Cranford History

A Place Called Cranford

Cranford, New Jersey, United States of America.  Officially established on March 14, 1871, Cranford is a welcoming and peaceful community with many unique features that make it special. The images of our early residents, Josiah and Electa Crane, have been supplied by the Crane’s Ford Chapter of the DAR.

If you are looking for something specific about Cranford History, try using the search box found at the bottom of the home page.

Explore this site to learn about the history of Cranford’s organizations, its people and some of the landmarks.

Fresh Produce from A Cranford Farm 2012

If you are new to Cranford,  here is some background about the town:

Cranford is the sort of town that people return to throughout their lives.   Rich memories and a great environment to live and work in, Cranford draws people “back home”.   Located just 17 miles from New York City, Cranford was developed as an ideal suburban community.  Cranford is tiny, but has many interesting landmarks, such as an observatory, a historic mill, canoe club, river, train line, gazebo, fascinating architecture, Works Progress Administration murals, museum, library, several parks and an Historic Tree Garden are all found within a mere 4.82 square miles.

Cranford still has a working farm operation, Dreyer Farms,  that continues to supply produce, flowers and garden supplies to the community, for over 100 years.

In the past, it boasted a Casino and Opera House and a Golf Club along with industry, farms and gardens.

Learn About Cranford’s Seal Article about Cranford’s Seal – 1963

While you are here, you can learn  Learn about Other Cranfords and about our neighboring communities and their histories as well.



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