Stanton, New Jersey
Stanton, New Jersey
|Elevation||361 ft (110 m)|
|GNIS feature ID||880851|
Stanton Historic Rural District
|NRHP reference #||90001225|
|Added to NRHP||August 10, 1990|
Stanton is an unincorporated community located within Readington Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. The community dates back to the 17th century and was settled by the Dutch. It was originally called Housel's after Johannes Housel, who had a farmstead along Dreahook Road in the mid-18th century. After the death of William Housel (who started a school in the community), the last owner of the Housel farmstead, it then carried the name of Waggoner's Hill after landowner William Waggoner. The community took the descriptive name of Mount Pleasant during the beginning of the 20th century and would finally become known as Stanton to distinguish it from another Mount Pleasant. The name "Stanton" was taken from James Logan's Pennsylvania estate: Stenton, which in turn is named for the Scottish village where his father was born. Logan was a proprietor of West Jersey, a mayor of Philadelphia, and a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Logan Way in Readington is named after him, as well as Logan Circle and the Logan neighborhood in Philadelphia and Logan Township in Clinton County, Pennsylvania. In the 1830s, a Reformed Church and a general store were built, both of which are present today.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Stanton include:
- Emma Bell (born 1986), actress.
- J. C. Furnas (1906–2001), freelance writer and social historian.
- Howard Lindsey (1889-1968), theatrical producer, playwright, librettist, director and actor.
- William Marchant (1923–1995), playwright and screenwriter, known for writing the play that was remade into the 1957 movie, The Desk Set.
- Dorothy Stickney (1896–1998), Broadway actress.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Stanton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- Staff. "Built Jersey Tough", Inside Jersey, February 2011, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 10, 2011. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Bell, 24, hails from Stanton, a tiny community that neighbors the much larger and more business-oriented Flemington."
- Staff. "J. C. Furnas, Wry Historian Of American Life, Dies at 95", The New York Times, June 12, 2001. Accessed June 9, 2016. "J. C. Furnas, a writer and social historian, died on June 3 at his home in Stanton, N.J."
- Bouman-Stickney House, Readington Township. Accessed June 9, 2016. "In 1935, Broadway playwright and producer Howard Lindsay purchased the house and surrounding property as a gift for his wife, Broadway and movie actress Dorothy Stickney. Ms. Stickney and Mr. Lindsay used the house as a weekend and vacation retreat until Mr. Lindsay's death in 1968."
- Gussow, Mel. "William Marchant, 72, 'Desk Set' Playwright", The New York Times, December 20, 1995. Accessed December 1, 2007. "Mr. Marchant had been a resident of the Actors Fund of America Nursing and Retirement Home in Englewood, N.J., before moving to the hospital last year. Before that, he lived in Stanton, N.J., in a house owned by the actress Dorothy Stickney, said Kenneth Stadnik, a neighbor."
- Climate Summary for Stanton, New Jersey