Bernardsville /ˈbɜːrnərdzvɪl/ is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. In 2000, Bernardsville had the 10th-highest per capita income in the state. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,707, reflecting an increase of 362 (+4.9%) from the 7,345 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 748 (+11.3%) from the 6,597 counted in the 1990 Census.
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4.5 based on 36 reviews
This 33 acre lush green public garden operated by the Somerset County Park Commission is awesome. It is a very nicely maintained space with well - watered expanses of lush green grass, bridges, ponds, little waterfalls, clean hiking paths, and tons and tons of flowers everywhere – from wildflowers to cultivated ones in planters and beds. We saw Azaleas, Magnolias, Rhododendrons, Dogwoods, Hydrangeas, Irises, Geraniums, and a variety of Wildflowers and Ferns all over the place. There were some healthy tall Beech Trees on the hiking path. There is even a Gazebo and lots of benches everywhere if you feel the need to rest.
Its premier Rock Garden is nationally known. Glaciers sculpted the Garden, and the Geologist Owner of the property Mr. Leonard J. Buck created the stunning garden around the natural landscape. After his death, his wife donated the garden to Somerset County. They have left behind such an idyllic place for families to explore, hike and be amazed as they all come to unwind.
A funny tidbit we read was that Mrs. Buck was tired of her husband spending an inordinate amount of time in creating his Rock Garden. She threatened to go to Reno to apply for a divorce if he spent any more time there. Stubbornly, he continued to clear the rocks, and, even named a large rock “Reno Rock”.
The place is vast and varied, and consists of many individual areas. It provides many opportunities for learning about flowers, trees, birds and habitats. The crooked trees and the hand-made Birdhouses add wonderful backdrops to the enigmatic scenery. Our favorite was the meandering body of water that was filled to the brim with gorgeous Water Lilies. It really was so surreal!
The Visitor Center was once a Carriage House. There are some very nice informative displays inside. The Heath and Heather Garden just outside is lovely. The lady inside was very pleasant and helpful and gave us a list of plants and flowers that was extremely helpful to us in the identification of several flowers, plants, bushes and trees.
Entrance is free, so why not go and spend some quality time with Nature? We absolutely recommend it.
4.5 based on 42 reviews
The Natirar Park is beautiful. Close to 500 acres of rolling hills, green meadows and trails. And the Raritan river. Yes, you guessed it. Natirar is Raritan spelled backwards.
This huge property last belonged to the Moroccan king and his family. After his death it was all sold back to the Somerset county ( in 2000) for a bargain price of 22 million.Including his mansion.
It sits majestically all the way up the winding road on the top of the hill. It was transformed into a restaurant and a culinary institute. Named Ninety Acres. Somewhere along the way Richard Branson was involved in the transition process.
The Natirar Park is one of the many beautiful parks in the state. If you live nearby it's a great place to go for a walk, run, bike..
On a beautiful late afternoon we very much enjoyed the scenic ride up to the Ninety Acres restaurant ....A great way to start a delightful evening ....
4.5 based on 28 reviews
This 950-acre Park is named after William Alexander Stirling – a General of the American Revolution, and is operated by the Somerset County Parks Commission.
We have come here several times before, and this time came during the President’s Day Weekend with some family members for whom it was the first time. Unfortunately, the Education Center was closed, so we could not go inside. But it was quite a lot of fun walking on the boardwalk all around.
Our hike was an easy one. We passed a few Gazebos, some Pergolas, swampland, marshes, gardens and a man-made Pond in which there were lots of Canadian Geese floating around. The place is an excellent wildlife habitat, and we were able to capture quite a few beautiful photographs.
We will certainly return, since it is not far from home.
5 based on 68 reviews
The Raptor Trust center is known nationally for rehabilitating wild birds and the conservation of birds of prey. The center is located near the Great Swamp National Wildlife refuge. The Raptor Trust not only provides avian rehabilitation, but also offers educational programs about wildlife. The center is open 365 days a year to receive injured birds. Visitors are welcome to view hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls housed in aviaries on the property. The Phone# is 908-647-2353.
They only ask for a $2 donation as admission so how can you go wrong? They take in injured raptors and nurse them back to health and many then become residents. An easy walk among the enclosures and you can learn so much about these amazing creatures. Easy to find not far off Rte 287 - I came in off of Maple Ave and just be warned 99% of the road coming in is paved but there is a very small section of dirt but it is in good shape
4.5 based on 148 reviews
A brand new museum was unveiled at Washington's Headquarters over Presidents Day Weekend. In addition to the Ford Mansion, just a few steps away, there is now a museum which has a film and War Gallery. along with another room containing artifacts, the new Discovery Center focuses on what life was like during the Revolution for people living in NJ. Exhibits cover musket firing, desertions, food scarcity, loyalty oaths, to name a few. Many of the exhibits are interactive, which appeal to kids and adults alike, there are costumes to try on and there is even an authentic door from an 18th century Morristown jail. Add a visit to Jockey Hollow (approximately 3 miles south), site of the winter encampment of 1779-1780, and you can experience the Revolutionary War as never before. Good for school-age children & adults and it's free.
4 based on 13 reviews
We visited this beautiful English Country-type Garden with a few friends, and found it to be soothing and relaxing. Everywhere we looked, we found well maintained pathways bordered by colorful blooms, woodland ephemerals, and ornamental grasses. In addition, there are healthy ferns, flowering shrubs, creepers, bushes, benches, and a variety of flowers all over the place. The assortment of many unusual plants and flowers, perfectly placed, had a very calming effect on us. There was plenty to admire in spite of the fact that most of the Spring blossoms were already past their peak. Not familiar with a lot of the plants and flowers, we wished there were larger labels identifying some pretty ones.
It is obvious that a lot of effort has gone into the careful designing, planning and placement of the plants and flowers. It is also very impressive that everything is taken care of by volunteers from the New Jersey Historical Garden Foundation.
There is a large expanse of grass beyond the Stone 19-column Pergola and the walled garden where there are large trees, but we did not venture there due to the lack of shade on a reasonably hot day.
The five story stone Water Tower was the most unusual one we had ever come across. It almost looks like a little lighthouse.
This Garden is adjacent to the NJ Brigade Revolutionary War Encampment, and we were informed by a volunteer that the entire 162 acres is now part of the Morristown National Historical Park. There are also signs and bulletin boards attesting to this fact.
The natural beauty, no entrance fees, and free parking made our trip very worthwhile.
4 based on 5 reviews
The “General Store” was built and operated by John Ralston from 1786 till his death in 1819, and last used as a General Store in the 1920’s. This historic one room store contained the Ralston Post Office from 1892 to 1941. In the early 1940’s the Ralston Historical Association acquired and restored the General Store and opened it as a museum in 1964. This small museum with its local history and collection of vintage artifacts is open June to October Sundays and Holidays from 1 or 2 to 4 pm.
We’ve driven by the General Store many times over the last 40 years and never stopped till last Sunday when we saw it was open. The volunteer member of the Ralston Historical Association who greeted us was very knowledgeable about the history of the store. It was well worth the visit to learn some local history.
4.5 based on 4 reviews
A former Boy Scout national training center, Schiff is now a Natural Land Trust supported by membership and donations. Over 6.5 miles of trails through various habitats are open to the public. Some buildings are still standing from the Boy Scout days making their discovery an extra fun part of the hikes. Guided hikes and classes are offered too.
4.5 based on 277 reviews
Part of the Morristown National Historical Park, this recreated campsite was home to the Pennsylvnia troops in the winter of 1779-80.
Jockey Hollow is a beautiful park, with many walking trails, and a strong interpretive center. The Wick House and grounds/gardens give you the feel of colonial times while the re-creations of the soldiers’ huts (barracks) illustrate the tough conditions the soldiers faced wintering in New Jersey two years after Valley Forge. Dogs on a leash are allowed. Ample parking. A definite stop for history buffs.
4.5 based on 15 reviews
Great walks on wooden walkways through wetlands area. Great opportunities for photography and viewing birds. We understand they have turtles but we didn't see any.
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