Hillsborough Is One of the Best Towns In America [PHOTOS]
I remember when I was growing up...there was a big, framed "Revolutionary Era" map of Hillsborough on the wall in my elementary school cafeteria...and my hometown was referred to as "Woods Tavern."
Times have changed...as the "Woods Tavern" of then has been "Hillsborough Township" (Somerset County) since 1771 (by Royal Charter).
And, it has once again been voted one of the best places to live in America!
This is the third time in the last few years that the town has made the cut.
"Woods Tavern" dates back to the early 1700's...as early as 1726. It was a stagecoach stop and hotel, facing Amwell Road (northwest corner), at what is now the intersection with Route 206.
History shows that the name came from the descriptive identification of the hotel as "The Tavern In The Woods."
That was then...this is NOW:
An important crossroads in the 1700's is a busy, vibrant area in 2013!
As such, Hillsborough has been voted #16 of the "Top 50 Best Places To Live," by Money Magazine...in its current issue (September 2013).
The magazine uses a combination of factors in its rankings, including: schools, outdoor activities, population, safety, quality of life, and economic strength.
According to the magazine: About an hour from Philadelphia, New York City, and the Jersey shore...
Hillsborough Township has preserved its farm-country roots...
...and protected one-third of its land from development...
Plus, you can commune with nature, on private land, too!
In its review, Money Magazine also points out: Located off a busy highway, the township is developing a pedestrian-friendly town center...
...that will bring shops, restaurants, and housing to its Main Street area.
Hillsborough has a 2010 census population of 38,303...within the 55 square miles of this "Best Places To Live" township.
To read more, and see other towns and their Money Magazine rankings, click here.