Our History

What started in 1917 in a home on Nottingham Way has evolved through four generations of family ownership into one of the premier insurance agencies. Founded by the current owners’ great-grandfather, Nottingham Insurance continues a long tradition of providing family and business insurance services as well as a strong commitment to the communities in which they serve.

In 1917, Major Voorhees Nutt started the Nutt Agency. Most of the customers of the agency back then were farmers who resided in the Hamilton area. His son Stanley, joined the firm in 1938 and eventually became owner of the agency after his father retired. Stanley continued the tradition of insuring many families and their businesses throughout the Hamilton community.

Stanley Nutt had a daughter named Beverly who worked part time in the agency. Beverly married Jack Blair who eventually resigned from General Motors in 1966 and began working with Stanley learning the insurance business. He continued to focus on insuring residences and local businesses and becoming a very strong community independent insurance agency in Hamilton. Jack served on many local community boards over the years including the Hamilton Area YMCA, Hamilton Grange and Hamilton Rotary. He enjoyed coaching the little league baseball and soccer teams while his two sons played through the years.

In 1972, Jack brought a partner into the business, Peter Heberling, so he could spend more time with his family without stressing the agency. The partners decided to change the name of the agency to Nottingham Insurance. It was a simple decision since the agency was located on Nottingham Way and the original name of Hamilton, NJ was the Township of Nottingham.

Jack Blair’s sons, Jack Blair, Jr. and Greg Blair, joined the agency in the 1980s and were able to purchase the agency in 1994. During the following 10 years, Nottingham Insurance would grow from a seven-person firm to over 30 employees and expanded their services to Yardley, PA with the merger of Fell & Moon Company. Fell & Moon was also a generational agency dating back 100 years. With the merger, Peter Toft joined the firm as a partner and manages the Yardley, PA office.

All three (3) partners believe in giving back to the community that serves them. They have taken leadership roles in many community and non-profit organizations as outlined in the “Community Services” in the “About Us” section of the website.

Nottingham Insurance is a nationally recognized Best Practices Agency since 1998 and a proud member of Trusted Choice. Nottingham Insurance has the ability to handle the personal insurance needs of individuals and families, the commercial needs for small and mid middle-market businesses, and the benefits needs for group health and individual as well as estate planning needs including annuities and life insurance. With over 30 employees and 15 insurance companies, Nottingham Insurance has the ability and choice to find the right company for each of their clients, and become their partner and advocate in the insurance buying process.

It is trust that has been built a foundation of over 95 years of doing the right things for their clients. Less than 7% of businesses today make it to the fourth generation, and we take a lot of pride in our longevity. Our staff works very hard to ensure that we are the independent agent of choice in our community. We value the relationships we have formed and realize that they are an important part of our success.

Nottingham Insurance has been recognized as Small Business of the Year by the Hamilton Township Economic Development Commission and the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, as well as a recipient of the Community Enrichment Award given out by the Hamilton Area YMCA.

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