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.

 

https://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    https://www.wmmhs.org

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

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

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

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

Westmont Montessori    https://westmontmontessori.org/

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

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

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

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

Gill St. Bernards   www.gsbschool.org/

Delbarton   https://www.delbarton.org/

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

Pingry   https://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    https://chapters.holisticmoms.org/chapters/nj-morris-west/

Moms’ Club    https://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   https://www.somersetcountyymca.org/

4 H   https://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 https://chesterborough.org/departments/chester-area-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   https://cmbaseballsoftball.org/

Chester Basketball    https://chesterbasketball.org/

Boy Scouts    www.bsa-troop139.org

Girl Scouts    https://www.gsnnj.org

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

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

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

Chester Trails   https://chestertrails.org/

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

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

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

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

West Morris Soccer Club   https://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

https://www.njtransit.com/

MAPS

https://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    https://www.rotaryclubofchesterlongvalleynj.org/

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

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

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

Chester Historical Society    https://chesterhistoricalsociety.org/

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

Chester Lioness Club   hollysimm@comcast.net

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

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

Veterans Services of Morris County    https://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    https://www.mcartsworkshop.com/Mcaw.aspx?f=2&l=EN

The Piano Workshop    https://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  https://www.messiahchester.org/

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

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

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

Saint Lawrence the Martyr    https://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    https://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

https://www.riamede.com/

Stony Hill Farms

https://www.stonyhillfarms.com/

The Cider Mill

https://www.hacklebarneyfarm.com/

Cooper Mill

https://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

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

Observer Tribune

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

 

  

Carol Borman
Carol Borman
Sales Associate
259 Main St Chester NJ 07930