest town of less than 10,000 people, and they want to keep that small-town atmosphere intact. They are a community that is very proud of its long tradition in the area, and of its close-knit residents.