[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
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.
The area comprises almost 25 square miles surrounded by the towns of
Bernardsville, Harding, Long Hill Township, Liberty Corner, Bedminster and
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.