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About Basking Ridge

  • Generals Washington and Lafayette and their colonial troops rested under the old oak tree at the Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) Presbyterian Churchyard.
  • Uniforms were sewn for the Northern soldiers during the Civil War in Basking Ridge (Bernards Township).
  • The Chief Surgeon of the Union Army built a home in downtown following the war.
  • Liberty Corner was a popular summer resort, with vacationers staying at local homesteads and dairy farms.  A carriage would meet guests at the Lyons depot.
  • Governor Woodrow Wilson made a speech on the village green in Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) prior to World War II.
  • Colonel John Jacob Astor IV donated stones to build the Methodist Church, 14 years before he perished in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
  • Samuel Owen of Newark, a pharmaceutical magnate, built his English Tudor mansion in 1912, now Township Hall.

The Lenni-Lenape Indians were the first known inhabitants of the Bernards Township area.

The area was purchased by John Harrison, agent of King James III of England in 1717, from Chief Nowenoik of the Lenapes, a real estate package of 3,000 acres for $50.  The remainder of the Township’s land was bought later that year by William Penn.  In 1733 the name Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) first appeared in ecclesiastic records of the Presbyterian Church.

Since the early 1700s Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) has grown to fit into the gentle landscape of rolling hills, brooks and streams.  Modern day Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) boasts a top tier school system, homes of all size and character and a hometown charm.  The downtown area has maintained the historical feel and charm of days of old.

Perfectly situated in Somerset County, Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) allows a direct access to Manhattan by train or bus.  The beaches and the mountains are within an hour’s drive.

Basking Ridge (Bernards Township) has much to offer including Pleasant Valley Park and Pool, Harry Dunham Park, Southard Park, public tennis courts, golf, a roller hockey rink, a state of the art Little League complex, riding stables, nature trails, the Somerset Hills YMCA, The VNA Adult Day Care Center, Fellowship Village Retirement Living Center as well as numerous restaurants, shops and town festivals.  It is an ideal place to settle for the young or young at heart with services to match anyone’s needs.