Located in Franklin Township, Somerset, New Jersey is an unincorporated community in Somerset County, and the region possesses a population of 22,083. Real estate prices are rather high compared to the rest of the nation. However, they are relatively reasonably for the state. The largest percentage of housing is made up of single-family homes, and there is a sprinkling of apartments and attached homes.
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Somerset was put on the map with the arrival of the New Brunswick Marconi station, which was built in 1913 and is recognized as the first Marconi Wireless stations in the United States. During this time, it served as an radio transmitter facility. However, there was a later partial failure of the lines, and the U.S. Navy confiscated it. It was then used for communications during World War, and Woodrow Wilson broadcast his Fourteen Points speech from the location in 1918. Today, very little of the original site remains, as the area has been replaced by a mall with a Kmart, and storage facilities. Only one original building remains, and some residents hope to pursue restoration of the landmark adding it to the range of historical sites in the larger township.
The larger Franklin Township has been named the fifth best place to live in the country by Money. The township offers a number of local parks that facilitate a number of activities. The William L. Hutcheson Memorial Forest is a large nature preserve is hoe to the virgin old-growth forest, which is considered a National Natural Landmark. Other parks, including the Colonial Park, the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, the John W Flemer Preserve, the Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve, the Six Mile Run Reservoir Site and the Ten Mile Run Greenway, offer a wide range of activities like hiking, biking, picnicking, and fishing. Students in Somerset attend the Franklin Township Public Schools or one of the available private schools in the area. The small active community of Somerset is an ideal place to raise a family.