Introduction to Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, in Union county, is 9 miles W of Union, New Jersey and 14 miles W of Newark, New Jersey. The town is located in the Newark metropolitan area. Berkeley Heights has a population of 13,407.
Berkeley Heights History
Peter Willcox was the first European to settle in the town of Berkeley Heights. He arrived here in 1720, after having received a land grant from the Elizabethtown Associates. Prior to this, the Lenni Lenape Native Americans inhabited this area. It was bought from them in the 17th century. The area was initially incorporated as the New Providence Township on November 8, 1809. Much later, on November 6, 1951, the township's name was changed to Berkeley Heights. The community is said to have been named after Lord John Berkeley.
Berkeley Heights and nearby Attractions
- Edison National Historic Site
- Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
- Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
- Diamond Hill Church
- Camp Lyon
- Seeleys Pond
Things To Do In Berkeley Heights
Berkeley Heights offers travelers the opportunity to visit many interesting places like the Drake House Museum, the Environmental Education Center, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Visitors can also make a trip to the nearby historic sites like the Edison National Historic Site and the Morristown National Historical Park. There is also the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, the Turtle Back Zoo, and the Reeves-Reed Arboretum. The town of Berkeley Heights itself has a beautiful church called the Diamond Hill Church.
Berkeley Heights Transportation
Newark Liberty International is the nearest major airport.
Berkeley Heights Higher Education
The nearby institutes offering higher educational facilities to residents of Berkeley Heights are Drew University, Union County College, Kean University, Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick.