By Susan Baldani
Green Brook is located in Somerset County, and has the unofficial motto “Small Enough to Know You, Large Enough to Get Things Done.” This 4.5 square mile town got its name from the powerful stream that flows through the Watchung Mountains, and was originally incorporated as North Plainfield Township in 1872; it was reincorporated as Green Brook in 1932. It is lush with history, and residents and visitors alike can enjoy the recreation, shopping and dining it has to offer.
The Green Brook Historical Society is a treasure trove of information. There are many historical homes in town, including the Vail Trust House on Greenbrook Road and the Vermeule-Mundy House on Rock Avenue. The Green Brook History Trail Project, once finished, will connect four historic sites: Washington Rock State Park, two Revolutionary War beacon sites, and a Pre-revolutionary War copper mine. This 6.5 mile trail is expected to take quite a few years to complete, but once done, will be a great educational resource.
Speaking of Washington Rock State Park, it is a rustic recreation spot that many visitors enjoy year after year to relax and picnic. Established in 1913, this 52-acre state park is one of the oldest in the State of New Jersey, and was an integral lookout point for George Washington and his troops during the American Revolutionary War. The panoramic vista it offers is popular with visitors today. It is also a great place to go on the Fourth of July since its mountaintop views give a colorful display of fireworks in the many different towns below.
Green Brook is also a great place for families to live, and has many beautiful neighborhoods filled with single-family homes. The township has two schools: one elementary and one middle school. The Irene E. Feldkirchner Elementary School serves students in preschool through fourth grade, and the Green Brook Middle School serves grades five through eight. Older children attend Watchung Hills Regional High School, along with students from Warren, Watchung, and Long Hill Township.
The Green Brook Recreation Committee offers activities for both kids and adults, including basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, a hockey club, bus trips, and the tree lighting in December. If you like bowling, Strike and Spare is a fun place to spend an afternoon.
Much of Green Brook is surrounded by trees, so in certain spots you’ll feel like you are in the country. However, action-packed U.S. Highway Route 22 runs right through it. If you’re looking to shop and/or dine, this is the place to go. For the home, there are furniture stores, a pool store, a tile place, kitchen and cabinet centers, and more. There are also an assortment of clothing and shoe stores, fitness centers, salons and spas, and a bridal shop. If you’re hungry after all that shopping, you don’t have to go far. Whether you are in the mood for seafood, steak, pasta, or just a burger or pizza, it’s all here. Formal or informal, it’s your choice.
There are auto dealerships if you’re in the market for a new car, and plenty of service stations if you want to keep the one you have in pristine condition. Britland Auto Body has been fixing cars and keeping them looking good for over forty years. They have a full mechanical shop, as well as collision repair, painting, dent removal, detailing, and towing services. New Jersey auto insurance claims are their specialty. Along this same highway are tires stores and a car wash. All your auto needs in one place.
So take some time to check out all that Green Brook has to offer. Whether for pleasure or necessity, it will be worth the visit.
Susan Baldani has a MA in Education and a BA in Psychology. She enjoys writing and in addition to writing articles on small town life, is currently working on her first book. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.