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 reincorporating set as an independent borough within Edison, then the expansive Raritan Township.
Metuchen today maintains almost an old world feel, even in the chicest corners of Main Street. Comfortable, tree-lined suburbs are dotted with historic churches and orbit the commercial center at Main Street and Middlesex Avenue. See a show at Forum Theater, Tee off at Metuchen Golf and Country Club or explore the scenic and deceptively named Dismal Swamp Preserve. Enjoy a night downtown or venture out to nearby Edison, New Brunswick and Piscataway for even more shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Located less than an hour’s drive to New York City and with a top rated, comprehensive school system, come home to Metuchen.