New Jersey November 28, 2017
This Might Just Be The Most Peaceful Town In All Of New Jersey
What makes a town peaceful? Is it a general sense of zen? An abundance of yoga studios? Not quite. Peace is calm, quiet, lack of chaos and, most of all, peace is safety. When we feel safe, we feel at peace. Based on this criteria, Far Hills is the most peaceful town in New Jersey.
Far Hills is a borough in Somerset County.
Sitting on around 5 square miles, Far Hills is home to about 1,000 residents. According to FBI and U.S. census data, Far Hills was New Jersey's safest town in 2017. The affluent town has zoning laws which prevent mass development and there is no alcohol sold within its borders.
The hilly town is picture perfect.
It's home to just a handful of businesses and is much bigger on open space. One of the only eateries, M & M Perrotti's Prepared Foods & Butcher Shop offers deli meats and full meals to go. Enjoy everything from Cheese Ravioli to Pan Seared Pork Chop! For more casual eats, head to The Butler's Pantry - Trackside. If nature is your thing, the town is home to the beautiful Leonard J. Buck Gardens.
The gardens are absolutely gorgeous.
The Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the nation's premier rock gardens, with towering boulders dotting the landscape. The gardens offer several distinct micro-climates, each supporting a variety of flora and fauna. Enjoy alpine forest and a variety of trees, flowers and shrubs with a stream running through. Traverse charming bridges and relax in a gazebo.
The town is also home to an iconic race.
The Far Hills Races are often referred to as "The Hunt" by those familiar with the event.
The Far Hills Races are now in their 97th running. A steeplechase event, race day purses can equal $1,000,000 or more, with several races offering the highest purses on the National Steeplechase Association circuit. One of these races is the Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase, which USA Today has described as "steeplechasing's richest race." Race day is one of the few chaotic (and thrilling) days in this peaceful town.
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