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South Plainfield is a Borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  As of the 2000 United States Census, the borough population was 21,810, and a total area of 8.4 square miles, of which 0.04 square miles of it (0.48%) is water.

South Plainfield is bordered by Piscataway on the south and west, Edison on the east, and Plainfield on the north.  South Plainfield was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1926 from portions of Piscataway Township.

The influence of Interstate 287 has transformed South Plainfield from a village into a suburban and industrial town.  Middlesex Mall is only minutes away, providing expanded shopping and entertainment opportunities. 

The South Plainfield Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. The schools in the district are Roosevelt Preschool for PreK, four K-4 elementary schools — Franklin Elementary School, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, John E. Riley Elementary School and Roosevelt Elementary School — Grant Elementary School for grades 5 & 6, South Plainfield Middle School for grades 7 and 8, and South Plainfield High School for grades 9-12.

Some restaurants include--
- Paulo's Barbeque (Barbecue, Portuguese) - 2341 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield
- Rodolfo Pizza (Pizza, Italian, Sandwiches/Subs) - 124 Sampton Ave, South Plainfield
- Joe's Crab Shack (Seafood) - 4901 Stelton Road, South Plainfield
- Tony's Pizza & Restaurant (Italian) - 716 Oak Tree Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ
- Tasty Bites Halal Chinese (Chinese, Indian, Asian) - 130 Durham Ave., South Plainfield- Saigon Restaurant (Vietnamese) - 2239 South Clinton Avenue # 3, South Plainfield, NJ
- Nanking (Chinese, Thai) - 4941 Stelton Road, South Plainfield
- Fuji Sushi House (Sushi, Japanese) - 409 Hamilton Blvd., South Plainfield
- Sherban's Diner (Diner) - 222 Front St, South Plainfield
- Carmen's Trattoris (Italian) - 907c Oak Tree Rd, South Plainfield
- Flanagan's (Pub Food) - 2501 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- Cedar Brook Park, Roughly bounded Steel Ave., Arlington Ave., Park Ave., Rose St. and Laramie Rd., Kenyon Ave., Parkside Rd., South Plainfield

Historically, the area that later became South Plainfield’s landscape was a fertile hunting ground for the Lenape Indians.  A tribe of these Native Americans who lived here were called “Raritaing” from which the name “Raritan” was derived.

South Plainfield was included in the “Elizabethtown Purchase” of 1664 as a part of Piscataway Township. The name “Piscataway” came from the “Piscataqua” Indians of Maine.  Piscataway Township encompassed all of the land from Woodbrige to the southern most part of Middlesex County, including what later became New Brunswick, Spotswood, Millstone, Princeton and Cranbury.

Most of the first settlers were of Scottish descent although some Quakers also lived here.  Logging was a significant industry of the time and a major operation was established along the Cedar Brook where a sawmill and gristmill were started in 1732.

Two hamlets developed in the mid 1700’s. “Sampton” was located at the junction of what is now Sampton and Clinton Avenues, which was the main road from Elizabeth to New Brunswick.   The second hamlet was called “Brooklyn” and it was located at Front Street and South Plainfield Avenue.  Brooklyn is where the families of the men who worked at the gristmill and the sawmill on the Bound Brook lived.   The remaining land in South Plainfield was occupied by what then was considered small farms of less than two hundred acres.

This area of New Jersey was occupied by the British from December 2, 1776 to June 22, 1777.  Much activity took place in this vicinity during the spring and summer of 1777.  There were continuing British and Continental Army movements between Perth Amboy and New Brunswick.

In 1834 there were 8 to 10 dwellings in Brooklyn and 10 to 12 dwellings in Sampton where the tavern and store were located.  Samptown School had over 100 students.  The first post office in 1877 was under the name of “New Brooklyn”.

It was changed to South Plainfield about ten years later--not because that was the name of town, but it was because of our proximity to Plainfield, which was a leading economic and social force in central New Jersey.  The Lehigh Valley Railroad extended its line here for the same reason.  The railroad established a storage yard and repair shop and along with it came its laborers who were mostly Irish immigrants.

During the 1920’s South Plainfield, which was still a part of Piscataway Township, began to acquire an identity of its own.  The area known as New Brooklyn became the center of town.  In 1924, an airport was built on John Hadley’s farm mainly for the use of the U.S. Postal Service.  The first night airmail flight took off on July 1, 1925 and it took only 33 ½ hours to fly coast to coast.   After receiving permission from Piscataway Township and the State of New Jersey, South Plainfield was officially incorporated on March 12, 1926.

South Plainfield’s prosperity began in 1936 when Cornell-Dublier moved into the Spicer Building   More than half of South Plainfield’s families were employed by Cornell-Dublier which manufactured condensers for the exploding radio industry.

South Plainfield’s suburban character was established after World War II when the Geary Farm on Plainfield Avenue was developed into what became known as Geary Park.  Shortly thereafter various housing developments sprang up throughout the north side of the Borough increasing South Plainfield’s population from 8,000 in 1959 to 18,000 in 1960.

Commercial and Industrial uses were attracted to the borough in the 1960’s and 70’s.  The highlights were the construction of the Golden Acres Shopping Center, the Middlesex Mall and the Prudential Building.  In the bicentennial year of 1976, South Plainfield’s population was 23,000.   It remains at approximately that number today.

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