offering a wide range of amenities to its diverse community and visitors alike.
Located in the heart of historic Morris County, Morristown is completely surrounded by Morris Township, making it one of the state’s few “doughnut towns”––where one municipality entirely surrounds another. (Speaking of donuts, there are some great eateries here, but we’ll get to that.) The Town of Morristown is contained within 2.8 square miles and has quickly become one of New Jersey’s most popular suburban destinations, offering a wide range of amenities to its diverse community and visitors alike.
The downtown business district boasts over 141 restaurants, 20 bars, 9 coffee shops, an award winning 1,302 seat Community Theater, and an upscale 10-screen cinema. Morristown is big on social life, and shopping, too, with small mom-&-pop stores and larger retailers like Athleta and Whole Foods within a few pedestrian-friendly blocks.
The heart of downtown Morristown is “The Green”, a quintessential central park, which gets decorated for holidays, is often a backdrop for craft fairs and other sponsored events, but is most commonly a simple, picturesque spot to stop and enjoy the bustle all around you. Community activities for families abound in Morristown, with Easter Egg hunts, Halloween parades (and coordinated trick or treating at retail shops), festivals and festivities. Quick access to farms and orchards offers a true urban/rural dichotomy not often found elsewhere.
Nature lovers looking to hike or bike can head to nearby public green spaces such as Lewis Morris Park, The Traction Line Recreation Trail, and Loantaka Brook Reservation, to name a few.The Morristown Recreation Division provides a year round selection of athletics, camps, special events and instruction programs for Morristown residents and those of surrounding communities. In the summer, residents can cool off in one of two town pools for reasonable membership rates.
More than 5,200 students attend the Morris County Public Schools, which consists of seven elementary schools broken up between grades K-2 and 3-5, plus one middle school and one high school. Morristown High School has a diverse population of over 1,900 students and 167 educators. The school offers a variety of programming and has an exemplary STEM, film, broadcasting, music and theater programs, plus 29 varsity athletic teams.
A commuting hub
Around 18,000 residents call Morristown home, but the population swells to nearly 100,000 on a typical weekday when people who don’t live in town come to work or commute. With a dedicated train station, city commuters can get to Manhattan via the Morris & Essex line in about 70 minutes. For drivers, Morristown is near routes 287, 46, 10 and 202.
Proximity to restaurants, lively nightlife and easy transportation landed Morristown the #13 ranking as a best place for NJ’s young professionals (out of 647 towns).
“Chatham” means a village of cottages.
Chatham was an active part of the Revolutionary War. At what today is the corner of Main Street and University Avenue, you can find the Liberty Pole, erected in support of American independence.
Chatham borders the Great Swamp Refuge which was established as a federal wilderness area in 1960.