John Reading was a Proprietor of the province of West New Jersey who settled in Gloucester City, Burlington County in c. 1684. He was a member of the Council of Proprietors of West New Jersey and elected secretary on September 18, 1688. In 1703 the Provinces of East and West New Jersey were united as the Colony of New Jersey under the English Crown. John Reading was appointed to the Royal Governor's Council in December 1713 by the Gov. Hunter. In February 1714, he introduced bill in the council to create Hunterdon County as a separate county from Burlington County. By this time, he had resettled from Gloucester to the area around Stockton and called his new residence Mount Amwell. He continued to survey and purchase land in Hunterdon and Sussex counties till his death in 1717. The Mt. Amwell Project was named in his honor.
Mt. Amwell project is established to promote, educate, and publicize the historical accomplishments and contributions to the history of Hunterdon County New Jersey by the early settlers such as Col. John Reading, his contemporaries and their descendents. The organizers of the Mt. Amwell Project believe that a greater understanding of the early settlers and their importance to the cultural heritage of their county and country by the citizens of Hunterdon is important. The Project will attempt to raise awareness of the part these early settlers played in the history of county especially given the fact that the tri-centennial of the founding of the county will be observed in 2014.
Strategic Plan & Activities
The Mount Amwell Project seeks to fulfill its mission through publicly funded projects and activities that directly support the acquisition and preservation of historical information relevant to the founding settlers of Hunterdon County. The Project will collect, assemble, restore, and integrate information from artifacts, maps, books, and other sources. This information will then be made available to the public via forums, educational programs, historical societies, print media, and on-line via the project's web site. Activities might include:
Board of Directors
The Mount Amwell Project Incorporated (MTAP) is a Non Profit New Jersey Corporation. The Project is an Internal Revenue Service 501 (C) (3) exempt organization. The Project is governed by five Directors and staff support is provided by non-voting members.