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Bernards Township, in Somerset County, was originally known as Bernardston Township when it was formed by Royal Charter in 1760. It was incorporated as Bernards Township by the New Jersey Legislature in 1798, becoming one of the state’s initial group of townships. Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner, Lyons and West Millington are unincorporated communities within the township. Bernards Township is bounded by the Second Watchung Mountain in the southwest, the Dead River Swamp to the south, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, the Passaic River, and Millington Gorge to the east.



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