[Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner & Lyons]

What is now Bernards township was originally formed by Royal Charter as Bernardston Townhip from remaining portions of Northern precinct. It was incorporated as Bernards Township as on of New Jersey’s initial group of 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken from Warren Township, Far Hills and Berndarsville. Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons and West Millington are ZIP codes and unincorporated areas located within Bernards Township. Bernards Township is referred to by the locals as Basking Ridge, because the town rests as a ridge where deer would bask in the sun. The terrain descends down to The Watchung Mountains which lie just to the South. Basking Ridge is characterized by the tree lined main street and a slice of history that is the heart of this charming colonial town.
General Information

24.0 Sq. Mi.
Somerset County
School Report Cards
  Ridge High (9-12)
  William Annin Middle (6-8)
  Cedar Hill (4-5)
  Oak Street (K-3)
  Liberty Corner (K-3)
  Mount Prospect (K-3)
  Bernards School District Website
Basking Ridge 07920

The area comprises almost 25 square miles surrounded by the towns of Bernardsville, Harding, Long Hill Township, Liberty Corner, Bedminster and Martinsville. Situated about 33 miles from Manhattan, the town is commuter friendly with NJ Transit bus and train service direct to Manhattan. Many of the residents settled in Basking Ridge after AT&T established corporate headquarters at the intersection of Route 287 several decades ago. Since the 1980’s Basking Ridge has seen tremendous growth. Bernards Township has a variety of single family neighborhoods, condominium and townhouses complexes, historic properties and luxury estate homes. Part of the township includes the master-planned residential development known as “The Hills” near the intersection of Routes 78 and 287. The Bernards Township Recreation department offers a variety of sport and educational opportunities for youths and adults.