Oxford Township, New Jersey

Located in Warren County, Oxford is in the eastern-most region of the Lehigh Valley.

Oxford Township is located in Warren County and is part of the eastern-most region of the Lehigh Valley. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 2,514. 

The origin of the name and the exact date of the township's creation is in dispute. One source says that the township was named for the University of Oxford in England, and was formed in either 1753 or 1755,[19] but other sources claim that the township was named after an early settler named John Axford, who came to settle in the area with others between 1735 and 1739.

Oxford Township was formed from portions of Greenwich Township on May 30, 1754, while the area was still part of Sussex County. It was incorporated on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's initial group of townships by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. Mansfield Township became part of the newly formed Warren County on November 20, 1824. Over the centuries since its creation, portions of the township were taken to form Knowlton Township (February 23, 1763), Franklin Township, Harmony Township and Hope Township (all on April 8, 1839), Belvidere (April 7, 1845) and White Township (April 9, 1913).

Oxford Furnace, constructed in 1741, was the third furnace in Colonial New Jersey and the first constructed at a site where iron ore was mined. Other furnaces used ore extracted from bogs in South Jersey, impure deposits called bog iron. Oxford Furnace operated the longest of any of the Colonial-era furnaces, not being "blown out" until 1884. In 1835, it was the site of America's first successful use of the hot blast in which preheated air was blown into the furnace, cutting production time. Though worn down by time, much of the site still stands. Oxford Furnace is listed on the State and the National Register of Historic Places.

Table of Contents

1.  Township Information

2.  Education

3.  Preschools and Daycares

4.  Sports and Recreation

5.  Places of Worship

6.  Transportation

7.  Points of Interest

8.  Newspapers


1.  Township Information

Oxford Township is governed under the Township form of government. The three-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one seat coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting held during the first week of January, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another to serve as Deputy Mayor.

Oxford Township Site https://www.oxfordtwpnj.org/ 

Warren County Site: https://www.co.warren.nj.us/  

Police: Oxford Township uses the services of the Washington Township, Warren County’s force.

Fire: Oxford has a volunteer fire department. What a great way to get involved in your new community! https://www.ovfd.com/ 

Emergency Services: Another volunteer service organization and another opportunity to become a member of the community.  https://www.facebook.com/39rescue/ 

Library: https://www.warrenlib.org/ 


2.  Education

The Oxford Township School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Oxford Central School. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its one school had an enrollment of 413 students and 30.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.8:1.

Public school students in ninth through twelfth grades are served by the Warren Hills Regional School District, which is a district for grades 7-12 that also serves students from the municipalities of Franklin Township, Mansfield Township, Washington Borough and Washington Township, with students from Oxford Township attending on a tuition basis as part of a sending/receiving relationship. Schools in the district (with 2012-13 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Warren Hills Regional Middle School (grades 7 and 8; 616 students) located in Washington Borough and Warren Hills Regional High School (grades 9 - 12; 1,246 students) located in Washington Township.

Students from the township and from all of Warren County are eligible to attend Ridge and Valley Charter School in Frelinghuysen Township (for grades K-8)] or Warren County Technical School in Washington borough (for 9-12),] with special education services provided by local districts supplemented throughout the county by the Warren County Special Services School District in Oxford Township (for PreK-12)

Oxford School    https://www.oxfordcentral.org/ 

Warren Hills High School   https://www.warrenhills.org/highschool 

Ridge and Valley Charter School  https://www.ridgeandvalley.org/ 

Warren County Technical School    https://www.wctech.org/wcts/ 

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

Centenary University   https://www.centenaryuniversity.edu 

Preschools and Daycares

Oxford Township School District Preschool  https://www.oxfordcentral.org/prek-information.php 

Tree of Life Preschool    https://www.thetreeoflifepreschool.com/ 

The Ginger Tree Preschool of the Arts    https://www.thegingertreeschool.com/ 

The Goddard School    https://www.goddardschool.com/nj-ny/clinton-route-31-nj 

Kindercare   https://www.kindercare.com/our-centers/oxford/nj 

Little Bears Learning Center    https://www.littlebearslearningcenter.com/ 

Good Shepherd Christian Academy    https://www.gscacademy.com/ 


4.  Sports and Recreation

Oxford Recreation  https://www.oyanj.org/ 

Summer Camp   https://ussportsinstitute.com/summer-camps-nj/summer-sports-camps-warren-county/oxford-township-area.html 

Sport Squirts   https://sportssquirts.com/nj-sports-camps-new-jersey/571-warren-oxford-township-preschool-kindergarten-sports-classes-activities 

Oxford Township Recreation   https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports---Recreation/Oxford-Township-Parks-Recreation-100352890034959/ 

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

Local Summer Camps and Parks   https://www.tricountyresourcenet.org/search/recreation-and-social-programs-volunteer-opportunities-directory-hunterdon-somerset-and-warren-counties/ 

Oxford Bikeway  https://www.traillink.com/trail/oxford-bikeway/ 

Oxford Parks and Recreation   https://www.oxfordrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29571 

Merrill Creek Reservoir  https://merrillcreek.com/ 

Oakwood Lanes  https://www.oakwoodlanes.com/ 


5.  Places of Worship

Saint Lukes Lutheran Church  https://stlukeswashington.com/ 

Saint Patrick and Saint Rose Catholic Church  https://www.stpatrickrose.org/ 

St. Rose of Lima Church  https://discovermass.com/church/st-rose-of-lima-oxford-nj/ 

Jewish Center of Northwest NJ   https://www.jcnwj.org/ 

Blue Army Shrine   https://www.bluearmy.com/the-national-shrine/ 

Saint Theodore Catholic Church  https://www.sttheodorenj.com/ 

First Presbyterian Church of Washington  https://www.washingtonfpc.org/ 

Faith Discovery Church   https://www.faithdiscovery.com/ 

Beit Brachot   Messianic Fellowship  https://beitbrachot.org/ 

The Presbyterian Church of Harmony  https://tpcnh.org/ 

Episcopal Church of Saint Luke and Mary  https://www.stlukestmary.com/ 

Worship Church  https://worshipchurch.us/ 

Buttzville United Methodist Church    https://buttzvillechurch.org/ 

The Ministry of Salvation Fellowship   https://theministryofsalvationfellowship.org/ 

Anawim Community  https://www.anawim2.com 

Oxford Second Presbyterian Church     https://www.oxford2nd.org/ 


6.  Transportation

Oxford is conveniently located between major commuter routes.  It is closest to Route 80. Route 31 passes through the township, using Route 31, one can travel north to Routes 46 and 80 or go south to Routes 57, 22, and 78.

Warren County Shuttle Service https://www.co.warren.nj.us/Humanservices/transportation.html 

Warren County Bus Routes    https://www.usbusstation.com/new_jersey/warren_county_bus_routes.htm 

NJ Transit   https://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo 

Warren County Transportation Services  https://www.njtgo.com/counties/Warren/Transportation/Warren_County%20Transportation.html 


7.  Points of Interest

Shippen Manor   https://warrenparks.com/wcchc/ 

Oxford Furnace   https://www.njskylands.com/hsoxfordfurnace 

Oxford Lake          https://www.lakelubbers.com/oxford-furnace-lake-988/ 

NJ Fish Hatchery https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pequest.htm 

In Flight Balloon Adventures   https://www.balloonnj.com/ 

Explore Warren County   https://www.explorewarren.org/ 

Paintball Depot    https://paintballdepot.com/site/ 

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

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

United Astromony Club of NJ  https://www.uacnj.org/ 

Things to do with Kids in Warren County  https://www.jerseyfamilyfun.com/things-to-do-with-kids-in-warren-county/ 

New Jersey Skylands   https://www.njskylands.com/ 


8.  Newspapers

Warren County News https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/ 

NJ.com Warren County Wanderings  https://www.nj.com/warren/ 

Warren County Reporter   https://www.nj.com/ 

Easton Express   https://www.lehighvalleylive.com 

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