Borough of North Plainfield was settled by dutch families before the
American Revolution. Among them were the Vermeule and Cadmus families.
You will find many members of these families buried both in the cemetery
behind Vermeule Mansion and in the cemetery on Brook Avenue. These families
were just two of the handful that received 1,200 acres apiece from the
ridge of "first mountain" downward from King George of England. Some
of these homes still exist--among them the Vermeule Mansion, which serves
as the current-day community center.
before it was called "North Plainfield", our town was referred to as
"Blue Hills" and was a part of Warren Township. In 1872, North Plainfield
Township was incorporated and included current-day North Plainfield,
Watchung and Green Brook.
Plainfield, a 2.9 square mile area at the base of New Jersey’s Watchung
Mountains, was originally a cluster of farms. Steady growth as a commuter
center began with the extension of the Central Jersey Railroad and continued
with the advent of motorized transportation. Just twenty-three miles
from Manhattan, the borough retains many small-town qualities yet is
convenient to Routes 22, 78, and 287, contemporary roads to diversified
streets, the Washington Park Historic District, Green Acres parklands,
sports and playground facilities, a 4H center, Vermeule Arts Center,
and a Senior Citizens Center are among the attributes which lend to
North Plainfield’s self-description as "A Proud Community." The central
businesses continue to utilize a Main Street New Jersey grant to foster
economic growth, and the numerous enterprises along Route 22 form the
primary commercial sectors.
2000 census figures place North Plainfield’s diverse population at 21,103.
Residents of North Plainfield’s single family homes, multi-unit dwellings,
and modern apartment complexes benefit from extensive borough-sponsored
recreation, youth services, and cultural affairs opportunities. Local
churches, community organizations, and service clubs offer many events
which celebrate the blend of cultures common to the region.
to New York City, New Brunswick, Trenton, and Princeton affords easy
access to major museums, concerts, theater, and sports events. Area
colleges and universities also enrich the options for higher education.
Somerset County Park System facilities, Sandy Hook State Park, and the
Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge Center cater to a wide range of outdoor
Plainfield is 2.9 square miles in size and has a population of 21,103
residents (per the 2000 census).