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The Long Valley Mill

The building looms over the bustling Route 24, once called Chester Pike, just east of Long Valley center. At once, upon seeing it, you know that the mill holds a thousand stories and probably a thousand more secrets in its ancient timbers.

Aerial View of Long Valley
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Aerial View of
Long Valley in Fall

In the rolling hills of Morris County, Washington Twp is noted for preserved farmland and historic buildings. Washington Township was incorporated as a township on April 2, 1798, from portions of Roxbury Township.

5K Turkey Trot
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Turkey Trot 2017
in Long Valley

The WMC Memorial 5K Turkey Trot is a community event being held to continue the tradition of the WMC Memorial Race started 12 years ago in memory of Kyleigh D’Alessio and Tanner Birch.

Police Honor Guard 2018
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Police Honor Guard 2018
Washington Township Police Department

The mission of the Washington Township Police Department to protect life and property, enforce the law in a fair and impartial manner, and to preserve the peace, order, and safety of the community we serve.

Califon Road Park
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Califon Road Park
Pond at Califon Road Park

The pond at Califon Road Park is located behind the parking area for the park’s Little League field and four all-purpose fields

Memorial Day Ceremony
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Memorial Day Ceremony
Rock Spring Park

Washington Township held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony to salute our brave servicemen and servicewomen who have given so much for our country at the Veterans Memorial Site at Rock Spring Park.

Santa Program
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Santa Program
Cucinella School

At the Recreation Department’s annual Afternoon with Santa at Cuccinella School, local families enjoyed face painting, balloon animal and photos with the Santa and his helper.

Township News

Story Map Launches to Celebrate 40 Years of Farmland Preservation


Morris County Launches Interactive Story Map to Celebrate 40 Years of Farmland Preservation Program: Learn More About Each Farm in an Informative Online Audio and Visual Format 

Morris County is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Morris County Farmland Preservation Program by launching an interactive, online story map of all 142 farms preserved over the years, offering background information, photos and geographic data on each site.

“We hope Morris County residents can use this story map to see the many permanently preserved farms, which ensure that agriculture will continue to flourish and contribute to the high quality of life in the Morris County,” said Joe Barilla, Director of the Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation.

Check Out the Story Map!

The story map was created by the Office of Planning and Preservation to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the farmland grant program, which was launched in 1983 when the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, now the Board of County Commissioners, created the Morris County Agriculture Development Board (CADB).  The board was formed to oversee the preservation program, which uses grant funding to purchase development rights from willing farm owners, thereby preserving the land while allowing farmers to continue owning and operating their farms.

The Cupo Farm, a 14-acre farm in Washington Township, was the first to be preserved on Dec. 28, 1987, and the program was initially supported through capital dollars provided in the county’s annual budget. However, following a referendum overwhelmingly approved by local voters, the Morris County Open Space & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund was approved on Dec. 22, 1992, creating a dedicated funding source for farmland preservation. The program additionally uses grants received through the New Jersey Farmland Preservation Program, which is also celebrating 40 years.

“This has been an exceptionally successful and well-received program, with nearly $81 million being committed by Morris County, in addition to another $84 million funded by the state of New Jersey, to assist in the preservation of 142 farms since the inception of the program,” said Commissioner Stephen Shaw, the board liaison to the county Office of Planning and Preservation.

From the humble beginnings of preserving the 14-acre Cupo Farm, the Morris County Farmland Preservation Program has amassed permanent conservation of over 8,200 farm acres across Morris County.

“This monumental milestone marking the 40th anniversary was not achieved by one individual alone. Initial gratitude can be granted to the founding freeholders for creating this program while sincere appreciation can be given to past, present, and future Morris County employees for managing the day-to-day program operations. Without the dedication of all the serving board members, the success and continued growth of the program would not have reached its current eminence,” stated CADB Chair Dale Davis.

The farmland preservation program offers farm owners the opportunity to preserve, own, and maintain their farms with autonomy. Beyond preserving land, the program has preserved farming lifestyles, a heritage of agriculture in Morris County, conservation efforts and the future prospects for a variety of agricultural operations to continue.

The story map provides visitors a glimpse into the success of the program as well as the diverse beauty of Morris County agriculture and all it stands for: honoring sectors such as vegetable, fruit, livestock, equine, dairy, hay, grain, and greenhouse operations and conservation.

“It is not just about preserving land; it is also preserving a way of life. With this program, the farmland remains in private ownership. Many of these farms would not be able to survive as farms if not for this program,” stated Commissioner Shaw.

Information about the farmland preservation process can be found here. If you are interested in preserving your farm, please contact Katherine Coyle in the Office of Planning & Preservation at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo above:  Aerial photo of Windfall Farm  where 114.5 acres have been preserved. 

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