Celebrating Cranford

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The story of suburban Cranford, New Jersey, began after the Civil War as wealthy New Yorkers came to the area for the fresh air and the beautiful Rahway River that winds through town. After its incorporation in 1871, the town grew as neighborhoods like Roosevelt Manor, Lincoln Park, and Sunny Acres were established by Albert Eastman, Alden Bigelow, Miln Dayton, J. Walter Thompson, Severin Droescher, and the Sears Roebuck Company. Public buildings like the Opera House Block and the Cranford Casino and grand private houses were designed by local architect Frank Lent. Celebrations on the Rahway River gave birth to the nickname the “Venice of New Jersey.” Meanwhile, the citizens of Cranford went about daily life, shopping downtown, going to school, attending services at houses of worship, and working at local businesses. As the town celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2021, Celebrating Cranford illustrates Cranford’s story and highlights its citizens, some well known and some overlooked in the past.
ISBN: 9781467107044
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 205
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Maureen E. Strazdon has served as the chair of the Cranford Historic Preservation Advisory Board for 12 years. A 35-year resident of Cranford, she lives in a restored 1887 Victorian house. The photographs and documents in the book are from the extensive collections of the Cranford Historical Society, local organizations, and personal family archives.
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