Located on New Jersey Route 12 within Kingwood Township, in Hunterdon County, is the tiny community of Baptistown. Baptistown is named for the two Baptist churches which were founded there by early settlers.
The Baptistown Post Office was established May 1, 1822.
The old graveyard next to the post office contains tombstones that date back to the 1800's.
The Kingwood Township First Aid & Rescue Squad is a non-profit, all volunteer organization which serves Kingwood & parts of Alexandria & Delaware Townships. It was formed by members of the Kingwood Township Civil Defense Committee in 1953. In 2003, the Rescue Squad celebrated 50 years of serving the Community.
Although a small town, it did however have its taste of an odd scandal in 1980 when a couple tried to trade their baby for a new car at Patinella's Auto Sales in Baptistown.
In more current events, Baptistown is now the location of a solar farm, which is run by Frenchtown Solar, and is on Route 12. It was designed to generate 3.5 megawatts of electricity. The power station was developed in conjunction with Con Ed Development. It interconnects to Jersey Central Power and Light, which in turn in is part of the PJM Interconnection. Flemington Solar is a similar project located in adjacent Raritan Township. This solar is just one of three which form Frenchtown Solar.
2 solar arrays rising in Kingwood along Route 12
Kingwood gives preliminary OK to solar field on Route 519
Recollections of Baptistown
Toddler for Corvette
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Laura Gonzalez is a photographer, blogger and historian currently residing in Newark, New Jersey.