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Homes in Edison

Moving fluidly between quaint neighborhoods and busy centers of commerce, Edison is the expansive, branching heart of Middlesex County, a vibrant tapestry woven along the curves of the Raritan River. Home originally to the Lenape, the indigenous peoples practiced careful stewardship of the land, cultivating fields for growing, clearings for deer and veining the forests with trails. It was not until the arrival of Europeans in the seventeenth century that these began being built over, with permanent settlements replacing the Lenape campgrounds and pushing the natives west. Having planted their flag, the settlers dubbed their expansive, loosely connected web of rural hamlets and shipping centers as Raritan Township. This incorporated not only todays Edison but also Woodbridge, Metuchen and Piscataway. The town we know as Edison today remained an unassuming agricultural community on the outskirts of New Brunswick until its technological transformation in the late nineteenth ce…

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Homes in Metuchen

An enclave of cobblestone streets and lively, emerging brush, Metuchen lays like a badge on the wide lapel of Edison, a town within a town. For centuries, Metuchen was the site of careful cultivation by the Lenape who maintained land for growing and clearings for deer. The famed Chief Matochshegan, a Lenape leader said to have commanded over a thousand warriors before the arrival of Europeans, was perhaps the earliest notable resident to the area and remains the towns namesake, the first British colonists approximating his name for their settlement. It was not until 1836 with the arrival of the New Jersey Railroad that industry came Metuchen’s way, bringing new residents and new opportunities. The town wasted no time, laying down roads and expanding public services continually throughout the nineteenth century, both to accommodate and attract new residents and business. By 1900, Metuchen had blossomed, becoming a commercial and cultural center for the county and finally rei…

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Homes in Highland Park

Seated patiently at the bend of the Raritan River, just beyond the high rises and bustle of New Brunswick, is Highland Park, a verdant hinterland of rolling hills and stately, spacious suburbs. Home originally to the Lenape, the area was for centuries the site of careful cultivation, the indigenous peoples maintaining clearings for deer within the forests and fields for growing atop the fertile, sun baked hills. It was here, in the orbit of New Brunswick, that the first European colonists chose to build ranches and plantations, placing permanent settlements where previously none had existed. From then on, generations of farmers would watch from these hills as the the sun rose behind them, settling above the river before silhouetting the skyline, the days final sun beams being sifted through the henge of buildings. The first real residential development took place beginning in the 1870s, with houses popping up along the Camden and Amboy Railroad, eventually branching out dee…

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