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Lebanon Township

Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Lebanon Township municipal offices are located at 530 West Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826.
Phone: 908‑638‑8523.

Lebanon Township [1] offers a great diversity of land and water resources. Bounded by two of the preeminent recreational rivers in New Jersey, the South Branch of the Raritan River and the Musconetcong River, and containing the highest elevation in Hunterdon County, the Township offers a mosaic of hills and valleys, forests and agricultural land. The Township’s rugged terrain present an obstacle for development, but its desirable characteristics also provide an attraction for those seeking a rural, agricultural landscape. The dominant land uses in the Township remain forest and farmland, which imparts the rural character the Township seeks to protect.

Lebanon Township is a rural agricultural community where beautiful rolling hills provide long views and vistas, largely wooded or farmed, laced with streams and brooks and dotted with ponds. It is well suited to low intensity residential and farm use for those who prefer a rural agricultural lifestyle amid the beauties of nature. The slopes associated with the rolling terrain and the wetlands and heavy soils, which are a natural accompaniment of the streams and ponds, limit the suitability of much of the Township land for industrial or commercial use or high density residential development.


Beginnings [2]

The township was established in 1734.

Among the pioneers was Abraham Banghart, better known as "Uncle Abram." He lived on the land purchased by his father in 1765. His grandfather came from Rhinebeck, Germany, and hired out as a teamster with Allen & Turner at Solitude Forge. His son George purchased 300 acres of William, Richard and Daniel Coxe of Burlington, and built a log house on the same spot where "Uncle Abram" lived and died. In those days wild turkeys were quite often seen in this vicinity and as late as 1820 deer were plentiful in Lebanon Township.

James Force was one of the pioneer settlers, near what is now Glen Gardner. His grandfather, William Force, in company with two brothers, came from England. He married a Miss Wolliver, whose father was from Rhinebeck, Germany. Thomas Force was a millwright and settled at Rowland's Mills over a hundred years ago.

  1. Lebanon Township 2001 Master Plan, www.lebanontownship.net, accessed May, 2022.
  2. Compiled by James P. Snell with Franklin Ellis, et. al., History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey, Everts & Peck, Philadelphia, 1881, Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co.

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