LOCATION and DRIVING DIRECTIONS
The Old Franklin Schoolhouse (Borough Improvement League Clubhouse) is located at 491 Middlesex Avenue in Metuchen, New Jersey.
The building sits with its gable end to the street, on the southeast side of Middlesex Avenue (also known as Route 27 and the Lincoln Highway). The YMCA/Mount Zion Masonic Lodge is immediately to the north, and the Metuchen Firehouse is to the south. It is across Middlesex Avenue from the Metuchen Public Library and Borough Hall. Please note that there is NO PARKING allowed in the adjacent lot.
It is only a short walk from the Metuchen Train Station (NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor Line) and several local bus stops. Routes 1, 287, the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Garden State Parkway are all easily accessible from this location. See below for more detailed driving directions.
From the Garden State Parkway (north and south):
Take Exit 132 (Metuchen), and make a right onto Route 27 South. Follow 27 through Edison and into Metuchen by going straight about 3 miles to the 5th traffic light (not including those at the exit ramps). The Old Franklin Schoolhouse will be on your left just before the 5th light, which is at the corner of Middlesex Avenue and Main Street.
From 287 Southbound:
Get off at the New Durham Avenue exit. At the end of the exit ramp, make a left onto New Durham Avenue heading towards Metuchen. After a mile or tow, the road makes a very sharp left and becomes Middlesex Avenue, and then Route 27 North. The Old Franklin Schoolhouse will be on your right shortly after the third light, which is at the intersection of Route 27 and Main Street.
From New Jersey Turnpike (north and south) and 287 Northbound:
Take Exit 10 to Metuchen/Edison Township. Stay in the left lanes after the toll and get on 287 North. Follow 287 to Exit 2A/Metuchen/Route 27. Follow the signs for 27 North (it winds around a bit and passes through several traffic lights - at the Citgo it veers to the left and at the Amoco it veers to the right.) Once the road straightens out again, you will come to another traffic light at the intersection of Route 27 and Main Street. The Old Franklin Schoolhouse will be on your right just past the light.
From Route 1 (north and south):
Exit at the Metuchen/Bonhamtown exit towards Metuchen. This will put you on Main Street. Continue about one mile, under the railroad tracks and through the downtown area. At the second traffic light after the railroad tracks, make a right turn onto Middlesex Avenue (Route 27 North). The Old Franklin Schoolhouse is ahead on the right just past the firehouse.