Watchung, New Jersey
Nestled between two ridges of the rocky Watchung Mountains, the Borough of Watchung is bordered by both Morris and Union Counties. The name Watchung is derived from an Indian word meaning “on the hill” or “high place”, and is believed to have been given to the area by the Lenni-Lenape Indians. This picturesque hilltop town is rich in legend, including the one of Indian princess Wetumka, who saved early settlers from massacre because she was in love with one of them.
When Dutch settlers arrived in the early 1700’s, they came to the Watchung region to take advantage of the rich soil. The region was well known as a thriving agricultural area.
In the 1800’s the area drew the wealthy from the city and mansions began springing up on the ridges. The wealthy mystique of the town continues. Today, Watchung is a beautiful community of 5,000 with six square miles of spacious and wooded properties spreading from Watchung Lake in the center of town.
Tennis and other outdoor activities is no further away than the center of town. Hikers and nature lovers can roam old Indian trails in nearby Watchung Reservation. Civic groups, PTAs, League of Women Voters, scouting, etc., are active and well organized. Community musical and theatrical activities abound in the area.
Within easy commuting distance of New York City. It takes about three-quarters of an hour by car on Interstate 78. Commuting by railroad takes about an hour and fifteen minutes