Hopewell Valley, New Jersey

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Hopewell Valley is a group of communities in Mercer County, New Jersey loosely affiliated through municipal service sharing agreements, all of which send their students to the Hopewell Valley Regional School District.

The area referred to as Hopewell Valley comprises the township of Hopewell (2000 census population of 16,105), the Borough of Hopewell (2,035), the Borough of Pennington (2,696), and the unincorporated census-designated place Titusville (which is within Hopewell Township).

The school district includes four elementary schools (Hopewell Elementary, Toll Gate Grammar, Bear Tavern, and the recently opened Stony Brook Elementary School), a middle school (Timberlane Middle School) and a high school (Hopewell Valley Central High School). Before regionalization of the school district in the 1950s, the high school was simply known as Central High School of Hopewell Township, and the moniker Central High School (sans the Hopewell Valley) still persists to some extent in the state of New Jersey as the school's (albeit incorrect) official name.

Historic events[edit]

General George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania to Titusville on the night of December 25–26, 1776, prior to the Battle of Trenton. Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville commemorates the location of the landing. The crossing is re-enacted each Christmas Day if the weather permits. Hopewell Valley is also the site of the notorious kidnapping of the Charles Lindbergh infant in 1932.

Notable people[edit]

  • Peter Benchley, who drew from the names of local streets and roads in creating the fictional town of Amity in his 1974 novel Jaws.
  • John Hart, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived in Hopewell Township. He is buried in Hopewell Borough.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Congressional biography of John Hart, accessed March 25, 2007

Coordinates: 40°23′01″N 74°48′13″W / 40.38356°N 74.80350°W / 40.38356; -74.80350