Windsor, New Jersey
|Windsor, New Jersey|
Sign posted at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Windsor
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Windsor is a small historic community and unincorporated community located within Robbinsville Township (known as Washington Township until 2007) in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. The area is served as United States Postal Service ZIP Code 08561. There are approximately 50 homes in the area, and as of the 2000 United States Census, the population for ZIP Code Tabulation Area 08561 was 314. While most of the locals have heard of neighboring West Windsor and East Windsor, few have heard of "just Windsor," which contributed to the naming of Windsor's community association website www.justwindsor.org.
Earliest mention of the local area in the 17th century refers to it as a wilderness with several Native American camps. Founded in 1818, it was named Centerville because it was the geographical center of the state. Until then, adjacent heavily wooded lands were called Magrilla (origins unknown). In 1814, after the completion of the Bordentown and South Amboy stagecoach turnpike, William McKnight, director of the turnpike company, built a tavern at the intersection of the turnpike and present-day Windsor-Perrineville Road. A major thruway between New York and Philadelphia, the turnpike replaced Old York Road, which started out as a Native-American path prior to European settlement. In 1816 the local section of the stagecoach turnpike between New York and Philadelphia ran along Main Street. In late 1831, the Camden and Amboy Railroad was constructed through Centerville. The village became a stopover for rail travelers, and a thriving center for the bountiful farms and mills which serviced the growing population. It quickly became the largest village between Yardville (Sand Town) and Hightstown, and was renamed "Windsor" in 1846 to avoid any confusion with a Centerville post office in Hunterdon County.
Notable current and former residents of Windsor include:
- Elijah C. Hutchinson (1855–1932), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district from 1915–1923.
- "Windsor". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-09-29.
- Census 2000 Fact Sheet for Zip Code Tabulation Area 08561 United States Census Bureau Retrieved on May 23, 2008.
- "M is for Mercer". Mercer County Division of Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 2008-05-23.
- Elijah Cubberley Hutchinson, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 7, 2007.