A Profile of Jamesburg
Welcome to the Borough of Jamesburg, named after capitalist and philanthropist James Buckelew. Over 100 years ago, Mr. Buckelew man had a vision, and his vision became a reality. Today, Jamesburg stands as a center of rich history and reminder of its glorious past.
Jamesburg, New Jersey was incorporated in 1887. Jamesburg is a small community in rural southern Middlesex County off exit 8A on the New Jersey Turnpike. Our population is 6,024, and Jamesburg is ninety-nine percent built up. The area of our town is 0.9 square miles. Our town is built around the railroad, Manalapan Lake, and downtown Jamesburg (East and West Railroad Avenues). Our Municipal Complex (732-521-2222) is located at 131 Perrineville Road. Our
includes Mayor Tony LaMantia, and six elected town council members.
Railroad tracks, running through the center signal Jamesburg was once a railroading hub and stop for cargo and passengers at a lower and upper station, which both cease to exist today. Currently, the railroad tracks are used occasionly by Conrail for freight transportation.
As you travel down East and West Railroad Avenues and Jamesburg's many residential roads, large historic houses and buildings provide the hint of antiquity in this quaint borough. Businesses flourish on East and West Railroad Avenues, creating a downtown business district unique to the suburban Central New Jersey landscape - a cultural hearth and center for Jamesburg.
Our Police Department (Emergency: 9-1-1 or Non-Emergency: 732-521-0011) is a thirteen person force. Mr. Marty Horvath is our police chief. The police entrance is located at the rear of the Municipal Complex on the lower level. We have three police cars, two Durangos, an Office of Emergency Management (OEM) vehicle, and a chief's car. The officers also teach D.A.R.E. classes in the schools and provide special programs for the children. The Jamesburg Police monitor sections of Thompson Park. The police department is also home to Jamesburg's Dispatching Center for the 9-1-1 system.
Fire & First Aid
Jamesburg has a great volunteer fire department (Emergency: 9-1-1 or Non-Emergency: 732-521-0011) . There are currently forty members. Their 100th birthday was celebrated on June 3, 2000. They have four pumper trucks, a ladder truck, and a pick-up truck. The Chief also has his own vehicle. Their headquarters are located at 82 West Railroad Avenue across from Veteran's Memorial Park. Throughout the year the firemen hold breakfast buffets to raise funds. Each year during Fire Safety Month the students from the John F. Kennedy School walk to the Jamesburg Fire House to watch demonstrations, to meet the firemen, and learn ways to prevent and safely manage fires.
Jamesburg First Aid Squad
(Emergency: 9-1-1 or Non-Emergency: 732-521-0339) is located on Gatzmer Avenue next to the Jamesburg Public Library and behind the Jamesburg Fire House. They currently are looking for more volunteers. To contact them via mail: P.O. Box 213, Jamesburg, NJ 08831.
The Jamesburg Animal Control Officer may be reached by calling 732-521-0011. A member of the Jamesburg Public Works or an officer from the Jamesburg Police Department will be dispatched and sent in the Animal Control vehicle to deal with both domestic and wild animals in the Borough of Jamesburg.
Parks & Recreation
Jamesburg has four great recreational parks. Veterans' Memorial Park is located on the northern side of town. It contains a memorial to veterans, trees and bushes, and is a nice place to remember our deceased warriors of war. The annual Christmas tree and menorah lighting is held in the park.
Next to the Grace M. Breckwedel School is Knights of Columbus Green Acres Park. It contains three baseball fields, two basketball courts, swings, the
Jamesburg Skate Park
, a concession stand/restrooms, and a socialization area with benches and tables.
On the southern end of town is Tillie Davison Park. It is a nice place to take the children on a summer afternoon. It is a nice shaded area. There are benches, playground equipment, and paths.
Jamesburg also lies in part of county owned Thompson Park (732-745-3900). The park is host to Manalapan Lake. It is a great fishing and canoeing spot. Also in the park is an animal area. There are deer, rabbits, goats, pigs, pheasants, and ducks at the park. The park also has recreational fields for soccer and baseball/softball. Many marked paths travel through this 675 acre park. In the woods of the park is a freshwater spring. A dog park and horse rings are located near the soccer fields.
Jamesburg boasts a great recreation department (732-521-2222 Ext. 112). It offers programs for all Jamesburg youths. There is a basketball league, cheerleading, floor hockey, baseball (Tee-ball to pony league), roller hockey, adult aerobics, and summer recreation camp.
History Is Alive
Jamesburg is alive with history. The famed
Mansion is located at 203 Buckelew Avenue, overlooking Manalapan Lake.
is open the second and fourth Sunday of every month from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. (please call 732-521-2040) and maintained by
The Jamesburg Historical Association
. The rooms are filled with splendid artifacts from Jamesburg's past. It is currently being restored, but open to the public to view. It houses the famous Lincoln Coach which was used to transport President Lincoln to the Statehouse in Trenton.
The Jamesburg High School Alumni Association
maintains a high school history room on the second floor. On the grounds are the Dingfield blacksmith shop, a smokehouse, an outhouse, and the first set of railroad tracks in Jamesburg. Jamesburg honors President Lincoln every February when the former President stops in town for a birthday celebration. In August is Buckelew Day, a celebration of Mr. James Buckelew and his contributions to Jamesburg. It is a day of fun for the whole family. There are tours, food, blacksmith demonstrations, a dixie band, 14th Regiment reenactment, and much more.
Library and Media Services
The Jamesburg Public Library
(732-521-0440) is located at 229 Gatzmer Avenue. The library has hundreds of books, magazines, and archives to expand your knowledge and imagination. The library also sells books to the public. Two computers are open to the public use for research on the internet and other general purpose use. In the basement is a whole section devoted to children's books and space for community functions.
A Post Office has been existant in Jamesburg ever since 1909. The current
Jamesburg Post Office
is located on East Railroad Avenue between Family Framers and Madison Printing Press and opened July 7, 1962. This office serves as a satellite to the Monroe Township Post Office. All normal postal services and post office boxes are available.
Jamesburg School District
(732-521-0303) is a PreK-8 district composed of two schools. The John F. Kennedy Elementary School houses pre-school through fifth grade and Grace M. Breckwedel Middle School houses sixth through eighth grades. High school students are sent to nearby Monroe Township High School, vocational schools, or other various private schools. There are currently 584 students between our two schools.
Senior Citizen Services
The Senior Citizens Center (732-521-2920) is located at 139 Stevens Avenue. An array of
are held each month for residents over sixty (60) years of age.
to Atlantic City run monthly. New members are always welcome to participate and encouraged to join.
Voting & Voter Registration In Jamesburg
To register to vote in Jamesburg, you must fill out a registration and be over eighteen (18) years of age. Registration information, party affiliation forms, and absentee ballotscan be found on the
page. Voting for all elections are held at the Jamesburg Borough Hall, 131 Perrineville Road, Jamesburg, NJ. Voting Districts include District 1, District 2, and District 3. Elections include, but are not limited to General Elections, Primary Elections, Referendums, School Board and Operating Budget, and Fire Department Budget. The yearly School Board and Operating Budget Election takes place in Aptil of each year. The Fire Budget Election is held yearly in March and is held at the Jamesburg Fire House, 82 West Railroad Avenue.
Recycling, Garbage Disposal, & Department of Public Works
in Jamesburg is run by the Middlesex County Improvement Authority. Recycling pick-up is curbside and takes place every other week. Garbage is collected weekly at the curb. Call the Borough Works Department (732-521-3335) for more information. Note: Garbage is contracted out and the Public Works do not collect it. The Jamesburg Recycling Center is located on Duane Street at the Borough Works Department Garbage.
Recycling Center Hours
Monday - Friday
7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday
8:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon
Jamesburg's Recycling Schedule
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