About the Cranford, New Jersey Area
Lying against the border of Westfield, and in the heart of Union County sits the small town of Cranford. With a population of approximately 23,000, Cranford is roughly 5 square miles, which includes beautiful parklands that occupy close to 415 acres. The town of Cranford is a short commute to New York City, and is within five miles of Scotch Plains, Westfield, Elizabeth, and Garwood. Cranford is conveniently located close to the major roadways of I-78, U.S.-9, and U.S.-22, for easy travel.
Cranford offers quite a few different programs for youth, adults, and teenagers. For the youth of the community, Cranford has a Mad Science Summer Club, Multi-Sport Camp, and Town Tennis. Cranford also has programs for adults that include Yoga, Tennis, and Basketball. In addition to the children’s and adult programs, there are activities available for the enjoyment of the teenagers. Cranford has programs and events such as High School Teen Center, Summer Concerts, and a Summer High School Dance. The town of Cranford is truly a family oriented community.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The history of Cranford started a little later than most of the towns in Union County. The reason is that Cranford had no modern means of travel until 1838, when the Elizabethtown and Somerville Railroad finally made Cranford accessible to New York City. In 1871 Cranford was declared a township.
The most important of the many historic buildings in Cranford is the 1740 Williams Droescher Mill. Now owned by a messenger service and being used as an office building, the Williams Droescher Mill is the oldest, constantly operated commercial building in New Jersey.
Since Cranford was developed around the Rahway River, the river is integral to the town. It is now the only place in Union County where you can rent a canoe. The canoe rides are very enjoyable due to the pleasant scenery and the opportunity to see the homes that were built back in the Colonial and Victorian era. The Rahway River is used all year-round. Canoes glide down stream in the summer and in the winter when it freezes the river becomes an ice skaters paradise.