From old antiques to vintage consignment, from holistic items to fair trade goods, from men’s pants to beautiful plants and there is still so much more in between! Whether you are looking for home décor, a thoughtful gift or just doing some retail therapy there is shopping a plenty in the borough.
You can view our business list of “Antiques, Shopping & Consignment” stores here:
With over 15 local restaurants and eateries there is sure to be something in town sink your teeth into! We have sweet treats and unique eats throughout the borough. Even if you are just looking for some old-fashioned comfort food Washington has got you covered!
You can view our business list of “Dining & Food” establishments here:
Located right downtown in the Borough Buttzville Brewing Company is a 5-barrel craft brewery focused on classic styles and new takes on the traditional beers you love. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect beer for you. Their family and dog friendly taproom and beer garden are open year-round. Grab some food from one of the local restaurants and relax with a pint!
Check out their website here:
Everyone loves a good community event and Washington Borough hosts several through out the year! We kick of the year with the annual Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair in the spring, then start the Farmer’s Market season with the annual Sustainably Green Music & Arts Festival. Next up is the largest musical festival in northwest NJ, Festival in the Borough. Spooky season brings in the hauntingly good times of the Day of the Dead Celebration and Hometown Halloween events. Finally, we celebrate the coming of the holidays with Operation Toy Train charity event and Hometown Holiday. All of our borough events are family friendly and feature local businesses, artisans, and performers! We also have multiple networking events and recognition events throughout the year.
You can view more info on any of our events here:
The annual Sustainably Green Music & Arts Festival kicks off our Farmers’ Market season, which runs from mid-June through the end of September. The market takes over the midtown parking lot every Saturday during the season from 10am to 2pm. Aside from multiple local farmers bringing their freshest produce the market also offers local artisans, vendors, and activities for the kids. Keep an eye on the schedule as each week is a different theme and often has a variety of entertainment.
You can view more info about the Farmers’ Market here:
It's never too late to learn a craft! There are a handful of places here in the borough where you can take a hands-on class. The NJ School of Woodworking is set out to grow the craft of woodworking through instruction and hands on experience in a friendly relaxed environment. Clara’s Stained-Glass Studio not only sells beautifully crafted pieces, but they also offer classes to learn how to create you own. Or swing by Kathy’s Kove for a spot of tea and knitting class. Whether you are looking to master a new craft or are just looking for a hobby to be social there is plenty to do in town.
You can view our business list of “Entertainment” and “Toys, Hobbies & Games” here:
The Karen Nash Memorial Butterfly Garden is an award-winning garden where people of all ages are engaged in caring for the quarter acre wildlife habitat and pollinator garden. Open to the public, the garden offers instruction in gardening, helping the environment and working together. The gardens are open during daylight hours for self guided tours.
You can view more info about the butterfly garden here:
The Shabbacong Mountain Preserve offers an 80-acre slice of woodland paradise hidden right on the outskirts of the borough. In collaboration with the Washington Borough Green Team the preserve offers a two-mile trail and more trails planned for development. Wildlife abounds in this serene environment, perfect for a nature hike or a mountain bike ride.
You can view more info about the Shabbacong Mountain Preserve here:
Washington borough is filled with architecture out of time. Aside from the many of the original building facades in the downtown area the surrounding residential area is lined with old Victorian homes and unique domiciles. Vintage masonry and old brick lines the streets of the borough sometimes giving it a feeling of a small town out of time. The United Methodist Church on Washington Avenue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the brick spires of the First Presbyterian Church on Church Street can be seen throughout town.
Washington Borough has a rich history! It separated from Washington Township, which completely surrounds it, in 1868 and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the borough became a Mecca of musical instruments manufacturers. It was hub for building instruments such as the melodeon and piano but in particular the manufacture of organs. This industry created a bustling downtown, and many affluent members of Washington society built many beautiful Victorian style mansions in the borough.
In the early 1900’s The Easton-Washington Traction Company had a trolley line that ran through Washington Borough. The fare from Washington to Phillipsburg was 25 cents. Washington Borough was also a transportation hub that had its own train station off Railroad Ave. The station was built in 1900 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 3, 1979, as Washington Railroad Station. The station was sadly demolished in 1982.
During 1910-1914 the borough was home to the Skalla Park and Amusement Pavilion which provided good time dancing, roller skating, merry-go-round and more between State and Stewart Streets. Washington Borough was full of recreation and art sites throughout the years from the old Washington Theater to the downtown Beatty building which used to house a opera house on the upper floors.
You can learn more about the history of Washington Borough here: