Bedminster Township in Somerset County, New Jersey measures 26 square miles and has a population of about 8,165 residents, many of whom live in The Hills, a master-planned community. Named the #1 town in the state by NJ Monthly magazine in 2010, this bucolic area is located in the heart of Hunt Country yet offers a central location at the crossroads of Interstates 78 and 287. The township has four historic villages: Bedminster, Pluckemin (home of the Pluckemin Inn visited by George and Martha Washington), Lamington (site of an antique general store) and Pottersville.
Here are five things we love about Bedminster:
Three of the state s premier golf courses are located in Bedminster: Hamilton Farm Golf Club, set on the former country estate of New York financier James Cox Brady; Fiddler s Elbow, which incorporates three championship courses designed by world-famous golf architects; and Trump National , featuring two award-winning golf courses and a country club.
Fox hunts hosted by the Essex Hunt Club as well as other equestrian activities are an integral part of life in Bedminster, site of the United States Equestrian Team, where Olympic training takes place. Much of the township s land consists of horse farms, and about half its dirt or gravel back roads accommodate riders. During the 1890s, the township was a popular destination for industrialists and business magnates who relocated their families and built lavish estates among the gentle landscape here. Many of these grand estates still border one another, allowing riders contiguous access to some of the most picturesque scenery in New Jersey.
The award-winning Bedminster Township Public School houses about 620 students from pre-kindergarten through grade eight. A diverse student population includes children originally from France, Japan, Korea and India. The school was named a Benchmark School by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce as well as a Governor s School of Excellence. Closely engaged in the community, the PTO recently had a booth at Bedminster s annual Fall Fest. After graduation, students move on to the top-ranked Bernards High School, where many enter the honors program.
Bedminster residents enjoy comparatively low property taxes due to a local government that shares municipal services with bordering towns, and ratables provided by several corporate headquarters in the township. The Bedminster Municipal Building will be the site of a Field of Honor event showcasing hundreds of American flags on its front lawn. The dedication ceremony on Sunday, November 4 will recognize members of the armed forces in time for Veteran s Day.
Strict zoning codes in Bedminster were designed to retain the township s charm, country scenery and open spaces. These laws have effectively kept oversized signs and drive-through fast food chains outside Bedminster s borders. Even so, shoppers are happy that the township includes popular choices like a King s supermarket and Starbucks.
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