Titusville, New Jersey

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Titusville, New Jersey
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Titusville
Location in Mercer County
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Titusville
Location in New Jersey
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Titusville
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°18′34″N74°52′50″W / 40.30944°N 74.88056°W / 40.30944; -74.88056
Country Flag of the United States.svg  United States
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County Mercer
Township Hopewell
Elevation
85 ft (26 m)
ZIP code
08560
FIPS code 34-73050 [1]
GNIS feature ID0881197 [2]

Titusville is an unincorporated community located within Hopewell Township in Mercer County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. [3] [4] The area includes a post office with its own ZIP code (08560), several restaurants, gas stations, a firehouse, and a small cluster of homes. The Washington Crossing State Park, dedicated to George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River in 1776, is adjacent to the community.

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History

Titusville's central feature is a small village that sits on a bluff overlooking a picturesque stretch of the Delaware River with stairwells connecting the village to private docks on the river. The Feeder Canal for the Delaware and Raritan Canal runs parallel to the river just to the east of the village, which is connected to River Road (Route 29) by several two-lane bridges. A biking/walking trail follows the canal, constructed when the former Belvidere-Delaware Railroad line was removed in the early 1980s. Opposite the canal from the river, extending eastward, are a number of small residential streets, a county park centered about Baldpate Mountain, and the homes ringing the base of the mountain and county park.

Titusville is just north of the Johnson Ferry House in adjacent Washington Crossing, the scene of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River during the American Revolutionary War. In 1831, the ferry was replaced by the Washington Crossing Bridge, linking it with Washington Crossing in Pennsylvania.

Titusville is home to Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson.

In 1851, the Belvidere-Delaware Railroad opened to Titusville and a station was built in the town. Passenger service ceased at Titusville in April 1952 but passenger trains to other towns continued operating until October 1960. Freight continued to run on this portion of the line until 1976. Track was subsequently removed for the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park recreational trail in the early 1980s.

Historic district

Titusville Historic District
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LocationRiver Drive, Titusville
Area82 acres (33 ha)
Built1835 (1835)
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Late Victorian, Bungalow/Craftsman
NRHP reference No. 83001604 [5]
Added to NRHPMarch 17, 1983

The Titusville Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 17, 1983 for its significance in architecture, industry, religion, and transportation. It includes 100 contributing buildings. [6]

Geography

The community is bisected by state New Jersey Route 29, a busy road that conveys traffic along the Delaware River.

Washington Crossing State Park is an 800-acre (320 ha) tract of woods, fields, and streams. The park covers the gradual slope from Bear Tavern Road down to the Delaware River. [7]

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Titusville include:

See also

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