Introduction to Bernardsville, New Jersey
Bernardsville was initially a part of Bernards Township, which was established on February 21, 1798. Until 1840, the area was known as Vealtown. It was renamed Bernardsville in honor of the Colonial governor of New Jersey, Sir Francis Bernard. The first railroad line in the area, the Gladstone Branch, was laid in the area in 1872. The railroad played a significant role in the growth and development of the community. On March 6, 1924, Bernardsville was officially incorporated. After the Civil War, the community witnessed an influx of wealthy and prominent New Yorkers. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and actress Meryl Streep have each resided in Bernardsville.
Bernardsville and nearby Attractions
- American Labor Museum
- Waterloo Village
- Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
- Reeves-Reed Arboretum
- Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
- Washington Rock State Park
Things To Do In Bernardsville
The Drake House Museum, the Morris Museum, the Whippany Railway Museum and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm are some of the museums in the area. Bernardsville is also close to historic sites like the Waterloo Village, Liberty Hall, Edison National Historic Site and the Van Riper-Hopper House. Washington Rock State Park, Hacklebarney State Park and North Branch Park offer opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and hiking. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Somerset Hills Country Club.
Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.
Bernardsville Higher Education
The County College of Morris, Drew University and Raritan Valley Community College are some of the colleges accessible from Bernardsville.