Much of what is now known as Harding was an agricultural community with roots stretching as far back as the early 1700s. For almost two centuries, Harding’s open and rolling landscapes reflected its agricultural use, as land had been cleared for cattle pastures, orchards and fields of grain. The Great Swamp and the slopes near Jockey Hollow also were used by local farmers for wood supply; it was not unusual for villages to have a store and post office, a school of one or two rooms, churches, blacksmiths, and sometimes a tavern.Wealthy residents in search of rural tranquility bought great swaths of farmland, enlarged old farmhouses and landscaped the grounds. In 1922, the township was created and named after the incumbent President of the United States, Warren G. Harding.Today, elegant estates amid rolling hills grace the countryside. In 2006, Harding was counted by Forbes Magazine as one of the most expensive zip codes in the country, enhanced by zoning efforts to preserve pastoral qualities of over 1,000 acres across the township. The Harding Township School serves students in kindergarten through eighth grades. For grades 9-12, students attend Madison High School in Madison. NJ Transit trains, either from Madison or Morristown, provide access to New York City in approximately one hour or less, with proximity to Newark Liberty Airport a close 35 minutes by car.
New Vernon School Data
New Vernon School Districts
- Harding Township School District
- PK-8 & ungraded
New Vernon Schools
- Harding Township Elementary School
- PK-8 & ungraded, public