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A classic Plainfield mansion, home of former Governor McGreevy

Plainfield is a city in the Gateway region of New Jersey. In the early 20th century, Plainfield was a getaway from New York City and a place of residence for the rich and famous, and there are still many buildings in town that reflect its former history.


Plainfield was affected by the riots that centered on Newark in the 1960s and became a victim of white flight and economic depression. There have been efforts to restore some of the town's former grandeur.

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By train[edit]

The historic Plainfield railway station.

Plainfield is served by NJ Transit via its Raritan Valley Line between Penn Station in New York City and Raritan. There are two stations in Plainfield, both with historic charm. The centrally located 1 Plainfield station, built in 1902, is next to downtown while 2 Netherwood station, built in 1894, is mostly used by commuters.

Get around[edit]

Map of Plainfield (New Jersey)

The city is served by NJ TRANSIT buses. However, using a car might be necessary as buses are generally aimed at commuters with limited services outsides rush hours and on weekends.


A Dutch revival house built in 1923.

Drive around and see the mansions of yesteryear.

  • 1 Drake House Museum, 602 W Front St. Built in 1736 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The most famous piece in the collection is the painting The Death of General Sedgwick, painted in 1887 by Julian Scott. Nathaniel Drake House (Q6969581) on Wikidata Nathaniel Drake House on Wikipedia
  • 2 Saint Mary's Catholic Church Complex, 516 W 6th St. Saint Mary's Catholic Church Complex (Q7401811) on Wikidata Saint Mary's Catholic Church Complex on Wikipedia
  • 3 Grace Episcopal Church, 600 Cleveland Ave. Grace Episcopal Church (Q5591135) on Wikidata Grace Episcopal Church (Plainfield, New Jersey) on Wikipedia


Plainfield Firehouse No 4, which is on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States






Stay safe[edit]

Plainfield still has an iffy reputation for safety, so take precautions when visiting.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Plainfield
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