Franklin History

All Roads Lead to PittstownAll Roads Lead to Pittstown, a 52-page book written by County Historian Stephanie B. Stevens and published by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, highlights the personalities and actions of 18th and 19th century men who controlled and created the village while making history. At the crossroads of activity, Pittstown swirled with action in the fight for American independence and some 70 years later was the hub of manufacturing in Hunterdon. Life is quiet in Pittstown now, but its historic buildings still stand and echo with the events recounted here. The book may be purchased at the Franklin Township Municipal Building for $5.

9780738572260_p0_v1_s600Franklin Township, Hunterdon County, a 128-page Arcadia Publishing pictorial history, features 121 never-before-published photographs dating from 1860 to 2009, all from the private collections of 46 current and former township families. The text by Dan Campanelli, the nationally renowned watercolor artist, Marty Campanelli, a graphic designer and Dan’s wife, and Lora Jones, Franklin Township Historian, contains new information regarding historic sites, events and dates, correcting data published in earlier history books. Available from Rural Awareness and online from

Quaker Meeting history bookThe History of the Religious Society of Friends, Quakertown Monthly Meeting, written by J. E. Stout, 1998; updated material written and compiled by Dan and Marty Campanelli, 2011. Published by the Quakertown Friends Meeting, Quakertown, NJ; 100 pages, multiple photographs and illustrations. It is available for $10 plus $5 shipping and handling. Send requests and check made payable to Quakertown Monthly Meeting to QMM, PO Box 520, Quakertown, NJ 08868.

FFFacts and Fantasies of Franklin, compiled and written by J. Edward Stout (1923-2001), Franklin native, long-time Township Historian, and Rural Awareness member, offers a comprehensive history of our community. The 418-page historical account includes the 1850 census, maps, and many photographs. It is available for purchase at the Franklin Township Municipal Building and the Clinton Book Shop for $20.

Passing Glances: Franklin Township, 150 Years, narrated by the late New Jersey Superior Court Judge John W. Fritz. The DVD may be viewed here.