A verdant plain emerging from the dense woods of Central Jersey, Plainsboro rests at the edge of Middlesex County, dipping its toes in Carnegie Lake. Home originally to the Lenape, Plainsboro’s fertile soil, some of the richest in the Garden State, made this the perfect spot for the cultivation of corn, squash, potato and tobacco, the staples of Lenape agriculture. When, beginning the mid-seventeenth century, Dutch and then British settlers began arriving in New Jersey, they found equal success farming in Plainsboro. Remaining rural for most of its history, Plainsboro was put on the map when the Walker-Gordon Laboratory Company opened its revolutionary dairy farm here in 1897. Designed to produce clean, high-quality milk in the days before pasteurization, the farm became the largest of its kind in the world by 1930 after inventing and installing its 50-stall, merry-go-round milking facility known as the Rotary Combine Milking System or “Rotolactor.” The whimsical and state-of-the-art dairy farm, in addition to supplying the tri-state area with delicious and safe dairy, became a popular tourist attraction right up until its closing in 1971. By then, the towns many historic farms were being replaced by the modern, suburban communities which make up Plainsboro today.
Now a vibrant and busy collection of communities encircled by local farms and forest, Plainsboro finds the perfect balance of comfort and modernity in the lush breathing room of the Garden State. Shop, dine and sample the many offerings at Plainsboro Village Center or enjoy the natural splendor of Plainsboro Preserve, featuring over 1,000 acres of scenic trails, warm open space and the shimmering waters of McCormack Lake. Pick fresh pears at Lee Orchard Garden or peruse the great works displayed at the Princeton University Art Museum. Bordering Princeton, South Brunswick and West Windsor, only minutes from Trenton, Manalapan and New Brunswick, one needn’t venture far for even more shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Centrally located and with one of the highest rated schools in the country, come home to Plainsboro.