Rahway, New Jersey, has a long and rich history. The area was once home to the Lenni Lenape Native Americans, but was sold to the English in 1664 as part of the Elizabethtown Tract. From that time, the area has had a steady population growth and today just under 30,000 people call Rahway home.
In the early days of the town, Rahway was home to the first national mint that created a coin with the inscription E pluribus unum (“out of many, one”)—the former motto of the United States.
One of the oldest buildings in the area is the Merchants’ and Drovers’ Tavern, which was built in 1773 and has served as a general store, personal residence, tavern, and inn. In the 1930s, as stagecoach travel diminished, the inn closed but the building was used as the Girl Scout House through the 1960s. Today, the building is being restored to its state of glory in the 1820s and will be used as a museum for the local area.
Today, visitors to Rahway can enjoy a wide range of activities, including eating at delicious restaurants, visiting museums, exploring local parks, and viewing performance art.
You can visit the Union County Performing Arts Center to see live performances, including ballet, special seasonal shows, big name musicians, comedy, drama, children’s theater, and much more.
For outdoor activities, head to one of Rahway’s numerous parks. Madison Avenue park offers baseball diamonds, a playground, and soccer field. For some waterfront views, head to Milton Lake. Here visitors can enjoy biking, fishing and fitness trails, among other things. Or visit Rahway River Park for an afternoon picnic followed by a swim in the pool.
When you can’t find what you want here in Rahway, New York City is just 25 miles away.
At Bell Mitsubishi, we love calling Rahway home. When you walk through our doors, we don’t see you as just a customer but as our friend, neighbor, and even family.