Created by an Act of the State Legislature on March 15, 1738 separating it from Hunterdon County, the county derived its name from Colonel Lewis Morris, then Governor of the Province of NJ. The county is known as the "Military Capital of the Revolution", and each of its 39 municipalities played some part in the war effort and contains something of historical importance to this day. Preserving this proud heritage falls to the Morris County Heritage Commission, Historical Society and numerous other groups.
Beautiful Jefferson Township is nestled deep in the northwest corner of Morris County. This countryside town is just minutes off of RT. 80 and located less than an hour from New York City.
Jefferson Township, established in 1804, encompasses 42 square miles, including the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation and Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest fresh water lake. Jefferson has many other lake communities; Lake Shawnee, White Rock Lake, Lake Winona, Cozy Lake, Longwood Lake, Lake Forest, and Lake Swannanoa. All of these communities enjoy the resources with activities ranging from fishing and swimming to water skiing and boat racing. The Rockaway River’s source starts deep within Berkshire Valley giving local anglers a trout fishing experience. Nature abounds Jefferson with a vast population of wildlife and foliage. Beneath giant oaks and maples is a forest floor that is home to bears, deer, foxes and much more.
Known as the “Year Round Recreational Capital” Jefferson always has an outdoor activity going on. Visit Camp Jefferson for a picnic on the fields and a good old fashion square dance at night. So whether it’s hiking the hills or fly fishing the lake and streams, the atmosphere and people make it an enjoyable experience for all.
Photo of Lake Hopatcong