The Glen Ridge Historical Society was founded in 1977 with the goal of maintaining and promoting the historical character of Glen Ridge. We are a voluntary membership organization that seeks to protect the town’s unique character and rich architectural history. The Society was the driving force behind the creation of the Glen Ridge Historic District, and we continue to educate the community about local history and to preserve important historical resources.
Our annual schedule includes a walking tour in Glen Ridge each October; programs each winter and spring on subjects such as local history, garden design, and antiques; and a holiday party each December at a historic Glen Ridge home. We have helped raise funds to install a wrought-iron fence and an antique gate at Freeman Gardens, the historically significant rose garden in Glen Ridge, and to place a gazebo near Toney’s Brook in the town center, near where a gazebo stood in Glen Ridge’s early days. For homeowners considering renovations, we publish a Directory of Restoration Resources, available only to members, and provide an array of materials relating to home restoration and preservation through the Glen Ridge Public Library.
The Glen Ridge Historical Society also maintains a collection of historical artifacts and photos in its Museum Room. The Museum Room is an important resource for homeowners seeking to restore their homes with historical accuracy, as our house files have old photographs, architectural plans, and other records for almost every home in the borough. For more information about our Museum Room, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.