Welcome to Somerset county’s fastest growing suburb. Here is what Wikipedia sais: “Traditionally a farming community, it has become a fast-growing suburb with massive development in the later 20th and 21st centuries as a diverse blend of races, religions and cultures. In 2008, Franklin Township ranked #5 on Money magazine’s list of America’s Top 100 Best Places to Live”
Sprawling acres, plenty of nature preserves and lots of outdoorsy activities. Even with all the redevelopment and large scale investments, this is still an affordable place to live and to play. We love to work in this area and think that you will too. Call us to schedule some showings and see for yourself what a great place Somerset/Franklin Township is.
So why does the town have 2 names ? Is it Franklin or Somerset?
Lets just say that when you enter the address into your GPS, you probably want to enter Franklin.
Here is a bit of history as per Wikipedia:”The construction of the Delaware and Raritan Canal in the 1830s, stretching 22 miles (35 km) to connect New York City and Philadelphia, led to significant growth in the township, with as many as 200,000 tons of goods shipped on barges using the canal by the 1860s. The rise of shipping commercial goods using railroads led to a substantial decline in canal traffic. The area has been restored as the[clarification needed]. The Van Wickle House, located next to the Delaware and Raritan Canal in the Somerset section of the township, in between New Brunswick and South Bound Brook, was built in 1722 by Dutch settlers and is now owned by Franklin Township and leased by the Meadows Foundation. Set back behind Easton Avenue, the home adjoins the Rutgers Preparatory School and a Revolutionary War-era graveyard. Passenger and freight railroad service was available in Franklin Township during the later half of the 19th century via the Millstone and New Brunswick Railroad (M&NB) which opened in 1854. The railroad was built and operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), from a junction with the PRR mainline at Jersey Avenue in New Brunswick to East Millstone. The M&NB is now known as the Conrail Millstone Secondary Branch. The branch line is still operated by Conrail up to just west of Clyde Road in Somerset, serving local industry in the industrial section of Somerset. In 1922, the infamous Hall-Mills Murder took place in Franklin Township, in the area adjacent to New Brunswick known as Somerset. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Township,_Somerset_County,_New_Jersey