Stocton New Jersey
Stocton NJ is the kind of place people go looking for when they take to the byways and the “scenic routes” dotted in green on the highway maps. It comes as a surprise and delight to those who find it by chance. This is a town to be enjoyed at length, a place where curiosity is rewarded by an array of things to see and do

Stockton, located along the Delaware River north of Lambertville, was first known as Reading Ferry and subsequently Howell's Ferry. With the arrival of the railroad, the name was changed to Centre Bridge Station which corresponded to the post office and hamlet on the Pennsylvania side of the river. With the establishment of its own post office in 1851, the village was renamed Stockton. The Borough was incorporated in 1898, having been separated from Delaware Township.

The tiny town remains today as it was in the eighteenth century. for all its small size and charm, the town is presided over by an old inn. The Stockton Inn (formally known as Colligan's Stockton Inn), established in 1710, is the inn that was immortalized by Richard Rodgers in the song "There's a small hotel with a wishing well", sung in the Broadway play "On Your Toes". The inn was first built as a private residence and it is believed to have been converted in 1832.


The Delaware River Mill Society was formed to preserve and promote the buildings and site known as the Prallsville Mills. John Prall, Jr., became the owner of the site in 1794 and with his settlement the area became known as Prallsville.

Also in Stockton you will find the oldest, established in 1872, three room school house in New Jersey that is still in operation today. The school has been educating students in Stockton in grades kindergarten through the sixth grade for the past 165 plus years. Stockton School is well known for its small classes that give individual attention to each student and is compared frequently with local private schools.

Stockton Farmers Market

Stockton Farmers MarketA unique indoor marketplace brimming with locally sourced fresh food, located in the beautiful riverside town of Stockton, NJ.


Shop local purveyors and artisans, find farm fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, savory fresh breads and pastries, organic beef, free-range chicken, the best fishmonger, organic coffee and teas, smokin’ good BBQ, a chocolatier, hand made baskets and much more!


The Market Cafe will open its doors in early 2012.  A selection of fresh brewed coffee and pastries from a local french baker along with a lite cafe menu of tea sandwiches, salads and soups. The Cafe will also boast a chocolatier and floral designer all adding to the wonderful smells and tempting sites in the cafe.

 The Stockton Inn

Stockton InnThe historic Stockton Inn has an elegant restaurant, a rustic tavern, a beautiful outdoor heated Garden Bar, and cozy overnight rooms with many unique historic touches. Fine dining is served in the exquisite Mural Rooms with fireside seating during the colder months, and expands to the Glass Room as spring and summer approaches. In the warmest months of the year, savor your meal and your surroundings while dining alongside two beautiful waterfalls and gorgeous gardens on our outside covered patio.


At The Stockton Inn, history abounds. The Murals in the original dining rooms were painted by local artists during the depression in exchange for room & board for their families. Each of the murals depict a historic scene or event from the surrounding region. The Glass Dining Room has a very unique and historic Silver Dollar floor and the Tavern, or “Farmer’s Bar” has the original, molded tin ceiling, and fine mahogany wood detail throughout.

 Meil's Restaurant

Frenchtown Whether you're in the mood for meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy, potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream, corn fritters with raspberry mayonnaise, roast half chicken with stuffing, rotini with pesto, marinara sauce and goat cheese, cinnamon raisin bread custard, Michael Meil's famous seafood chowder or any of our other homemade comfort food, you've come to the right place.


For the past 18 years, we have been proud to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, 363 days a year (we close - and sleep! - on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). We would love to serve you in our funky little cafe on your next visit to the Hunterdon County/Bucks County area.

Prallsville Mills

prallsville millsAt one time the Delaware River region was dotted with mills of every size and variety. Our nation’s economic growth was strong because of the variety of industries these mills provided. It was a time when the prevalent technology meant, if you had water, you had a source of power. The very nature of this form of technology also carried its own risks; all those mills were located in flood plains. It is not surprising that few of these grand mills that helped build the economic strength of the area no longer exist.


Prallsville had continued to thrive and survive floods, fires and other natural challenges over the years because it had remained a profitable industrial site. The site’s location in relation to the changing means of transportation ensured its ability to prosper. We are fortunate to have a rare intact early industrial site, which tells the broad story of the interdependence of the development of transportation with commerce.


Today the Prallsville Mills is a resource for a wide variety of cultural, arts and community activities while also providing docent tours of the Mill Complex and the recently preserved miller’s house, the John Prall Jr. House. The Prallsville Mills site is a perfect example of how our historic sites can remain an active asset to the community today while preserving and explaining or country’s story of economic growth in relation our natural resources, transportation development and technology.




Stockton is a great NJ destination for a day trip, a weekend getaway or a part of a NJ vacation.
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