Chester Township, New Jersey

Chester Township is a residential community made up of farms, estates, and attractive housing developments. The Township shares a school system with the Borough of Chester, which is a 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.

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About Chester Township

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 a 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

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  Club

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

Chester Township Parks

In addition to all the state and county parks, Chester Township also provides an excellent selection 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.

Morristown Performing Arts Center (MPAC)

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.

The Stores 

In the Malls    

On Main Street    

Local Businesses

Historic Chester Business Association    

Service 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

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