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Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map of Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County
Census Bureau map of Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°43′4″N 74°39′35″W / 40.71778°N 74.65972°W / 40.71778; -74.65972Coordinates: 40°43′4″N 74°39′35″W / 40.71778°N 74.65972°W / 40.71778; -74.65972
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Somerset
Incorporated April 23, 1912
Government [1]
 - Type Borough
 - Mayor William Horton
 - Administrator Margaret J. Gould[2]
 - Total 5.8 sq mi (15.0 km2)
 - Land 5.8 sq mi (15.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [3] 253 ft (77 m)
Population (2006)[4]
 - Total 2,480
 - Density 419.5/sq mi (162.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 07934, 07977
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 34-57300[5][6]
GNIS feature ID 0885345[7]

Peapack-Gladstone is a borough in Somerset County in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2000 Census, the borough population was 2,433.

Peapack-Gladstone was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 28, 1912, from portions of Bedminster Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 23, 1912.[8][9]

Peapack is believed to have been derived from "Peapackton", a Lenape Native American term meaning "marriage of the waters", a reference to the confluence of the Peapack Brook and Raritan River in the area. Gladstone was named in honor of William Ewart Gladstone, who served as British Prime Minister several times between 1868 and 1894.[9]

This town is notable for being a major shooting location of the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. [10]



Peapack-Gladstone is located at 40°43′04″N 74°39′35″W / 40.717900°N 74.659725°W / 40.717900; -74.659725 (40.717900, -74.659725).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 1,273
1940 1,354 6.4%
1950 1,450 7.1%
1960 1,804 24.4%
1970 1,924 6.7%
1980 2,038 5.9%
1990 2,111 3.6%
2000 2,433 15.3%
Est. 2006 2,480 [4] 1.9%
Population 1930 - 1990.[12]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,433 people, 840 households, and 646 families residing in the borough. The population density was 419.5 people per square mile (162.0/km2). There were 871 housing units at an average density of 150.2/sq mi (58.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 94.45% White, 3.12% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.78% of the population.

There were 840 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the borough the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $99,499, and the median income for a family was $118,770. Males had a median income of $62,446 versus $46,500 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $56,542. About 1.9% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

Municipal services

Emergency Services

Policing is provided by the Peapack Gladstone Police Department, which has a staff of nine officers and a Chief.

Fire Service is provided by the all volunteer 101-year-old Peapack Gladstone Fire Department, known in the Somerset County Radio System as "51 Fire". The department operates out of the Fire Station located on Dewey Avenue. The department operates a 1988 Peirce Lance Pumper known as 51-102 which acts as primary attack engine, a 1995 Marion Heavy Rescue known as 51-151 which is equipped with all kinds of rescue equipment for things such as confined space rescue and vehicle extrication, a 1999 Peirce Dash 2000 fire engine, which acts as primary water supply truck as it is equipped with 3,000 feet of 5 inch hose, and known as 51-103, and a 2001 Brush Truck known as 51-141 which responds to all brush fires in and around the town and is equipped with foam.

Emergency Medical Services are provided by the Non-Profit, all volunteer Peapack Gladstone First Aid Squad, known as "51 Rescue", based in its newly renovated St. Lukes Avenue location. The Squad operates 1993 and 2005 MedTec ambulances. The Squad provides around-the-clock service at no cost to its patients.

Emergency Medical Services are bolstered by Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU) with paramedics from the local hospitals of Morristown Memorial Hospital (also a regional Trauma Center) and from Somerset Medical Center. In the event of a serious Trauma Accident, as occurs occasionally on Route 206 which runs through the town, the services of the New Jersey State Police North Shock Trauma Air Rescue (NorthSTAR), which is based in neighboring Bedminster Township, may be called upon to provide Medical Evacuation to a Trauma Center.

Public works

The Peapack Gladstone Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for maintenance for the town's buildings, snow removal, sewer inspection, as well as the general maintenance town roads and etc.


Local government

Peapack-Gladstone is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[1]

The Mayor of Peapack-Gladstone is William Horton. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Michael Seboria, William Harris, Douglas McDowell, Judith Silacci, John L. Sweeney and John Wojton.[2][13] The town offices are located at the former town school, in the same building as the local library, police department and municipal court.

Federal, state and county representation

Peapack-Gladstone is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 16th Legislative District.[14]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District, covering portions of Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Somerset County and Union County, is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 16th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R, Neshanic Station) and in the Assembly by Peter J. Biondi (R, Hillsborough Township) and Denise Coyle (R, Basking Ridge).[15] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[16]

Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with one or two elected each year. As of 2009, Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Rick Fontana (Bridgewater Township, 2009), Freeholder Deputy Director Jack Ciattarelli (Hillsborough Township, 2009), Peter S. Palmer (Bernardsville, term ends December 31, 2011),Patricia Walsh (Green Brook Township, 2010) and Robert Zaborowski (Franklin Township, 2011).[17]


Gladstone NJT terminus

Gladstone is the terminus of the Gladstone Branch of the Morris and Essex Lines, NJ Transit. Peapack has its own station less than 2 miles before the terminus. By major roads, It is close to I-78 and I-287 and routes 202 and 206.


Students in grades K–12 attend the schools of the Somerset Hills Regional School District, a regional school district serving students from Bernardsville, Far Hills, and Peapack-Gladstone, along with those from Bedminster Township who district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[18] The three schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[19] are Bedwell Elementary School (K - 4, 692 students), Bernardsville Middle School (5 - 8, 554 students) and Bernards High School (9 - 12, 759 students), and are all located in Bernardsville. Many of the high school students travel to school using the train that links the two towns together.

Gill St. Bernard's School is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school, serving 645 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.


Lime kiln

A lime kiln that was in operation until 1945 is located at the center of Peapack. A detailed history of the town is described in the book A Journey Through Peapack and Gladstone from the local library. The town has a local bank aptly named The Peapack-Gladstone Bank that was established on September 21, 1921, originally named the Peapack-Gladstone Trust Company. It operates as the local bank for the greater region. See also New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills (written by John K. Turpin and W. Barry Thomson), Mountain Colony Press, Inc.


The town is home to Stronghold Soccer Club, which plays its matches at Mount St. John's on the grounds of Montgomery Academy.

Points of interest

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Peapack-Gladstone include:


  1. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 77.
  2. ^ a b Borough Council of Peapack & Gladstone, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed April 27, 2008.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Borough of Peapack and Gladstone, Geographic Names Information System, accessed December 14, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Census data for Peapack and Gladstone borough, United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 14, 2007.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  6. ^ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  8. ^ "The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey (1969), page 224.
  9. ^ a b If You're Thinking of Living In/Peapack and Gladstone; Fox-Hunting and High-Priced Homes, The New York Times, August 7, 1994. "ONE local history speculates that the name Peapack came from the Leni Lenape Indian word "peapackton" -- "the marriage of the waters." The Raritan River and the Peapack Brook meet at the eastern border of the borough. Gladstone is named for the British Prime Minister William Gladstone ... [B]y 1912, the Villages of Peapack and Gladstone found themselves in conflict with the rest of Bedminster Township. The villages wanted electric lights, telephones and fire hydrants and resented being forced to pay for rural roads in the township. The villages petitioned the State Legislature for the creation of the borough and the Legislature voted to do so on April 23, 1912."
  10. ^ Guiding Light filmed in Peapack
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  12. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  13. ^ Borough Officials, Borough of Peapack-Gladstone Accessed April 27, 2008.
  14. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 62. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  15. ^ Legislative Roster: 2008-2009 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 6, 2008.
  16. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 6 June 2008.  
  17. ^ The Role of County Government: "What Is A Freeholder?", Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed May 23, 2009.
  18. ^ Somerset County School Districts-Sending/Receiving/Regional, Somerset County Superintendent of Schools. Accessed April 27, 2008.
  19. ^ Data for the Somerset Hills School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 28, 2008.
  20. ^ Guide to the William R. Cox Papers, Washington State University. Accessed December 14, 2007.

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