Califon Borough

New Jersey

  • Population: 1076
  • Size: 1 sq. mile (2.59 km2)
  • Established: 1918
  • Distance from NYC: 59
  • Distance from Philadelphia: 73
  • Distance from Newark: 44
  • Nearest Turpin Office
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    (908) 439-3300

About Califon Borough
Norman Rockwell himself might have dreamed up Califon as an ideal all-American village.  Within its one-square-mile boundary are charming Victorian-style homes on quiet streets-so quiet, in fact, the borough doesn’t even have a traffic light. Set along the banks of the South Branch of the Raritan River, Califon is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Hunterdon County, bordering Lebanon and Tewksbury Townships.

The Califon Historical Society has over 150 structures registered with the National Register of Historic Places. In keeping with its Victorian heritage, the houses are marked with wooden plaques noting the builders' names and construction dates rather than street numbers.

The Borough was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1918. Its unusual name was shortened from the original choice, California, in honor of a resident returning from that state's Gold Rush. Mail addressed "California, New Jersey" was just too confusing for the post office to handle, so the named was shortened to Califon.