Hackettstown, New Jersey

Located in Warren County, Hackettstown is home to Centenary College.


Hackettstown is a charming town located in Warren County.  It is home to M&M Mars, its largest employer. Centenary University is also located in town. They have a highly regarded equestrian facility.

Hackettstown is literally the end of the line for the Morristown Line and the Montclair-Boonton Line. Both provide service to Hoboken Terminal or to Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan via Midtown Direct. It is the only active NJ Transit station in Warren County.

Route 46 runs through Main Street and Route 80 is nearby, which makes Hackettstown ideal for commuting.

Hackettstown has a vibrant Main Street and is home to quite a few microbreweries. An animal auction, which is utilized by local farmers continues to operate in town. Nearby is the Mansfield Commons shopping area and a Target is located close by in Washington Township.  Hackettstown Hospital, which is part of Atlantic Health is a great asset to the community. Hackettstown is a great town, explore the links below to learn more.

Table of Contents

  1. Town Links
  2. School Links
  3. Community Information
  4. Fun Things to Do
  5. Recreation
  6. Local Parks and Outdoor Destinations
  7. Places of Worship
  8. Newspapers
  9. Transportation
  10. Article: Hackettstown; Steeped in History, Loaded with Charm.


1. Town 

The town of Hackettstown is run by the mayor/council format. The town offices are located on Stiger Street. Hackettstown has a town band and an annual Memorial Day Parade. They also run Spring and Fall Festivals.  M&M Mars sponsors an annual Easter Egg Hunt. There is also a wonderful community pool complex. Explore the links below to learn more about this terrific town!

Town site https://www.hackettstown.net/ 

Hackettstown Library https://hackettstownlibrary.org/ 

Hackettstown Hospital https://www.atlantichealth.org/hackettstown.html 

Hackettstown Business District https://hackettstownbid.com/ 

2. Schools

Centenary College not only provides educational opportunities, but also sponsors concerts and theater programs. In addition to the college and public schools, there are local private schools, daycares, preschools, etc.

Public Schools

Hackettstown Schools https://www.hackettstown.org/ 


Heaven Sent Preschool https://www.fpchackettstown.org/ 

Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool https://www.gethsemanehtown.com/ 

The Learning Experience https://thelearningexperience.com/our-centers/nj/hackettstown/mansfield-nj–rte-57 

A2Z Early Learning Education https://a2zearlylearning.education/ 

Kindercare of Mount Olive https://www.kindercare.com/our-centers/hackettstown/nj/301722? 

The Pumpkin Patch https://www.thepumpkinpatchpreschool.com/ 

Higher Education

Centenary College https://www.centenaryuniversity.edu/ 

Warren County Community College https://www.warren.edu/ 

3. Community Organizations

Whether you are interested in history, acting, music, etc., there is a community organization in Hackettstown that will fit the bill. Hackettstown is home to quite a few national service organizations such as the Elks, Moose and Lions Clubs.

Hackettstown Historical Society https://www.hackettstownhistory.com/ 

Hackettstown Community Band www.hackettstownband.org/ 

Boy Scouts https://www.troopwebhost.org/Troop158Hackettstown 

Cub Scouts https://hackettstown164.mypack.us/ 

Girl Scouts https://www.gsnnj.org/ 

4 H https://www.facebook.com/warren4h/ 

Lions Club https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/northwarren/ 

Elks Club https://www.elks.org/lodges/contactus.cfm?lodge=2331 

Moose Lodge https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hackettstown-Moose-Lodge/145446425516375 

VFW https://njvfw.org/vfw-post-282/ 

Masonic Lodge https://warren13mason.tripod.com/indexfd.html 

Hackettstown First Aid and Rescue https://78rescue.org/ 

4. FunThings to Do

Czigmeister Brewing Company: https://www.czigmeisterbrewing.com/ 

Man Skirt Brewing:  https://manskirtbrewing.com/ 

Jersey Girl Brewing Company:  https://www.jerseygirlbrewing.com/ 

Centenary Stage Company:  https://www.centenarystageco.org/ 

Waterloo Village:  https://www.friendsofwaterloovillage.com/ 

Stryker Airsoft:  https://www.strykerairsoftnj.com/ 

Hackettstown Center for the Arts: https://www.hackettstownarts.com/ 

Farmview Golf/Mini Golf:  https://www.farmviewgolf.com/ 

Land of Make Believe:  https://www.lomb.com/ 

Donaldson Farms:  https://donaldsonfarms.net/ 

Latoka Wolf Preserve:  https://www.lakotawolf.com/ 

Space Animal Farms: https://www.spacefarms.com/ 

Pequest Fish Hatchery:  https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pequest.htm 

Orchard View Lavendar Farm:  https://www.orchardviewlavenderfarm.com/ 

Well Sweep Herb Farm:  https://wellsweep.com/ 

Valley Shepherd Creamery:  https://valleyshepherd.com/the-creamery/the-farm 

5. Recreation

There are many wonderful recreation opportunities in and around Hackettstown. The Musconetcong River flows through town, and the Fish Hatchery and Game Farms are nearby.  Hackettstown is surrounded by farmland.  Stephens State Park is located near Hackettstown Hospital. Explore the links below to find out more about the recreation that this area offers.

Hackettstown Community Pool recreation@hackettstown.net 

Hackettstown Community Sports 

Baseball Mike Palko 852-4095 January

Basketball Mike Palko 852-4095 September

Cheerleading T.B.A. Late March

Cross Country Mike Palko 852-4095 May/June

Field Hockey T.B.A. Late April

Football Chuck Harvey 850-9477 Late March Soccer

Mike Palko 852-4095 May/June

Softball Mike Palko 852-4095

January Swim Lessons Mike Palko 852-4095 June

Swim Team Mike Palko 852-4095 April/May

Track and Field Mike Palko 852-4095 January

Wrestling TBA Early September

6. Local Parks and Other Outdoor Destinations

Whether you golf, swim, hike, garden, canoe, ski or just want to take in gorgeous vistas, there are numerous options in Hacketsttown and the surrounding areas.  Don’t forget! The best beaches in the northern USA- the Jersey Shore, are just a day trip away! National, state, county and local parks abound!

Kittatinny Canoes:  https://kittatinny.com/ 

Panther Valley Golf Course:  https://www.panthervalleygolf.com/ 

Minebrook Golf Course:  https://www.minebrookgc.com/ 

Flanders Valley Golf Course: https://www.flandersvalleygc.com/ 

Apple Mountain Golf Course: https://www.applemountaingolf.com/ 

Black Oak Golf Course:  https://www.blackoakgolfclub.com/ 

Allamuchy State Park:  https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/allamuch.html 

Lake Hopatcong Cruises:  https://lakehopatcongcruises.com/ 

Lake Hopatcong State Park:  https://www.visitnj.org/nj-all-beaches/hopatcong-state-park 

Jenny Jump State Forest: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/jennyjump.html 

Kittatinny Valley State Park:  https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/kittval.html 

Stephens State Park:  https://www.stateparks.com/stephens_state_park_in_new_jersey.html 

Allamuchy Dog Park:  https://allamuchynj.org/welcome-allamuchy-dog-park/ 

Delaware Water Gap:  https://delawareriver.natgeotourism.com/ 

Morris Canal:  https://morriscanalgreenway.org/ 

Warren County Parks:  https://warrenparks.com/ 

Skiing Mountain Creek Resort:  https://www.mountaincreek.com/ 

7. Places of Worship

Hackettstown is home to quite a few religious organizations.  This is a vibrant area with very involved parishioners.  The houses of worship offer bible camps, thrift shops, service trips and projects and a host of other spirit and community building opportunities.  Explore the links to learn more.

Trinity Methodist Church https://www.catchthespirit.org/ 

Church of the Assumption https://www.assumptionbvmnj.org/ 

Saint James Episcopal Church https://stjameshackettstown.org/ 

Hackettstown Seventh Day Adventists

Church of the Covenant https://www.churchofthecovenant.net/ 

First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown https://www.fpchackettstown.org/ 

Breakpoint Community Church https://www.breakpointchurch.com/ 

Skylands Unitarian Church https://skylandsuu.org/ 

Hackettstown Baptist Church https://www.hackettstownbaptistchurch.com/about-hbc/ 

Gethsemane Lutheran Church https://www.gethsemanehtown.com/ 

8. Newspapers

More about this vibrant community can be learned via the local newspapers, which cover the local events. The links below will lead you to articles about Hackettstown.

Hackettstown Life https://www.hackettstownlife.com/forum/636549 

Hackettstown Patch www.patch.com/new-jersey/hackettstown 

Star Ledger www.nj.com/starledger/ 

Daily Record www.dailyrecord.com/ 

9. Transportation

Though a small town, located in a rural area, Hackettstown is less than 60 miles from NYC!  Its location near Route 80 makes it ideal for commuting via car.  However the links below will lead you to other modes of transportation.

NJ Transit https://www.njtransit.com/ 

Martz Trailways www.martztrailways.com/departures-from-new-jersey 

Lakeland Bus Lines https://www.lakelandbus.com/ 

10. Published Article About Hackettstown 

Hackettstown: Steeped In History, Loaded with Charm
New Jersey Cooperative
July 2014
Liam Cusack

Hackettstown, New Jersey is one of a kind, literally. In fact, it is one of the few towns in the United States that has no duplicate in name, meaning there is no other Hackettstown.

Before its incorporation in 1853 it formed a part of Independence, New Jersey. It is situated in the Musconetcong Valley, and is nearly surrounded by Schooley's Mountain on one side, and on the other by a mountain range of which Buck's Hill forms a part. It is fronted on its northwestern border by the former Morris Canal and on its southeastern border by the Musconetcong, whose excellent water power determined the location of a town at this point.

According to the town's own website, the town is dedicated to its citizens and to preserving the quality of life for all of its residents. Hackettstown was incorporated as a town by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 9, 1853, from portions of Independence Township. Portions of territory were exchanged with Mansfield Township in 1857, 1860, 1872 and 1875.

Fascinating History

Hackettstown’s name comes from Samuel Hackett, the earliest and largest landowner of the region, who is said to have contributed liberally to the liquid refreshments on the christening of a new hotel, in order to secure the name (which, before this, had been Helms' Mills, or Musconetcong). The name Hacketstown is found on a 1769 map, along with the notation Helms, placed two miles further up the Musconetcong. This is the name of a family that came from County Tyrone, Ireland, whose head was Thomas Helms, father of General Helms, of the Revolutionary War army, and grandfather of Major Thomas Helms, of the War of 1812. The Helms' mill on the Musconetcong was on the site of Youngblood's mill, and was the first mill in this vicinity, being built before 1764.

William Johnson (1817-1891) was a prime mover in getting the town incorporated in 1853. Along with his brother George, they were successful merchants when they began operating the W.L. & G.W. Johnson dry goods store. The two men were very active in community affairs. George was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a director of the Hackettstown National Bank, and a member of the Hackettstown Water Board. Both men were involved in the establishment of Union Cemetery.

Hackettstown is known for the famous Schooley's Mountain Springs, which was for half a century the most fashionable watering hole in America. Here the wealth and fashionable citizenry of New York and Philadelphia were attracted every summer by the healthful mountain air, the mineral waters and the relaxed atmosphere. The mountain is named in honor of Thomas Schooley, one of four brothers who came to New Jersey from Yorkshire, England.

Hackettstown houses the headquarters of Mars Chocolate USA, the American division of Mars, Inc., makers of Milky Way, Mars, M&M's, Twix and Snickers candy bars, as well as pet foods (such as the Whiskas and Pedigree brands), Uncle Ben's rice products, and non-confectionery snack foods (including Combos). Former Olympian Kristen Maloney and Yankees minor league pitcher Cole Kimball are some of the town’s notables.

Victorian Charm

The town center retains the charm and quaintness of a small town with lovely shops and restaurants that line Main Street. Taking a stroll around the town you'll find some wonderful examples of Victorian houses. Many residents remark about the small town feel. In addition to the mom & pop stores there are also many other entertaining diversions and recreational activities for the town’s young people. H-town Skate Park, one of the largest indoor skate-boarding, inline skating and bike parks on the East Coast, also has a roller rink with speed skating, inline hockey and fun zone. Many families come from miles around to celebrate birthday parties and other family events.

A Good Place to Live

Hackettstown's most recent claim to fame was being named by Money Magazine as no. 72 out of the top 100 towns to live and work in the U.S. (2005). For commuters there is a Martz bus service to New York City and a train service either to Hoboken or Penn Station via Midtown Direct and by road Hackettstown itself, which is located only a few miles off exit 19 of Interstate 80.

Perhaps the loveliest time of the year to visit is in the late summer or autumn when trees change and the weather is cooler. Any time of year, though, be sure to stroll around town, check out the retail shops and enjoy a good hearty meal. Why not plan to spend a day...you just might end up wanting to stay.    

Liam P. Cusack is the associate editor of The New Jersey Cooperator.

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