Township of Harding Township

Morris County, New Jersey


Geology:

part of the Great Swamp watershed.. 30% of its land still undeveloped. On the west and south, Harding includes most of Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge.


History:

pre-colonial times the Lenape Indians lived in the area.

1727 John Lindsley acquired 1,250 acres of land in the future Harding Township.

Lord Stirling had an elegant Georgian manor built on the edge of the swamp. (It can be visited now.)

1779 (winter) George Washington's troops were housed at Jockey Hollow (now part of the Morris Historical National Park).

c.1800 in New Vernon, the Tunis Ellicks farm house built.

1922 separating from Passaic Township, Harding Township was one of the last municipalities formed in Morris County. The township was named after President Harding.

1960 establishment of the about 7,500 Great Swamp, a Registered National Natural Landmark.

Today population of 3200.