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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. Unfortunately, Plainfield was affected by the riots that centered on Newark in the 60s and became a victim of white flight and economic depression. Recently, there have been efforts to restore some of the town's former grandeur.

Get in[edit]

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]

You are best off with a car.


A Dutch revival house built in 1923

Drive around and see the mansions of yesteryear.


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 sensible precautions when visiting.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Plainfield
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