The hidden byways, the little surprises, the discovered dining spot, are in some ways what make Chester, New Jersey, so beguiling. Chester is in southwestern Morris County.
The Borough enjoys a flourishing commercial area while most of the land area in the 1.45 square miles of the community is devoted to single-family housing. Chester itself was established as a separate entity in 1799, at which time “Chester” meant the area of both the Township and the downtown Village area which came to be the Borough. The Borough of Chester was incorporated in 1930, and is today a separate municipality surrounded by Chester Township.