CLINTON TWP. -- After more than two years of research, the township historic commission is ready to send an application to the state requesting that most of Annandale be named to the state and national registers of historic places.
``It's very important to
understand that it's only just to recognize Annandale and give
it recognition as an old railroad town. It puts no restrictions whatsoever on
properties,'' said commission chair Cathy Sipe.
The bulk of the 80-plus
page application describes the properties included in the application. Each
description notes the type of architecture used in the
building and, if
applicable, how it fits into Annandale 's history.
Included are ``parts that are architecturally significant and show the
succession of architectural change,'' Mrs. Sipe explained. ``It just kind of
paints a picture of Annandale , architecturally speaking. ''
`` Annandale 's architecture includes many of the
building types which characterized the region's growing towns and villages in
the late 19th and early 20th centuries,'' the application reads. ``
Annandale owes its existence to the construction of the main
line of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, the first railroad to penetrate
northern Hunterdon County in the early 1850s. ''
Annandale was called Clinton Station, but was renamed in 1871,
the application reads, ``and soon acquired an important economic role as the
local center for shipping agricultural and other products, most notably lime,
milk, coal, lumber and peaches . ''
Some of the notable
buildings that contributed to this commercial role include the Wettstein Cheese
Factory, built in 1871, and the Annandale Creamery, from the
late 1880s. Other nonresidences include the Protestant Reformed Dutch Church,
circa 1868, and the Old Annandale School, built in 1888.
The application includes properties on Center, East, Main and West
Streets, Beaver, Maple and Roosevelt Avenues and Humphrey Road, encompassing
homes, commercial buildings, schools and churches from the period 1852 to 1930,
or almost the entire village.
Many are 19th century buildings and one is
not a building at all -- it's a hitching post from the 1800s. The application
includes 192 structures that contribute to the town's historic significance,
including 147 principal buildings.
Once the application is complete and
the state reviews it, it will determine if it qualifies for consideration. If it
does, the state will hold a public hearing, probably in
``There'll be plenty of time for people to
ask questions and get more information,'' Mrs. Sipe said.
A copy of the
application is on file in the research department at the North County Branch of
the county library in Annandale .