Washington Township

211 Route 31 North

Washington, NJ  07882

(908) 689-7200

 

 

 

 

Bowerstown

 

 

The Village of Bowerstown was located near the Morris Canal and Pohatcong Creek, to the north of Washington Borough. This village was established by Jesse Vanetta and Michael B. Bowers in 1829 when an iron foundry was located there. 

morris canal  planeThe town experienced growth with the opening of the Morris Canal (the site of Plane 7 West) a few years later, and in 1843 Michael Bowers bought the foundry and expanded the operations, eventually concentrating on the manufacture of cast-iron plows. 

bowerstown sign lo

The town peaked in 1870. In 1871 the Erie Lackawanna Railroad was built bypassing the town and it began a long decline. In 1874, the village contained a school, smithy, and a few residences. Several of the town's industrial properties burned down in the 1890s. 
Bowers FoundryBetween 1910 and 1940, all of the community's residents moved away to leave it a ghost town. However, in c.1930 the Bowers foundry and several adjacent farmsteads were purchased by Consumers Research, Inc., a pioneer consumer product testing organization, and a large facility was constructed. This complex survives and is currently being utilized as the Warren Hills Regional High School Administrative Offices.. Included in this complex of buildings is the stone structure that once housed the foundry. 

Today, Bowerstown is only a place name within the Township, although there exists a few residences along the road through this area. 



 bowerstown foundry

 

Left - Bowerstown Foundry today

 

bowerstown proj excel

 
 

Original Consumers Research complex

 
 
 

bowerstown inclinded plane today

 
 
 

Remains of Peter Van Doren grist mill built 1838, which in 1870 did $92,000 worth of business

 

 

 

bowerstown mill ruins

 
 
 

Bowerstown Inclined Plane 7 West today

 

 

 

In March 1996, Bowerstown was put on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.