Welcome to Tewksbury, NJ
On any given day in Tewksbury, New Jersey you may see some of your neighbors crossing the street on horseback. It is just one reminder of how simple and laid-back life in the Township is, despite being less than an hour from Manhattan and Newark and its proximity to major interstates. Tewksbury is a mix of historic villages, like Oldwick, Pottersville, and Cokesbury, and beautiful pastures and farmland with independent shops and restaurants and historic homes scattered throughout the area. It is also home to over 100 miles of trails. Owning a nice stable is just as important as owning a home for many, because the equestrian life is so prevalent in the community.
Several large companies have offices and headquarters in the townships and boroughs neighboring Tewksbury, and there are several transportation options for those who commute into New York and Newark. For this reason, many busy professionals who are looking for a quiet places to spend the weekends or raise a family call Tewksbury home. There is always a community event to attend, a park to visit, or a fresh meal cooking in a local restaurant, so you will never get bored, but you will find yourself appreciating the quiet and scenic environment.
Tewksbury Township held its first meeting on March 11, 1755 and was incorporated decades later in 1798 as one of New Jersey’s first townships. The area was largely settled by British and German immigrants. Many of the area’s historic buildings, such as the Oldwick General Store, which was built in 1750, still stand today and are on the National Register of Historic Places. In Cokesbury, which was settled in 1779 by mostly German immigrants, a number of homes built during the mid-1800s, as well as a Methodist church built in 1851 are still there today. Most of economy in the Tewksbury area thrived on farming during the early years, but Pottersville had the most industry of any of the villages with its general stores, blacksmith, mills, ice cream shop, and railroad station. Today, each of the area villages still feel like the small towns they were at the time of their founding, only with a few extra modern amenities.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment in Tewksbury
Tewksbury is a quiet, mostly residential community with a few parks, restaurants, shops, and farms scattered throughout that provide plenty of local fun and entertainment. However, when you want something more, there is plenty to do within a 30-minute drive. Two of New Jersey’s largest reservoirs are just a quick ride away, as are some of the state’s top shopping destinations and golf courses.
While Tewksbury is largely residential, you will find some independent shops scattered throughout. One iconic destination is The Magic Shop in Oldwick which sells unique and whimsical gifts. Melick’s Town Farm is also a fun destination where you can pick your own produce. It also has its own market in Oldwick where you can buy plants, baked goods, produce, jams, jellies, and Christmas trees.
The Bridgewater area also has a great movie theater that attracts visitors from Tewksbury. It shows the latest films out of Hollywood, as well as offering in-theater dining.
Parks and Playgrounds in Tewksbury
Tewksbury is home to acres of fun and scenic parks and greenspaces. Fairmount North is 65 acres of athletic fields, hiking, hunting, and riding. The 20-acre Oldwick Fields Park has baseball and soccer fields and is a popular place to spend a weekend afternoon. The Pascale Farm Park provides 140 acres of beautiful land that is practically undisturbed and waiting to be explored.
The 2,000-acre Round Valley Reservoir is just minutes from Tewksbury, and its recreation area attracts thousands of visitors each year. People love to swim, boat, fish, camp, and picnic along the crystal blue waters. It is the largest and deepest reservoir in the state, and it is stocked with trout.
Also close to Tewksbury is the Spruce Run Recreation Area, which has its own reservoir and green space. It’s the third-largest reservoir in the state and another favorite place to swim, fish, boat, camp, and picnic.
Real Estate Information
Tewksbury was once of New Jersey’s first townships, and the homes in the area reflect the community’s history. You will find many homes that date back to the mid-1800s that have been well-maintained and renovated with modern features and conveniences. Victorian, Georgian, and Colonial-style homes line the streets of the historic districts with picturesque characteristics like ginger bread trim, stained glass windows, and rocking chair porches. Other parts of Tewksbury reflect the area’s passion for the equestrian life with charming farmhouses and estates on rolling hills and pastures. You will also find some mid-century styles and new construction in the township. The median home value in the area as of summer 2015 is around $600,000.
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