Originally a planned community, the woodsy borough of Mountain Lakes is notable for its stucco-and-stone Arts-and-Crafts style houses—often referred to as Hapgood homes, after the developer Herbert J. Hapgood, who built almost 500 houses here. There really are lakes in Mountain Lakes—nine of them. Residents—sometimes called Lakers—enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities in the many parks, including swimming at Birchwood Lake or Island Beach on Mountain Lake. Conveniences include a train station and a few small shops on Midvale Road.
It’s no surprise that the state’s most affluent town should also have high taxes, but that doesn’t seem to have dimmed its citizens’ pride of place—as is evident in this year’s centennial celebrations.
“There’s an incredible amount of citizens involved in committees,” says borough manager Barry Lewis. “People are very civic orientated and willing to volunteer.”
At least Mount Holly has a wandering creek (Rancocas) and a mole hill called the Mont. It is the county seat. But it sure is not a Moorestown.
Posted by: George Martin, Mount Holly | Aug 24, 2011 21:43:42 PM |
Mountain Lakes was a magical place to grow up and it is amazing how many Lakers remain in touch, are celebrating the centennial of the town this year and have fond memories of the outdoorsy, down to earth and hidden charms of the town we all called home for our formidable years.
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