1688 Daniell Coxe, Governor of West Jersey, acquires rights to a tract of land from 11 Leni Lenape Indians; this land includes all of what later becomes Hopewell Township.
1697 The village of Maidenhead is established in Burlington County/West Jersey. The town is renamed Lawrence in 1816 to honor Captain James Lawrence, a naval war hero from the War of 1812 famous for saying, "Don't give up the ship!"
1699 Hopewell Township is incorporated as part of then-Burlington County. Boundaries include all of present day Hopewell Township, Hopewell and Pennington boroughs, most of Ewing Township, and much of the City of Trenton north of Assunpink Creek.
1714 The portion of Burlington County north of the Assunpink (including Hopewell Township) is set off, establishing Hunterdon County.
1719 The Township of Trenton is established from the southern part of Hopewell Township.
1750 King George III created the Township of Windsor in the southern part of then-Middlesex County
1790 The village of Trenton in Trenton Township became New Jersey's capital.
1792 The City of Trenton is formally incorporated within Trenton Township.
1797 When residents disagree about how to maintain public roads, the New Jersey Legislature divides Windsor Township to form East Windsor Township and West Windsor Township.
1798 The New Jersey Legislature officially incorporates the State's initial group of 104 townships. East Windsor, Hopewell, Maidenhead (now Lawrence), Nottingham (now Hamilton), Trenton, and West Windsor Townships are part of the original 104.
1813 Princeton Borough is incorporated. (In part, this was requested because the town lay in two counties, Somerset and Middlesex which made management of the town difficult.) Parts of West Windsor Township and Montgomery Township in Somerset County are set off to create Princeton Borough.
1834 The name of Trenton Township is formally changed to Ewing Township in honor of Charles Ewing, former Chief Justice of the New Jersey State Supreme Court.
1838 Mercer County is formed by the New Jersey Legislature using parts of Burlington, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Somerset Counties. The new county is named for Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer who died at the Battle of Princeton.
1838 Princeton Township is incorporated using portions of West Windsor Township in Middlesex County and Montgomery Township in Somerset County.
1840 South Trenton is incorporated as a borough from portions of Nottingham Township. The borough is annexed to Trenton in 1851.
1842 Hamilton is incorporated from portions of the former Nottingham Township.
1853 The NJ Legislature officially incorporates Hightstown Borough from land within East Windsor Township.
1859 Washington Township (now Robbinsville Township) is established from part of East Windsor by the New Jersey Legislature.
1872 Chambersburg is independently incorporated from part of Hamilton Township. It is annexed to Trenton in 1888.
1882 Millham Township, a neighborhood in the southern portion (just below the Brunswick Circle) of Lawrence Township secedes to become an independent municipality. In 1888 it was annexed to Trenton.
1890 Pennington secedes from Hopewell Township and is established as an independent borough.
1891 Hopewell secedes from Hopewell Township and is incorporated as an independent borough.
1891 Wilbur is incorporated as a town from part of Hamilton Township. It is annexed to Trenton in 1898.
1894 Princeton Borough is incorporated as a fully independent municipality.
1915 Hopewell Borough and Pennington expand to their current configurations by annexing additional land from Hopewell Township
1970 Twin Rivers, the first planned unit development in New Jersey, opens on the eastern side of East Windsor Township.
2008 The name of Washington Township is changed by a vote of township residents to Robbinsville Township (named after George R. Robbins, a prominent township resident who served in Congress in the mid-1800s).