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Washington Township History


Washington Township is the most westerly township in Morris County. It was one of the six townships into which the county was divided in 1798. Prior to that, Washington Township was part of Roxbury.

The first settlers of this township set foot on the shores of the New World in 1707. They were German Protestants from Saxony, Germany, who left their native land in search of a place where they could worship God in the way they thought right without fear of persecution.

Farmland off East Avenue

They sailed to Holland and formed many acquaintances with the Dutch. When they decided to travel to America, their destination was New York, to settle among the Dutch. They traveled in the general direction of New York, until they arrived in the region now known as German Valley. According to tradition, when these early settlers saw the beautiful country spread out before them, they believed that this was the promised land which the Lord designed for them before they left their homes. They gave up their project of going to New York and agreed to settle down and make their homes in the peaceful valley.

A large portion of Washington Township is occupied by Schooley's Mountain, which was probably America's earliest summer resort. The pure mountain air, the romantic surroundings, and the mineral spring, which in 1815 was declared to be the purest and best chalybeate water known at that time in the country, attracted people to this area. The Lenape Indians had long known about the waters which drew healing powers from the iron deposits found in the nearby mountains.

Many people were drawn to the reputed beneficial effects of the springs in Schooley's Mountain. They came to drink and bathe in the waters which were known to heal all types of disorders. The old hotel register shows a large number of distinguished guests, including many frequent guests from other sections of the country.

Washington Township was incorporated on February 12, 1798.


The estimated population of Washington Township as of the 2000 census was 17,592. The projected population for the year 2010 is 20,277  


Safe Medicine Drop


Project Medicine Drop is a program designed to allow Township residents to properly and safely dispose of their unwanted or expired household medications.

Residents can bring their unwanted or expired household medications removed from the original packaging and placed in a zip lock or similar type plastic bag to the Washington Township Police Department  24 hours a day. Residents will then place their medication into the Project Medicine Drop box which is located inside Police Headquarters at the police station anonymously and free of charge.  The medications will then safely and properly be destroyed.  

The Washington Township Police Department is located at 1 East Springtown Road.

Municipal Alliance

It is the mission of the Washington Township Municipal Alliance to prevent and reduce abusive behaviors inclusive of alcoholism, substance abuse, and bullying, along with violence, vandalism and victimization while attempting to remediate long-term harm and devastation that abusive behaviors of all kinds cause to our youth and families. We will act in partnership with our community and our allied agencies in a pro-active manner to promote a realistic and responsive approach utilizing education, prevention, public awareness and intervention while promoting positive alternatives to at-risk behaviors. 


The Washington Township Municipal Alliance meets 8 times each year on the second Tuesday of each month. Most meetings occur at the Washington Township Police Department.  Visit the Township calendar to verify locations. Upcoming meetings:

Sept. 12, 2017 Jan. 9, 2018  April 10, 2018
Oct. 10, 2017 Feb. 13, 2018 May 8, 2018
Nov. 14, 2017 March 13, 2018  


Visit the Morris County Division of Human Services Municipal Alliance website page for more information. 

Upcoming Events/Programs in our community. Sponsored by a variety of organizations and resources:  

February 2018.  NJ Shout Down Drugs Competition.  Enter your song, highlighting a positive message about staying away from drugs.  

December 28, 2017Hope One Van at the Washington Township Library.  10 am - 2pm.  Narcan training/information and Narcan kit to anyone who qualifies. 

November 29, 2017John Morello on Drugs Bullying and Choices.  Morris Knolls High School.  7 pm. 

November 28, 2017.  Morris County Prevention Forum. "Defining the Problem & Exploring the Solution"  Registration required. 

November 28, 2017 Cyber Safety.  Wharton

November 28, 2017.  Cultivating a Culture of Kindness.  Morristown.  6:30 pm

November 8, 2017Narcan Training.  Pine Brook.  Registration required. 

November 6, 2017'Chasing the Dragon - The Life of an Opiate Addict'.  Montville

November 2, 2017Hidden in Plain Sight.  Jefferson Twp. High School.

October 17, 2017 - "If I Could Have a Do-Over".  John Halligan will discuss the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression. 7 PM.  West Morris Central Auditorium

October 12, 2017.  Screenagers - Growing Up In the Digital Age . 7 PM.  West Morris Central HS

October 1, 8, 22Opiate/oid Awareness Discussion.  3:30 - 5pm.  Community Prestyterian Church of Chester.

 April 26, 2017. Prescription for Change.  7:30 PM.  Centenary University.

 April 12, 2017. Fight the Heroin & Opiate Epidemic Through Awareness Education.  7 PM.  Roxbury High School