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GR-historic-C-224x300Welcome to the website of the Glen Ridge Historical Society!

Learn about the history of our town, browse our newsletter archives, enjoy our slide shows, and mark your calendar for upcoming events. Visit us on the second Saturday of the month from 9-12 at the Terry S. Webster Museum at 222 Ridgewood Avenue. And…join us as a member!

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The Forty Acre Enterprise of Asabel Darwin

Our upcoming walking tour on Sunday, October 14 will include many of the 26 houses built in the late nineteenth century by local developer, Asabel Darwin. In 1887 Darwin purchased forty acres of farmland from the Gallagher estate on Clark Street. Over the next six years he built homes on Ridgewood, Hillside and Woodland Avenue, Snowden and Appleton Place, and Clark Street, predominantly in the Queen Anne style.

Darwin was instrumental in the establishment of the original Glen Ridge civic center. He successfully lobbied the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western to provide regular train service with the promise of financial assistance for the building of a train station. His office building at Glen Ridge Hall (now Boiling Springs Savings Bank) temporarily housed the public library and municipal offices on its second floor.

The tour will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Ridgewood Avenue railroad station and conclude at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Washington Street. Along with the tour, there will be a children’s scavenger hunt for architectural details. Refreshments will be served on the porch at 34 Hillside Avenue at the end of the tour.

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Mission

Mission

The purposes of the Glen Ridge Historical Society shall be to bring together people interested in the history of Glen Ridge, New Jersey and its environs; to provide facilities, materials, information, education, and activities to promote the advancement of local history; and to foster the preservation and restoration of local historical sites, documents, and artifacts.

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Membership Levels

$10 Senior

  • Basic membership benefits extended to two seniors

$20 Household

  • Basic membership benefits extended to 2 adults and family
  • Advanced notice of all children’s programs

$50 Patron

  • Basic membership benefits extended to 2 adults and family
  • Advanced notice of all children’s programs
  • Recognition in the September issue of The Gaslamp

$100 Sponsor

  • Basic membership benefits extended to 2 adults and family
  • 2 additional invitations to the annual Members Holiday Party
  • Advanced notice of all children’s programs
  • Recognition in the September issue of The Gaslamp
  • Recognition during Spring Annual Meeting

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