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The Big 5-0!

Fifty years ago this summer, the Crane House moved up Bloomfield Avenue from its original site on Glenridge Avenue (now the home of the Geyer YMCA) to its new location on Orange Road. Crowds lined the street on that rainy August day. After all, how often do you see a house gliding along Bloomfield Avenue? Built by Israel Crane in 1796, the house had been in the Crane family until 1902.  In … Read More


The Little Engine that Could

I think I can. I think I can. That was the attitude Montclair had in light of the proposed delisting of the Upper Montclair Train Station, as requested by New Jersey Transit. If you missed it, here's the backstory. The Upper Montclair Train Station suffered serious damage in a fire in 2006.  While a good portion of the original train station was destroyed, the town worked closely with the … Read More

winter newsletter 2015

The Winter Newsletter is Here!

Did Charles Shultz know Thomas Edison?  What is the Price of Liberty? When's the Herb Sale?  The answer to all these questions and more can be found in our Winter Newsletter, now available right here!  Enjoy! … Read More


What’s in our time capsule?

You've probably read about the time capsule opened in Boston today.  If you missed the news, Paul Revere and Sam Adams placed it in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House in 1795.  That's the year before Israel Crane laid the foundation for HIS house in Montclair. Paul and Sam put in the capsule a few coins, newspapers, a sterling silver plaque (most likely inscribed by Paul), and a … Read More