Chester Township

CHESTER TOWNSHIP INFO

Chester Township is a 29.3 square mile residential community made up of farms, estates, and attractive housing developments.

The Township shares a school system with the Borough of Chester, which is 1.6 square mile village centered on a main street lined with specialty shops, old homes, and historic buildings. The Township and the Borough share other common bonds in addition to the school system. These include the public library, an active athletic association, a theater in the round, and many civic organizations.

 1. Chester Township

 2. Schools

 3. Parenting

 4. Recreation- State Parks

 5. Recreation- County Parks

 6. Recreation – Chester Twp. Parks

 7. Social and Community Organizations                                

 8.  Transportation

 9.  Service Organizations

10.  Arts

11.  Houses of Worship

12.  Shopping

13.  Restaurants

14.  Fun Things to Do

15.  Newspapers

 

1. Township

Chester is located in western Morris County.  The Township is rural in nature and surrounds the borough of Chester, the downtown area.  The majority of the homes are on large acreage and have well and septic. Though surrounded by forests and farms, Chester is a short ride from the county seat; Morristown and about a hour’s ride from New York City.  Homes are in demand due to this rural, yet convenient area and the excellent schools.

 

http://www.chestertownship.org/

2. Schools

Chester Township has its own elementary schools for K-8.  West Morris Mendham is the high school. Both are ranked very highly.  The West Morris High School System was one of the first in the state to be accredited as an International Baccalaureate High School. The area is also home to a host of excellent private schools and  preschools.

Chester Elementary Schools K-8    https://www.chester-nj.org

West Morris Mendham HS    www.wmmhs.org

Valley Brook Country Day School    http://www.valleybrookcountrydayschool.com/

Long Valley Christian Nursery School   http://longvalleychristian.com/

Kindercare   http://www.kindercare.com/our-centers/hackettstown/nj/301722

The Goddard School   http://www.goddardschool.com/nj-ny/flanders-route-206-nj

Westmont Montessori    http://westmontmontessori.org/

Little Lambs Nursery School   http://www.gracebiblechapelnj.org/connect/little_lambs_ministry

Bright Horizons   http://child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com/nj/flanders/mountolive

St. Joseph’s School Mendham   www.sjsmendham.org/

Far Hills Country Day   http://www.fhcds.org/

Gill St. Bernards   www.gsbschool.org/

Delbarton   http://www.delbarton.org/

Villa Walsh   http://www.villawalsh.org/s/172/start.aspx

Pingry   http://www.pingry.org/

3. Parenting

Needless to say, families and children area a priority in Chester Township. There are several parenting organizations outside of the schools.

Holistic Moms    http://chapters.holisticmoms.org/chapters/nj-morris-west/

Moms’ Club    http://momsclubroxbury.com/

4. Recreation – State Parks

This bucolic area is full of recreational opportunities other than site seeing.  The Black River runs through the township and it is dotted with many park.

Hacklebarney State Park

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I8vw0xOWaRw

www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/hackle.html

Black River    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bKmrGU-dx8k

YMCA Randolph   https://www.randolphymca.org/

YMCA Basking Ridge   http://www.somersetcountyymca.org/

4 H   http://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/

5. Recreation - County Parks

 Morris Parks, located in Chester Township, offer an array of recreation diversity. Bamboo Brook is a gardener’s delight. Hiker? Patriots Path offers you an opportunity to stroll across the township and enjoy its splendor. Want to step back in time? Visit the Cooper Mill and grind some wheat or cornmeal.

Bamboo Brook & Willowwood Arboretum

Kay Environmental Center

Mount Paul Memorial Park

Patriots Path

The Cooper Mill

6. Recreation -Chester Township Parks

In addition to all the state and county parks, Chester Township also provides an excellent selections of recreational opportunities. The town even turns the disposal of Christmas trees into a family event by hosting a bonfire, where families and friends can gather.

Allen & Knight Tracts

Black River Park

Chubb Park

Evans Family Forest Preserve

Highlands Ridge Park

MacGregor Preserve

Parker Road Preserve

Tannersbrook Preserve

Tiger Brook Park

Chester Area Pool    http://www.chesterborough.org/pool

7. Sports and Community Organizations

Listed below are but a few of the many organizations that afford adults and children an opportunity to interact with their peers. Most are run by volunteers, who welcome newcomers and those wishing to become involved in town.

Chester/Mendham Baseball and Softball   http://cmbaseballsoftball.org/

Chester Basketball    http://chesterbasketball.org/

Boy Scouts    www.bsa-troop139.org

Girl Scouts    https://www.gsnnj.org

Chester Community Garden    http://chestertownship.org/about-chester-nj/community-garden/

Chester/Mendham Lacrosse   http://cmlax.org/

Chester Runners   https://www.facebook.com/groups/118543444868919/

Chester Trails   http://chestertrails.org/

Chester Walkers   https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChesterWalkers/

Chester Wrestling    http://www.mcpatriotswrestling.com/

Chester Twin Bears Cheerleading   http://twinborobears.org/

Chester Twin Bears Football    http://twinborobears.org/

West Morris Soccer Club   http://www.westmorrissoccer.org/

8. Transportation

Though rural in nature, Chester is ideal for commuting via routes, 24, 206, 80, 10, 287 and 78.  The Gladstone Train Station is nearby.  It will bring you to Summit, where you can hop on a mid town direct line to NYC.  The Dover and Morristown Train Stations are but another option for commuting, as well a the bus line.

NJ Transit

http://www.njtransit.com/

MAPS

http://www.morrishumanservices.org/adv/maps.asp

9. Service Organizations

The plethora of service organizations attests to the civic mindedness of Chester Township. These organizations sponsor many township events; thanks to the involvement of their volunteers.

Chester/Long Valley Rotary Club    http://www.rotaryclubofchesterlongvalleynj.org/

Chester Garden Club    http://www.chestergardenclub.org/

Chester Food Pantry    https://www.facebook.com/Chester-Food-Pantry-609816675732697/

Chester Lions Club    http://www.chesterlionsclubnj.com/

Chester Historical Society    http://chesterhistoricalsociety.org/

Chester Lions Club    http://www.chesterlionsclub.com/

Chester Lioness Club   hollysimm@comcast.net

The Seeing Eye    http://www.seeingeye.org/

Neighbors and Newcomers of Chester    http://www.nnofchester.org

Veterans Services of Morris County    http://morriscountynj.gov/hs/adv/veterans/

10. Arts

Chester residents do not have to travel to Morristown or NYC to enjoy the arts.  The Chester Community Theater offers thespians an outlet, as well as the theater goer.

Morris County Arts Workshop    http://www.mcartsworkshop.com/Mcaw.aspx?f=2&l=EN

The Piano Workshop    http://thepianoworkshopatchester.com/

11. Houses of Worship

Listed below are the Houses of Worship located within the borough or township.  Many others are located but a short ride away in Long Valley, Mt. Olive, Hackettstown, Gladstone and Mendham.

Messiah Church  http://www.messiahchester.org/

Community Presbyterian Church    http://www.cpcchester.org/CPC_Chester/Welcome.html

First Congregational Church of Chester    http://www.fccofchester.org/

Grace Bible Chapel    http://www.gracebiblechapelnj.org/

Saint Lawrence the Martyr    http://stlawrencechurchchester.org/

12. Shopping

Chester Borough is the main street shopping, where people enjoy strolling and browsing through the unique shops.  Chester has 3 additional “strip mall’ where you can find such retailers as Gap, Ann Taylor and Talbots- as well as grocery stores and other retailers.

https://chesterstreettalk.com/the-stores/

Historic Chester Business Association    http://www.ilovechester.com/

In the Malls    https://chesterstreettalk.com/the-stores/

On Main Street    https://chesterstreettalk.com/main-street-shoppes/

Local Businesses

https://chesterstreettalk.com/service-businesses/

Banks

https://chesterstreettalk.com/banks/

 

13. Restaurants

A variety of restaurants abound in Chester Borough and Chester Township.  They range from fine dining to casual, tearooms to Mexican to Thai. Spend some time exploring the different cuisines offered in town.

https://chesterstreettalk.com/the-restaurants/

 

14. Fun Things to Do

Chester is a destination for recreation, shopping, festivals, a respite for city dwellers and for the unique entertainment it offers.  Activities include the Peach Festival, Octoberfest, Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Picking, Apple Picking, Farm Visits, Halloween Parade, 4H Fair. Listed below a just a few of the selections.

Alstede Farms

www.alstedefarms.com/

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AL8rA8Vt-R8

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wT72A7tfwFI

Riamede Apple Farm

http://www.riamede.com/

Stony Hill Farms

http://www.stonyhillfarms.com/

The Cider Mill

http://www.hacklebarneyfarm.com/

Cooper Mill

http://morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/cooper-gristmill

15. Newspapers

The newspapers listed below highlight local happenings, sport results, academic achievements and often have photos of local residents at town events.

Chester Patch

http://patch.com/new-jersey/mendham-chester

Observer Tribune

http://www.newjerseyhills.com/observer-tribune/

 

  

Carol Borman
Carol Borman
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