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About Allamuchy Township
Allamuchy has the distinction of being the oldest community in Warren County with its original name. This rural township in the northeastern part of the county honors the Native American Leni Lenape settlement of Allamuchahokkingen (meaning “place within the hills”) which dated to the early 1700s.
Measuring 21 square miles, Allamuchy is about 55 miles west of New York City. An exit along Interstate 80 in the eastern part of the township is a vital access point for Manhattan-bound commuters or those headed to corporate campuses in the region.
This bucolic township is bordered by Green Township in Sussex County, Mount Olive Township in Morris County, and Knowlton, Independence Township, Hackettstown and Frelinghuysen in Warren County. Contributing to the natural beauty in Allamuchy are the Pequest and the Musconetcong Rivers and a portion of Allamuchy Mountain State Park. Most of the land in Allamuchy consists of active farmland and wooded forests. Township officials are committed to saving as much open space as possible, and they actively pursue Green Acres acquisitions.
The 2010 census reported a population of 4,323 residents in Allamuchy, where leafy woodlands, scenic meadows and gently rolling hills characterize the picturesque landscape. The township’s largest residential development is Panther Valley, a gated community of single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums. Panther Valley also has a Colonial-style shopping center on Route 517 with about 20 stores, restaurants and services. For more extensive shopping or dining options, residents head to Hackettstown for a variety of small shops as well as large chain stores on the outskirts including Target and Lowe’s. Rockaway Townsquare Mall in Morris County is 15 miles east of Allamuchy for an even greater number of shops and services.
Points of Interest
Rutherfurd Hall is the circa 1902 historic mansion serving the community. A collaborative effort of the Allamuchy Township Board of Education, Allamuchy Township Education Foundation, Allamuchy Historical Society, Allamuchy Township, Allamuchy State Park, private donors and other organizations contribute to its ongoing restoration process. Programs and events focus on history, art and culture, environmental sciences, and health and wellness.
The Morris Canal is within a portion of Stephens State Park. The original canal was a 90-mile link running from Newark to Phillipsburg. During the 19th century, coal was in great demand for northern New Jersey iron industries, and the Morris Canal was the primary means of transporting coal and iron across the state. With the development of the Morris and Essex Railroad in the late 1800s, coal could be delivered in just eight hours compared to a five-day trip on the canal. Since the canal could not compete with the railroad, it was eventually abandoned. The State of New Jersey received Lake Hopatcong, Lake Musconetcong and the canal corridor from the Morris Canal and Banking Company in 1922. Today, remains of the old canal can be seen at Waterloo Village and Saxton Falls Dam.
Saxon Falls is less than one mile upstream from Stephens State Park. The falls contain the remains of one of the Morris Canal’s 28 locks with a section of the old canal’s towpath. This part of the Musconetcong River also contains some favorite trout pools for anglers.
The Panther Valley Golf & Country Club on Forest Drive was originally a part of the estate of Clendenin James Ryan Jr., grandson of Thomas “Fortune” Ryan, a New York City financier who was recorded as the last of the robber barons of Wall Street. The estate was known as Panther Ledge Farm, a 4,000 acre cattle farm where black angus cows were bred and raised. Robert Trent Jones designed the existing 18-hole championship golf course in 1967, which was opened in 1969. Today, this members-only club has facilities including a pro shop, clubhouse for dining and special events, plus a pool and tennis complex.