Montclair, New Jersey
is a township of about 38,000 residents in
extreme northeastern New Jersey. It is in northernmost Essex County
not far from the Atlantic coast. Residents enjoy access to three area
airports. Newark International is 12-miles away, JFK International is
42-miles away, and La Guardia is 31-miles away.
Crane settled here in 1694, and today, Crane Park honors this original
settler. As others arrived in what is today the southern part of
, the area became known as Cranetown. John Speer, a Dutch
settler, built a home in the early 1700s in what is today the northern
part of Montclair. An early turnpike was built in the area in 1806, and
the Morris Canal further added to the potential for commerce in 1831.
The community grew further with the arrival of the railroad in 1856.
Cranetown became Montclair soon thereafter.
Some of the history
of Montclair is represented in its historic architecture. Six historic
districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and
there are over 90 individual buildings listed as well. Montclair
includes examples of the work of Van Vleck and Goldsmith, Charles A.
Platt, Henry Hudson Holly, and many other famous architects.
Parks and RecreationBrookdale Park
includes a rose garden among the other more common park amenities like
tennis and baseball courts and jogging trails. Brookdale also includes a
dog park, with separate sections for large and small dogs. Most
describe this facility as clean and well-maintained. Eagle Rock
is a large 408-acre county park that includes a scenic
observation deck, ball fields, and extensive BBQ and picnic area.
Birders and hikers will also enjoy this park.
Attractions and Activities
arts are well represented in Montclair. The Welmont Theatre
concerts. Montclair State University
is home to the Kasser Theater
Another popular contributor to the arts is the Montclair Operetta
. Joseph Van Vleck
designed and built his own mansion in 1916, and today the Van Vleck House and Gardens
are open to the public every day of the year. When the Wisteria
blossoms fill the air with their distinctive fragrance, the impact is
said to be euphoric. The pergolas and other scenic elements make it a
favored destination for wedding photography.
The Montclair Art Museum
(MAM) is well-known for its wide-ranging collection of American and
Native American art. Among the 12,000 works on display are the creations
of John Singer Sargent, Georgia O'Keefe, and Andy Warhol. The MAM is
conveniently located just 12-miles from New York City, in the very same
building that it first occupied in 1914.
Late September brings the annual Family Festival
to Crane Park. Artisans, music, and
face painting all add to the
experiences offered by this family-oriented event. The Montclair Center
Stage performs as well.
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