Chester Township is a suburb of New York City with a population of 7,931. Chester Township is in Morris County and is one of the best places to live in New Jersey. Living in Chester Township offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Residents of Chester Township tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Chester Township are highly rated.
The Chester School District is a fully accredited elementary district responsible for the education of students in Kindergarten through eighth grades. Students in grades nine through twelve go to the West Morris Regional High School District.The district is composed of Dickerson Elementary School (K-2), Bragg Intermediate School (3-5), and Black River Middle School (6-8). Dickerson and Bragg Schools are located on Route 24, east of Chester Borough; Black River Middle School is on Route 513 (North Road), north of Chester Borough. The school district serves two municipalities, Chester Borough and Chester Township. The Borough of Chester is a 1.6 square mile village centered on a main street lined with specialty shops, old homes, and historic buildings. Widely known for its distinctive charm, Chester Borough draws many visitors who enjoy a day in the country atmosphere.The surrounding Chester Township is a 29.3 square mile residential community made up of farms, estates, and attractive housing developments.
The two municipalities 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. Residents also have ready access to nearby colleges, hospitals, shopping centers, and cultural facilities located in Morris County and nearby Somerset and Sussex Counties.
The first permanent European settlers arrived in Black River around 1720. They came mostly from Long Island to “the Landing” in New Brunswick and then overland on the “Grate Road” west to Roxbury. By 1740, the area of Black River was well established with settlers who had land grants from the King of England. The first residents farmed, operated mills, and distilled whisky from apples and peaches. The native Americans began to disappear, although evidence of their activities and settlements can still be found on various hillsides near the River