Washington Township lies at the western edge of Morris County and at 44 square miles, is the largest township in the county with a population of approximately 20,000. The town occupies a beautiful portion of Morris County, and is graced with vistas of forested rolling hills and farmland, yet residents are within a reasonable commuting distance of NYC. Several viable options in surrounding towns are available for commuters wishing to take the bus or train. State Highway 46 and County Roads 517, and 513 pass through the town with Interstates 78 & 80 just minutes away in neighboring towns. Newark Liberty International Airport is just 31 miles away.
Washington Township takes great pride in its farming heritage and natural resources leading the county in the greatest acreage of preserved farmland having preserved 2,800 acres and 35 farms. The active preservation of open space and farmland continues to be a top priority for the Township.
Commonly referred to as “Long Valley”, the Township actually consists of three different areas known as Schooley’s Mountain (the largest portion of the Township), Long Valley, and Middle Valley.
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 who, like many early settlers of that time came in search of freedom of worship.
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 1790’s. The Schooleys Mountain section was a famous resort and spa in the 19th century because of its pure mountain air, romantic atmosphere and healing mineral springs. In 1815, it was declared to be the purest and best chalybeate water known at that time in the country. The old hotel register shows a large number of distinguished guests and frequent visitors from other sections of the country seeking out the reputed beneficial effects of the natural springs. Today, Schooley’s Mountain Park, which is part of the Morris County Park Commission, provides swimming, hiking, picnicking, ball fields, sledding and boating. Other recreational options are available through the numerous Township, County and State recreational parks and facilities including native trout streams and rivers.
Middle Valley lies in the southwest portion of the township and has the South Branch of the Raritan River flowing through it along with a section of the Columbia Trail. Most of the land in Middle Valley is flat and is home to many productive farms.
Some of the more popular attractions in town include:
• German Valley Historic District
• The many antique/specialty shops and boutiques located in the village area
• Schooley’s Mountain General Store at the top of the mountain (where there is a post office situated within the store)
• Orts Farm (a large produce and agri-tourism venue located in the valley)
• Long Valley Pub and Brewery (part of a section of restaurants in the village)
• Valley Sheppard Creamery (makers of fine artisan cheeses)
• Centenary College Equine Facility
• Columbia Trail
• Patriots Path
• Long Valley Dog Park
Finding Homes For Sale in Long Valley
Long Valley features many single family detached homes (new construction and resale, including charming historic structures) along with several Townhome/Condominium developments offering attached and detached dwellings as the primary type of residences, with the majority of residents working outside of town. Due to its westerly location, being further away from the employment centers to the east, housing prices in Long Valley are relatively more affordable than the neighboring towns to the south and east.
As you can see, Long Valley has something to fit everyone’s needs. Call me direct at (908) 267-2465, or email me at Bob@BobZorechakRealtor.com and I will be happy to discuss your specific requirements and find the right home for you.
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I also serve the surrounding towns in southern Morris County including the Chesters, the Mendhams, Morris Township, Morristown, Madison and the Chathams as well as select towns in northern Somerset County including Peapack Gladstone, Far Hills, Bedminster, Bernardsville and Basking Ridge along with the Hunterdon County towns of Lebanon and Tewksbury Townships.
Washington Township (Long Valley) NJ Schools
The Washington Township Schools is a public school district that includes five schools and a central office. All schools in the district are located in the township and include Benedict A. Elementary School (K-5) (718 students) located at 470 Naughright Road, Flocktown-Klossman Schools (K-5) (629 students) located at 90 Flocktown Road, Old Farmers Road Elementary School (K-5) (461 students) located at 51 Old Farmers Road, along with Long Valley Middle School (6-8)(1,030 students) located at 51 West Mill Road.
Students in grades 9-12 attend West Morris Central High School(1,400 students), and is located in the township (but is considered Chester because of its mailing address – 259 Bartley Road) is part of the West Morris Regional High School District. Students in the district come from the surrounding Morris County school districts of Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township and Washington Township (Long Valley).
Long Valley NJ Public School Links
Follow this Long Valley NJ School Info link for more detailed information about each school in Washington Township (Long Valley) NJ, including nearby private school information.