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Tour Tour! Discover Hamilton New Jersey

Hamilton Township measures about 40 square miles and has an approximate population of 88,000. Located just east of Trenton, Hamilton was Discover Hamilton New Jerseyincorporated in 1842 but was active long before then. George Washington used Quakerbridge Road on his famous night march from the Second Battle of Trenton on his way to the Battle of Princeton. In more recent times, the quiet nature of this municipality was illustrated in 2006, when Hamilton was ranked as the 18th-safest city in the United States, out of 369 cities nationwide.

Hamilton Township is well-known for its parks, recreation, historic sites and annual events such as an Azalea Festival, Fourth of July fireworks and concert, SeptemberFest, Fall Harvest and Winter Wonderland. Veterans Park at 2206 Kuser Road is a magnificent 350-acre facility built to honor Hamilton’s veterans in 1977. In addition to recreational amenities like athletic fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, a skate park, picnic areas, a dog park, pavilion and trails, Veterans Park is home to Martin’s Lake, acres of tree-filled acreage and open fields, making the park appealing to birds and wildlife. 

Sayen House and Gardens at 155 Hughes Drive was originally the home of Frederick Sayen, an avid gardener and world traveler. In 1912 he purchased 30 acres, built a bungalow and surrounded it with plants and flowers acquired from traveling the globe. His collection includes unusual species from China, Japan and England which still flourish today. 

An outstanding creative concept from sculptor and philanthropist J. Seward Johnson, Grounds For Sculpture at 80 Sculptors Way is a 42-acre park designed to make people comfortable with contemporary art. It exhibits over 270 works including sculptures from renowned artists like Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Kiki Smith and New Jersey sculptor George Segal. Some of the works were commissioned specifically for the sculpture park, such as Magdalena Abakanowicz’s “Space of Stone” and New Jersey artist Isaac Witkin’s “Garden State.” An on-site restaurant called Rat’s is highly-rated for its gourmet offerings. Conceptually designed by Johnson, the eatery has an atmosphere inspired by Impressionist artist Claude Monet. It’s named after the character “Ratty” from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, one of Johnson’s favorite books.

Hamilton Transit Complex is a state-of-the-art commuter rail station for NJ Transit riders. This station near the I-295/Sloan Avenue Interchange is filling the growing demand for additional commuter facilities serving travelers along the northeast corridor line. 

 


Published November 4, 2019 in New Jersey Living