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Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of Peapack-Gladstone
Moses Craig Lime Kiln
Moses Craig Lime Kiln
Official seal of Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey
Seal
Map of Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County in New Jersey.
Map of Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County in New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Flag of Somerset County, New Jersey.gif Somerset
Incorporated April 23, 1912
Government
 • Type Borough
 • Body Borough Council
Area
 • Total 5.80 sq mi (15.03 km2)
 • Land 5.73 sq mi (14.85 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)  1.21%
Area rank 262nd of 565 in state
11th of 21 in county
Elevation
243 ft (74 m)
Population
 • Total 2,582
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,597
 • Rank 468th of 566 in state
18th of 21 in county
 • Density 444.5/sq mi (171.6/km2)
 • Density rank 451st of 566 in state
19th of 21 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Codes
07934 - Gladstone
07977 - Peapack
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3403557300
GNIS feature ID 0885345
Website

Peapack-Gladstone (also written as Peapack and Gladstone) is a borough in Somerset County in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2010 Census, the borough's population was 2,582, reflecting an increase of 149 (+6.1%) from the 2,433 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 322 (+15.3%) from the 2,111 counted in the 1990 Census.

Peapack-Gladstone was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 28, 1912, from portions of Bedminster Township, subject to the results of a referendum held on April 23, 1912. It is part of the New York metropolitan area, as well as the larger New YorkNewarkBridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area and it is located within the Raritan Valley region.

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. In operation until the mid-1930s, the Moses Craig lime kiln is located at the center of Peapack.

History

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Lime kiln

A lime kiln that was in operation until as late as 1950 is located at the center of Peapack. A detailed history of the town is described in the book A Journey Through Peapack and Gladstone as well as in New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills (written by John K. Turpin and W. Barry Thomson), Mountain Colony Press, Inc. The Peapack-Gladstone Bank was established on September 21, 1921, originally named the Peapack-Gladstone Trust Company. It operates as the local bank for the greater region and is publicly traded under NASDAQ with the ticker symbol PGC.

Horseback riding is very popular throughout the area. The United States Equestrian Team has its home in Gladstone.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.853 square miles (15.159 km2), including 5.808 square miles (15.044 km2) of land and 0.045 square mile (0.116 km2) of water (0.76%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Gladstone, Peapack and Ravine Lake.

The borough borders Bedminster Township to the southwest, Bernardsville to the east and Far Hills to the southeast in Somerset County; and Chester Township to the northwest and Mendham Township to the northeast in Morris County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,226
1930 1,273 3.8%
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%
2010 2,582 6.1%
Est. 2019 2,597 0.6%
Population sources:
1920 1920-1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,582 people, 887 households, and 676 families residing in the borough. The population density was 444.5 per square mile (171.6/km2). There were 949 housing units at an average density of 163.4 per square mile (63.1/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 90.09% (2,326) White, 4.07% (105) Black or African American, 0.12% (3) Native American, 1.94% (50) Asian, 0.04% (1) Pacific Islander, 1.74% (45) from other races, and 2.01% (52) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.88% (281) of the population.

There were 887 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 19.6% 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 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 33.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.0 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 95.2 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $123,875 (with a margin of error of +/- $16,668) and the median family income was $145,333 (+/- $23,674). Males had a median income of $86,379 (+/- $16,014) versus $60,833 (+/- $16,980) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $61,841 (+/- $12,910). About none of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census 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 per square mile (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.

Arts and culture

Points of interest in the borough include:

  • Natirar - estate spanning 404 acres (163 ha) in Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills and Bedminster that was sold by Hassan II of Morocco, to Somerset County and is now administered by the Somerset County Park Commission, including the 247 acres (100 ha) in Peapack-Gladstone.
  • The Gladstone train station building was re-labeled "Boston," and its surroundings were supplied with peat-moss dirt, period vehicles and extras in Victorian dress, for a 1962 movie shoot. In the Oscar-winning film The Miracle Worker, Anne Bancroft in the role of Annie Sullivan boards a long-distance steam train there to take the job as Helen Keller's teacher.

The borough was a major shooting location of the CBS soap opera Guiding Light from 2007 until the show's conclusion in 2009.

Transportation

2018-05-29 17 08 31 View north along U.S. Route 206 at Somerset County Route 661 (Holland Avenue) in Peapack-Gladstone, Somerset County, New Jersey
US 206 in Peapack-Gladstone

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 25.45 miles (40.96 km) of roadways, of which 18.20 miles (29.29 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.17 miles (8.32 km) by Somerset County and 2.08 miles (3.35 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

U.S. Route 206 is the most prominent highway directly serving the borough, connecting to points north and south. County Route 512 also serves the borough, extending east–west through the area. Interstate 287 and Interstate 78 are both accessible in neighboring Bedminster.

Public transportation

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Gladstone NJT terminus

NJ Transit's Gladstone station is the terminus of the Gladstone Branch of the Morris and Essex Lines, taking many of the borough's commuters to Hoboken and New York Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan daily. Peapack has its own station 1 mile (1.6 km) before the terminus.

Economy

The Peapack-Gladstone Bank was established on September 21, 1921, originally named the Peapack-Gladstone Trust Company. It operates as the local bank for the greater region, specializing in private banking and wealth management, and is publicly traded under NASDAQ with the ticker symbol PGC.

Sports

Horseback riding is very popular throughout the area. The United States Equestrian Team has its home in Gladstone.

Hamilton Farm Golf Club has been the site of the Sybase Match Play Championship since its inception in 2010, which is the only match play format event on the LPGA Tour.

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

Education

Students in public school for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade 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 attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship. As of the 2017–18 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 1,975 students and 158.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.5:1. Schools in the district (with 2017–18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Marion T. Bedwell Elementary School with 568 students in grades PreK–4, Bernardsville Middle School with 523 students in grades 5–8 and Bernards High School with 852 students in grades 9–12. The district's board of education has nine elected members (and one appointed member) who set policy and oversee the fiscal and educational operation of the district through its administration. The nine elected seats on the board are allocated to the constituent municipalities based on population, with two seats allocated to Peapack-Gladstone.

Gill St. Bernard's School is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school, serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The Cottage School and Cottage Elementary Schools serve students in preschool through the early elementary grades.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Peapack-Gladstone include:

  • Phillip R. Bennett (born 1948), convicted financial fraudster.
  • C. Ledyard Blair (1867-1949), investment banker and yachtsman.
  • Susane Colasanti, author of realistic, contemporary teen novels.
  • William R. Cox (1901-1988), prolific writer of short stories and Western and mystery novels mainly for the pulp and paperback markets written under multiple pseudonyms.
  • Meg Donnelly (born 2000), actress who appeared in the ABC sitcom American Housewife and in the 2018 Disney Channel Original Movie Zombies and its 2020 sequel, Zombies 2.
  • Jason Gore (born 1974), PGA Tour professional golfer who is the Senior Director of Player Relations for the United States Golf Association.
  • Hassan II of Morocco (1929-1999), King of Morocco.
  • Kate Macy Ladd (1863-1945), philanthropist who founded and endowed the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation in honor of her father.
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994), former First Lady of the United States.
  • Holly Ponichtera, immunologist who competed as a figure skater at Dartmouth College.
  • Orin R. Smith, former chairman and CEO of Engelhard Corporation
  • Richard B. Sellars (1915-2010), Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson.
  • Kate Whitman Annis (born c. 1998), general manager of the Metropolitan Riveters of the National Women's Hockey League.

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