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Re-enactment of the First Township Meeting, April 9th, 1804

On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at 7 PM, the Jefferson Township Council Chambers/Courtroom at the Municipal Building at 1033 Weldon Road was transformed to replicate the first township meeting site held at Widow Hile Seward’s home on the afternoon of April 9, 1804. At that time, 200 years ago, John DeCamp, David Hurd, Joseph Hurd, John Ford, and John P. Losey – members of the first Township Committee -- signed the charter creating Jefferson Township from parts of Roxbury Township and Pequannock Township.

The Jefferson Township Bicentennial Committee, in cooperation with the Jefferson Township Historical Society, recreated that moment that occurred 200 years ago when the present members of the 2004 Township Council and the Administration attired in 19th century costumes arrive at the Municipal Building by a horse-drawn wagon.

Local musicians Tim and Judy Adrianson performined period music in the lobby while a Town Crier accompanied the officials into the meeting room. There, the side wall of the Chambers was decorated with a backdrop resembling the Seward Tavern, which had once been located on the Union Turnpike, now Route 15 South. Lanterns and candles lit the room, and township officials sat at a table to sign a copy of the township charter using quills dipped into inkwells.

The original township charter received from the New Jersey Legislature on February 11, 1804, was on display in an enclosed case in the lobby of the Municipal Building thanks to the efforts of several people including Bicentennial Committee member Tom Burns.

Photos from the Event
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