History of Bernards Township
Somerset County, New Jersey
Bernards Township includes the communities:
1717 John Harrison purchased 3,000 acres (including some of the future territory of Bernards Township) for $50 from Lenni Lenape Chief Nowenock.
1717 William Penn bought another 7,000 acres (also part of the future Bernards Township).
1758 to 1760 Sir Francis Bernard, Colonial governor of New Jersey.
1760 George III of Great Britain established the predecessor of the Township called Bernardston Township.
1775-1782 American Revolution. There were 100 area men who joined the colonial militia.
1776 (December) Continental Army General Charles Lee, second in command to George Washington, captured by the British here.
Lord Stirling led the New Jersey Militia and was a Brigadier General in the Continental Army. He led troops in battle on Long Island, and in the battles of Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth.
c. 1800 the future Borough Hall of Bernardsville Borough built and known as Bunns Mill (grist mill, sawmill, cider mill and distillery).
1804 the Coffee House on North Maple constructed. This New Jersey frame
farm house served as both residence and crossroads tavern and was a center of
activity and entertainment.
1839 the Greek Revival Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church built and still stands.
Bernardsville Borough was originally a section of Bernards Township know as Vealtown.
1840 Vealtown became Bernardsville, named after Colonial Governor Sir Francis Bernard.
mid 1800s in the future Bernardsville Borough, end of the operation of Bunns Mill.
1861-1865 Civil War.
After the Civil War many wealthy New Yorkers came to the area as summer visitors of the Bernardsville Mountain. They later became permanent residents.
1872 the railroad line built through Bernardsville.
1924 Bernardsville become a separate borough when it split from Bernards
1931 the one-story Tudor Revival Lyons Station built. It was designed by noted architect, D.T. Mack.
Today Bernardsville Borough has a population of 7,345 residents.
New Jersey Estates.net: Bernards Township; http://www.newjerseyestates.net/pages/bernards.htm
Bernardsville Borough: Benardsville History http://www.bernardsvilleboro.org/pages01/history.html