Spotlight on Martinsville, NJ
Warm weather has arrived, and after the winter we’ve had, I bet you’re looking forward to getting out of the house as much as I am. So let’s enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, and get some exercise while we’re at it.
Martinsville is a great destination, and has many things to do and see. Located within Bridgewater Township in Somerset County, it borders Warren and Bernard’s Townships. Although it is mostly residential, its parks and downtown area have plenty to offer.
If you like hiking, then why not lace up your hiking boots and head on over to Washington Valley Park? With approximately 719 acres, there’s something for everyone in the family. Here, where there are more than seven miles of trails, you can walk through Hemlock and Pine forests, marvel at the fascinating rock outcroppings, and try to spot some frogs, turtles and other wildlife as you gaze out over the wetlands. If you bring a fishing pole, you can even try to catch dinner out of the 21-acre reservoir. If biking is your thing, then you’re in the right place. This park has some of the best mountain biking in New Jersey, and you don’t have to have advanced skills to take advantage of it. So put on your helmet and enjoy the ride. Afterwards, spread a blanket by the park’s Hawk Watch area, lay back, and enjoy the raptors flying overhead looking for their own dinners.
If shopping is more your thing, take a stroll down Washington Valley Road where many stores and businesses are located. After dropping the kids off for their martial arts lesson, why not get your hair and nails done for a night out on the town? Later on, you can browse a boutique to find a great outfit, check out the sparkling merchandise at the jewelry store, pick up some posies at the florist, and/or grab a bottle of wine at the liquor store. If you’re hungry, you can find plenty of places with various cuisines to enjoy; Italian, Chinese, American, and Japanese. So whether you’re in the mood for a bowl of pasta, a slice of pizza, some fried rice, a hamburger, or some sushi, it’s all here. And when you’re done with that, don’t forget to treat yourself to some homemade ice cream.
If you’re a history buff, stop by and pay your respects at the Bolmer Cemetery on Middle Road in which it is believed American soldiers, and a British Revolutionary War soldier, are buried. Some of the early settlers of the town are buried here as well. This is the oldest cemetery in the Washington Valley area. And if you’re not too scared, visit the Devil’s Tree, which is steeped in legend about the prince of darkness. Supposedly many people have tried to cut it down – you can even see axe and saw marks on the trunk – but they were never successful. Spooky!
Martinsville Community Center can also be found along this same route. They hold many different events throughout the year, and are always looking for new members. Businesses and individuals are welcome. Go to their website and download a registration form, or apply right on-line. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and support the town.
As you can see, Martinsville is a wonderful community that’s worth getting to know better. It’s a great place for families, and offers many education opportunities in or around the area. There is a private preschool, a highly ranked private school for grades 6 – 12 with a beautiful, large campus, as well as a tutoring center and film school right in town.
So next time you’re looking for something to do, keep Martinsville on your list. It’s a great place to spend a nice, warm, sunny day.