Chester Borough Info

The Borough of Chester is a 1.6 square mile village centered on a main street lined with specialty shops, old homes, and historic buildings. Widely known for its distinctive charm, Chester Borough draws many visitors who enjoy a day in the country atmosphere. The surrounding Chester Township is a 29.3 square mile residential community made up of farms, estates, and attractive housing developments.

The two municipalities 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.

Chester Borough

Chester Borough has a mayor/council form of government.  It shares many services with Chester Township.  Chester Borough has a quaint main street with my unique shops and 3 other shopping areas, The Chester Springs Mall area which houses a Shoprite, Marshalls, Home Goods, Panera Bread, Starbucks and other various shops and restaurants. The Chester Shopping Mall, which houses Walgreens, The Chester Meat Market, Breslows Paints and other small shops and the Streets of Chester Mall which is primarily clothing stores; Gap, Ann Taylor, Joseph Banks, Talbots, etc.


Chester is noted for its excellent school systems.  The borough and the township share their elementary schools.  The high school is West Morris Mendham, which is part of the West Morris Regional High School. Chester borough students, along with Chester Township and Mendham students attend West Morris Mendham.

Chester Elementary Schools K-8

West Morris Mendham HS

Valley Brook Country Day School

Long Valley Christian Nursery School


The Goddard School

Westmont Montessori

Little Lambs Nursery School

Bright Horizons

St. Joseph’s School Mendham

Far Hills Country Day

Gill St. Bernards


Villa Walsh



Here are but a few of the parent groups in Chester Borough.

Holistic Moms

Moms’ Club


Chester has many visitors that come to enjoy the beautiful countryside. The area abounds with gorgeous local, state, and county parks and many other options for recreation.

County Parks

Bamboo Brook & Willowwood Arboretum

Kay Environmental Center

Mount Paul Memorial Park

Patriots Path

The Cooper Mill

Chester Township Parks

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

State Parks

Hacklebarney State Park

Black River

Local Recreation

Chester Area Pool

Chester/Mendham Baseball and Softball

Chester Basketball

Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts

Chester Community Garden

Chester/Mendham Lacrosse

Chester Runners

Chester Trails

Chester Walkers

Chester Wrestling

Chester Twin Bears Cheerleading

Chester Twin Bears Football

West Morris Soccer Club

YMCA Randolph

YMCA Basking Ridge

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Though rural in nature, Chester Borough is located at the crossroads of Routes 206 and Route 24.  Route 206 leads to Route 80 to the north and Routes 287 and 78 to the south.  Route 24 will take you to Morristown, Route 10 is easily accessible via backroads and the Gladstone train station is a short ride away.

NJ Transit


Service Organizations

A great way to meet others and become involved in Chester Borough, is to join one of the many service organizations that exist in the town.

Chester/Long Valley Rotary Club

Chester Garden Club

Chester Food Pantry

Chester Lions Club

Chester Historical Society

Chester Lions Club

Chester Lioness Club

The Seeing Eye

Neighbors and Newcomers of Chester

Veterans Services of Morris County


With its close proximity to New York City and Morristown, residents can easily access those areas to enjoy the arts.  However there are local in-town options.

Morris County Arts Workshop

The Piano Workshop

Houses of Worship   

Chester Borough has many houses of worship and there are many other options in the nearby towns.

Community Presbyterian Church

First Congregational Church of Chester

Grace Bible Chapel

Saint Lawrence the Martyr


Known for its quaint Main Street shops, there are 3 other major shopping areas in the borough.

Historic Chester Business Association

In the Malls

On Main Street


Don't want to cook?  You're in luck!  Chester Borough is home to many fine restaurants and various cuisines.

Local Businesses


Fun Things to Do

Chester is a travel destination for out of towners!  As a "townie" here are activities you may find interesting.

Alstede Farms

Riamede Apple Farm

Stony Hill Farms

The Cider Mill

Cooper Mill


Looking to find out what is new in town?  Here are the local news sources.

Chester Patch

Observer Tribune

Carol Borman
Carol Borman
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259 Main St Chester NJ 07930