Rocky Hill lies in the southeast section of New Jersey’s Somerset County. It is named after the Rocky Hill Ridge, but at one time it was actually referred to as the Devil’s Featherbed. This name came about back in the days when wagons provided the main source of transportation. Travelers came up with the unflattering nick name due to the rough terrain in the area. Rocky Hill was incorporated by the New Jersey legislature as a borough in 1889.
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Rocky Hill has a population of 685 according to the 2012 census. Those living here have access to many nearby larger cities and the Princeton University. This means residents can enjoy the benefits of a smaller community while still having all of the advantages a larger urban area can to offer. The estimated value of the average home is $418,778. Household incomes for Rocky Hill average $86,521.
Rocky Hill has many interesting places to visit, as well as outdoor parks and recreational spaces. Van Horne Park covers 96 acres of the borough. Here residents can walk the wetland trails, play baseball, soccer, or basketball, and let the kids enjoy the playground.
Visitors and locals alike love the Rocky Hill Inn. In business since 1745, this restaurant was opened by the Harrison family. Over the years there have been many owners. Each added their own personal touch to the building, including a third floor in 1880. The inn portion has been closed since World War II, but Chef Evan still serves pub style food in the restaurant and bar. Some guests may recognize it from the 1994 Walter Matthau film about Albert Einstein.
After getting a BFA and MFA in ceramics in 1979, John Shedd opened his studio and gallery in Rocky Hill. John Shedd Designs is located in a converted 200 year old mill. Both his work and that of other artists are on display here.
All students in Rocky Hill attend schools that are a part of the Montgomery Township School District as participants in the “sending/receiving relationship.” This includes the following schools.
- Orchard Hill Elementary School
- Village Elementary School
- Montgomery Local Middle School
- Montgomery Upper Middle School
- Montgomery High School
The only school inside of the Rocky Hill boundaries is the Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School that was established in 1957.