SOMERSET COUNTY

County Offices
20 Grove Street
Somerville 908-231-7000
www.co.somerset.nj.us

Chamber of Commerce
360 Grove Street
Bridgewater 908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Major Highways
Interstates 78 and 287; U.S. Highway 22, State Routes 202, 206

Nestled peacefully in its picturesque hills, the communities of Somerset County are a study in rich history and diversity. In sleepy little villages, the 19th century lingers in the scent of freshly grown herbs, wildflowers, and flourishing vineyards. At the same time, Somerset’s ideal location, quality workforce, and abundance of natural resources have marked it for incredible industrial expansion and economic leadership in growing townships and boroughs.

Just 40 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia, Somerset County enjoys a location that affords easy access to major national markets and millions of consumers. Enhanced by a high standard of living, this area has experienced a tremendous influx of industrial activity, elevating it to the status of a preferred center for world and national corporate headquarters. Research firms, distributors, and light manufacturing operations have all found a desirable home in this naturally beautiful environment with lush rolling hills and open space.

 

Services
Well-served by Interstates 287 and 78, Somerset County’s network of highway connections includes U.S. Highway 22, State Routes 202 and 206, and County Road 28. Bus service is provided by various operators that include New Jersey, Plainfield, and Suburban Transits. While local airports meet limited needs, the Philadelphia and Newark International Airports provide expanded state-of-the-art services. Residents enjoy easy access to some of the nation’s finest medical research centers, treatment facilities, and teaching hospitals in Princeton, Philadelphia, and New York City. They can also take advantage of the first-rate health care attention available at Somerset Medical Center. Walk-in emergency care, small clinics, and a core group of skilled professionals combine with an excellent caliber of community and social services to ensure residents of around-the-clock resources. The regional veteran’s healthcare center is also located in Somerset County.

Progressive and far-sighted, the public school system of Somerset County is complemented by a selection of private and parochial schools that provide alternative learning environments. Recognizing the need for restructuring, educational reform, and meeting the specialized needs of each student, Somerset schools excel in developing programs for gifted and challenged students. Small classes, individualized attention, well-equipped classrooms, and a cooperative community attitude enhance a strong core curriculum.

Adult classes and continuing education opportunities are readily available in Somerset’s Vocational Program and through the efforts of local school boards. Vocational and technical training in a variety of areas combine with classes as diverse as gardening, electrical repair, holiday decorating, or pet care. Students pursuing a higher education can earn two-year degrees at Raritan Valley Community College or seek entrance into any number of highly respected colleges or universities located within a reasonable commuting distance.

 

Lifestyle
Rich in historic legacy, Somerset County holds a treasure of vintage homes, farmsteads, meeting houses, parsonages, and taverns. The county also rivals the diversity of New York and Philadelphia with its distinctive cultural center, drawing top entertainers in every one of the performing arts. A focal point for these programs and performances is the theater located on the Raritan Valley Community College campus in Branchburg. Professional regional venues are also available within an easy drive in New Brunswick and Princeton. Somerset residents are encouraged to discover their own unique talents by participating in community theater groups and exhibitions or by taking classes.

Acres of lush county parks as well as scenic hills and valleys grace the Somerset County terrain, providing ample opportunities for a variety of sports and entertainment. Hiking trails, golf courses, tennis courts, skating rinks, sports facilities, and league sports are appreciated and frequented. However, Somerset County has made a unique mark in the success of its annual events. In addition to drawing record crowds, these festivities raise thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations. Most notable is the Tour of Somerville with the prestigious Kugler-Anderson Memorial Day Bicycle Races, known as the Kentucky Derby of cycling. Equestrian competitive events also rank high on the list of Somerset County attractions. Gladstone, with its idyllic country setting and lush open spaces, is the favored home of the U.S. Equestrian Team.

Somerset County claims more than its share of unique jewels, among them the Rudolf van der Goot Rose Garden. More than 4,000 rose plants and sensory and fragrance sections are featured in this sprawling arboretum that sprawls well over five acres. Another favorite is the Delaware & Raritan Canal, a linear park that winds through the county and creates opportunities for boating, canoeing, fishing, picnicking, and relaxation. Homes in Somerset range from meticulously restored vintage homes to sprawling ranches complete with generous acreage. With its excellent schools, pastoral setting, beautiful parks, first-rate shopping areas, cultural amenities, and quality community services, Somerset County provides an ideal setting capable of supporting any number of chosen lifestyles.

 

Bedminster Township
Municipal Offices
908-212-7000
www.bedminster.us

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Beautiful hills, estates, farmland, trout streams, historic sites, and picturesque horse farms characterize Bedminster Township. This area encompasses Bedminster Village, Burnt Mills, Lamington, Pottersville, Pluckemin, Tewksbury, and Union Grove. New developments are abundant in this region, from single-family homes to condominiums and townhomes. Equestrian sports and facilities play a major role in daily life for many of the township residents, although facilities for outdoor activities of all types are expanding along with the growing population. A golf club and acres of parks and preserves grace the area.

 

Bernards Township
Municipal Offices
908-766-2510
www.bernards.org

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Somerset Hills, semi-rural Bernards Township includes the communities of Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons, and West Millington. The township is dotted with the estates and residences of New York City executives. Offering a rare blend of historic interest and rural ambiance, Bernards features easy access to urban amenities, an attractive setting, and unspoiled wetlands and woodlands. In recent years, a number of businesses have settled in this area. Recreational amenities include 300 acres of parks and preserves, athletic fields, tennis courts, and swimming pools. Adjacent Bernardsville Borough adds a recreation center and a private golf club.

 

Bernardsville Borough
Municipal Offices
908-766-3000
www.bernardsvilleboro.org

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

 

Once a part of Bernards Township, delightful Bernardsville Borough has preserved the charm of yesterday in the midst of growth. This residential area offers scenic hillsides punctuated by single-family homes and lovely estates. Residents enjoy their own New Jersey Transit rail station with service to Newark and New York, and Route 202 runs through the borough. In addition to a quality school system, the borough features a substantial business district. Recreational amenities include parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, a recreation center, a private golf course and swim club.

 

Bound Brook, South Bound Brook
Bound Brook Offices
732-356-0833
www.boundbrook-nj.org
S. Bound Brook Offices
732-356-0258
www.sbbnj.com

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

The quiet community of Bound Brook Borough is historically significant as the site where the Betsy Ross flag was first flown. Enjoying an ideal location, Bound Brook residents have easy access to major local routes, the Garden State Parkway, and the New Jersey Turnpike. Local vitality and spirit make this an active and enjoyable community. Equally rich in history, South Bound Brook Borough treasures include the 1690 home where Baron Von Steuben entertained George and Martha Washington. Recreational amenities include lush neighborhood parks, playgrounds, tennis courts, and league sports. Bound Brook offers a public swimming pool and nearly 70 acres of preserves and parkland.

 

Branchburg Township
Municipal Offices
908-526-1300
www.branchburg.nj.us

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Encompassing the hamlets of North Branch and Neshanic Station, semi-rural Branchburg Township preserves a touch of yesterday’s small-village atmosphere. Industry and commerce flourish, although mass transportation opportunities are available for commuters. Careful planning and strict zoning ensure controlled growth and a pleasing mix of residential areas and business sectors. Branchburg is also characterized as a “college town,” home of Raritan Valley Community College. More than 220 acres of parks and preserves are enhanced by such recreational facilities as a nature trail, a handball court, tennis courts, an ice-skating pond, athletic fields, and picnic areas.

 

Bridgewater Township
Municipal Offices
908-725-6300
www.bridgewaternj.gov

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Although Bridgewater Township is home to a significant industrial sector, its appeal lies within six hamlets — each offering distinctive features such as beautiful countryside, quiet neighborhoods, sophisticated retail district, and modern office buildings. Bridgewater encompasses the small communities of Martins­ville, Finderne, Bradley Gardens, Green Knoll, Somerville Manor, and Sunset Lake. The best of small-town living within easy access to major transportation routes makes the township a popular choice. Recreational amenities include local and county parks, athletic fields, tennis courts, and a public swimming pool.

 

Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone
Far Hills Offices
908-234-0611
Peapack-Gladstone Offices
908-234-2250
www.pgborough.com

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Covering five square miles, Far Hills Borough preserves a picturesque country atmosphere with zoning regulations that require a 10-acre minimum lot size. This prestigious address features a charming village center and the U.S. Golf Association Museum and Library. The twin communities of Peapack-Gladstone are well-known in equestrian circles, with Gladstone serving as headquarters for the United States Equestrian Team. The area combines farmland, commerce, industry, apartments, single-family homes, and beautiful 19th-century estates. Outdoor recreation is available in nearby state and county parks. Closer to home are hiking and bicycling trails and equestrian activities.

 

Franklin Township
Municipal Offices
732-873-2500
www.franklintwpnj.org

Chamber of Commerce
732-545-7044
www.franklinchamber.com

Franklin Township is a diverse community with rural, farmland, suburban, and urban residential areas as well as substantial industry and commerce. With its favorable tax base and burgeoning corporate offices along Interstate 287, Franklin is a vital promising area that is expected to continue its growth trend well into the new millennium. Quaint old villages filled with premier historic sites are scattered throughout the township, including Griggstown, Middle­bush, and East Millstone. Recreational amenities include golf courses, Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, and more than 1,200 acres of parks and preserves.

 

Green Brook, Watchung
Green Brook Offices
732-968-1023
www.greenbrooktwp.org
Watchung Offices
908-756-0080
www.watchungnj.com

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Characterized as a bedroom community, Green Brook Township is divided by Route 22. South of the highway are homes dating back from 20 to 40 years that provide a well-maintained housing selection in welcoming neighborhoods. The hilly northern end features more expansive homes on larger lots from two to three acres. The Route 22 corridor features businesses, commercial establishments, eateries, and fine shops. Similar in size and character, Watchung Borough attracts newcomers to its densely wooded rolling hills, large residential lots, and peaceful valley lifestyle. State parks are nearby for expanded opportunities for outdoor recreation. Private clubs, tennis courts, athletic fields, and local parks are close to home.

 

Hillsborough, Millstone
Hillsborough Offices
908-369-4313
www.hillsborough-nj.org
Millstone Borough Offices
908-281-6893
www.millstoneboro.org

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Requiring one-acre lots, expansive Hillsborough Township ensures room to stretch and grow. Characterized by acres of rich farmland and rolling hills, the countryside features primarily newer construction. Several small villages throughout the township offer a charming small-town atmosphere and quiet neighborhoods, including Neshanic, South Branch, Flagtown, Belle Mead, and Blackwell’s Mills. Industrial zones offer excellent opportunities for business, and Duke Gardens is a regional attraction. The small borough of Millstone is distinguished by vintage homes and a quaint historic district. Parks, swimming pools, private clubs, tennis courts, and supervised programs are among the recreational amenities.

 

Manville Borough
Municipal Offices
908-725-9478
www.manvillenj.org

Chamber of Commerce
732-545-7044
www.franklinchamber.com

Once a part of Hillsborough Township, Manville Borough offers a multi-ethnic community distinguished by a strong sense of civic pride, local festivities, and well-developed social services. A convenient mix of commercial and industrial development thrives in this primarily residential area of long-established neighborhoods. Well-kept older homes harmonize with newer construction. Most notable of the community events throughout the year is the popular Sacred Heart Fair, drawing large numbers of summertime visitors to the borough. Residents enjoy local parks, an active recreation program, athletic fields, and league sports.

 

Montgomery, Rocky Hill
Montgomery Offices
908-359-8211
www.montgomery.nj.us
Rocky Hill Offices
609-924-7445
www.rockyhill-nj.gov

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Proud of its agricultural heritage, Montgomery Township has preserved its rural charm in spite of an influx of commerce and industry. Local shopping, easy access to key urban centers, and a strong economic base add to the area’s allure. This thriving community just six miles from Princeton boasts a rich history, excellent schools, diverse recreation, and a commitment to preserving open land and protecting natural resources. The result is a harmony of rural and suburban lifestyles in a cosmopolitan region. The small Borough of Rocky Hill has managed to retain its original historic charm through civic pride and controlled growth. Recreational amenities include Montgomery Park, Southland Mountain Park Reserve, sport facilities, and private clubs.

 

North Plainfield
Municipal Offices
908-769-2900
www.northplainfield.org

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

From its genesis as a planned neighborhood in the 1800s, North Plainfield has evolved into a pleasing residential community with considerable commercial activity. Victorian mansions still grace the tree-lined streets of the Washington Park Historic District. Just 23 miles from Manhattan, this small-town setting is convenient to Routes 22, 78, and 287. Green Acres parkland, sports and playground facilities, the 4H center, Vermeule Arts Center, and a senior center are highlights of this proud community. The central business district is utilizing a Main Street New Jersey grant to foster economic growth, while Route 22 offers a commercial corridor. Housing options include fine older single-family homes and newer construction.

 

Raritan, Somerville
Raritan Offices
908-231-1300
www.raritanboro.org
Somerville Offices
908-725-2300
www.somervillenj.org

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Historic Raritan Borough is proud of its well-preserved heritage and small-town ambiance. Residents enjoy quiet neighborhoods in close proximity to the county seat of Somerville, which serves as a professional and residential community for commuters to surrounding urban centers. Downtown Somerville attractions include a vibrant shopping and restaurant district, an annual outdoor arts and crafts fair, classic car displays, and starlight concerts in the summertime. The borough is also home to Somerset Medical Center and many professional and medical offices. Lush parks and tranquil preserves dot the area, offering recreational opportunities and open space for relaxation.

 

Warren Township
Municipal Offices
908-753-8000
www.warrennj.org

Chamber of Commerce
908-218-4300
www.scbp.org

Once a crossroads for travelers between Pennsylvania and East Jersey, Warren Township is a suburban community of single-family homes on expansive lots of an acre or larger. Chubb and Son, Inc. is headquartered in the township, which also hosts several shopping malls like Bardy Farms, Pheasant Run, and Mountain Crest Mall. Convenient to several major highways, the township provides post secondary opportunities at Raritan Valley Community College. Close to home are abundant recreational resources including acres of parks and preserves, playgrounds, athletic fields, league sports, country clubs, golf courses, a swimming pool, a senior center, tennis courts, and equestrian attractions.

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