Plainsboro Township, New Jersey

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Plainsboro Township is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the township population was 20,215.

Plainsboro was incorporated as a township on May 6, 1919.[6] Prior to that date, all lands north of Plainsboro Road and Dey Road were part of South Brunswick Township and all lands south of Plainsboro Road and Dey Road were part of Cranbury Township. Inadequate school facilities were the catalyst for creating the township.[7]

Plainsboro Center (2000 Census population of 2,209) and Princeton Meadows (13,436) are census-designated places and unincorporated areas located within Plainsboro Township.



The original residents of Plainsboro were the Unami Native Americans. In the 17th century, the Dutch settled the area for its agricultural properties.

The oldest developed section of Plainsboro is at the intersection of Dey and Plainsboro Roads. It is thought that the road was named after a Dutch built tavern that sat at the intersection, called "The Planes Tavern," in the early 18th century or earlier. The building still stands and was featured on HGTV's "If These Walls Could Talk" along with the historic Plainsboro Inn building (circa 1790) which was built adjacent to "Planes Tavern" at Plainsboro Road and Dey Road.

In 1897, The Walker Gordon Dairy Farm opened up, which, among many other things, contributed Elsie the Cow, possibly the most famous cow ever, and The Walker Gordon Diner, which has since been closed.

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