Rowland's Mills, New Jersey

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Rowland's Mills, New Jersey
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey is located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey
Location of Rowland's Mills in Hunterdon County Inset: Location of county within the state of New Jersey
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey (New Jersey)
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey is located in the United States
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey
Rowland's Mills, New Jersey (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°33′24″N 74°51′14″W / 40.55667°N 74.85389°W / 40.55667; -74.85389Coordinates: 40°33′24″N 74°51′14″W / 40.55667°N 74.85389°W / 40.55667; -74.85389
Country United States
State New Jersey
CountyHunterdon
TownshipReadington
Elevation131 ft (40 m)
GNIS feature ID879845[1]

Rowland's Mills or Rowland Mills is an unincorporated community located on the western edge of Readington Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States.[2] In 1760, a gristmill was erected at this site, followed by a sawmill around the time of the American Revolutionary War.[3] A hamlet grew up around the mill complex in the early 19th century along the road connecting Flemington and Clinton. In 1838, Rynear Rowland (1798-1862[4]), whom the village was later named after, purchased the mills. At its peak the settlement had a store, a blacksmith shop owned by Oliver Hart Ewing and numerous houses. In the later part of the 19th century the community diminished in size and was all but abandoned in the 1920s when the road through it was widened and designated as State Route 30, the predecessor of modern New Jersey Route 31.

The Norfolk Southern Railway's Lehigh Line (formerly the mainline of the Lehigh Valley Railroad), runs through the community.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rowland Mills". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed January 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Hunter Research, Inc. "Deserted Village of Rowland's Mills, Readington Township, Hunterdon County", Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology Newsletter, No. 65, October 2006. Accessed December 14, 2009.
  4. ^ 1862 Obituaries