October 26, 2016

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Welcome to the Borough of Franklin

Franklin Borough, incorporated in 1913, is located in beautiful Sussex County.  The Borough has a population of just over 5,000 people with an area of 4.6 square miles.  Known as the “Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World”, Franklin Borough is widely recognized for its rich ore body containing more than 150 minerals, many of which have fluorescent properties.  A number of these minerals are found nowhere else in the world.

Franklin has a rich mining history.  Zinc and iron were mined by small companies in the 1800’s.  In 1897 the New Jersey Zinc Company took control of mining operations and became a major influence in the Borough’s development until the mine closed in 1954.

Today, the Borough’s strategic location and natural beauty have helped it achieve recognition as a great place to live and  shop.  Franklin’s amenities include a beautiful pond recreation area, schools and parks in a rural setting with the added convenience of nearby commercial activities.  The Route 23 corridor is truly a destination for retail shopping and banking while other areas in the Borough retain the distinctive character and down home advantages of small town living.

The Borough’s many volunteer groups and institutions support the town and contribute to a strong sense of community pride.  The Fire Department, First Aid Squad, Recreation, American Legion, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Historical Society, senior groups, churches and numerous other organizations provide the essential services and amenities that make Franklin Borough a great place to live.

This website is a resource to help residents and visitors become better acquainted with Franklin, get information and assist in doing business in the Borough.


  • “Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs” program.This week’s episode of Discover DEP is now live on the DEP website. It focuses on the “Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs” program, which was implemented statewide by Governor Christie in 2012. Liz Jackson, Senior Public Information Specialist in the Division of Fish and Wildlife within DEP, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss this unique and nationally recognized program as well as the opportunities and benefits that it has for the young people of New Jersey.This episode can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/podcast/.For more information on the HOFNOD program, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/hofnodnj.htm and http://njfishandwildlife.com/.In addition to accessing the podcast on the DEP homepage, you can download our podcasts and subscribe to future editions through iTunes and Google Play.The podcast is produced by the Office of Communications and the Division of Information Technology. If you have suggestions for future podcasts, or other feedback, please emailpodcast@dep.nj.gov.NOTE – Franklin residents can boat, kayak and fish for free at the pond ( unless state license required)

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Immaculate Conception Students Volunteer to Update Basketball Nets at Franklin Pond

Twin brothers, Mylan and Bryce Walilko, who were sixth grade honor students at Immaculate Conception Regional School, presented a plan to clean, replace nets and refurbish the two basketball nets at the pond. The Mayor and Council supported their efforts, and Administrator Alison Littell McHose and Councilman Bob Dabinett presented citations to the twin brother during the last week of school. Mrs. Marie McKeever was the advisor for this project.


L-R: McHose, Mylan Walilko, Bryce Walilko and Councilman Dabinett.

This is Ben Muller from Troop 90 in Franklin who is repairing the benches at the pond for his Eagle Scout project!

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New Jersey Government Energy Aggregation Program

JCPL Notice
Franklin Borough Water Quality Report 2015
Sussex County Mosquito Control Information
Franklin Elementary School Budget
Area E Redevelopment Information
Housing Partner Foreclosure Intervention Center
Workshop – New Jersey and National – Registers of Historic Places