Belle Mead is an unincorporated community and census-designated place
(CDP) located within Montgomery Township, in Somerset County, New
Jersey, United States. As of the 2010
United States Census,
the CDP's population was 216.
3.1 Census 2010
4 Notable people
6 External links
The Belle Mead railroad station located along the former Reading
Railroad (proposed as a part of the West Trenton Line)
Up until about 1875, Belle Mead, then named Plainville, was considered
to be part of the community of Harlingen. It was a quiet farming
region when about that time a
New York City
New York City contractor named Van Aken
bought up all the local farms and set out to develop a city. He had
the farms laid out into lots, some streets put through and named after
the style of New York. He donated land for the railroad station that
had a dining room underneath (the station was torn down in February,
1940). There is an abandoned train station in Belle Mead. When Van
Aken went broke, the property was sold to a U.S. Senator, John R.
McPherson, who changed the name from Vanaken to Belle Mead in honor of
his daughter, Edna Belle Mead McPherson, according to one popular
Woods Tavern in Belle Mead was a popular stop for travelers for more
than 100 years and played an important social and political role.
Horace Greeley spoke there in 1872 as part of his campaign for
President of the United States. The tavern burned down in 1932.
James Baldwin, the 20th-century author and civil rights advocate,
lived in Belle Mead in the early 1940s.
John Summerskill and his wife, Mimi LaFollette Summerskill
established the LaFollette Vineyard in Belle Mead in the 1970s.
Bill Clinton and 14 Democratic governors met for a strategy
session and press conference at the vineyard during the 1992
The abandoned train station was built by
Reading Railroad in the
1930s, and was removed from service in 1984. Since then, restoration
projects have been announced, however, not one has progressed any
further than cleaning up tree debris and graffiti.
The Belle Mead section straddles the northern portion of Montgomery
Township and the southern portion of Hillsborough Township. For many
years residents of Belle Mead had been served by the Belle Mead Post
Office located on Route 206 in Montgomery Township having ZIP code
08502. In the late 1990s, Hillsborough Township was granted its own
post office serving all of its residents (
ZIP code 08844), including
that section of town formerly serving the Belle Mead area. Since that
time the Belle Mead post office and its associated
ZIP code (08502)
serves only the remaining area of Belle Mead located in the northern
section of Montgomery Township.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, Belle Mead had a total
area of 0.740 square miles (1.917 km2), all of which is
Population sources: 2010
As of the 2010
United States Census, there were 216 people, 78
households, and 62.01 families residing in the CDP. The population
density was 291.8 per square mile (112.7/km2). There were 80 housing
units at an average density of 108.1 per square mile (41.7/km2). The
racial makeup of the CDP was 92.13% (199) White, 0.93% (2) Black or
African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 1.85% (4) Asian, 0.00%
(0) Pacific Islander, 4.63% (10) from other races, and 0.46% (1) from
two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.33% (18) of
There were 78 households out of which 39.7% had children under the age
of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together,
5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were
non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and
7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The
average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of
18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and
13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.5
years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100
females ages 18 and older there were 102.5 males.
See also: Category:People from Montgomery Township, New Jersey.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated
with Belle Mead include:
Wade Baldwin IV
Wade Baldwin IV (born 1996), basketball player for the Memphis
Grizzlies of the National
Ricky Proehl (born 1968), wide receiver who played for 17 seasons in
Elliott F. Smith (1931-1987), politician who served in the New Jersey
General Assembly from 1978 to 1984, representing the 16th Legislative
^ a b c d e Gazetteer of
New Jersey Places,
United States Census
Bureau. Accessed July 21, 2016.
^ a b US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990,
United States Census
Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Belle
Mead Census Designated Place, Geographic Names Information System.
Accessed August 23, 2012.
^ a b c d e f DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing
Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Belle Mead CDP, New
United States Census Bureau. Accessed August 23, 2012.
^ Look Up a ZIP Code for Belle Mead, NJ,
United States Postal Service.
Accessed August 23, 2012.
^ Zip Codes, State of New Jersey. Accessed August 27, 2013.
^ GCT-PH1 - Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 -
County -- County Subdivision and Place from the 2010 Census Summary
File 1 for Somerset County, New Jersey,
United States Census Bureau.
Accessed February 13, 2013.
^ 2006-2010 American Community Survey Geography for New Jersey, United
States Census Bureau. Accessed February 13, 2013.
^ New Jersey: 2010 - Population and Housing Unit Counts - 2010 Census
of Population and Housing (CPH-2-32),
United States Census Bureau,
August 2012. Accessed February 13, 2013.
^ a b Belle Mead History, Hillsborough Township. Accessed October 30,
^ Velazquez, Matt. "Wade Baldwin shares interesting ties with Jason
Kidd", Journal Sentinel, June 2, 2016. Accessed July 4, 2016.
"Baldwin, a 6-foot-4 guard, grew up in Belle Mead, New Jersey."
^ Cavanaugh, Jack. "Crawford Hurt In Army Loss", The New York Times,
October 4, 1987. Accessed January 29, 2017. "Then, Mike Elkins of Wake
Forest and a sophomore wingback,
Ricky Proehl of Belle Mead, N.J.,
combined on their second touchdown play with 2:46 remaining in the
game, and Wilson Hoyle, who had kicked a 46-yard field-goal in the
third period, added his second conversion to seal the triumph."
^ Waggoner, Walter H. "G .O .P . Faces Aggressive Challenge In Central
Jersey Assembly Race", The New York Times, October 14, 1977. Accessed
February 20, 2018. "Their Republican opponents are Assemblyman Walter
J. Cavanaugh of Somerville, who led the Republican ticket in the
district when he was elected to his first term in 1975, and Elliott F.
Smith of Belle Mead."
Belle Mead travel guide from Wikivoyage
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