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Here Are 16 Of The Oldest Towns In New Jersey… And They’re Loaded With History

The coast of New Jersey was first explored by Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524. The area was first settled by Europeans in the early 1600s, and we were the third state to ratify the US Constitution. New Jersey is loaded with history, and some of our most interesting history lies within our oldest towns. Please note that these towns are not necessarily the oldest, just SOME of the oldest, with unique histories and storied pasts.

New Jersey has so many towns dating back hundreds of years (Swedesboro, South Orange, etc.), it would be impossible to include them all on this list. Did you learn anything new? What other New Jersey towns would you be interested in learning the history of?

Kristen Koennemann
Kristen is a freelance writer, editor and social-media manager who really loves her state. She's here to share all that New Jersey has to offer with residents and the rest of the world.