New Vernon offers country charm with an elegant twist. “Gateway to horse country” its called – an area favored not just by the equestrian set, but by those seeking to live in breathtaking surrounds, but still commutable distance to Manhattan.
Some call it New Vernon, others Harding, but whatever called it is one of my favorites. Below the radar – by design – New Vernon carries itself with rare distinction. It is one of NJ’s most upscale communities (with one of the lowest property taxes).
When I think of New Vernon I have many favorites. But for me the Loantaka Brook Reservation stands out. Generously donated to the community by the Dodges, Loantaka encompasses more than 570 acres with miles of trails for biking, jogging, horseback riding and picnicking…. I love to run and bike here ..flat roads, just exquisite scenery.
Green Village Deli or GVD, as my daughter refers to it, of course is a local favorite.
And New Vernon-Harding also is very close to Morristown Memorial Hospital. US News recently ranked Morristown Memorial as among the best in nine different categories, including acclaimed departments in orthopedics, gastroenterology, oncology and cardiology.
New Vernon offers K-8 public school. The school is located on Lee’s Hill Road near the historic district of the Village of New Vernon. There are two principal buildings situated on a picturesque 43-acre campus housing approximately 430 students. The original structure, built in 1926, has several additions and contains grades 5-8. The Elementary Building, erected in 1969 and located just west of the Middle School, houses grades K-4.
After 8th grade, students attend the nearby Madison Public High School. Madison is home to Drew University and offers top notch academics. For private schools, highly regarded Pingry, Delbarton, Kent Place and Morristown Beard are very close.
And when pondering options, here are some helpful community links to this sophisticated yet low key town.