Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey

Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey
settlement_type = Borough
nickname =
motto =

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mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Map of Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County

mapsize1 = 250x200px
map_caption1 = Census Bureau map of Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = New Jersey
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Somerset
government_footnotes =
government_type = Borough
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = William Horton
leader_title1 = Administrator
leader_name1 = Margaret J. Gould
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = April 23, 1912

unit_pref = Imperial
area_footnotes =
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area_total_km2 = 15.0
area_land_km2 = 15.0
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 5.8
area_land_sq_mi = 5.8
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0

population_as_of = 2006
population_footnotes =
population_total = 2480
population_density_km2 = 162.0
population_density_sq_mi = 419.5

timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = [Gnis|885345|Borough of Peapack and Gladstone, Geographic Names Information System, accessed December 14, 2007.]
elevation_m = 77
elevation_ft = 253
latd = 40 |latm = 43 |lats = 4 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 39 |longs = 35 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 07934, 07977
area_code = 908
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 34-57300GR|2 [ [ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey] , Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.]
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0885345GR|3
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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."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 224.]

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. [ 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.... By 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."]


Peapack-Gladstone is located at coor dms|40|43|4|N|74|39|35|W|city (40.717900, -74.659725)GR|1.

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.


1930 = 1273
1940 = 1354
1950 = 1450
1960 = 1804
1970 = 1924
1980 = 2038
1990 = 2111
2000 = 2433
estimate= 2480
estref= [ Census data for Peapack and Gladstone borough] , United States Census Bureau. Accessed December 14, 2007.]
footnote=Population 1930 - 1990. [ [ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.]
As of the censusGR|2 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."2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 77.]

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. [ [ Borough Officials] , Borough of Peapack-Gladstone. Accessed April 27, 2008.] [ BOROUGH OF PEAPACK & GLADSTONE - BOROUGH COUNCIL] , Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed April 27, 2008.] 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. [ [ 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 62. Accessed August 30, 2006.]


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. [ [ Somerset County School Districts-Sending/Receiving/Regional] , Somerset County Superintendent of Schools. Accessed April 27, 2008.] The three schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [ [ Data for the Somerset Hills School District] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed (February 28, 2008.] ) 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.


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 [ 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 John K. Turpin and W. Barry Thomson, "New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills" 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

* Natirar
* HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship
* United States Equestrian Team

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Peapack-Gladstone include:
*William Robert Cox (1901-1988), prolific writer of short stories and Western and Mystery novels mainly for the pulp and paperback markets written under multiple pseudonyms. [ [ Guide to the William R. Cox Papers] , Washington State University. Accessed December 14, 2007.]


External links

* [ Borough of Peapack-Gladstone official site]
* [ Somerset Hills School District]
*NJReportCard|35|4815|0|Somerset Hills School District
* [ Data for the Somerset Hills School District] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [ Peapack-Gladstone Open Space Trust]
* [ The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills]
* [ Stronghold Soccer Club]

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