Introduction to Hamilton, New Jersey
Hamilton is a township located in Mercer County and is situated next to New Jersey's capital, the city of Trenton. The name was given in tribute to Alexander Hamilton. It's one of the biggest townships in the state of New Jersey, however it does not feature a standard downtown. Instead, it has a collection of small commercial centers.
Retirement communities as well as assisted-living facilities are prominent in the township. The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a primary health care facility for New Jersey. By automobile, New York City is about 80 minutes away, while Philadelphia is approximately a 50 minute drive.
In 1776 Colonial soldiers, led by General George Washington fought the Hessian soldiers in Trenton. General Washington and his army later attacked the troupes led by General Cornwallis in the historically important Battle of Princeton.
Veterans Park features a large number of acres and is popular with residents and visitors. Mercer County Park incudes a vast acreage and includes one of the biggest man-made lakes in New Jersey. The lake was constructed in order for the crew team of Princeton to have a lake to utilize for practicing and competitions.
Grounds for Sculpture showcases over 230 large contemporary sculptures. The park also includes gardens, water attractions as well as other natural items of interest. The park promotes contemporary sculpture through exhibitions and educational programs and events. It includes sculptures created by prominent American and international artists.
Sayen Park Botanical Garden began when the Sayens constructed a bungalow featuring Arts and Crafts architecture and a Victorian style interior which is open to the public. The property includes a large collection of plants and flowers acquired from all over the world. The park features over 1000 azaleas, close to 500 rhododendrons and more than 250,000 flowering bulbs. The property also includes ponds, bridges and trails.
There are other notable attractions in the area including the John Abbott II House, New Jersey State Museum, Kuser Farm Mansion & Park, Old Barracks Museum, William Trent House, Bow Hill, Old Barracks Museum as well as the scenic countryside.
New Jersey Transit offers bus transportation for the township. Train service is available to New York City and Philadelphia. Residents have access to the New Jersey Turnpike and prominent interstates and routes. Hamilton is recognized as a regional transportation center.