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The borough of Allendale, New Jersey, is a three-plus-square-mile residential community with top-ranked schools, public-spirited volunteer organizations, and a wealth of celebrated recreational properties. Surveyor Joseph Warner Allen established a railroad stop here in 1848, which attracted farm laborers, new homeowners, and vacationers looking for a summer escape. Population growth brought a local post office, a hotel, stores, a public library, and churches. The schoolhouse soon became too small. Conflicts with neighboring communities resulted in landowners voting to incorporate as the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Allendale in 1894. Residents have banded together to preserve the Celery Farm, Crestwood Lake, and the Fell House and to remember those who have served and sacrificed. Arguments over land development, police department reorganizations, and even the accidental destruction of the firehouse are also part of the Allendale story. The history of Allendale is filled with generous people, community celebrations, and constant transformation.
ISBN: 9781467106863
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 187
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Fred Litt is a longtime Allendale resident, business owner, and community volunteer who has been involved in researching his family history for over 30 years. Educated in information technology and digital document solutions, he brings these skills to his efforts to preserve and share Allendale’s history. His experience as a member of the Allendale Borough Council and the Allendale Planning Board and as president of the Allendale Chamber of Commerce allows him to bring a unique insight to his storytelling.
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