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Mendham Township

Mendham Township NJ  

Also see Mendham (Borough), New Jersey.  

Mendham Township is an affluent township in Morris County, in the central portion of northern New Jersey, located more than 30 miles due west of New York City.  As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 5,400, and has a total area of 17.9 square miles, of which 0.1 square miles of it (0.67%) is water.

The township was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1798.  Portions of the township were taken to create Randolph Township in 1806.  The village of Mendham, adopted the newly created borough form of government in 1906 and withdrew from the governance of the township council.

Historic estates, picturesque farms, and large single-family homes enjoy spacious lots or multi-acre properties.  Characterized as semi-rural in a rolling hills setting, Mendham Township offers a comfortable hometown atmosphere.

NJ Monthly magazine lists Mendham Township 16th on their listing of Top Towns to Live In for 2010.  Mendham Township is ranked as the 17th wealthiest community in the state of New Jersey.  It is located on the southern border of the 10th wealthiest US county, Morris County.

Mendham Township is also the current residence of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who chose to remain in his own home and not move his family to Drumthwacket, the New Jersey Governor's Mansion, situated in Princeton, New Jersey.

Public school students in grades K-8 attend the Mendham Township Public Schools.  Schools in Mendham are Mendham Township Elementary School for grades K-4 and Mendham Township Middle School for grades 5-8.

Students in grades 9-12 for public school attend West Morris Mendham High School, which is located in Mendham and is part of the West Morris Regional High School District.  Students in the district come from the surrounding Morris County school districts of Chester, Chester Township, Mendham, Mendham Township, and from Washington Township.

The all-boys Delbarton School in neighboring Morris Township also draws a number of Mendham boys in grades 7-12.

Given that no Interstate, US or New Jersey State Highway runs very near to Mendham Township, the township has not become so much of a New York City suburb as nearby communities with much easier highway and commuter rail access.  For those heading to points outside the township, Interstate 287, County Route 510, Interstate 80, and Interstate 78 are all accessible.  Commuters can drive to nearby Morristown to access the New Jersey Transit Midtown Direct express train line into Midtown Manhattan.

Some restaurants include--
- The Black Horse Tavern (American) - 1 West Main Street, Mendham
- Sammy's Ye Old Cider Mill (Steakhouse) - 353 Mendham Rd W, Mendham
- Aoyama (Chinese and Sushi) - 86 E. Main Street, Mendham
- La Famiglia Gourmet (Italian) - 7 West Main Street, Mendham
- Dante's Italian Restaurant (Italian) - 100 East Main Street, Mendham
- Wicker Basket (Sandwich) - 84 E Main St # B, Mendham
- Country Coffee Shop (Coffee/Diner) - 84 E Main St # K, Mendham
- Mac Kenzie's Scottish Pub (Pub Food) - 84 East Main St # 88, Mendham
- Colonial Pantry (Sandwich) - 5 W Main St # 1, Mendham
- Sorrento Pizza (Italian) - 5 East Main Street, Mendham

Some nearby points of interest include--
- Mendham Golf Course - A local golf and tennis club east of Mendham.
- Roxiticus Golf Club - A local golf club southwest of Mendham.
- Schiff Nature Preserve - A local park and open space on the westside of Mendham.
- India Brook Natural Area - A local park and open space on the northside of Mendham.
- Arboretum - A local park and open space on the northside of Mendham.
- Colemans Hollow - A local park and open space north of Mendham.
- Buttermilk Falls - A local park and open space north of Mendham.
- Morristown National Historic Park - Morristown National Historical Park preserves sites in the Morristown, New Jersey area occupied by General George Washington and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War from 1779-1780.

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Brookside (also known as Water Street), Bounded by Tingley Rd., E. and W. Main Sts., Cold Hill Rd. and Cherry Ln., Mendham Township, Brookside
- Combs Hollow, Jct. of Combs Ave. and Combs Hollow Rd., S of Doby Rd., Randolph and Mendham Townships, Mount Freedom
- Gen. Nathan Cooper Mansion, W of Mendham on NJ 24, Mendham
- Ralston Historic District, 1 mi. W of Mendham at NJ 24 and Roxiticus Rd., Mendham

Historically, the first settlers were attracted to Mendham Township by the abundance of natural resources.  Here they found water to power factories, trees for fuel, and rich deposits of ore.  By 1748 the area housed iron forges, sawmills, and a gristmill along the North Branch of the Raritan River.  This early settlement became known as Ralston, after early settlers, the Ralston family.

Northeast of Ralston is India Brook, a tributary of the North Branch.  Beside this waterway are remains of iron mines, charcoal hearths, forges, kilns, a sawmill, and at least one distillery.  The road that traversed this valley was abandoned long ago, leaving these sites relatively undisturbed.

In eastern side Mendham Township, brooks that formed the upper reaches of the Whippany River attracted settlers to the valley called Water Street or Waterville, later known as Brookside.  Today Brookside is laced with tailraces, culverts, tunnels, and other conduits, which formed a complex water distribution system that powered gristmills, sawmills, and textile mills.  Other industries along "The Street" included a tannery, shoe factory, glassworks, carpet mill, and iron works.

Deposits of iron ore, mica, and limestone also attracted many settlers. Limestone was quarried in Ralston for building material, or burned in one of fifteen kilns to produce lime for fertilizer and mortar.

Following the Civil War, Mendham Township’s industrial economy declined.   Local industries found it difficult to compete with larger urban factories.  The railroad, the great engine of 19th century economic prosperity, did not arrive in the Township until 1888.  The Rockaway Valley Railroad carried agricultural goods, coal, mail, and some passengers.  The railroad’s presence never led to the development typical of the late 19th century suburbanization that so dramatically changed nearby communities such as Morristown and Madison.  The railroad operated for only 25 years.

Though manufacturing declined in Mendham Township, many people still farmed.  In fact, farming had been a major activity in the township since its settlement in the early 18th century.

Despite the present-day transformation from a rural farming community to a residential suburb, Mendham Township retains its early character through its carefully preserved homes, farm buildings, and villages.

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