A Brief History of Robinvale, NJ

The car accident attorneys in Robinvale, NJ at Garden State Justice Group have shared the following look into the community's history.


The unincorporated community of Robinvale is located in the borough of Metuchen, situated in the northern region of Middlesex County in New Jersey. Edison Township surrounds the borough of Metuchen, and together they make up the Central New Jersey regional commercial hub. To the east of the neighborhood is Clara Barton and to the west is downtown Metuchen. Menlo Park is located north of the town, and Jefferson Park is to its south.  


Most of the early landowners in the town of Metuchen have left their mark on the street names, such as the following:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Holden Spear - their estate was named Upland - Upland Avenue and Spear Street
  • Henry Redfield - Redfield Village Drive
  • Wright Robins - Robinvale

Located on the south end of Woodbridge Avenue, it was the earliest recorded residence in the area. Home to Captain Nathan Robins, born in 1782. Robins was a New York merchant but was originally from Monmouth County, New Jersey. He moved into the area in 1840. His family included the three brothers: 

  • Nathan 
  • Amos 
  • Wright

Wright, born in 1824, was a prominent politician for the Democratic party and was an offer of the New Jersey Senate. He was most known for his development of the train station that was located north of Henry Street. He had the area's first concrete building built in 1879 that served as the depot, and he donated it to the Pennsylvania Railroad. 

Wright was also credited for his development of the neighborhood around the station. Named after him, Robinvale was planned out as early as 1891, and it took many years to entice settlement. 


In the heart of the neighborhood are two parks, Centennial Park and Oakland Park. Centennial Park is a 13-acre open field that includes walking trails. The park offers its guests a chance to view several plants and animal species, mainly birds. Oakland Park is located just east of Centennial Park. It offers its visitors the following amenities: 

  • tennis courts 
  • baseball fields
  • kids play area
  • open fields
  • shaded areas 
  • restrooms
  • basketball court 


The area is fairly diverse, and 19.6% of its residents were not born in the country. Although most speak English, 1.3% of the people speak Portuguese. Other languages spoken by the residents include Spanish, Chinese, and Tagalog, the language of the Philippines. The ancestral makeup of the townspeople was the following:

  • 15.9% Asian
  • 14.7% Irish
  • 12.0% Italian
  • 9.0% German
  • 7.5% English
  • 7.0% Eastern European 
  • 5.4% Slovak 

The residents in the neighborhood are wealthy, and it is considered to be in the top 15% of highest income neighborhoods in the country. The occupational breakdown of the employed residents was:

  • 65.4% executive, management, and professional roles 
  • 16.7% sales and service jobs
  • 9.0% manufacturing and laborer occupations 
  • 8.9% clerical, assistant, and tech support positions 

To learn more about the neighboring towns: An Abridged History of Woodbridge Township, NJ

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