Mayor William J. Chegwidden
welcomes you to
the Borough of Wharton,
Morris County, New Jersey Located in the heart of Morris County.
Wharton is a terrific town full of pride, tradition, and progress!
The one word that describes Wharton, that’s easy, Mayberry.
Do you remember Mayberry? That tiny little town from the Andy Griffith show? That’s what we have here. A town of neighborhoods filled with kids playing in the parks. We have second and third generation mom and pop businesses that still serve their patrons by calling them by their first name. A Main Street which is filled with flower baskets and American flags. Our Christmas time is filled with wreaths and lights everywhere. Where we still all come together to see the town Christmas tree lit by our Mayor. We sing carols and spend time together over hot chocolate and cookies. Santa is delivered on the fire truck to visit the kids. We still have a butcher shop, a barber shop with the red and blue pole out front, and a mailman who still walks door to door.
Our town offers its residents many different ways to get involved and stayed connected with each other. We have a Valentine’s Day Skate on our canal, spring concerts on Sundays in our Gazebo, we hold our town festival called “Canal Day” which brings awareness to the last working lock in New Jersey and a piece of the Old Morris Canal. There are kayak rides and houseboat rides on the canal and a walking tour of its history. With many vendors and fun activities we bring in over 5000 people to our town for Canal day and fireworks. We have turned our old train trestle base into a beautiful stage that now hosts our bands. Hallo Wharton is our family friendly night for trick or treating, costume parades, haunted houses, a pumpkin float and music. All the local businesses get involved and it’s a wonderful night. We have a “Wharton Pride Day” when we all roll up our sleeves and grab a rake or container and clean up town. We recycle, clean up the waterways, plant flowers at our parks and schools, or help a resident in need. Then we end the day with a picnic together in the park.
Around town we have brand new tennis courts, volleyball court, basketball courts and many different playgrounds for kids. We have turned an under-utilized piece of property overlooking the waterfall on our pond into a beautiful park for residents to sit and enjoy the waterfront.
We reach out to our local businesses by sending out an advocate to see what the Borough can do to help them be more successful. Whether it’s with our local small business days, or the job fairs we hold semi-annually to try and find jobs in town for those seeking employment. We want to grow and prosper together. We have a Main Street Revitalization team that is committed to the progress and vitality of our down town. We encourage residents to work where you live.
For our children, our cup runneth over. We want every child in town to have the same opportunities. So we offer free full day preschool to those who qualify financially. We have a library in town that is truly our community focal point. We hold art exhibits, workshops, trainings, tutoring and an amazing staff there to help everyone who enters. The library has a free summer reading program. The children go on trips, have special programs and performances, we even feed them lunch when they come. We want our children to be lifelong learners and there is no better start than with the library.
We offer a free summer recreation program. All Wharton children can attend six weeks of games, crafts, trips and sports. They have a movie night, cooking classes, tennis lessons and more. They all come together and have a wonderful summer in our park with our staff and counselors.
This is just some of what we have to offer here in Wharton. We do it because we believe in the people, the strength of commitment and the chance to stay in that small town mindset with progress always on the horizon. Through a 10-12 year carefully planned and maintained budget, our community will be debt free by the year 2016. Our residents have the luxury of all this and peace of mind that we are a financially sound entity.
Wharton, there’s no better place to live.