Located in the heart of the Somerset Hills, Bernards Township has a rich and robust history. This upscale town was defined by two transportation-related events. In 1872 the railroad completed, opening the area to those who wished to live in the country and work in the metropolitan environment. Almost 100 years later, construction of Route 287 and later Route 78, two Interstate Highways, made commuting much easier for those seeking to live in residential climate.
Located on the Gladstone branch of the Morris & Essex line makes Basking Ridge an easy commute to New York City. The Bernards Township school district is an award winning district, boasting awards such as the Rutgers University New Jersey School of Character designation, and the Somerset County Teacher of the Year award. Ridge High is consistently ranked among New Jersey’s best in New Jersey Monthly Magazine as well as Newsweek’s annual survey of US secondary schools.
With three main business districts, from antiques and collectibles to main stream shopping malls, there is something for everyone in and around Basking Ridge. The city has a diverse and affluent population with several nationally recognized organizations headquartered here in town. Companies such Verizon and Verizon Wireless, Barnes & Noble and Sloan Kettering all have a presence here in Basking Ridge.
One of the most popular and well known points of interest in Basking Ridge is the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1960, it lies 26 miles west of New York City and seven miles south of Morristown. This 6,818 acre refuge is home to many old oak and beech trees, dozens of species of plants and over 200 species of birds.