Chester Township


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.

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

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


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

Moms’ Club

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

Black River

YMCA Randolph

YMCA Basking Ridge

4 H

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The Piano Workshop

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

Community Presbyterian Church

First Congregational Church of Chester

Grace Bible Chapel

Saint Lawrence the Martyr

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.

Historic Chester Business Association

In the Malls

On Main Street

Local Businesses



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.


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

Riamede Apple Farm

Stony Hill Farms

The Cider Mill

Cooper Mill

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

Observer Tribune



Carol Borman
Carol Borman
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259 Main St Chester NJ 07930