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Neshanic, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Somerset
Township Hillsborough
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
Neshanic Historic District
U.S. Historic district
Contributing Property: Dutch Reformed Church
Location Amwell and Zion Roads, Neshanic, New Jersey
Area 107 acres (43 ha)
Built 1750
Architectural style Other, Classical/Gothic
NRHP reference No. 79001519
Added to NRHP August 1, 1979

Neshanic is an unincorporated community located within Hillsborough Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. Neshanic is located near the South Branch Raritan River.


The name comes from a tribe of the Raritan tribe of Lenape Native Americans who lived along the river. Community life for the Dutch farmers who settled there began around 1750 and centered on a church, a school, a grist mill and a tavern owned by John Bennett, which historians say was most instrumental in forming the village. The first mill was built by Bergen Huff around 1770 and there was also a tannery which supplied leather to the people of the village as well as to the nearby town of New Brunswick. At one time the area surrounding the Shirk farm and extending along the Sourland Mountains was the largest peach producing region in the State.

National Register of Historic Places

The Neshanic Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, as District #79001519. Neshanic Mills was added in 1978, it is district #78001797. The original Mill was built in 1810 and the later rebuilt by Andrew Lane in 1876. It is also known as the Ammerman Mill. It operated until the late 1940s and is now a private residence.

The mill is featured on the "Welcome to Hillsborough" signs and on the township website.

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